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ieet books

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Author
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.

Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies
by Ben Goertzel ed.


ieet events

Cascio @ TEDx in Marin
September 18 , 2014
Marin


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


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


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


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
MIT Enterprise forum


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

Nick Bostrom Testifies on Cognitive Enhancement for Obama BRAIN Initiative
(Aug 22, 2014)

The Obama administration’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues held a session on the ethical issues of cognitive enhancement, as part of the ethical, social, legal issues wing of the federal BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. IEET co-founder and author of the new bestseller SuperIntelligence, Nick Bostrom was one of four asked to testify. His comments focused on the importance of ensuring egalitarian access to and benefits from cognitive enhancement.

IEET Fellow Ramez Naam’s Nexus is a Finalist for the Endeavour Award
(Aug 9, 2014)

 Nexus is a finalist for the 2014 Endeavour Award, for the best SF or fantasy book written by a Pacific Northwest author in the previous year. 


CBS Gives Pilot Production Commitment to Drama Based on Bioethicist Arthur L. Caplan (Aug 9, 2014)

The Sad Passing of a Positive Futurist (Jul 22, 2014)


ieet articles


Why the Price of Theism is Normative Skepticism
by John Danaher
Sep 2, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Street defends a form of constructivist antirealism, which I find quite attractive. I was thus pleasantly surprised to find that she had also recently written a paper dealing with one of my favourite topics in the philosophy of religion: the problem of evil and its moral implications. It’s a very good paper too, one that I’m sure will provide plenty of fodder for discussion.


Enhancing Virtues: Caring (part 2)
by J. Hughes
Sep 1, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The growth of our empathetic ability may have been key for the growth of civilization, and civilization may have selected for it. Two social policies that we can implement today to further empathy are reducing inequality, and screening and treating autism and psychopathy.


On Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of our Nature”
by piero scaruffi
Aug 31, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

This book offers a colossal synthesis of history, biology, philosophy, psychology and neurophysiology. Surprisingly, the latter is the least plausible region of the book (we still know too little about the book). But by mixing historical facts and evolutionary theories and using a bit of logical thinking, Pinker comes up with great insights into human nature. Pinker synthesizes the work of (literally) hundreds of thinkers and researchers and draws his own original conclusions.


Cyberwarfare ethics, or how Facebook could accidentally make its engineers into targets
by Patrick Lin
Aug 31, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Without clear rules for cyberwarfare, technology workers could find themselves fair game in enemy attacks and counterattacks. If they participate in military cyberoperations—intentionally or not—employees at Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Sprint, AT&T, Vodaphone, and many other companies may find themselves considered “civilians directly participating in hostilities” and therefore legitimate targets of war, according to the legal definitions of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols.


How our police became Storm-troopers
by Rick Searle
Aug 30, 2014 • (10) CommentsPermalink

The police response to protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri were filled with images that have become commonplace all over the world in the last decade. Police dressed in once futuristic military gear confronting civilian protesters as if they were a rival army. The uniforms themselves put me in mind of nothing so much as the storm-troopers from Star Wars. I guess that would make the rest of us the rebels.


Citizen Power - Part II: Those Cop-Cameras…
by David Brin
Aug 30, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Continuing our series on co-veillance, sousveillance and general citizen empowerment, on our streets… last time we discussed our right and ability to use new instrumentalities to expand our ability to view, record and hold others accountable, with the cameras in our pockets.


Enhancing Virtues: Caring (part 1)
by J. Hughes
Aug 29, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Empathy draws on both mammalian circuits that we share with other animals and cognitive abilities that only appear to be present in our closest relatives, the great apes and and cetaceans, and ourselves.  As with happiness and self-control, there is strong evidence that differences in our capacity for compassion and empathy are tied to differences in the brain structures and neurochemistries that they depend on.


Obamacare’s “Secret Trick” Could Cure CEO Pay Excesses
by Richard Eskow
Aug 28, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Our economy is broken. There’s one economy for the wealthy, and another for the rest of us. This division has been worsened by the behavior of corporate executives who manage their corporations for short-term personal gain rather than for long-term fiscal soundness.


Here’s a Terrible Idea: Robot Cars With Adjustable Ethics Settings
by Patrick Lin
Aug 28, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Do you remember that day when you lost your mind? You aimed your car at five random people down the road. By the time you realized what you were doing, it was too late to brake.


Thoughts on Bostrom’s ‘Superintelligence’
by Giulio Prisco
Aug 28, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

This isn’t a complete review of Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence (2014), but a summary of the thoughts that came to my mind while and after reading the book. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014) opens with a cautionary fable: a group of sparrows consider finding an owl to assist and protect them. Only the more cautious sparrows see the danger – that the owl may eat them all if they don’t find out how to tame an owl first – and Bostrom dedicates the book to them (and of course to the cautious humans afraid that superintelligent life forms may destroy humanity if we don’t find out how to control them first).


Death Threats, Freedom, Transhumanism, and the Future
by Zoltan Istvan
Aug 26, 2014 • (16) CommentsPermalink

Last week, I published a guest post at Wired UK called It's Time to Consider Restricting Human Breeding. It was an opinion article that generated many commentary stories, over a thousand comments across the web, and even a few death threats for me. 


While the world watches Ebola, Meningitis continues to kill in West Africa
by Andrew Maynard
Aug 26, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“This year alone, there have been 17,000 cases of meningitis in Nigeria, with nearly 1,000 deaths”. It’s a statement that jumped out at me watching a video from this summer’s Aspen Ideas Festival by my former University of Michigan Public Health student Utibe Effiong.


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Rick Searle on 'How our police became Storm-troopers' (Aug 31, 2014)

instamatic on 'How our police became Storm-troopers' (Aug 31, 2014)

Rick Searle on 'How our police became Storm-troopers' (Aug 31, 2014)

instamatic on 'How our police became Storm-troopers' (Aug 31, 2014)

Rick Searle on 'How our police became Storm-troopers' (Aug 31, 2014)

instamatic on 'How our police became Storm-troopers' (Aug 31, 2014)

Rick Searle on 'How our police became Storm-troopers' (Aug 31, 2014)

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