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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.