2014 has been an exciting year for emerging technologies, and we want to share some of our news. We hope we can count on your continued support and involvement in the coming year.
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From news of breakthroughs in gene editing, robotics and life extension medicine, to the possibilities of moral enhancement, virtual currencies and geoengineering, to the risks of jobapocalypse and ubiquitous surveillance, the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies has worked hard to put a technoprogressive perspective on the radar.
- In the media. This year the IEET has been mentioned in more than 60 news stories, and the work of members of our community has appeared in the New York Times, National Public Radio, BBC, CNN, Wired, Christian Science Monitor, CNBC, io9, Huffington Post, Slate, Libération, the Economist and the Guardian. IEET staff, fellows and affiliate scholars have spoken at events from London to Seoul, from Turkey, Canada, Holland, Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, UK, Romania and the USA, to India and China. Our website published more than 670 articles this year, while our Journal of Evolution and Technology published a record 27 peer-reviewed articles, including a special issue on NonHuman Personhood and another on Technological Unemployment and the Basic Income Guarantee. IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner and I also launched a new, international Journal of Posthuman Studies, forthcoming in 2015.
- Building a technoprogressive network. The IEET brings together people like you who want to ensure a free, high-tech and democratic future. We recruited more than three dozen new writers, scholars and fellows in the last year, helping to promote their important work. We co-sponsored conferences on artificial intelligence, the future of love, sex and marriage, global catastrophic risks, religion and transhumanism, as well as Transvision 2014, the first international conference on human enhancement and social justice. We helped write and organize the Technoprogressive Declaration, a major statement of shared beliefs and policy goals for technoprogressives, left futurists and transhumanists.
- Policy interventions. From our work with the Singularity University to put technological unemployment and basic income on the policy agenda, to Jamais Cascio’s Magna Cortica proposals for cognitive enhancement rights, to Martine Rothblatt’s groundbreaking proposals for regulating cyberconsciousness in Virtually Human, to my recent address before the Connecticut legislature on emerging technology policy, the IEET and our growing network are working to educate policy makers about the emerging benefits and risks of technology.
Your contribution will help us continue the good fight, and keep technoprogressive news like this coming. Please click here to donate, or mail your contribution (payable to “IEET/Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies”) to:
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Warmest wishes for the holidays,
J. Hughes, Executive Director
Kris Notaro, Managing Director
P.S. We deeply appreciate your interest in the cutting-edge social issues raised by emerging technologies. Please consider a generous contribution toward building the technoprogressive movement we need to ensure a future with maximum well-being for all.