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IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher on TED
(Mar 26, 2017)

Danaher, an academic based at the National University of Ireland, Galway, laid out his argument regarding the uncertain future regarding sex robots and their consequences at TEDxWHU last month in a 17-minute talk called “Symbols and Consequences in the Sex Robot Debate.”

Full Article and Video Here


Does this robot want your job?
(Mar 24, 2017)

Join us on Facebook Live for a discussion with NYIT Professor Kevin LaGrandeur as he argues that the real threat to American jobs isn’t flesh-and-blood foreign workers. It’s robots and computers.

https://www.facebook.com/events/392673634451063/


Hank Pellissier Interview with Terry Hyland (Mar 16, 2017)

Essay collection “Nietzsche and Transhumanism: Precursor or Enemy?” To be Released (Mar 15, 2017)


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Nikola Danaylov Why the politics of the future is technology and technology is the future of politics
by Nikola Danaylov
Mar 28, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Technology drives change. And, by definition, change turns the world upside down. So it takes a perfectly good blue-blood nobleman and turns him into a pauper. It takes a king and, at best, makes him a ceremonial figurehead with no real power. It takes a shepherd and makes him a laborer, hopefully a member of the middle-class or, occasionally, a capitalist. And so, in the end, technology, as a bringer of change, is about politics. Because, as my undegraduate textbook defined it, politics is about “who gets what, from whom, under what conditions, and for what purpose.”


John Danaher How to Plug the Robot Responsibility Gap
by John Danaher
Mar 27, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

iller robots. You have probably heard about them. You may also have heard that there is a campaign to stop them. One of the main arguments that proponents of the campaign make is that they will create responsibility gaps in military operations. The problem is twofold: (i) the robots themselves will not be proper subjects of responsibility ascriptions; and (ii) as they gain autonomy, there is more separation between what they do and the acts of the commanding officers or developers who allowed their use, and so less ground for holding these people responsible for what the robots do. A responsibility gap opens up.


David Brin Facing a future of technologic wonders: Artificial Intelligence
by David Brin
Mar 26, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Don’t be demoralized; we’ve faced waves of anti-science mania before. Today, let’s assume we decide to resume being a boldly confident, ever-ambitious, scientific and technological civilization, in which children believe they can be better than their parents… but parents make that goal hard to achieve, in the best way, because we’re improving too!


Valerie Tarico How to Talk with Your Kid about Abortion—Especially Your Abortion
by Valerie Tarico
Mar 25, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

In coming decades, better birth control like long-acting IUDs and implants may make elective abortion virtually obsolete. But for now, unsought pregnancy is still painfully common; over a million American women have an abortion each year.


John Danaher Is Judicial Review Compatible with Democracy?
by John Danaher
Mar 24, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Many countries have constitutions that protect individual rights. Strong form judicial review (hereinafter ‘strong JR’) is the practice whereby courts, usually the ‘supreme’ court in a given jurisdiction, have the final power to strike down legislation that they perceive to be in conflict with constitutionally protected rights. The United States and Ireland are two jurisdictions in which strong JR prevails; the UK and New Zealand are two jurisdictions where it does not. In the US, judicial review was not enshrined in the original text of the constitution, but it was endorsed in the famous case of Marbury v Madison; in Ireland, the practice was explicitly enshrined in the text of the 1937 Constitution.


Alexandre Maurer Le transhumanisme est-il un humanisme ?
by Alexandre Maurer
Mar 23, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Le 31 janvier 2017, l’Association Française Transhumaniste était invitée à une table ronde au Forum Européen de Bioéthique sur le thème : « Le transhumanisme, une nouvelle forme d’humanisme ? »

Initialement publié sur le site de l’Association Française Transhumaniste - Technoprog


Nikola Danaylov Why the politics of the future is technology and technology is the future of politics
by Nikola Danaylov
Mar 22, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Technology drives change. And, by definition, change turns the world upside down. So it takes a perfectly good blue-blood nobleman and turns him into a pauper. It takes a king and, at best, makes him a ceremonial figurehead with no real power. It takes a shepherd and makes him a laborer, hopefully a member of the middle-class or, occasionally, a capitalist. And so, in the end, technology, as a bringer of change, is about politics. Because, as my undegraduate textbook defined it, politics is about “who gets what, from whom, under what conditions, and for what purpose.”


