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Alan Brooks
Machiavelli and Nietzsche, Philosophers Foreshadowing the 21st Century by Alan Brooks

l. Machiavelli has been for a half millennia reviled as an unscrupulous philosopher when it is unfair to presume that a philosopher who was raised in the 15th century and died in the year 1527 could subscribe to 20th-21st-century ethics. Machiavelli’s Europe was a continent where the devoutly religious would sometimes practice excruciatingly painful torture on heretics. Next, to them, Machiavelli was practically benign. Machiavelli can be considered the first modern philosopher in that he deliberately, cautiously attempted to escape the ph...

Vision > Bioculture > Fiction > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
Short Story: Blue, Grey, Red by Marcelo Rinesi

You don’t switch off the union’s AI overlay in your glasses because you’re a bad cop. You’re every bit as good as somebody call Sofía Rodriguez would have to be to become and remain one in Arkansas - and you wouldn’t want to forfeit the union’s legal protection, which is tied to using their version of the AI.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Fellows > Stefan Sorgner
IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner’s Talk on Posthuman Music

On the 13th of October, he gave the opening presentation at a big conference on leisure in Freiburg i. Br. where he talked about leisure, mindfulness and the posthuman music of Sven Helbig who gave a concert as part of the same event. Here, you see Stefan Lorenz Sorgner together with Sven Helbig who is one of the most successful contemporary composers, and regularly fills concert halls such as the Barbican Center in London, England, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Alexandrinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia and the Reina Sofia Hall...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Steve Fuller
IEET affiliate scholar Steve Fuller’s Talk at Royal Society of London

On 25 September 2019, IEET affiliate scholar Steve Fuller gave a Codex Talk at the Royal Society of London, commemorating the ‘top 50 innovators’ on the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci authored the ‘Codex’ in question, which is a notebook of his thoughts, including a drawing of ‘Vitruvian Man’, which begins Fuller’s talk.

The ‘fork in the road for the future of humanity’ refers to transhumanism and posthumanism, which Fuller treats as projecting radically alternative visions for the hum...

Vision > Bioculture > Fiction > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
Short story: The Last Words of the Hero of the Heatwave Wars by Marcelo Rinesi

The five stages of ecological grief were climate denial, ethno-nationalistic anger, economic depression, and then bargaining with Alison Brun’s company but quickly accepting her terms. She was, after all, the most famous environmental urban engineer in the world, the woman who saved Chennai (for a while), and the last person to leave Houston besides the soldiers and biologists of the informally named North Hell Base.

Vision > Bioculture > Fiction > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
Short story: The Everett Arbitrage by Marcelo Rinesi

The place is an old-fashioned coworking space, poorly maintained. About two dozen men, most of them in their forties and wearing faded crypto t-shirts, wait as a presentation adjusts itself to their psychological and semiotic profiles.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
#63 - Reagle on the Ethics of Life Hacking by John Danaher

In this episode I talk to Joseph Reagle. Joseph is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University and a former fellow (in 1998 and 2010) and faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. He is the author of several books and papers about digital media and the social implications of digital technology. Our conversation focuses on his most recent book: Hacking Life: Systematized Living and its Discontents (MIT Press 2019).

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Technopolitics > Philosophy > Fellows > Stefan Sorgner
Kick-off evening with Sven Helbig and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner Mirage News

The Collaborative Research Centre “Otium. Boundaries, Chronotopes, Practices” at the University of Freiburg is organizing a conference from October 13-16, 2019. The conference is entitled “The Embodiment of Leisure: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship between Body, Physical Well-Being and Leisure.” Participants will exchange views on various aspects of the physicality of leisure through lectures and discussions ranging from artistic body performances to current phenomena such as self-optimization and general questions ...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Technoprogressivism > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
Automation and Utopia is Now Available! Automation and Utopia

“Armed with an astonishing breadth of knowledge, John Danaher engages with pressing public policy issues in order to lay out a fearless exposition of the radical opportunities that technology will soon enable. With the precision of analytical philosophy and accessible, confident prose, Automation and Utopia demonstrates yet again why Danaher is one of our most important pathfinders to a flourishing future.”  - James Hughes, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
#62 - Häggström on AI Motivations and Risk Denialism by John Danaher

In this episode I talk to Olle Häggström. Olle is a professor of mathematical statistics at Chalmers University of Technology and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Olle’s main research is in probability theory and statistical mechanics, but in recent years he has broadened his research interests to focus applied statistics, philosophy, climate science, artificial intelligence and social consequences of future technologies. He is the author of Here be Dr...