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Quick overview of biopolitical points of view

ieet books

The End of the Beginning: Life, Society and Economy on the Brink of the Singularity
by Ben Goertzel

Humans and Automata A Social Study of Robotics
by Riccardo Campa

The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse
by Phil Torres

Envisioning Politics 2.0
by David Wood and Alexander Karran eds.

ieet events

Vita-More @ IFA+ SUMMIT
September 4 -9, 2015
Berlin Germany

Vita-More @ Next Level of Thinking: AFI+ Summit
September 7 -8, 2015
Berlin, Germany

Wood @ Pioneering Change in Partnership
September 10 , 2015
London, UK

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

Hughes, Santens @ World Summit on Technological Unemployment
September 29 , 2015

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

Wood, Twyman @ Anticipating 2040: A Roadmap to Sustainable Abundance?
October 3 , 2015
London, UK

Stambler, de Grey @ Super Longevity Conference
October 3 -4, 2015
New Delhi, India

Vita-More @ Alcor Conference
October 9 -11, 2015
Scottsdale, AZ USA

Hughes, Prisco, Goertzel @ Modern Cosmism Conference
October 10 , 2015

Hughes, Brin, Anderson, Pellissier, Sirius, Gillis, Kuzsewski, Istvan @ Future of Politics Conferenc
October 19 -, 2015
Oakland, California

October 19 , 2015
Stuttgart, Germany

Wood, Pearce @ SIAI Seoul
November 6 -7, 2015
Seoul, South Korea

Sorgner@7th LUMEN international conference
November 12 -14, 2015
Targoviste, Romania

Sorgner @ FirstGerman Academic symposium on transhumanism
December 5 , 2015
Nürnberg, Germany

ieet news

IEET Fellows and Affiliate Scholars Receive AI Safety Grants
(Aug 27, 2015)

IEET co-founder Nick Bostrom, IEET Fellow Wendell Wallach and Affiliate Scholar Seth Baum are Principal Investigators on projects n funded by Elon Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project and administered by the Future of Life Institute.

IEET Audience Leans towards “Free Will”
(Aug 25, 2015)

We asked “Is there free will?” Of the 103 of you who answered, slightly more than half believed free will was possible.

IEET sponsors “The Future of Politics” conference in Oakland, California (Aug 18, 2015)

IEET Audience Favors Legalizing Plural Marriage (Aug 9, 2015)

ieet articles

Genome Stability Leads to Negligible Senescence
by Maria Konovalenko
Aug 31, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

What would you say if I told you that aging happens not because of accumulation of stresses, but rather because of the intrinsic properties of the gene network of the organism? I’m guessing you’d be like: o_0.

So, here’s the deal. My biohacker friends led by Peter Fedichev  and Sergey Filonov in collaboration with my old friend and the longevity record holder Robert Shmookler Reis published a very cool paper.

Nicotine’s Cognitive Benefits – Six Ways to Ingest It
by Steven Umbrello
Aug 31, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In 1560 the French ambassador in Portugal, Jean Nicot de Villemain, sent newly discovered seeds to the French king. These seeds would grow a plant that we today know as tobacco, or more properly Nicotiana Tabacum (named after the ambassador).

Although it would take a while for the hobby of smoking tobacco to catch on in the old world, it was already a popular practice amongst the native inhabitants in the western hemisphere.

Practopoiesis - a Theory on How Life Organizes, including the Mind
by Danko Nikolic
Aug 31, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink


A thought results primarily from an adjustment of the brain hardware, and not from a computation executed by that hardware.

(Download open-access manuscript at Journal of Theoretical Biology.)

The reason you should be interested in practopoiesis if you are a: 

International Longevity Day - October 1, 2015
by Ilia Stambler
Aug 31, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Dear Friends -

There has been emerging a tradition by longevity researchers and activists around the world to organize events dedicated to promotion of longevity research on or around October 1 – the UN International Day of Older Persons.

This day is sometimes referred to in some parts of the longevity activists community as the “International Longevity Day”. As this is the official UN Day of Older Persons, this provides the longevity research activists a perfect opportunity, perhaps even a perfect “excuse”, to emphasize the importance of aging and longevity research for the development of effective health care for the elderly, in the wide public as well as among decision makers.

ETER9: The Social Network That Turns Your Personality Into an Immortal Artificial Intelligence
by George Dvorsky
Aug 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

By learning everything there is to know about you and your online habits, social network ETER9 promises a kind of digital immortality wherein an artificially intelligent agent continues to post on your behalf long after you’re dead. The future is creepier than we ever imagined.

Would AI and Aliens be Moral in a Godless Universe?
by Rick Searle
Aug 30, 2015 • (7) CommentsPermalink

Last time I attempted to grapple with R. Scott Bakker’s intriguing essay on what kinds of philosophy aliens might practice and remaining dizzied by questions.

Luckily, I had a book in my possession which seemed to offer me the answers, a book that had nothing to do with the a modern preoccupation like question of alien philosophers at all, but rather a metaphysical problem that had been barred from philosophy except among seminary students since Darwin; namely, whether or not there was such a thing as moral truth if God didn’t exist.

Transhumanist Therapy IV: The Current Crisis in Psychiatry
by William Sims Bainbridge
Aug 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Although largely ignored by the mass media and traditional intellectuals, a major drama began in 2013 when Tom Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, posted a blog attacking the American Psychiatric Association for the self-serving stupidity of the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual

Ensuring Human Control Over Military Robotics
by Wendell Wallach
Aug 29, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Let us stop looking at the challenges posed by the robotization of warfare piecemeal, and begin to reflect comprehensively upon the manner in which autonomous weapons alter the future conduct of war. 

