Recent Books by IEET Fellows and Staff
The Future of Business The Future of Business is the first book in the FutureScapes series. With essays from more than 60 contributing authors, including IEET Affiliate Scholar BJ Murphy and IEET Advisor Gray Scott. The book focuses on the critical social and economic forces, business trends, disruptive technologies, breakthrough developments in science and new ideas that could reshape the commercial environment over the next two decades. It explores how these future factors could come together to force a fundamental rethinking of the purpose,  strategy, busines...
A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control We live in an age of awesome technological potential. From nanotechnology to synthetic organisms, new technologies stand to revolutionize whole domains of human experience. But with awesome potential comes awesome risk: drones can deliver a bomb as readily as they can a new smartphone; makers and hackers can 3D-print guns as well as tools; and supercomputers can short-circuit Wall Street just as easily as they can manage your portfolio. One thing these technologies can’t do is answer the profound moral issues they raise. Who should be held a...
Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach discusses key topics such as: - AI-Completeness theory and how it can be used to see if an artificial intelligent agent has attained human level intelligence - Methods for safeguarding the invention of a superintelligent system that could theoretically be worth trillions of dollars - Self-improving AI systems: definition, types, and limits - The science of AI safety engineering, including machine ethics and robot rights - Solutions for ensuring safe and secure confinement of superintelligent s...
Who Are We?: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific and Transhumanist Theories Of Human Nature Who Are We? Religious, Philosophical, Scientific, and Transhumanist Theories of Human Nature examines religious, philosophical, scientific and transhumanist theories of human nature. It begins by discussing various religious views of human nature—Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judeo-Christianity. Then, it looks at the philosophical theories of human nature advanced by Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Kant, Sartre, Marx and Freud. Next it turns to Darwin and the neo-Darwinians for insights into human nature from evolutionary biology. The boo...
Codebreaking our future: Deciphering The Future’s Hidden Order In Codebreaking our future, IEET contributor Michael Lee examines the structural foundations of modern society and provides an overview of the four major challenges, or revolutions, that will dominate causal change for the remainder of the twenty-first century. He also explains his recently trademarked FutureFinder system, a computer programme which lists and ranks influences on social change, allowing societies, organisations and individuals to plot their trajectories into the future.
eHuman Dawn The Great Shift is coming…. are you ready to jump? Fast forward to the year 2242—a world in which death, disease, war and famine have been conquered, and where everything, including humans, are devices on Neuro, a complex network operating system that is controlled via human thought. Adam Winter has lived for nearly two hundred years in an eHuman body—a man of metal, fiber optics and plastic, on a world where no one dies and no one is born. Paradise on earth—until Adam discovers that the World Government is cutting powe...
Apex The Explosive Conclusion to Nexus and Crux. Global unrest spreads through the US, China, and beyond. Secrets and lies set off shockwaves of anger, rippling from mind to mind. Riot police battle neurally-linked protestors. Armies are mobilized. Political orders fall. Nexus-driven revolution is in here.  Against this backdrop, a new breed of post-human children are growing into their powers. And a once-dead scientist, driven mad by her torture, is closing in on her plans to seize planet’s electronic systems, and re-forge everything in ...
The Second Intelligent Species IEET Fellow Marshall Brain’s latest book answers questions like: - How will new computer vision systems affect the job market? - How many people will become unemployed by the second intelligent species? - What will happen to millions of newly unemployed workers? - How can modern society and modern economies cope with run-away unemployment caused by robots? - What will happen when the first sentient, conscious computer appears? - What moral and ethical principles will guide the second intelligent species? - Why do we see no extraterrestria...
Anticipating Tomorrow’s Politics Just as technology can alter politics, so also can politics alter technology. The speed and direction of technological adoption is strongly influenced by social and psychological factors, by legislation, by subsidies, by incentives, and by the provision or restriction of public funding. Political action can impact all these factors, either for better or for worse. Anyone who cares about the future of technology needs, therefore, to care about the future of politics. Table of contents   An introduction to tomorrow’s politics, by David ...
Post- and Transhumanism: An Introduction Scientific advances in genetics, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence signal the end of our traditional concept of the human being. The most vigorous movements dealing with this ongoing crisis of humanism are posthumanism and transhumanism. While posthumanism reconsiders what it means to be human, transhumanism actively promotes human enhancement. Both approaches address the posthuman condition in the technological age. In 20 articles, written by leading scholars of the field including the IEET’s Executive Director James Hughes and t...