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A new book by Riccardo Campa on robots and technological unemployment
(Jan 12, 2018)

IEET Fellow Riccardo Campa has published Still Think Robots Can’t Do Your Job?: Essays on Automation and Technological Unemployment a very timely collection of essays on the economic and social impact of robots and AI on work and employment.

Sorgner @ Investigating Transhumanisms and their Narratives
(Dec 12, 2017)

IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner as well as the famous French philosopher Bernard Stiegler will be keynote speakers at the forthcoming conference “Investigating Transhumanisms and their Narratives” which will take place from Wednesday the 20th until Friday the 22nd of June 2018 in Lille. If you wish to participate in this ground-breaking event, please respond to the Call for Papers which you find on the following website:

Transhumanism and military by Roland Benedikter et al. (Dec 6, 2017)

Call for Papers: The Nietzsche and Transhumanism debates continues. (Nov 21, 2017)


ieet articles

Rick Searle Escape from the Body Farm
by Rick Searle
Jan 15, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

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 perfunctory concern to issues such as ethics or the common good such issues involve.

Laurens Vaddeli Le devenir homme de la machine : anthropologie robotique et communauté humaine
by Laurens Vaddeli
Jan 12, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Les robots peuvent-ils prétendre à l’humanité?

Marcelo Rinesi Deep(ly) Unsettling: The ubiquitous, unspoken business model of AI-induced mental illness
by Marcelo Rinesi
Jan 8, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

“The junk merchant,” wrote William S. Burroughs, “doesn’t sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to his product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise. He degrades and simplifies the client.” He might as well have been describing the commercial, AI-mediated, social-network-driven internet.

Rick Searle Three Anthopocenes
by Rick Searle
Jan 8, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

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 dire, it was the lack of resources to deal with the aftermath, along with the highly racialized response of the American government to hurricane Maria’s destruction. A delayed, politicized rescue, which was inexcusable given the fact that Puerto Ricans are as much US citizens as any of my Pennsylvanian neighbors.

Terence Ericson InSitu#1 – À la découverte des énergies du futur
by Terence Ericson
Jan 5, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Dans cette première vidéo du format InSitu, découvrez les enjeux des énergies de demain, dans un lieu atypique.

John G. Messerly Summary of Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?”
by John G. Messerly
Jan 3, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Jaron Lanier‘s recent book, Who Owns the Future? discusses the role that technology plays in both eliminating job and increasing income inequality. Early in that book, Lanier quotes from Aristotle’s Politics: “If every instrument could accomplish its own work … if … the shuttle would weave and the plectrum touch the lyre without a hand to guide them, chief workmen would not want servants, nor masters slaves.”

Valerie Tarico No, Birth Control Isn’t Dangerous. But Guess Who Wants You to Think It Is.
by Valerie Tarico
Jan 1, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Headlines and hype can leave women wondering what’s real and how best to take care of their health.

Eliott Edge New, Easy Experiments for testing the Simulation Hypothesis
by Eliott Edge
Dec 30, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In terms of the major models in physics and cosmology, the simulation hypothesis, digital mechanics, and computation-based interpretations have endured and indeed grown in popularity over the last few decades, making them major contenders to the scientific dialogue.  Why simulation and computation make for such powerful analogies is that they offer a useful framework for approaching the paradoxes found throughout quantum mechanics.  If quantum phenomena behave frequently as if spacetime is totally moot, that would make sense if our universe is something like a probability-based simulation, a computer, a virtual reality, or a video game.  VR would account for the time-tested problems of entanglement, erasure, delayed-choice, particle-wave duality, retrocausality, and all the other queer observations in quantum studies that Einstein announced were far too “spooky” for him to swallow. Nevertheless, quantum mechanics remains the most mathematically precise framework of how natural phenomena act.

B. J. Murphy Onward to a Democratic Socialist Automated Neutropia
by B. J. Murphy
Dec 27, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

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.

John Danaher Is Technology Value-Neutral? New Technologies and Collective Action Problems
by John Danaher
Dec 18, 2017 • (7) CommentsPermalink

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.

Terence Ericson Mini-reportage TransVision 2017 ! États généraux du Transhumanisme international
by Terence Ericson
Dec 15, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Terence Ericson interview des transhumanistes de plusieurs pays à notre colloque TransVision 2017. Deuxième épisode à suivre bientôt !

Marcelo Rinesi When devops involves monitoring for excess suicides
by Marcelo Rinesi
Dec 14, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

When it comes to ethics and AI, forget corporate responsibility statements. If you want to know what a tech company worries about, look at what it monitors when deploying new code.

Marcelo Rinesi Short story: Nanobots and the Teenage Brain
by Marcelo Rinesi
Dec 13, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Charlie had a chip in his head, but that’s not what made him special…

Melanie Swan The Future of AI: Blockchain and Deep Learning
by Melanie Swan
Dec 11, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.

Terence Ericson Découvrez l’association Technoprog en vidéo
by Terence Ericson
Dec 8, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Dans cette seconde vidéo sur notre événement Transvision2017, Terence Ericson interview les membres de l’association.

Marcelo Rinesi The Voice of Things
by Marcelo Rinesi
Dec 5, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

t looked to her like a Christmas miracle, but it was just the Internet of Things…

John G. Messerly Evolution and Ethics
by John G. Messerly
Dec 5, 2017 • (4) CommentsPermalink

Man in his arrogance thinks himself worthy the interposition of a deity. More humble and I think truer to consider himself created from animals. ~ Charles Darwin


Alexandre Maurer Un argument bioconservateur pour la longévité
by Alexandre Maurer
Dec 1, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

J’ai récemment eu un bref échange avec l’auteur d’une tribune critique du transhumanisme dans le journal Libération. Dans cet échange, il dit :

« Allez dans un hôpital, vous n’entendrez jamais une personne de 90 ans vous dire qu’elle veut vivre plus longtemps… »


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

Philosophy’s Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress
by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds.

Conversations with the Future: 21 Visions for the 21st Century
by Nikola Danaylov

Surviving the Machine Age: Intelligent Technology and the Transformation of Human Work
by Kevin LaGrandeur and James Hughes eds.

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Sorgner @ Future Laboratory Music
January 27 , 2018
Future Laboratory Music, Stuttgart

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ieet multimedia

What is TRANSHUMANISM? Dr. Ferrando (NYU)
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What does “POSTHUMAN” mean? Dr. Ferrando (NYU)
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Kevin LaGrandeur on Surviving the Machine Age
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Gene editing in human embryos is a moral obligation, says John Harris
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Practical Ethics Channel

(Nov 24, 2017)

What Happens When We Design Babies?
(Nov 20, 2017)

A.I. Taking Jobs
(Sep 13, 2017)


Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life


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