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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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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


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Stefan Sorgner @ Meditation & Wirklichkeit Conference in Berlin
November 25 -26, 2016
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Humans, Machines, and the Future of Work Conference
December 5 -6, 2016
Rice University, Houston, Texas


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IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner’s Autobiographical Nietzschean Transhumanism in New Book
(Jul 25, 2016)

In the book mentioned below IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgnerwas invited to autobiographically present his Nietzschean transhumanism - together with such well known thinkers like Bernard Stiegler and Jean-Luc Nancy. It is forthcoming in French in October 2016:

 


IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner to be Featured on Public TV Show
(Jul 24, 2016)

An interview with IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner on transhumanism, evolution, and human perfection will be broadcasted as part of the following public TV show on the 30th of July at 5.30 pm:

http://www.hr-online.de/website/fernsehen/sendungen/index.jsp?rubrik=54283&key=standard_document_61118836


Agential Risks: A New Direction for Existential Risk Studies (Jul 21, 2016)

IEET Affiliate Scholar Franco Cortese Publishes Article in International Journal of Technoethics (Jul 20, 2016)


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John Danaher Moral Enhancement and Moral Freedom: A Critical Analysis
by John Danaher
Jul 26, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The debate about moral neuroenhancement has taken off in the past decade. Although the term admits of several definitions, the debate primarily focuses on the ways in which human enhancement technologies could be used to ensure greater moral conformity, i.e. the conformity of human behaviour with moral norms. Imagine you have just witnessed a road rage incident. An irate driver, stuck in a traffic jam, jumped out of his car and proceeded to abuse the driver in the car behind him. We could all agree that this contravenes a moral norm. And we may well agree that the proximate cause of his outburst was a particular pattern of activity in the rage circuit of his brain. What if we could intervene in that circuit and prevent him from abusing his fellow motorists? Should we do it?


Hank Pellissier Transhumanist Hank Pellissier on Being an “Atheist Missionary”
by Hank Pellissier
Jul 25, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Hank Pellissier is certainly an inimitable individual. As a transhumanist and humanitarian, he applies science and technology to inform his approach to alleviating suffering, such as through his efforts to supplement the diet of the Philippines’ Mangyan community with soylent to improve brain health and nutrition. Currently, his work as the director of the Brighter Brains Institute is focused in Uganda, where he spearheads projects to establish and support humanist schools, health clinics, and orphanages.


Rick Searle How our police became storm troopers, redux
by Rick Searle
Jul 24, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Give events of late I thought it relevant to re-post this piece from the summer of 2014 on the militarization of policing. Sadly, almost nothing has changed, except that my prediction that police would start using robots to kill people has come true, though in a way I certainly did not anticipate. I haven’t changed anything from the original post besides cleaning up the some of the shitty grammar and adding the mind-blowing photo by Jonathan Bachman, a freelancer for Reuters. If they have history books in 20 years time that photo will be in them.


Alexandre Maurer Longévité et surpopulation : déconstruire une idée reçue
by Alexandre Maurer
Jul 24, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Lorsqu’on parle d’allonger radicalement l’espérance de vie, on se heurte à une objection quasi-systématique : “Mais cela va conduire à une crise de surpopulation !”


John G. Messerly How To Live With Doubt About Life’s Meaning
by John G. Messerly
Jul 23, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

I received a correspondence from a reader who wonders about “the triumph of judgment over spontaneity as we emerge from childhood into adulthood and the consequent obstacle it poses for living in psychic comfort.” In other words she worries about how to reconcile “a naturally felt purposefulness and zest for life against an intellectual sense of life’s essential pointlessness and its indifference to human concerns that give rise to the recognition of absurdity.” The only consolation she experiences is with her grandchildren “as they go about engaging the world with perfect unmediated wonder, boundless energy, and demands for attention.”


David Orban “Robots will colonize space, without human beings”
by David Orban
Jul 22, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Robots will colonize space, without human beings

There’ll be a new civilization, the sum of human intelligence and artificial intelligence, where artificial intelligence will be able to analyze a problem, identify the resources needed to deal with it, plan a strategy, adapt and improve itself to resolve the problem.” It will do this not only for specific, planned objectives – like the IBM computer that beat chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1996 or the vision system that recognizes obstacles in today’s self-driving cars – but “in a generalized way, with any problem”. This will happen soon, “within the next two or three decades”. A valuable time “for us to get ready for a world that will see huge changes, and make sure the effects are positive and compatible with people’s lives and aspirations”.


John Danaher Reverse Turing Tests: Are Humans Becoming More Machine-Like?
by John Danaher
Jul 21, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Everyone knows about the Turing Test. It was first proposed by Alan Turing in his famous 1950 paper ‘On Computing Machinery and Intelligence’. The paper started with the question ‘Can a machine think?’. Turing noted that philosophers would be inclined to answer that question by hunting for a definition. They would identify the necessary and sufficient conditions for thinking and then they would try to see whether machines met those conditions. They would probably do this by closely investigating the ordinary language uses of the term ‘thinking’ and engaging in a series of rational reflections on those uses. At least, Oxbridge philosophers in the 1950s would have been inclined to do it this way.


Hank Pellissier Joycelyn Elders Clinic at Uganda Humanist School offers Sex Education, Free Condoms, AFRIpads
by Hank Pellissier
Jul 20, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“Joycelyn Elders Clinic” was recently launched by a USA nonprofit, to serve the 329 students attending Garama Humanist Secondary School in the village of Kisinga, in western Uganda.


