Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies


The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States. Please give as you are able, and help support our work for a brighter future.


Search the IEET
Subscribe and Contribute to:


Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Overview of technopolitics


whats new at ieet

Trump Picks Establishment Banker For Treasury Secretary

Trump’s Pick for Health Secretary Is Total Nightmare Fuel

First Republican “Hamilton Elector” Breaks Ranks Against Trump

Cybathlon 2016 : entre sport, handicap et transhumanisme

U.S. To Forgive $108 Billion In Student Debt

The informal sector Singularity


ieet books

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
Author
Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle





JET

Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life


IEET > Rights > HealthLongevity > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Eco-gov > SciTech > Vision > Bioculture > Contributors > PrivacySurveillance > Kyle Munkittrick > Technoprogressivism

Print Email permalink (0) Comments (5325) Hits •  subscribe Share on facebook Stumble This submit to reddit submit to digg


Kyle Munkittrick: Best and Worst


Kyle Munkittrick
By Kyle Munkittrick
h+

Posted: Dec 31, 2009

Contributors to h+ magazine were invited to submit their choices for the best and the worst of the 2000-2009 decade.


Best:

1. Transhumanism’s intellectual explosion: Cyborg Citizen, Citizen Cyborg, Our Posthuman Future, Liberation Biology, The Future of Human Nature, and “Beyond Therapy” were all written, taking futurist speculations seriously and addressing the political and social concerns associated with human enhancement.

2. The rise of normalized queer culture: Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, Andrew Sullivan and Rachel Maddow are evidence of society at large accepting homosexuals as normal and worthy of idolization. As more and more people recognize friends, coworkers and celebrities who are gay, legal equality has become a matter of when, not if.

3. Communication technology, specifically cellphones and broadband internet: The ubiquity of these two inventions has fundamentally altered how global society functions. How we research, flirt, see family, stay in touch with friends, present ourselves to the world, work, and learn have been improved in ways that are still almost incomprehensible.


Worst:

1. Severe contraction of civil liberties: The Patriot Act. Gitmo. Rendition. TSA. Color-coded fear. And that’s just in the US.

2. The politicization of scientists and science. Evolution, global warming, vaccination myths and other issues have turned scientific facts into the playthings of demagogues.

3. The medical system. How we think about it. How we pay for it. How we use it. How it operates and keeps records. It’s almost impossibly broken.

Read the other contributors’ opinions here.


Kyle Munkittrick, IEET Program Director: Envisioning the Future, is a recent graduate of New York University, where he received his Master's in bioethics and critical theory.
Nicole Sallak Anderson is a Computer Science graduate from Purdue University. She developed encryption and network security software, which inspired the eHuman Trilogy—both eHuman Dawn and eHuman Deception are available at Amazon, the third installment is expected in early 2016. She is a member of the advisory board for the Lifeboat Foundation and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
Print Email permalink (0) Comments (5326) Hits •  subscribe Share on facebook Stumble This submit to reddit submit to digg


COMMENTS


YOUR COMMENT (IEET's comment policy)

Login or Register to post a comment.

Next entry: Mike Treder: Best and Worst

Previous entry: Kristi Scott: Best and Worst

HOME | ABOUT | STAFF | EVENTS | SUPPORT  | CONTACT US
JOURNAL OF EVOLUTION AND TECHNOLOGY

RSSIEET Blog | email list | newsletter |
The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States.

Executive Director, Dr. James J. Hughes,
35 Harbor Point Blvd, #404, Boston, MA 02125-3242 USA
Email: director @ ieet.org