TECHNOPROGRESSIVE POLICY PROJECT The IEET is working to build a global technoprogressive ideological current. Towards that end we are working to define the technoprogressive approach to public policy.

Defining Technoprogressivism Technoprogressivism is an ideological stance with roots in Enlightenment thought which focuses on how human flourishing is advanced by the convergence of technological progress and democratic social change. Technoprogressives argue that technological innovations can be profoundly empowering and emancipatory when they are democratically and transparently regulated for safety and efficacy, and then made universally and equitably available. See for instance the Technoprogressive Declaration.

Science and Technology Policy a. Encouraging innovation and resisting intellectual property overreach
b. Public financing of science
c. Regulation for safety and efficacy

Rights of the Person We seek to engage the human rights community, legal scholars, reproductive rights activists, the transgendered community, advocates of public health approaches to illicit drugs and others in a campaign to deepen and broaden the concept of human rights.

Health and Longevity

We seek to make the case for longer healthier lives, addressing objections to life extension, from the alleged problem of overpopulation to the threat of ennui. We are coordinating and developing consultation with senior citizens groups and organizations of the disabled to help them challenge ageist and ableist attitudes that discourage the full utilization of health technology.

Body Autonomy

a. Bodily Self-determination, e.g. genetic self-ownership
b. Enabling the Disabled
c. Reproductive Rights, e.g. access to safe and effective reproductive and contraceptive technologies, including genomic choice
d. Post-Genderism
e. Self-Determined Dying

Cognitive Liberty And Freedom of Speech

a. Freedom of Thought, e.g. separation of church and state
b. Privacy, e.g. restricting the surveillance state
c. Decarceration and Decriminalization of Psychoactive Drugs, including cognitive enhancement

Economic Security

The IEET believes that this time is different; the technological innovations of the 21st century will be dramatically reducing the demand for human labor of all kinds. We need to prepare now for the wrenching political and economic reforms that will be necessary to ensure that technological unemployment is a boon for all, and not just an economic elite.

Political Empowerment

Investigating ways that emerging technologies can empower citizen engagement

Rights of Non-Human Persons

The IEET is committed to the idea that some non-human animals meet the criteria of legal personhood and thus are deserving of specific rights and protections. Owing to advances in several fields, including the neurosciences, it is becoming obvious that the human species no longer can ignore the rights of non-human persons. A number of non-human animals, including the great apes, cetaceans, elephants, and parrots, exhibit self-awareness, intentionality, creativity, and symbolic communication. It is a moral and legal imperative that we now extend the protection of 'human rights' from our species to all beings with those characteristics.

Global Democracy and Security We are working to promote democracy at the global level, and to promote policies that mitigate catastrophic risks to humanity and to the biosphere.

Activities The IEET has built a network of the most visionary thinkers and activists working on the policy implications of human enhancement and other emerging technologies.

Research Grants

Grants and donors support the research of IEET Fellows and interns on the ethical and policy issues of human enhancement and other emerging technologies.

Fellows, Affiliate Scholars and Interns

Since 2004 IEET Fellows and Affiliate Scholars have written thousandsof op-eds, journal articles and book chapters, and the IEET has promoted their work through the IEET website and publications.

Media outreach and Speakers Bureau

Through targeted press releases and the provision of qualified spokespersons, the Institute disseminates key policy ideas that address emerging technologies. The Institute sponsors the weekly syndicated Changesurfer Radio, and will develop other educational materials for radio, television and the web.

Networking Scholars and Organizations

In each of our programmatic areas we are building a database of scholars and networking with organizations working on similar topics from similar points of view.


The IEET often organizes and co-sponsors conferences and one day seminars North America to promote discussion of techoprogressive ideas.

Artificial Intelligence & The Singularity (Piedmont, CA, USA, Sept 20, 2014) co-sponsored with Brighter Brains Institute
The Future of Emotional Health and Intelligence (Berkeley, CA, USA, July 26, 2014) co-sponsored with Brighter Brains Institute
Global Existential Risks and Radical Futures (Piedmont, CA, USA, June 14, 2014)
Religion and Transhumanism: The future of faith, ethics, and philosophy (Piedmont, CA, USA, May 10, 2014) co-sponsored with Brighter Brains Institute
Eros Evolving: The Future of Love, Sex, Marriage and Beauty (Piedmont, CA, USA, April 5, 2014) co-sponsored with Brighter Brains Institute, Center for Sex and Culture, and Good Vibrations
Personhood Beyond the Human (Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, Dec 6-8, 2013) co-sponsored with the Yale Center for Bioethics, Yale Animal Ethics Group and the Nonhuman Rights Project
Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics (Chandler, AZ, USA, May 20-21, 2013) co-sponsored, organized by Center for Law, Science & Innovation, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU
The Moral Brain (New York University, New York, NY, USA, March 30-April 1, 2012) co-sponsored with the NYU Center for Bioethics, Duke Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Yale Center for Bioethics
Biopolitics of Popular Culture (Irvine, California, USA, Dec 4-5, 2009)
Global Catastrophic Risks: Building a Resilient Civilization (Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California, USA, Nov 14, 2008) co-sponsored with the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
21st Century Rights (United Nations Plaza, NYC, NY USA, May 11-13, 2007) co-sponsored with the IHEU- Appignani Humanist Center for Bioethics
Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights (Stanford University Law School, California USA, May 26-28, 2006), co-sponsored with the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, and the Stanford Center for Law and Biosciences.
The 2005 and 2006 Transvision conferences (Caracas Venezuela, July 22-24, 2005; Helsinki Finland - August 17-20, 2006) focusing on human enhancement technologies, were co-sponsored with the Humanity+

Publications The IEET solicits articles from recognized experts and thinkers for publication in the IEET's Journal of Evolution and Technology, at the IEET website, in booklets, and in newspapers and magazines that reach a broad and informed audience.


Collectively IEET Fellows, Affiliate Scholars and staff have authored dozens of books on technoprogressive themes, and many are working on book projects currently.

Journal of Technology and Evolution

The Journal of Technology and Evolution is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal, publishing academic-quality research since 1998. JET welcomes submissions on subject matters that many mainstream journals shun as too speculative, radical, or interdisciplinary on all issues relating to the future prospects of the human species and its descendants. Since its inception, JET has had five editors-in-chief: Dr. Nick Bostrom, Dr. Robin Hanson, Dr. Mark Walker, Dr. James Hughes and currently Dr. Russell Blackford.