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ieet books

A History of Life-Extensionism in the Twentieth Century
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by Ilia Stambler

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
by Nick Bostrom

Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
by Martine Rothblatt

Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds
by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds.


ieet events

Schneider on Extraterrestrial Intelligence @ Astrobiology Symposium
September 18 -19, 2014
Washington D.C., USA


Hughes, Walker @ Basic Income Reddit AMA (1pm EDT)
September 20 , 2014
Reddit/Futurism


Cascio, Pellissier @ Artificial Intelligence & The Singularity Conference
September 20 , 2014
Piedmont, California


Sorgner @ Posthuman Politics
September 25 -28, 2014
University of the Aegean, Lesbos, Greece


Sorgner on “three types of posthuman perfection”
September 30 , 2014
Erlangen, Germany


CyborgCamp ‘14
October 2 -4, 2014
MIT's Media Lab, 75 Amherst St. Cambridge, Boston MA, USA


Brin @ TERADYNE Corp. biannual internal technical conference.
October 7 , 2014
San Diego, CA USA


Siegel @ Indiecade
October 9 -12, 2014
Culver City, CA USA


LaGrandeur @ Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
October 9 -12, 2014
Dallas, TX USA


Brin on the future of technological change.
October 10 , 2014
NY, NY USA


Brin @ New York Comic-con
October 11 -12, 2014
NY, NY USA


Brin @ University of Kansas
October 13 , 2014
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS USA


Siegel @ Buddhist Geeks Conference
October 16 -18, 2014
Boulder, Colorado


Siegel @ Science and Non-Duality
October 22 -27, 2014
San Jose, CA USA


Sorgner @ 3rd World Humanities Forum
October 30 -1, 2014
Daejeon City, S. Korea


David Pearce and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner @ Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul/South Korea
November 3 -, 2014
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul/South Korea.


Pearce, Sorgner on Nietzsche and transhumanism @ “Transhumanism and Asia”
November 3 , 2014
Seoul, South Korea


Sorgner on transhumanism
November 12 , 2014
Nürnberg, Germany


Brin @ San Diego
November 12 -13, 2014
San Diego, CA USA


Sorgner on robotics and H+
November 17 , 2014
University of Innsbruck, Germany


Hughes, Vita-More, de Grey, Roux @ TransVision 2014
November 20 -22, 2014
Paris, France


Brin on SETI @ AAPT
January 4 -5, 2015
San Diego, CA USA


Brin @ NASA NIAC Meeting
January 27 -30, 2015
Orlando, FL USA


Brin @ AAAS Annual Meeting
February 12 -16, 2015
San Jose, CA USA


Hughes @ Juniata H+ Conference
July 26 -30, 2015
Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA USA


ieet news

IEET Fellow Evan Selinger, referenced in New York Times
(Sep 17, 2014)

The NY Times picked up on IEET Fellow Evan Selinger’s concerns over the cognitive and characterological downside to using predictive consumer technology, including the new form of texting available on Apple’s iOS8.

IEET Affiliate Scholar Rick Searle was a 3rd place winner of a $2,000 prize from FQXi
(Sep 8, 2014)

IEET Affiliate Scholar Rick Searle was a 3rd place winner of a $2,000 prize in this spring’s FQXi essay contest “How Should Humanity Steer the Future?” The contests are regular events held by the Fundamental Questions Institute whose mission is “To catalyze, support, and disseminate research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources.”


IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner on German public radio (WDR) (Sep 8, 2014)

CBS Approves Pilot of TV Drama Based on Work of IEET Advisor Arthur Caplan (Sep 6, 2014)


ieet articles


Review of Ilia Stambler’s “A History of Life-Extensionism in the Twentieth Century”
by Gennady Stolyarov II
Sep 18, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A History of Life-Extensionism in the Twentieth Century by Ilia Stambler is the most thorough treatment to date of the ideas of famous thinkers and scientists who attempted to prolong human lifespans. In this detailed and impressively documented work – spanning 540 pages – Dr. Stambler explores the works of life-extensionist thinkers and practitioners from a vast variety of ideological, national, and methodological backgrounds.


10 Horrifying Technologies That Should Never Be Allowed To Exist
by George Dvorsky
Sep 18, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

As we head deeper into the 21st century, we’re starting to catch a glimpse of the fantastic technological possibilities that await. But we’re also starting to get a grim sense of the potential horrors. Here are 10 frightening technologies that should never, ever, come into existence.


Proximity Marketing: Opportunity for Rich-Attribute Conveyance
by Melanie Swan
Sep 17, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Real-time Location-based Services (RT-LBS or just RT-LS) is an important new concept in mobile marketing. These offerings are starting to tout the ability to deliver information and services based on the real-time location of a person. Some key examples are receiving a mobile phone-based notification of a restaurant offer while walking in a downtown area or a product coupon while shopping in a specific grocery aisle.