John Danaher Understanding the Algorithmic Self (Videos)
by John Danaher
Mar 20, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

On Friday 27th of January, I hosted a workshop focused on self-tracking and quantification at NUI Galway. The workshop dealt with two main questions:


EMG Le Parti Transhumaniste Allemand accélère
by EMG
Mar 18, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Créé en septembre 2015, et pour l’instant centré sur deux sections locales (Berlin et Bade-Wurtemberg), le TPD affiche une ligne social-technoprogressiste proche de celle de l’AFT Technoprog. A neuf mois des élections fédérales, nous avons interviewé Lucas Alexander Steinführ, son vice-président en charge des thématiques internationales.

Initialement publié sur le site de l’Association Française Transhumaniste - Technoprog


Alexandre Maurer Réalités virtuelles et consciences simulées
by Alexandre Maurer
Mar 16, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Cet article fait partie d’un projet de livre sur le transhumanisme. Pour en savoir plus, cliquez ici.

Initialement publié sur le site de l’Association Française Transhumaniste - Technoprog


David Brin Economics under Trump
by David Brin
Mar 11, 2017 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Please. We have one hope. That a civilization built by pragmatic idealists—who used fact-grounded skills to craft a nation and a gradually better society—can somehow use facts to save it. We will win this on two fronts:


EMG Gattaca, 20 ans après
by EMG
Mar 9, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

S’il est un film qui représente les questions éthiques contemporaines relatives au génie génétique, c’est sans doute Gattaca (Bienvenue à Gattaca en français) d’Andrew Niccol. Sorti en 1997, un an après la naissance de la brebis clonée Dolly, il réapparaît encore régulièrement dans les débats pour sa mise en scène, comme souvent en science-fiction, d’une société techniquement avancée, mais dystopique et inégalitaire. Vingt ans et plusieurs avancées technologiques et scientifiques plus tard, que nous dit Gattaca en 2017 ?


John G. Messerly Summary of Victor Frankl on “Tragic Optimism”
by John G. Messerly
Mar 8, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Viktor Emil Frankl M.D., PhD. (1905 – 1997) was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, a form of Existential Analysis, and the best-selling author of Man’s Search for Meaning, which has sold over 12 million copies. According to a survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book-of-the-Month Club, it is one of “the ten most influential books in America.” (I have taught out of the book in many universities classes, and it is one of my favorite books. I have summarized it here.)


David Brin Trump’s Divided America
by David Brin
Mar 7, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

This reporter tried hard, for a week to live life with no reference to the President (read Farhad Manjoo in The NY Times).  But this mother of storms exceeds any combination of known attention storms. Sci fi offers a simple explanation.  He is an attention vampire. However many hate him… however little he actually accomplishes… an attention vampire will flourish as ever-more humans look at him, feel emotions about him, say his name.


John G. Messerly How To Cope With This Stressful Presidency
by John G. Messerly
Mar 6, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

What prepares men for the totalitarian domination in the non-totalitarian world is the fact that loneliness … has become an everyday experience of the ever growing masses of our century. The merciless process into which totalitarianism drives and organizes the masses looks like a suicidal escape from this reality. ~ Hannah Arendt

 


John Danaher The Carebot Dystopia: An Analysis
by John Danaher
Mar 5, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

The world is ageing. A demographic shift is underway. According to some figures (Suzman et al 2015), the proportion of the worldwide population aged 65 or older will outnumber the proportion aged under 5 by the year 2020. And the shift is faster is some countries. Japan is a striking example. Demographers refer to it as a ‘super-ageing’ society. By 2030, they estimate that one in three Japanese people will be aged 65 or over. One in five will be over 75.


Doug Rushkoff Against the Clock - How Technology Has Changed Our Experience of Time
by Doug Rushkoff
Mar 4, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Alan Burdick is a staff writer and former senior editor at The New Yorker whose first book, Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion, was a National Book Award finalist and won the Overseas Press Club award for environmental reporting. His most recent book, Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation, chronicles his quest to understand the nature of lived time. He recently joined Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, for a conversation on what we miss about the nature of time when we only think about it as a number.


Alexandre Maurer Augmentation cognitive et morale
by Alexandre Maurer
Mar 2, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Cet article fait partie d’un projet de livre sur le transhumanisme. Pour en savoir plus, cliquez ici.




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