John Danaher Moral Uncertainty and Moral Enhancement
by John Danaher
Jul 19, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink

[This is the rough draft of a paper I presented at the RIP Moral Enhancement Conference at Exeter on the 7th July 2016]

Some people are frightened of the future. They think humanity is teetering on the brink. Something radical must be done to avoid falling over the edge. This is the message underlying Ingmar Persson and Julian Savulescu’s book Unfit for the Future. In it they argue that humanity faces several significant existential risks (e.g. anthropocentric climate change, weapons of mass destruction, loss of biodiversity etc.).


Pedro Villanueva Looking Toward the Red Planet. Mars Party.
by Pedro Villanueva
Jul 18, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The school of Economics to Mars is a philosophy economic founded by Pedro Villanueva, that promotes a new economy after the economy of the knowledge that prevails today.


Steve Fuller Beware the Rise of Gerontocracy: Some Hard Lessons for Transhumanism, Not Least from Brexit
by Steve Fuller
Jul 17, 2016 • (8) CommentsPermalink

Transhumanists will know that the science fiction author Zoltan Istvan has unilaterally leveraged the movement into a political party contesting the 2016 US presidential election. To be sure, many transhumanists have contested Istvan’s own legitimacy, but there is no denying that he has generated enormous publicity for many key transhumanist ideas. Interestingly, his lead idea is that the state should do everything possible to uphold people’s right to live forever. Of course, he means to live forever in a healthy state, fit of mind and body. Istvan cleverly couches this policy as simply an extension of what voters already expect from medical research and welfare provision. And while he may be correct, the policy is fraught with hazards – especially if, as many transhumanists believe, we are on the verge of revealing the secrets to biological immortality.


Thijs Turèl Transparent Smart Chargepoints and the Internet of Things
by Thijs Turèl
Jul 16, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

On the 25 of September Marcelo Rinesi published his article ‘The Price for the Internet of Things will be a vague dread of a malicious world’. With this response, I want to take on the implicit challenge he poses. How can we build an internet of things that will not fill us with dread? This article will present my ideas on a ‘transparent smart chargepoint’. Let me explain what I mean by this. ‘Chargepoint’ refers to the device that is designed for charging for electric cars. ‘Smart’ refers to the fact that the chargepoint optimizes the charging process on various variables – such as the price of electricity, the congestion on the electricity grid. ‘Transparent’ means that it is designed to be open as open as possible about the algorithms that run it.


William Sims Bainbridge Death and Transfiguration
by William Sims Bainbridge
Jul 15, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In a remarkable 2012 IEET blog, “The Praxis,” Dirk Bruere introduced a quasi-religious conception of Transhumanism that not only foresaw the possibility of technological immortality for selfish individuals, but notably suggested that we have the obligation to help each other achieve eternal life, even using advanced technology as best we can to provide salvation to people who have already died:


Rene Milan The Community Delusion: “We” are not the world.
by Rene Milan
Jul 14, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Over the last few decades one hears the term ‘community’ bandied about with increasing frequency.  The most quoted is in my anecdotal memory the ‘black community’.  One also often hears about the ‘gay community’ and more recently the ‘lgbt (or lgbtq) community’.


Leo Igwe Youths and the Imperative of Humanism in Africa
by Leo Igwe
Jul 13, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Humanism has become a necessity for Africa and for Africans particularly for young people across the region who are struggling to make sense of life and existence.  Youths are critical to any human endeavor because they are the agents of hope, continuity, change and promise. Without young people, any society or initiative will go into extinction. Without young people, there is no future for humanity. So, it is with Africa and the humanist movement in the region.


John G. Messerly Bertrand Russell on Fearing Thought
by John G. Messerly
Jul 12, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth – more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. ~ Bertrand Russell


Daniel Faggella Conceivable Collaboration: 4 Examples Combining People & AI
by Daniel Faggella
Jul 11, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Google’s recent victory against top-ranked Go player Lee Sedol marks another milestone in artificial intelligence development, and though this might be considered “old” news by today’s standard, it’s still a fresh achievement for the AI world. 


Marc Roux Transhumanisme et écologie
by Marc Roux
Jul 10, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Le mois de décembre 2015 a vu la signature d’un accord dit « universel », par 195 pays, et qui marquera peut-être un tournant dans la manière dont les humains envisagent collectivement leur rapport à la Terre. Les technoprogressistes pourront s’en réjouir à double titre. D’une part il doit permettre de mieux affronter les immenses défis que nous imposent les crises climatiques, mais d’autre part, loin d’un écologisme fondamentaliste, il reconnaît, dans son article 10, « l’importance qu’il y a à donner pleinement effet à la mise au point et au transfert de technologies de façon à accroître la résilience … ».


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comments

dobermanmac on 'Beware the Rise of Gerontocracy: Some Hard Lessons for Transhumanism, Not Least from Brexit' (Jul 26, 2016)

instamatic on 'How our police became storm troopers, redux' (Jul 25, 2016)

almostvoid on 'How our police became storm troopers, redux' (Jul 25, 2016)

almostvoid on 'Optimize Your Brain: The Science of Smarter Eating' (Jul 25, 2016)

RJP8915 on 'How To Live With Doubt About Life’s Meaning' (Jul 23, 2016)

Paul Tiffany on '“Robots will colonize space, without human beings”' (Jul 23, 2016)

instamatic on 'Moral Uncertainty and Moral Enhancement' (Jul 22, 2016)

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