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Technopolitics > Philosophy > Fellows > Stefan Sorgner > Affiliate Scholar > Steve Fuller
First Volume of New Book Series “Posthuman Studies” Published Posthuman Studies (PHST)

IEET is happy to announce volume 1 of the newly launched book series entitled “Posthuman Studies” with the world’s oldest publishing house (Schwabe). The author is a world-leading sociologist from the University of Warwick: Prof. Dr. Steve Fuller. His monograph is entitled: Nietzschean Meditations. Untimely Thoughts at the Dawn of the Transhuman Era.

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner, the editor of this novel series, is welcoming your thought-provoking monographs. Please submit them by email to: ssorgner@johncabot.edu

Technopolitics > Philosophy > SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Affiliate Scholar > Phil Torres
IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Co-Authors New Paper on Autonomous Weapons AI & SOCIETY

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Co-Authors New Paper on Lethal Autonomous Weapons (LAWS) with Phil Torres and Angelo F. De Bellis in the journal AI & Society.

SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Advisory Board > Soenke Ziesche > Affiliate Scholar > Roman Yampolskiy
IEET Affiliates Roman Yampolskiy and Soenke Ziesche Publish New Paper on AI Welfare Big Data and Cognitive Computing

In light of fast progress in the field of AI there is an urgent demand for AI policies. Bostrom et al., provide “a set of policy desiderata”, out of which this article attempts to contribute to the “interests of digital minds”. The focus is on two interests of potentially sentient digital minds: to avoid suffering and to have the freedom of choice about their deletion. Various challenges are considered, including the vast range of potential features of digital minds, the difficulties in assessing the interests and wellbeing of sentie...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
A Philosopher’s Lifelong Search for Meaning – Part 5 – Transhumanism and Meaning by John G. Messerly

16. A Fully Meaningful Cosmos

Thus there are plausible reasons to believe that individual and cosmic death might be avoided. Yet immorality doesn’t guarantee a meaning of life, as the idea of hell so graphically illustrates. Immortality is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for a fully meaningful reality. But what do we mean by fully meaningful?

Technopolitics > Futurism > Technoprogressivism > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
Citizenship as Fob Key by Rick Searle

One of the key conceptual difficulties faced by those grappling with the resurgence of nationalism today is to hold fast to the recognition that this return of the nation state occurs in an already globalized world. In other words, this isn’t our grandparents’ nationalism we are confronting but something quite new, and forgetting that fact leads to all kinds of intellectual mistakes, most notably imagining that the ghosts of the likes of Hitler, Tojo, and Mussolini have risen from the grave like Halloween ghouls.

Rights > HealthLongevity > Affiliate Scholar > Adam A. Ford
Adam A. Ford Wins 1st Prize in the Longevity Film Competition Longevity Film Competition

Synopsis

“Aging is a technical problem with a technical solution - finding the solution requires clear thinking and focused effort. Once solving aging becomes demonstrably feasible, it is likely attitudes will shift regarding its desirability.  There is huge potential, for individuals and for society, in reducing suffering through the use of rejuvenation therapy to achieve new heights of physical well-being.  I also discuss the looming economic implications of large percentages of illness among aging populations - an...

Technopolitics > Futurism > Technoprogressivism > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Survival of the Richest by John G. Messerly

Professor and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff recently penned an article that went viral, “Survival of the Richest.” It outlines how the super wealthy are preparing for doomsday. Here is a recap followed by a brief commentary.

SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
Is effective regulation of AI possible? Eight potential regulatory problems by John Danaher

The halcyon days of the mid-20th century, when researchers at the (in?)famous Dartmouth summer school on AI dreamed of creating the first intelligent machine, seem so far away. Worries about the societal impacts of artificial intelligence (AI) are on the rise. Recent pronouncements from tech gurus like Elon Musk and Bill Gates have taken on a dramatically dystopian edge. They suggest that the proliferation and advance of AI could pose a existential threat to the human race.

Rights > Economic > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Survival of the Richest by John G. Messerly

Professor and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff recently penned an article that went viral, “Survival of the Richest.” It outlines how the super wealthy are preparing for doomsday. Here is a recap followed by a brief commentary.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Steve Fuller
Steve Fuller
Must A Human Be An Ape?  The Ultimate Problem of Self-Classification by Steve Fuller

How humans came to descend from apes The Oxford English Dictionaries define ‘human’ in three ways, which are listed in the following order: (1) whatever distinguishes people from God, animals and machines; (2) whenever people behave in a highly desirable fashion; (3) whoever is a member of the genus Homo. These are really quite different definitions. The first has the greatest conceptual clarity, but its clarity is limited to the realm of the conceptual. Making that definition work in practice is diabolical. The second is unclear in both...