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Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Overview of technopolitics

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Beyond Resistance: The Story of 2016

The Science of Bias, Empathy, and Dehumanization

Algocracy as Hypernudging: A New Way to Understand the Threat of Algocracy

Techno-Anxiety? We’ve Been Afraid of Disruptions Since the Printing Press

Short story: Rush Hour

To solve old problems, study new species

ieet books

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

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
John G Messerly

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

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


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

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

Preparing for Technological Unemployment

The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) believes that this time is different; the technological innovations of the 21st century will be dramatically reducing the demand for human labor of all kinds. We need to prepare now for the wrenching political and economic reforms that will be necessary to ensure that technological unemployment is a boon for all, and not just an economic elite.

Mission Statement

For two hundred years there have been predictions that technological innovation would lead to widespread unemployment. Instead, jobs in factories opened as farm work declined, and then jobs in offices and services grew as factory work declined.

Today we are seeing the rapid transformation of work by robotics, artificial intelligence, the Internet, 3D manufacturing, synthetic biology and nanotechnology. Most economists and policy makers believe that these new technologies will again create as many new jobs as they make obsolete. At most, they believe there will be a need for educational innovation and work re-training to make the transition less painful.

But some have begun to argue that these innovations may finally create the long predicted decline of work. They point to the dwindling set of skills that humans can still do more cheaply and efficiently than machines, and are urging policy makers to take seriously the possibility of widespread technological unemployment in the coming decades.

This project aims to move the discussion about technological unemployment forward by engaging experts and policy makers involved in the study of technological unemployment, and by outlining the risks and benefits of the various policy responses that can be offered if technological unemployment begins to accelerate.

Specifically, through the Technological Unemployment program, the IEET addresses these questions:
  • Is there already net technologically-driven job loss, underemployment and precarity?
  • Is technology causing inequality (“skill-biased technological change”)?
  • Are there occupations that are immune to technological change? Can these occupations expand to absorb displaced workers?
  • What is the job creation potential of new technologies?
  • What will be the macroeconomic effects of technological unemployment?
  • How will technological unemployment interact with rising old age dependency and extending longevity?

Technoprogressive Technoprogressive List Discussion of technoprogressive public policy, especially technological unemployment and the basic income guarantee.


Books on Technological Unemployment and Political Economy


Jan 6, 2017

Donald Trump, les mexicains et les robots

by Alexandre Maurer

Donald Trump a promis de ramener ses emplois à l’Amérique profonde. Mais qui les a vraiment “volé” ? Et si c’était en fait un faux problème ?

Published on 15 November 2016 on Technoprog

Dec 24, 2016

The Tyee - Next Economy: Tech Capitalism’s Impossible Dream

by Doug Rushkoff

Read this interview at The Tyee

Douglas Rushkoff has been observing the Internet’s trajectory since the 1990s, writing 16 influential books about digital culture along the way including Media Virus and Present Shock. Rushkoff’s latest work, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, focuses on the business and investing practices of today’s leading tech companies like Uber and Snapchat, and how they are exaggerating the worst aspects of an economic system that pushes for growth at all costs.

Dec 24, 2016

Changing Utopia - or what Guy Standing learned from the Lady of the Future

BIT Teatergarasjen

Changing Utopia - or what Guy Standing learned from the Lady of the Future from BIT Teatergarasjen on Vimeo.


Dec 23, 2016

ContentoNowTV Hosts Tsvi Bisk



Dec 22, 2016

State Will No Longer Go After Dead Students’ Loans

The Young Turks

New Jersey has just decided it will no longer collect student loans from the parents of deceased former students or students who have become permanently disabled. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.


Dec 21, 2016

Corporate Media Is Just As Dangerous As Fake News Sites

The Young Turks

While the danger posed by fake news sites like Breitbart is very real, so too is the danger posed by corporate-controlled news entities. They are the ones who pushed the Iraq lies, the Y2K fears, and the countless panic-inducing stories about diseases that only infected a handful of Americans. The Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


Dec 9, 2016

Blockchain – The Building Blocks for a New Society, with Vince Meens

Future Thinkers

Blockchain technology has been making its way into the mainstream over the last year. Far from its anarchist-leaning Bitcoin beginnings, it has been getting adopted by large banks and governments like Dubai. Because of its adoption by financial institution, blockchain has become almost analogous with financial technology (fintech) in the minds of many. Even outside of fintech, the blockchain is still a wallflower in the technology world.



Dec 8, 2016

Trump Picks Establishment Banker For Treasury Secretary

The Young Turks

You didn’t actually believe Donald Trump was going to drain the swamp, did you? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.


Dec 7, 2016

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

The Young Turks

The federal government is doing something positive for ordinary Americans, so the Wall Street Journal is in a panic. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.


Dec 7, 2016

The informal sector Singularity

by Marcelo Rinesi

At the intersection of cryptocurrencies and the “gig economy” lies the prospect of almost self-contained shadow economies with their own laws and regulations, vast potential for fostering growth, and the possibility of systematic abuse.

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