Smart Regulation For Smart Drugs
by Geoffrey Woo
Aug 29, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

“For the modern mad men and wolves of Wall Street, gone are the days of widespread day drinking and functional cocaine use. Instead, in this age of efficiency above all else, corporate climbers sometimes seek a simple brain boost, something to help them to get the job done without manic jitters or a nasty crash.

For that, they are turning to nootropics,” writes Jack Smith IV on the cover story for an April 2015 edition of the New York Observer.

Ten Health Benefits of Marijuana
by Marc Howard
Aug 29, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

10. Treatment of Glaucoma

If you are one of the millions who have been suffering from glaucoma, then smoking marijuana can help you get the best eyesight and relieve pressure from they eyes. Intraocular pressure can increase in certain individuals, especially those who have diabetes. Glaucoma is serious disease that can cause blindness.

Ayahuasca Provided Deep Insight into My Most Compelling Questions About Existence
by Marc Howard
Aug 29, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A vomit bucket sat on the old wooden floor in front of me, a roll of toilet tissue to my right, and when the shaman sung that low sinister note of the first icaro I puked until I naively thought that I could puke no more only to immediately puke again in some kind of volcanic eruption.

In return I was greeted by the indistinguishable sounds of whatever surrounded our jungle hut that dark night deep in the Amazon jungle. I thought that I was in a dream—except that this was no dream that I’ve ever had nor will ever want to have again.

Asking a Shadow to Dance
by Marcelo Rinesi
Aug 28, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Isomorphic is a mathematical term: it means of the same shape. This is a lie.

Seven Ways Racism Is Built In
by David Swanson
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

1. Wealth Gap: The playing field is not level. The median wealth of a white household in the United States is over 13 times that of a black household, and the gap is widening. Most black households have less than $350 in savings. It takes money not just to make money but to get a start, to live near good schools, to live free of lead paint poisoning, or to address the special needs that every person has.

Tools Have Led Us to Technological Unemployment, but Humans, too, Have a Right To Work
by Gabriel Rothblatt
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

For millennia, Humans have been crafting tools. We don’t hold a monopoly on the trade, but we’ve done it better than any other species. So good, our entire evolution has been crafted around our dependence on them. With our anatomical features and vulnerabilities, it was perhaps predestined that we would not only master tool making, but become dependent upon it. What came first, the human or the tool?

Aipoly: Helping the Blind See, Using An Artificial Intelligence
by B. J. Murphy
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 have low vision.” Subsequently, 90% of those visually impaired live in low-income settings. What this entails is a two-fold problem in need of serious addressing. Not only a way to help the visually impaired to see, but equally a means of which is affordable to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

AI is So Hot, We Forgot All About The ‘AI Winter’ (interview with Dr. Nils J. Nilsson)
by Daniel Faggella
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The great influencers and contributors in the field of AI today can’t help but acknowledge that part of their success comes from ‘standing on the shoulders’ of the thinkers and doers who came before.  Dr. Nils J. Nilsson, former Stanford researcher and author of The Quest for Artificial Intelligence, is such a pioneer in the field of AI that he aptly recalls the ‘AI Winter’, a period of time in the late 1970s and early 1980s when funding dwindled and AI research went underground.  

Nootropics Aren’t Just For Tech Millionaires
by Geoffrey Woo
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Nootropics, more colloquially known as “smart drugs,” are in the zeitgeist. Hollywood productions like Limitless and Lucy to a CNN profile of a tech millionaire - Dave Asprey - spending $300,000 to hack his own body with research chemicals have certainly raised the profile of nootropics in the mainstream.

This essay was co-written with Michael Brandt

Meditation Apps Evaluated - “Headspace” Receives the Highest Score
by Hank Pellissier
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalinkResearch from the School of Psychology and Counseling at Queensland University of Technology in Australia identified 700 apps associated with “mindfulness” on either iTunes and Google Apps Marketplace. Inclusion criteria was stringent; only apps that cost less than $10 were included.



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Bipolar Disorder Is Like Having Two Serious Illnesses at Once
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Nicole Foubister

Digital Stroke
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Brian Garvey

What is the Future of Your Mind?
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Ken Hayworth

Technology Made Us Human
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Practopoiesis Tells Us Machine Learning Isn’t Enough
(Aug 30, 2015)

What Explains The Rise of Humans?
(Aug 29, 2015)

The Science of Why Nature Is Beautiful to Us
(Aug 28, 2015)


SHaGGGz on 'Would AI and Aliens be Moral in a Godless Universe?' (Aug 31, 2015)

Rick Searle on 'Would AI and Aliens be Moral in a Godless Universe?' (Aug 31, 2015)

Rick Searle on 'Would AI and Aliens be Moral in a Godless Universe?' (Aug 31, 2015)

Rick Searle on 'Would AI and Aliens be Moral in a Godless Universe?' (Aug 31, 2015)

Giulio Prisco on 'Would AI and Aliens be Moral in a Godless Universe?' (Aug 31, 2015)

rms on 'Smart Regulation For Smart Drugs' (Aug 31, 2015)

spud100 on 'Would AI and Aliens be Moral in a Godless Universe?' (Aug 30, 2015)


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