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Desiderata for a Model of Human Values

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The Brain: The Story of You
David Eagleman

Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence
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The End of the Beginning: Life, Society and Economy on the Brink of the Singularity
Ben Goertzel

Humans and Automata A Social Study of Robotics
Riccardo Campa


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Rights of the Person Program

Sane adult citizens have a right to control their own bodies and minds. Through the Rights of the Person program, we engage the human rights community, legal scholars, reproductive rights activists, the transgendered community, and advocates of public health approaches to illicit drugs in a campaign to deepen and broaden the concept of human rights. In particular we believe that the right to technological self-determination should be protected by laws and treaties.
Sub-Program: Rights of Non-Human Persons - The IEET is committed to the idea that some non-human animals meet the criteria of legal personhood and thus are deserving of specific rights and protections.
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Witness Using video and other technologies in the fight for human rights

How to complain to the UN Human Rights Treaty System" provides an easy-to-use guide for making a complaint to the UN human rights treaty bodies on civil and political rights, discrimination against women, torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and racial discrimination.

European Human Rights Centre

Rights to Enabling Technologies

Alliance for Technology Access

Internatinal Center for Disability Resources on the Internet

Also see Human Enhancement Resources for the Physically Disabled

Rights to Choice in Dying

Alcor The largest cryonics firm

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Reproductive Rights

International Planned Parenthood Federation

Center for Reproductive Rights

Also see Human Enhancement Resources for Reproductive Rights Advocates

Review of International Laws Restricting Cloning and Germline Genetic Engineering Center for Genetics and Society

"Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights" Adopted by UNESCO's General Conference in 1997

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Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics

Drug Policy Alliance


Also see Human Enhancement Resources for Drug Law Reform Advocates

"Pharmacotherapy and the Future of the Drug War" A report by the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics

Right to Sexual and Gender Choice

National Transgender Advocacy Coalition

Int'l Gay and Lesbian Human Rights

International Foundation for Gender Education

Transgender Law and Policy Institute

Also see Human Enhancement Resources for LGBTQ Community

Trans-Species Personhood Rights

Great Ape Project

Right to Economic Security

Basic Income Guarantee Network (US)

CLAWS: Creating Livable Alternatives to Wage Slavery

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"Desiderata for a Model of Human Values" by Kaj Sotala  Nov 30, 2015

"Should You Sign Up for Cryonics?"  Nov 30, 2015

"Future Fiction: To an Antique Land" by B. J. Murphy  Future Fiction: To the Antique Land   Nov 29, 2015

"Star Trek Philosophy: “Killing Is Wrong, No Matter Who’s Doing It”" by B. J. Murphy  Serious Wonder   Nov 28, 2015

"What About Me?" by Gareth John  Ethical Technology  Nov 28, 2015

"Will technological unemployment lead to human disenhancement?" by John Danaher  Philosophical Disquisitions   Nov 28, 2015

"Don’t we all wish to be Wonder Woman or Superman?"  Nov 28, 2015

"How much should we care for virtual mice?"  Nov 27, 2015

"Obfuscation: protect privacy by destroying the Web!" by David Brin  Contrary Brin   Nov 27, 2015

"Benefiting from Exponentials Globally" by David Orban   Nov 26, 2015

"Theory and Application of the Extended Mind (Series Index)" by John Danaher  Philosophical Disquisitions   Nov 26, 2015

"After Paris, can we be both safe and free?" by David Brin  Contrary Brin   Nov 25, 2015

"Don’t we all wish to be Wonder Woman or Superman?"  Nov 25, 2015

"Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient A.I. - Terasem Colloquium in Second Life Dec. 10th" by Giulio Prisco  Turing Church   Nov 25, 2015

"Anonymous vs ISIS: Vigilante justice in the War against Terrorism" by Stefan Morrone  Ethical Technology   Nov 24, 2015

"APM, Nanotech and a Solution to Middle-Eastern Stability" by Stefan Morrone  Ethical Technology   Nov 23, 2015

"How the Mysterious Dark Net Is Going Mainstream"  Nov 23, 2015

"Christians Should Support Scientists and Technologists" by Christopher J. Benek   Nov 22, 2015

