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SciencePolicy > Innovation > Nanotechnology > Staff > Steven Umbrello
IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello publishes new paper on Nanotechnology Futures

Atomically precise manufacturing (APM) is the assembly of materials with atomic precision. APM does not currently exist, and may not be feasible, but if it is feasible, then the societal impacts could be dramatic. This paper assesses the net societal impacts of APM across the full range of important APM sectors: general material wealth, environmental issues, military affairs, surveillance, artificial intelligence, and space travel. Positive effects were found for material wealth, the environment, military affairs (specifically nuclear disarm...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Roland Benedikter
Roland Benedikter Discusses Rights in a Post-Human World Cato Unbound

I agree with Rachel that the future of “serious” AI to be branded as such in the strict sense is still (far) ahead, as I have already stated in my lead essay. And I appreciate Rachel’s notion of “general intelligence” to be applied on the upcoming debates on rights for non-human “intelligence” within modern democracies. I regard this notion to be a potential “added value” to a more in-depth debate which hasn’t been taken into consideration sufficiently yet, at least in current Europe. Yet concrete legal proposal options o...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Fellows > Stefan Sorgner
IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner: jury member of the Austrian Governmental Award Patent 2018

IEET Fellow and Philosophy Professor Stefan Lorenz Sorgner was invited to being a jury member by the Austrian patent agency to vote for the most innovative inventions of 2018: https://www.ots.at/presseaussendung/OTS_20180419_OTS0064/staatspreis-patent-schoenheitswettbewerb-fuer-patente-und-marken-startet-bild The jury consists of leading experts in the field of emergent technologies and distinguished policy-maker, e.g. CEO of KTM Stefan Pierer, general director of IBM Austria Patricia Neumann, the rector of the Technical University Vienna Sa...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Contributors > Loredana Terec-Vlad
Beyond Technological Singularity-the Posthuman Condition Postmodern Openings

In the transmodern context, transhumanism appears as a new paradigm, with a centripetal tendency, which proposes the reinventing of man by overcoming the current biological limitations with the help of new technologies, so called human amelioration. In our work, we want to discuss in a speculative manner the possibility of the existence of the posthuman individual in the biological and moral (self) transcendence of the self. We will discuss a series of technologies capable of irreversibly modifying the human condition by placing humanity fir...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Rights > Personhood > Affiliate Scholar > Roland Benedikter
IEET’s Roland Benedikter Published Debate Article ‘Citizen Robot’ Cato Unbound

The “overcoming of man” long announced by the western political philosophy of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries seems to have begun in practice, induced – as remains to be seen, consciously or unconsciously – by states and leaders who live in a paradox: a medieval worldview connected with the hyper-technology of tomorrow.

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Technopolitics > Philosophy > SciencePolicy > Safety and Efficacy > Staff > Steven Umbrello
Managing Director Steven Umbrello Publishes New Article in JRI Journal of Responsible Innovation

This paper argues that although moral intuitions are insufficient for making judgments on new technological innovations, they maintain great utility for informing responsible innovation. To do this, this paper employs the Value Sensitive Design (VSD) methodology as an illustrative example of how stakeholder values can be better distilled to inform responsible innovation. Further, it is argued that moral intuitions are necessary for determining stakeholder values required for the design of responsible technologies. This argument is supported ...

SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Fellows > Kevin LaGrandeur
Kevin LaGrandeur Interviewed on WGN RADIO in Chicago The Mason Vera Paine Show

“Is Artificial Intelligence Something We Should Worry About?”  When it comes to Artificial-Intelligence (A.I) we always hear about doom and gloom, from job losses to a robocalypse; but could these things be just an over-reaction? Find out more by listening to this interview Kevin gave regarding this topic on The Mason Vera Paine Show of WGN RADIO in Chicago, on March 28, 2018. They covered the ways A.I will effect daily life & what we can do to prepare ourselves: http://wgnradio.com/2018/03/28/is-artificial-intelligence-...

Technopolitics > Technoprogressivism > Fellows > Kevin LaGrandeur
Kevin LaGrandeur in the News FierceCEO

IEET Fellow Kevin LaGrandeur was recently quoted in the article “Is artificial intelligence the great job eliminator or creator?” by Karen Talley.  The news article is posted on FierceCEO.

Fellows > Stefan Sorgner
Sorgner @ Global Solutions Taipei Workshop

IEET Fellow Stefan L. Sorgner has been invited as a keynote speaker at the 2018 Global Solutions Taipei Workshop.

The Global Solutions (GS) Taipei Workshop 2018 with “Shaping the Future of an Inclusive Digital Society” as its overarching theme is going to take place at the Ambassador Hotel on March 28, 2018 in Taipei. It will be co-organized by Chung-Hua Institute for Economic Research (CIER) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy