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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 > Sociology > Philosophy > Psychology > Technoprogressivism > Rights > Economic > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
Utopia of the Wastelands by Rick Searle

Part of the problem with utopia is the question of where do you put it. After all, what any imaginary ideal society ultimately ends up being is its “own world turned upside down”, which means that the world, as it is, must not have a place for anything like a paradise on earth, otherwise an author would have had no reason to dream up a utopia in the first place.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Technoprogressivism > Affiliate Scholar > Steve Fuller
Steve Fuller
The Transhumanist Test of Faith by Steve Fuller

Transhumanism is more often regarded as a faith by its detractors than its supporters. For my own part, I have long argued that the signature themes of transhumanism – especially the preoccupation with intellectual immortality and physical resurrection – bear the marks of Abrahamic theology. Indeed, without that theological backdrop, transhumanism’s zeal for mind uploading and cryonics looks simply bizarre. However, in this context, transhumanists can reasonably argue that they are scientifically delivering on those original theologica...

Technopolitics > Technoprogressivism > Rights > CognitiveLiberty > FreeThought > Affiliate Scholar > Hank Pellissier
Hank Pellissier
Leo Igwe’s iDOUBT Critical Thinking workshop seeks to End Superstition in Africa and The Philippines by Hank Pellissier

Leo Igwe PhD, a Nigerian journalist and activist, has designed a 5-Step Critical Thinking (CT) workshop called “iDOUBT” that aims to obliterate dangerous superstitions in Subsaharan Africa, and in tribal groups of The Philippines.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
Escape from the Body Farm by Rick Searle

One of the lesser noted negative consequences of having a tabloid showman for a president is the way the chaos and scandal around him has managed to suck up all the air in the room. Deep social and political problems that would have once made the front page, sat on top of the newsfeed, or been covered in depth by TV news, have been relegated to the dustbin of our increasingly monetized attention. And because so few of the public know about these issues their future remains in the hands of interested parties unlikely to give more than a perfu...

Technopolitics > Futurism > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
Three Anthopocenes by Rick Searle

A few weeks back I read an interesting essay by Jedediah Purdy on Aeon written in the halcyon days of 2015. An article which, given the news, captured something essential and got me a little depressed. Within the space of the last three weeks hurricanes of almost unprecedented magnitude slammed into Houston, then, Florida, then Puerto Rico. All were bad, but the last looked something like something straight out of a Hollywood apocalyptic. It wasn’t just the scale of the storm that hit it which made the situation in Puerto Rico so much more...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Technoprogressivism > Affiliate Scholar > B. J. Murphy
B. J. Murphy
Onward to a Democratic Socialist Automated Neutropia by B. J. Murphy

During a talk at the CIO Network, techno-philanthropist and entrepreneur Peter H. Diamandis said, “I’m sort of a libertarian capitalist at heart, but we’re heading towards a future of socialism.” And he’s not wrong. Capitalism might’ve helped bring about advanced technological innovations over the decades, but as a result, the socio-economic system is providing the very tools needed to eventually replace it as a whole.

SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
Is Technology Value-Neutral? New Technologies and Collective Action Problems by John Danaher

We’ve all heard the saying “Guns don’t kill people, people do”. It’s a classic statement of the value-neutrality thesis. This is the thesis that technology, by itself, is value-neutral. It is the people that use it that are not. If the creation of a new technology, like a gun or a smartphone, has good or bad effects, it is due to good or bad people, not the technology itself.

Rights > Economic > Affiliate Scholar > Melanie Swan
Melanie Swan
The Future of AI: Blockchain and Deep Learning by Melanie Swan

First point: considering blockchain and deep learning together suggests the emergence of a new class of global network computing system. These systems are self-operating computation graphs that make probabilistic guesses about reality states of the world.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Roland Benedikter
Transhumanism and military by Roland Benedikter et al. Science & Peace

Transhumanism and military by Roland Benedikter, Christopher Coenen, Hans-Jorg Kreowski, Robert Ranisch, Alexander Reymann and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner.

Supplement to Science and Peace 4/2017 and FIfF Communication 4/2017 Published by the Information Center for Science and Peace in cooperation with the Forum Computer Scientists for Peace and Social Responsibility (FIfF eV) See article here