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Quick overview of biopolitical points of view

ieet books

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
by John G Messerly

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

eHuman Deception
by Nicole Sallak Anderson

Keywords for Environmental Studies
by eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow

ieet events

“A Dangerous Master” by Wendell Wallach (Lecture & Book Signing)
May 5 -, 2016
Connecticut Science Center | Downtown Hartford, CT

8th Beyond Humanism Conference
May 25 -28, 2016
Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Faculty of Philosophy

Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ Personal Democracy Forum
June 10 , 2016
New York City, NY

June 16 , 2016
14th “European Transport Congress” and 90th anniversary of the “Austrian Society for Traffic and Transport Science" - Vienna

Campa@Third ISA Forum on Sociology
July 12 , 2016
Vienna, Austria

Stefan Sorgner @ Meditation & Wirklichkeit Conference in Berlin
November 25 -26, 2016

Humans, Machines, and the Future of Work Conference
December 5 -6, 2016
Rice University, Houston, Texas

ieet news

New Monograph on Transhumanism by IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner to be Published
(May 20, 2016)

A new monograph on transhumanism by IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner will come out in August 2016. It will be published by Herder Verlag.

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner Invited as Visiting Professor to UofJena
(May 19, 2016)

IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner was invited to being a visiting professor at the University of Jena during the summer of 2016. There, he will also give the following talk:
Topic: Transhumanism, Big Gene Date, Bioprivacy

IEET Affiliate Scholar Roland Benedikter New Contribution to the ACATECH Report (May 2, 2016)

MIT Journal, Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments Call for Papers (Apr 29, 2016)


ieet articles

Danko Nikolic Where does intelligence come from?
by Danko Nikolic
May 26, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

It is amazing how intelligent we can be. We can construct shelter, find new ways of hunting, and create boats and machines. Our unique intelligence has been responsible for the emergence of civilization.

But how does a set of living cells become intelligent? How can flesh and blood turn into something that can create bicycles and airplanes or write novels?

This is the question of the origin of intelligence.

Richard Eskow What’s Killing the American Middle Class?
by Richard Eskow
May 25, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A new study by the Pew Research Center spurred a rash of headlines last week about “the dying middle class.” But the word “dying” might be more appropriate if we were watching the regrettable but inevitable effects of natural forces at work. We’re not. We’re seeing the fruits of deliberate action—and sometimes of deliberate inaction—at the highest levels of power.

Jules Hamilton The Future of PR in Emotionally Intelligent Technology
by Jules Hamilton
May 24, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

PR is essentially the practice of managing the spread of information, and this is a tactical craft. For the PR professional years of experience combine knowledge of pragmatic practice and human intuition to generate desired results, a positive image and receptive message.

Marc Roux Les membres bioniques seront-ils un jour à la mode ?
by Marc Roux
May 23, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

7ème article de la Chronique de l’AFT Technoprog! sur Silicon Maniacs

À l’heure où des vétérans américains choisissent de remplacer leurs jambes affaiblies par des prothèses de plus en plus avancées et où on peut lire l’histoire d’un jeune autrichien qui décide de faire de même avec sa main paralysée suite à un accident de moto, la question de savoir si un jour nous verrons de plus en plus d’individus choisir d’aller remplacer leurs membres comme s’ils allaient se faire tatouer ou percer reste provocatrice.

Nicole Sallak Anderson Faithfulness—The Key to Living in the Zone
by Nicole Sallak Anderson
May 22, 2016 • (3) CommentsPermalink

Fifteen years ago, I was the modern woman who had it all—a great husband, sweet little toddler, fantastic nanny, and an interesting technical career at Motorola, Inc. Thanks to the dotcom bubble, I’d just received an enormous raise. I also had a second child on the way. Unfortunately, my beloved nanny also found herself pregnant, and one day I came home from work to her resignation. She had decided to stay home and raise her child. - See more at:

George Dvorsky Ontario Could Soon Require Anti-Vaxxer Parents to Attend a Science Class
by George Dvorsky
May 21, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In an effort to curb the dangerous trend of vaccine avoidance, the Liberal government in Ontario wants parents seeking vaccine exemptions for their kids to attend a mandatory education session. It’s a good idea, but getting anti-vaxxers to change their opinions will probably require more than that.

George Dvorsky Computer Science Students Fooled By Artificially Intelligent TA
by George Dvorsky
May 20, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Students taking an online course at Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing were duped into thinking one of their teaching assistants, named Jill Watson, was an actual human. And how can you blame them—the virtual TA managed to answer many of their questions with 97 percent certainty.

George Dvorsky Experts Held a Secret Meeting to Consider Building a Human Genome From Scratch
by George Dvorsky
May 19, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Earlier this week, over a hundred scientists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs gathered to discuss the radical possibility of creating a synthetic human genome. Strangely, journalists were not invited, and attendees were told to keep a tight lip. Which, given the weighty subject matter, is obvious cause for concern.