"An Internet Without Screens Might Look Like This"  Nov 22, 2015

"Is Anyone Competent to Regulate Artificial Intelligence?" by John Danaher  Philosophical Disquisitions  Nov 21, 2015

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Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence by Calum Chace (2015)

The End of the Beginning: Life, Society and Economy on the Brink of the Singularity by Ben Goertzel (2015)

Humans and Automata A Social Study of Robotics by Riccardo Campa (2015)

The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse by Phil Torres (2015)

Envisioning Politics 2.0 by David Wood and Alexander Karran eds. (2015)

The Future of Business by Ed. Rohit Talwar (2015)

A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control by Wendell Wallach (2015)

Who Are We?: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific and Transhumanist Theories Of Human Nature by John Messerly (2015)

Apex by Ramez Naam (2015)

The Second Intelligent Species by Marshall Brain (2015)

Anticipating Tomorrow’s Politics by Ed. David Wood (2015)

Post- and Transhumanism: An Introduction by Robert Ranisch and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner eds. (2015)

How “God” Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith by Marshall Brain (2015)

Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality by Martine Rothblatt (2014)

A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading by Keith Wiley (2014)

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom (2014)

Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds. (2014)

Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies by Ben Goertzel ed. (2014)

Personality Capture and Emulation by William Sims Bainbridge (2014)

Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies by Russell Blackford (2013)

Happy-People-Pills For All by Mark Walker (2013)

Longevitize!: Essays on the Science, Philosophy & Politics of Longevity by ed. Franco Cortese (2013)

Crux by Ramez Naam (2013)

eGods: Faith versus Fantasy in Computer Gaming by William Sims Bainbridge (2013)

The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet by Ramez Naam (2013)

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays by eds. Max More and Natasha Vita-More (2013)

Artificial Slaves: Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture by Kevin LaGrandeur (2013)

Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff (2012)

Nexus by Ramez Naam (2012)

A Crisis of Faith: Atheism, Emerging Technologies and the Future of Humanity by Phil Torres (2012)

Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization by Parag Khanna & Ayesha Khanna (2012)

Manna: Two Visions of Humanity’s Future by Marshall Brain (2012)

Smart Mice, Not-So-Smart People: An Interesting and Amusing Guide to Bioethics by Arthur Caplan (2012)

From Transgender to Transhuman: A Manifesto On the Freedom Of Form by Martine Rothblatt (2012)

Freedom of Religion and the Secular State by Russell Blackford (2012)

The Olympics: The Basics by Andy Miah and Beatriz Garcia (2012)

Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics by Patrick Lin (2011)

Program or Be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff (2011)

Invent Utopia Now, Transhumanist Suggestions for the Pre-Singularity Era by Hank Pellissier (2011)

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman (2011)

Online Multiplayer Games by William Sims Bainbridge (2010)

Mutare o perire. La sfida del transumanesimo (Change or Perish. The Challenge of Transhumanism) by Riccardo Campa (2010)

Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back by Douglas Rushkoff (2009)

50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists by eds. Udo Schuklenk and Russell Blackford (2009)

Human Enhancement by Edited by Julian Savulescu and Nick Bostrom (2009)

Science Fiction and Philosophy by Susan Schneider (2008)

Unnatural Selection: The Challenges of Engineering Tomorrow’s People by Eds. Peter Healey and Steve Rayner (2008)

Etica della scienza pura by Riccardo Campa (2007)

Though the Heavens May Fall: The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery by Steve M. Wise (2006)

God from the Machine: Artifical Intelligence Models of Religious Cognition by William Sims Bainbridge (2006)

Testament (volumes 1-4) by Douglas Rushkoff (2005)

More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement by Ramez Naam (2005)

Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future by James Hughes (2004)

Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance by Mihail Roco and William Sims Bainbridge (2003)

Drawing the Line: Science and the Case for Animal Rights by Steven Wise (2002)

Playing the Future: What We Can Learn from Digital Kids by Douglas Rushkoff (1999)

Unzipped Genes: Taking Charge of Baby-Making in the New Millennium by Martine Rothblatt (1997)

Apartheid of Sex : A Manifesto on the Freedom of Gender by Martine Rothblatt (1991)


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