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Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Overview of technopolitics

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The incredible inventions of intuitive AI

Quantum Biology – Wandering where the edge is

On the use and misuse of 1984 in the reign of Trump

Andrew Ferguson on Predictive Policing

Value Conflicts surrounding the Meaning of Life in the Trans/Post/Human Future

Will AI make us immortal?

ieet books

Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
David Brin

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


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


Feb 17, 2017

Like It Or Not, Obamacare Affects Everyone

Seeker Daily

Before President Donald Trump vows to repeal Obamacare, what are some of the hidden benefits that have improved people’s lives?


Feb 16, 2017

Americans Need Mexico, Here’s Why

Seeker Daily

President Trump has suggested a tax on Mexican imports in order to finance the wall. How would this tax affect everyday life in the U.S.?


Feb 15, 2017

The Secret To Germany’s Powerful Economy

Seeker Daily

Pointed to as an example of success, the German economy has thrived while the rest of Europe struggled. So what’s their recipe for success?


Feb 10, 2017

La lente évaporation du travail

by Cyril Gazengel

Entre fantasme et réalité

Depuis le début de l’ère industrielle, l’idée du remplacement de l’homme par la machine dans le milieu du travail a fait du chemin, au point de paraître crédible aujourd’hui. En effet, les percées en intelligence artificielle lèvent une inquiétude : et si l’humain devenait obsolète.

Feb 7, 2017

Trump To Keep One Obama Policy In Place

The Young Turks

There is at least one Obama reform Trump seems likely to keep in place. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, tells you how Trump will keep Obama’s LGBTQ reform.


Feb 5, 2017

Liberalism Under Siege: Mark Blyth, Margaret Weir with Ed Steinfeld

Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Edward Steinfeld, director of Brown’s Watson Institute, queries political scientist Margaret Weir and political economist Mark Blyth about the rise of illiberalism across the globe.


Jan 25, 2017

The Gradual Disappearance of Jobs

by Cyril Gazengel

Stuck Between Fantasy And Reality
From the very beginning of industrial era, the idea of replacing humans with machines caught on and has persisted, to the point of appearing credible today. Indeed, breakthroughs in artificial intelligence are raising concerns about the significance of humankind in the future. That still far event horizon forecasts a society lead by strong artificial intelligences which may bring us to our obsolescence. Homo sapiens will be at best forced to the margins of active duty like the utopian post-work post-scarcity society in Iain M. Banks’s science-fiction The Culture Series,; and at worse, wiped out. Because, as Eliezer Yudkowsky said: “The AI does not hate you, nor does it love you, but you are made out of atoms which it can use for something else.”

Jan 22, 2017

Making Makers

by David Orban

Inspiring and catalyzing creativity worldwide, Mark Hatch has been instrumental in jumpstarting the Maker Movement. He has now joined Network Society Ventures as a General Partner, leveraging his knowledge, skills, and passion to invest together with us in a new generation of startups.

Jan 22, 2017

Trump Refuses To Give Up Business Ties

The Young Turks

Donald Trump is refusing to fully divest from his companies. Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break down Trump’s many conflicts of interest.


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

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