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ieet books

A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control
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by Wendell Wallach

Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach
by Roman Yampolskiy

Who Are We?: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific and Transhumanist Theories Of Human Nature
by John Messerly

Codebreaking our future: Deciphering The Future’s Hidden Order
by Michael Lee


ieet events

PRODUCTIONS OF “CITIZEN CYBORG”
June 27 -10, 2015
NYC, NY USA


Anderson, Pellissier @ Transhuman Superpowers and Longevity Conference
July 12 , 2015
Oakland, CA


Kevin LaGrandeur@ Hacking Big Data Brother Conference: From Biometrics to Intra-action
July 21 , 2015
Medialab Prado, Madrid


Ramez Naam on “Enhancing Humans, Advancing Humanity”
July 22 , 2015
San Francisco, CA USA


Vita-More, Rothblatt, Hughes @ Juniata H+ Conference
July 26 -31, 2015
Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA USA


Sorgner, Wallach @ International Conference on the Integration of Science, Technology and Society
August 3 -7, 2015
Daejeon, S. Korea


Sorgner @ Beyond Humanism Conf: From Humanism to Post- and Transhumanism?
September 15 -18, 2015
Seoul, S. Korea


Siegel @ Transformative Technology Conference
October 2 -4, 2015
Sofia University, Palo Alto CA


ieet news

Seventeen New Advisory Board Members at IEET - seeking 15 more
(Jun 17, 2015)

Seventeen people have joined IEET’s new Advisory Board. The purpose of this supportive group is to help us promote our mission, expand our community and infuse our progress with enthusiasm.

Dr. Roman Yampolskiy - New IEET Affiliate Scholar
(Jun 17, 2015)

Dr. Roman Yampolskiy has joined the IEET as an Affiliate Scholar. Yampolskiy is a Tenured Associate Professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville. He is the founding and current director of the Cyber Security Lab and an author of many books including Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach.


IEET Audience Divided on Role of Reason in Morality (Jun 14, 2015)

IEET co-sponsors “Transhuman Superpowers and Longevity Conference” in Oakland, CA (Jun 11, 2015)


ieet articles


Machines that Dream: Developing Artificial General Intelligence through AI-Kindergarten
by Danko Nikolic
Jul 1, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Abstract: Development of artificial general intelligence (AGI) may not be possible exclusively through human-created algorithms. Many aspects of human brain are not understandable to human scientists and engineers. Instead, AGI may require machines to create their own algorithms i.e., machines that learn to learn. It has been proposed that this can be achieved through AI-Kindergarten. In AI-Kindergarten machines are not left alone to figure out on their own the necessary algorithms, but they are heavily guided through human feedback.


Technological Unemployment and Personal Well-being: Does Work Make Us Happy?
by John Danaher
Jul 1, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Let’s assume technological unemployment is going to happen. Let’s assume that automating technologies will take over the majority of economically productive labour. It’s a controversial assumption, to be sure, but one with some argumentative basis.  Should we welcome this possibility? On previous occasions, I have outlined some arguments for thinking that we should. In essence, these arguments claimed that if we could solve the distributional problems arising from technological unemployment (e.g. through a basic income guarantee), then freedom from work could be a boon in terms of personal autonomy, well-being and fulfillment.


Comet Day, Anyone?
by Joel Marks
Jul 1, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

On this day 245 years ago – July 1, 1770 – humanity had its closest known encounter with extinction (with the possible exception of the Cuban Missile Crisis).

Two weeks before that date the French astronomer Charles Messier had discovered a faint comet in the constellation Sagittarius, which thereafter rapidly brightened and began moving swiftly across the sky. At its peak it was naked-eye, and its coma, according to various observers, the apparent size of from 5 to 16 full moons across. Lexell’s Comet, so named after another astronomer who subsequently calculated its orbit, was then under one-and-a-half million miles from Earth, or less than six times the distance of the Moon, and thus the nearest a comet has ever approached us in recorded history. (Kronk n.d.)


Solar: The First 1% Was the Hardest
by Ramez Naam
Jun 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Solar power now provides roughly 1% of the world’s electricity.  It took 40 years to reach that milestone. But, as they say in tech, the first 1% is the hardest.


The Revolutionary Potential of Psychedelics
by Aaron Moritz
Jun 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Psychedelic substances are resurging into the popular culture in ways unrivaled since the starry-eyed, long-haired baby boomers of the 1960’s dropped acid and discovered peace and promiscuity. However, today’s generation of visionary psychonauts are making a much more measured movement to the mainstream than the hundred thousand hippies who descended on San Francisco in 1967’s summer of love.


Miss Metaverse (Kate Aquino) - interviewed by Future/Culture Magazine
by Travis James Leland
Jun 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Miss Metaverse (Katie Aquino) is a futurist consultant and founder of the Futurista™ agency, and startups FutureFriday.org and Awesome Future TV and she has been a guest on several podcasts, including Robot Overlordz, Inspireland, and On Air With Sir.  She recently had an interview with Future/Culture on a variety of topics. Future/Culture is a magazine run by IEET Contributor Travis Leland.


