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James Hughes

James Hughes Ph.D., the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, is a bioethicist and sociologist who serves as the Associate Provost for Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning for the University of Massachusetts Boston. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago, where he also taught bioethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Dr. Hughes is author of Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future , and is working on a second book tentatively titled Cyborg Buddha. From 1999-2011 he produced the syndicated weekly radio program, Changesurfer Radio.

Dr. Hughes is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of Humanity+, the Neuroethics Society, the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and the Working Group on Ethics and Technology at Yale University. He serves on the State of Connecticut Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee (formerly known as the Stem Cell Research Advisory Board).

Dr. Hughes speaks on medical ethics, health care policy and future studies worldwide.

Dr. Hughes is available for media interviews.

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Automation and Utopia: Human Flourishing in a World Without Work by John Danaher (2019)

Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind by Susan Schneider (2019)

Pourquoi le transhumanisme? by Alexandre Technoprog (2018)

Still Think Robots Can’t Do Your Job?: Essays on Automation and Technological Unemployment by Riccardo Campa (2018)

Longevity Promotion: Multidisciplinary Perspectives by Illia Stambler (2017)

"Transhumanisme en Biélorussie"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (Jun 22, 2020)

"The ethical nonsense (and plutocratic convenience) of AI rights"  (Jun 19, 2020)

"Le transhumanisme en Suède – historique, situation présente et futur incertain"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (Jun 15, 2020)

"Short story: Dream Job"   Adversarial Metanoia  (Jun 13, 2020)

"Qui sait qu’il existe une recherche potentiellement fructueuse sur le rajeunissement ?"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (Jun 8, 2020)

"Kneeling is NOT Disrespecting the Flag"   Ethical Technologies  (Jun 7, 2020)

"Short story: The Recursive Grammar of Progress"   Adversarial Metanoia  (Jun 6, 2020)

"Technoprogressisme : À propos de prétendues contradictions internes et de l’idéologie capitaliste"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (Jun 1, 2020)

"Short story: Frankenstein’s Angel"   Adversarial Metanoia  (May 31, 2020)

"Short story: Don’t Share"   Adversarial Metanoia  (May 24, 2020)

"Short story: The Leadership Advantage"   Adversarial Metanoia  (May 18, 2020)

"L’âgisme en 10 questions"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (May 16, 2020)

"Covid-19 : L’engagement techno-progressiste"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (May 9, 2020)

"Short story: The Long Room"   Adversarial Metanoia  (May 8, 2020)

"Histoire du transhumanisme : les débuts des extropiens"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (May 2, 2020)

"La vie humaine doit être la priorité numéro 1 !"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (Apr 30, 2020)

"Yuval Harari Issues Warning at Davos 2020"   IEET Blog  (Apr 28, 2020)

"Short story: Guidelines for a Contemporary Vampire Story"   Adversarial Metanoia  (Apr 27, 2020)

"Short story:  Deep Necromancy for a Dead World"   Adversarial Metanoia  (Apr 21, 2020)

"“Is It Moral To Work For A Tech Giant?”"   Reason and Meaning  (Apr 18, 2020)

Upcoming Appearances
CFP: Special Issue on: Engineering Ethics: Bridging the Theory-Practice Gap ( - Apr 27, 2020)

Recent Multimedia
Stefan Lorenz Sorgner: When choosing between health and privacy, we should go for freedom   2020-04-08

#57 - Sorgner on Nietzschean Transhumanism   2019-04-28

#56 - Turner on Rules for Robots   2019-04-21

#55 - Baum on the Long-Term Future of Human Civilisation   2019-04-14

Episode #54 - Sebo on the Moral Problem of Other Minds   2019-04-04

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello assumes role as co-Editor of the International Journal of Technoethics (Jul 07, 2020)

New Updates on IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner (Jul 06, 2020)

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Co-Authors New Paper Industry 5.0 and Human Values (Jun 18, 2020)

Livestream event on Steve Fuller’s Nietzschean Meditations (Jun 17, 2020)

IEEt Fellows Stefan Sorgner & Kevin LaGrandeur on Covid19 and the Posthuman (Jun 08, 2020)

Past Appearances
CFP: Special Issue on: Engineering Ethics: Bridging the Theory-Practice Gap ( - Apr 27, 2020)

Call for Papers—American Academy of Religion Human Enhancement and Transhumanism Unit ( - Nov 23, 2019)

Art Biennale in Venice ( - Oct 20, 2019)

11th Beyond Humanism Conference ( - Jul 09, 2019)

9th International Colloquium on the Philosophy of Technology (Buenos Aires, Argentina. - Nov 20, 2018)