Chalmers vs Pigliucci on the Philosophy of Mind-Uploading (1): Chalmers’s Optimism
by John Danaher
Sep 17, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The brain is the engine of reason and the seat of the soul. It is the substrate in which our minds reside. The problem is that this substrate is prone to decay. Eventually, our brains will cease to function and along with them so too will our minds. This will result in our deaths. Little wonder then that the prospect of transferring (or uploading) our minds to a more robust, technologically advanced, substrate has proved so attractive to futurists and transhumanists.


Transhumanism - Considering Ideas From Existentialism and Religion
by Alex Nichols
Sep 16, 2014 • (2) CommentsPermalink

“Immortality formulas” are often our biggest motivators in our life endeavors. There are similar concepts that philosophers, theologians, and transhumanists have pushed forward. All of which support different means of enhancing ourselves as a way of life. The core of transhumanist values seem to view death as a disease to be overcome, and that science will produce the means to conquer it.


Why and How Should We Build a Basic Income for Every Citizen?
by Marshall Brain
Sep 16, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

What are our goals as a species? This, to me, is the most important question we can ask ourselves as human beings. Another way to say it: What is the meaning of our existence as a species? We never seem to directly ask ourselves these two questions in a collective way, which seems very odd to me. Because if we were discussing these questions openly, collectively and consistently, I believe we would live in a very different society.


Can Machines Be Moral Actors?
by Rick Searle
Sep 16, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Ethicists have been asking themselves a question over the last couple of years that seems to come right out of science-fiction. Is it possible to make moral machines, or in their lingo, autonomous moral agents -AMAs? Asking the question might have seemed silly not so long ago, or so speculative as risk obtaining tenure, but as the revolution in robotics has rolled forward it has become an issue necessary to grapple with and now.


Are hierarchical theories of freedom and responsibility plausible?
by John Danaher
Sep 15, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In order to be responsible for your actions, you must be free. Or so it is commonly believed. But what exactly does it mean to be free? One popular view holds that freedom consists in the ability to do otherwise. That is to say: the ability to choose among alternative possible futures. This popular view runs into a host of problems. The obvious one being that it is inconsistent with causal determinism.


Is Anarchy (as in Anarchism) the Golden Mean of the future?
by David S. D'Amato
Sep 15, 2014 • (1) CommentsPermalink

My Center for a Stateless Society colleague Roderick Long once described full anarchy as the golden mean, not a form of zealotry or extremism, but a middle way “between mandating what should be optional and prohibiting what should be optional.” Professor Long’s point is not mere framing or spin, attempting to pitch anarchism to an audience indisposed to considering the position or its arguments; rather, it contains an important insight about what it is that anarchists actually want for the future, hinting at our philosophy’s tolerance of experimentation and its essential pluralism.


Living, intelligent patterns in Conway’s Life
by Giulio Prisco
Sep 15, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Conway’s Game of Life, a cellular automaton devised by the British mathematician John Horton Conway in 1970, is a rich mental laboratory to think about our own universe.


Hollywood Must Turn Its Head to Personalized Longevity Science instead of Anti-Aging Pseudoremedies
by Maria Konovalenko
Sep 14, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

This attention-worthy article in The Hollywood Reporter signals that Hollywood people are ready and willing to do something about their longevity. The article mentions hormone replacement therapy, different check-ups and other things available in California, however completely misses 99% of what actually can be done about aging – science.


MMR Vaccines and Autism: Bringing clarity to the CDC Whistleblower Story
by Andrew Maynard
Sep 14, 2014 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Anyone following the Twitter #vaccinesNOVA hashtag on the evening of Wednesday September 10 would have seen their stream seemingly overwhelmed by the #CDCWhistleblower hashtag.


Advent of the Cybernetic Legionnaire
by Michael Jeffers
Sep 13, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

An important question regarding human enhancement in the military is how the deployment of modified soldiers will redefine the ethical limitations on how combatants may be treated. The provisions of the Geneva Conventions and other bodies of international law prohibiting torture generally rest on certain assumptions about the human condition, such as pain thresholds, sleep requirements, and other forms of fragility.


Biology and Biology of Aging Resources (6 videos)
by Maria Konovalenko
Sep 13, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

We have prepared a list of resources that can help understand biology of aging. We tried to find easy to grasp information sources and compiled a list of lectures, audio courses, popular science books and articles on biology in general and biology of aging in particular. The selected resources probably don’t exhaust the whole picture of aging science, but they shed light on the main ideas and research directions in this area.


Book Review: Virtually Human by Martine Rothblatt
by Peter Rothman
Sep 13, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“Virtually Human explores what the not-too-distant future will look like when cyberconsciousness—simulation of the human brain via software and computer technology—becomes part of our daily lives.” by Martine Rothblatt Ph.D., MBA, J.D.


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