John G. Messerly The Positive Effect of Nature on People
by John G. Messerly
May 18, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

A colleague recently sent me a link to an article which claims that having nature in your surroundings extends life and increases happiness. The article titled, “Having a nice garden could save your life, study suggests,” notes the strong association between exposure to greenness and vegetation and lower mortality rates.

John G. Messerly Ethicists Generally Agree: The Pro-Life Arguments Are Worthless
by John G. Messerly
May 17, 2016 • (10) CommentsPermalink

Abortion continues to make political news, but a question rarely asked by politicians or other interlocutors is: what do professional ethicists think about abortion? If ethicists have reached a consensus about the morality or immorality of abortion, surely their conclusions should be important. And, as a professional ethicist myself, I can tell you that among ethicists it is exceedingly rare to find defenders of the view that abortion is murder. In fact, support for this anti-abortion position, to the extent it exists at all, comes almost exclusively from the small percentage of philosophers who are theists. Yet few seem to take notice of this fact.

Marc Roux Enseigner le Transhumanisme ?
by Marc Roux
May 16, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

9ème article de la Chronique de l’AFT Technoprog! sur Silicon Maniacs :

Originally posted on Technoprog on March 17 2012

Rick Searle A Less Bleak Lesson from the Silent Universe
by Rick Searle
May 15, 2016 • (5) CommentsPermalink

The astronomers Adam Frank and Woodruff Sullivan have an interesting paper out where they’ve essentially flipped the Drake Equation on its head. If that equation is meant to give us some handle on the probability that there are aliens out there, Frank and Sullivan have used the plethora of exoplanets discovered since the launch of the Kepler space telescope to calculate the chance that, so far, we alone have been the only advanced civilization in the 13.7 billion year history of the universe.

Jonathan Kolber Guaranteed Mirage Income?
by Jonathan Kolber
May 14, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink


According to Oxford, B of A Merrill Lynch, and other researchers, technological job displacement will increase dramatically in the next decade. Awareness of the threat this poses to societal stability is rapidly rising. Along with this awareness, there is increased discussion of guaranteed income (in various flavors) as a solution. This article explores the myriad challenges associated with permanently implementing any such program on a national basis.

Daniel Faggella Will a Conscious, Intelligent AI Emerge in Our Lifetimes?
by Daniel Faggella
May 13, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

How likely is it that artificial intelligence will achieve a human-level intelligence in the next 10 years, 20 years, 100 years, or for that matter ever? If you know researchers, you know they don’t like to prognosticate about future outcomes.

Alexander Karran Artificial Intelligence in the UK: Risks and Rewards
by Alexander Karran
May 12, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The following report was created by Transpolitica senior consultant Alexander Karran in response to the ongoing inquiry into robotics and artificial intelligence by the UK parliament’s Science and Technology Committee. The report was submitted on behalf of Transpolitica, to address the topics listed on the Science and Technology Committee inquiry page:

Gennady Stolyarov II Impacts of Indefinite Life Extension: Answers to Common Questions
by Gennady Stolyarov II
May 11, 2016 • (4) CommentsPermalink

As a proponent of attaining indefinite human longevity through the progress of medical science and technology, I am frequently asked to address key questions about the effects that indefinite life extension would have on human incentives, behaviors, and societies. Here, I offer my outlook on what some of these impacts would be.

David Orban “We’ll Live Forever and We’ll Become Cyborgs”
by David Orban
May 10, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I’ve been interviewed in Panorama, an Italian weekly magazine. (Thanks to Dotwords for the English translation, which I slightly edited.)

Originally published on on April 24 2016

George Dvorsky These Are the Most Serious Catastrophic Threats Faced by Humanity
by George Dvorsky
May 9, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Oxford’s Global Priorities Project has compiled a list of catastrophes—both natural and self-inflicted—that could kill off 10 percent or more of the human population. It’s a real buzzkill of a report and it says that any of these catastrophes could happen within the next five years.



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Multitasking Is a Myth, and to Attempt It Comes at a Neurobiological Cost
(May 22, 2016)

The Neuroscience of Enlightenment
(May 21, 2016)

US Anti-Drug Laws Aren’t Scientific — They’re Colonialist and Racist
(May 20, 2016)


almostvoid on 'Where does intelligence come from?' (May 26, 2016)

almostvoid on 'The Future of PR in Emotionally Intelligent Technology' (May 25, 2016)

almostvoid on 'Rituals Improve Life According to Ancient Chinese Philosophers' (May 25, 2016)

almostvoid on 'Optimize Brain Health by Balancing Social Life with Downtime' (May 23, 2016)

instamatic on 'Faithfulness--The Key to Living in the Zone' (May 22, 2016)

R Wordsworth Holt on 'These Are the Most Serious Catastrophic Threats Faced by Humanity' (May 22, 2016)

Giulio Prisco on 'Faithfulness--The Key to Living in the Zone' (May 22, 2016)


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

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

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