New God Argument (Version 3.2)
by Lincoln Cannon
Jun 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Here is version 3.2 of the New God Argument, as it appears on the new website I published last week. Changes from version 3.1 include shortening of the main summary, addition of short summaries for each section, addition of a “decentralized” qualification on the destructive capacity mentioned in the Compassion Argument, and removal of the hyphen in “posthumanity”.


A Game of Musical Chairs over Hot Coals - an analogy about employment and basic income
by Scott Santens
Jun 29, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

There’s a common belief that people who don’t have jobs somehow just aren’t trying hard enough, and this belief is therefore based on the idea that there are enough jobs for everyone. To get a job, all one really needs to do is just try hard enough.

“Just go get a job.”


Human Brain 2.0 - what is the most essential upgrade? Increased Rationality, Empathy, or Happiness?
by Hank Pellissier
Jun 29, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Our human brains obviously needs improvement, in multiple different capacities. But - what is the most important upgrade? Increased Rationality? Increased Empathy? Elevated Happiness?

I posed this question to members of IEET’s new Advisory Board, and I received a variety of answers:


Simple Intervention Cuts Unplanned Pregnancy by Half
by Valerie Tarico
Jun 29, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

A single half-day training that teaches medical clinics how to provide better birth control can radically improve outcomes for patients, cutting unplanned pregnancies by half according to research published in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet.


Fermi Paradox, Doomsday Argument, Simulation Hypothesis—is our view of reality seriously flawed?
by Dirk Bruere
Jun 28, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

There are three interlocking statistical arguments concerning the nature of the universe in which we live and which provide what I believe to be a strongly convincing indication that our view of reality is seriously flawed on a massive scale. Let’s begin by asking a simple question…


Is Pope Francis the World’s Most Powerful Transhumanist?
by Rick Searle
Jun 28, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

I remember once while on a trip to Arizona asking a long-time resident of Phoenix why anyone would want to live in such a godforsaken place. I wasn’t at all fooled by the green lawns and the swimming pools and knew that we were standing in the middle of a desert over the bones of the Hohokam Indians whose civilization had shriveled up under the brutality of the Sonora sun. The person I was speaking to had a quick retort to my east coast skepticism.


The mTOR Story Part 1 – What Makes This Important Pro-Aging Molecule Active?
by Maria Konovalenko
Jun 28, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I have mentioned mTOR as one of the main aging genes on multiple occasions. It’s about time I tell you what it is, what it does and why it is so important in aging.

mTOR has a little m in front of TOR, which means I am speaking about mammals. It technically means «mechanistic» TOR, but think of it as the molecule that mice and all of us have, whereas in worms is it just TOR.


How To Survive the Robot Apocalypse
by Nicole Sallak Anderson
Jun 27, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

It’s in the air. It’s in the news.

Our struggling economy. Our struggling democracy. The income gap. Technology and artificial intelligence. At first glance, these things might not seem connected, but upon closer inspection, I find they’re all part of one impulse, and together they create the web of humanity—and our future.


Disability Acceptance and Access
by Dorothy Deasy
Jun 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

At almost any minute of any day, your life could change drastically. Our bodies are fragile, our destinies determined second-by-second. Snap your fingers. That’s how suddenly what you have come to expect for yourself, or a member of your family, could change as the result of an illness or accident. What would it mean in terms of work, mobility, relationship, identity? How quickly or slowly would you adapt to a drastically new state of reality?


Transhumanism: The future of Revolutionary Flags and Movement Symbols
by Kris Notaro
Jun 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A few years ago after voting I went back to my local elementary school where I was taught about liberty, and the “American way of life.” The same old stories, same old lies. I went there to ask them to take down the massive confederate out-of-date flag of Georgia that was still flying since I went to school there.


It is Unethical Not to Use Genetic Engineering
by Maria Konovalenko
Jun 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

When I hear that the conversation is about an ethical problem I anticipate that right now the people are going to put everything upside down and end with common sense. Appealing to ethics has always been the weapon of conservatism, the last resort of imbecility.


My Gay Marriage in USA Prediction was Incredibly Wrong, by 20 Years - Hooray!
by Hank Pellissier
Jun 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In one of my first IEET articles, State-by-State Gay Marriage Acceptance, written in September 2010, I predicted that gay marriage would become legal in all 50 United States by 2035, with Mississippi being the last holdout.


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Basic Income: The Totally Crazy (Not Crazy) Idea
(Jun 29, 2015)

Tinkering with Consciousness
(Jun 25, 2015)

The Forgotten History of Autism
(Jun 24, 2015)



comments

Eugene on 'I Stand With Peter Singer' (Jul 1, 2015)

Eugene on 'Human Brain 2.0 - what is the most essential upgrade? Increased Rationality, Empathy, or Happiness?' (Jul 1, 2015)

Eugene on 'Is Pope Francis the World’s Most Powerful Transhumanist?' (Jul 1, 2015)

instamatic on 'AI Will Solve Aging - it is a Tool, Not a Threat' (Jun 30, 2015)

Teresa on 'Human Brain 2.0 - what is the most essential upgrade? Increased Rationality, Empathy, or Happiness?' (Jun 30, 2015)

rmk948 on 'Simple Intervention Cuts Unplanned Pregnancy by Half' (Jun 29, 2015)

James McLean Ledford on 'Is Pope Francis the World’s Most Powerful Transhumanist?' (Jun 29, 2015)

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