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IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Publishes New Paper on AI Ethics
(Jan 6, 2019)

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Publishes New Paper on AI Ethics in the journal Big Data and Cognitive Computing as part of the Special Issue Artificial
Superintelligence: Coordination & Strategy and is available online:

IEET Affiliates Roman Yampolskiy and Soenke Ziesche Publish New Paper on AI Welfare
(Dec 30, 2018)

In light of fast progress in the field of AI there is an urgent demand for AI policies. Bostrom et al., provide “a set of policy desiderata”, out of which this article attempts to contribute to the “interests of digital minds”. The focus is on two interests of potentially sentient digital minds: to avoid suffering and to have the freedom of choice about their deletion. Various challenges are considered, including the vast range of potential features of digital minds, the difficulties in assessing the interests and wellbeing of sentient digital minds, and the skepticism that such research may encounter. Prolegomena to abolish suffering of sentient digital minds as well as to measure and specify wellbeing of sentient digital minds are outlined by means of the new field of AI welfare science, which is derived from animal welfare science. The establishment of AI welfare science serves as a prerequisite for the formulation of AI welfare policies, which regulate the wellbeing of sentient digital minds. This article aims to contribute to sentiocentrism through inclusion, thus to policies for antispeciesism, as well as to AI safety, for which wellbeing of AIs would be a cornerstone.

S.L. Sorgner Publishes New Monograph (Nov 13, 2018)

S.L. Sorgner Juries Austrian Patent Award 2018 (Nov 12, 2018)


ieet articles

Alexandre Maurer [Vidéo] BAYES POUR LES NULS : éviter l’écueil « On sait pas DONC on s’en fout »
by Alexandre Maurer
Jan 17, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

On entend souvent dire que le transhumanisme et des sujets proches ne sont “pas scientifiques”. Qu’est-ce qui se cache derrière cette expression ?

Terence Ericson Bébé CRISPR-Cas9, les questions scientifiques sous-jacentes
by Terence Ericson
Jan 10, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Lulu & Nana, les deux premiers bébés “CRISPR-Cas9”, immunisés contre le SIDA, viennent de naître en Chine… de quoi alimenter le débat scientifique et éthique autour des thérapies géniques.

Terence Ericson Tout ce que vous souhaitiez savoir sur le vieillissement
by Terence Ericson
Jan 3, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Mieux comprendre les mécanismes sous-jacents au vieillissement est une des clés pour tenter un jour de contrôler et maîtriser celui-ci, ainsi que toutes les maladies associées, du cancer à la maladie d’Alzheimer.

William Sims Bainbridge Taking Aim: The Problematic Nature of Artificial Intelligence in a Time of Social Conflict
by William Sims Bainbridge
Jan 2, 2019 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Many scientists, engineers, and governments are promoting what they call artificial intelligence, without a thorough critique of the validity of their concepts or evaluation of the harm that could result from implementing them.  Computer science organizations have begun promoting improved ethical standards, but there is little reason to believe that ethics have much power in today’s conflicted world.  Research on the actual ethical, legal and social implications of various kinds of AI is actually quite limited.  How can we begin a proper debate?

EMG Pourquoi travaillons-nous ?
by EMG
Dec 30, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Et si la fin du travail n’était pas pour demain - ou au contraire, déjà là ?

EMG Après la génération Z, la génération HA ?
by EMG
Dec 23, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Chez de nombreuses familles d’êtres vivants, y compris l’être humain, ce qu’on appelle l’instinct de conservation de l’espèce consiste en général à donner la priorité aux nouvelles générations - notamment pour l’apport alimentaire ou la sécurité face à un danger. Aura-t-on la même attitude vis-à-vis d’une prochaine génération 100% artificielle ?

Alexandre Maurer [Vidéo] Le vieillissement est-il une maladie ?
by Alexandre Maurer
Dec 21, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

EMG Ad Vitam donne un coup de vieux à la SF
by EMG
Dec 21, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

La série Ad Vitam s’interroge de manière relativement pertinente sur la réjuvénation biologique, avec quelques emballements psychologiques.

Alexandre Maurer [Vidéo] Cryonie : Faut-il se faire congeler ?
by Alexandre Maurer
Dec 16, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Se faire congeler après sa mort : délire d’illuminé... ou pas ?

Marcelo Rinesi 2019 Should be the end of Big Attention
by Marcelo Rinesi
Dec 10, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

If your business or cultural strategy was based on attention at scale, the first years of the century felt great, as the leading Internet platforms offered the possibility of nearly limitless, precisely targeted traffic. Then came the troubles

Terence Ericson Court-métrage sur la longévité (Longevity Film Competition)
by Terence Ericson
Dec 9, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Ce court-métrage a été réalisé dans le cadre du concours “Longevity Film Competition”, ayant pour objectif de produire un film de promotion défendant le longévitisme.

Alexandre Maurer [Vidéo] Viande propre ? Viande artificielle, souffrance animale et réchauffement climatiqu
by Alexandre Maurer
Dec 7, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

[Vidéo] Viande propre ? Viande artificielle, souffrance animale et réchauffement climatique

Terence Ericson IA, médecine & psychologie du changement
by Terence Ericson
Dec 2, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Vidéo en collaboration avec Nicolas Gindrier, doctorant en mathématiques appliquées au service de la médecine, Lê Nguyen Hôang de la chaine Youtube Science4All, et le Dr Arnaud Attye, neuro-radiologe.

Marcelo Rinesi Digital anamnesis and other crimes [short story]
by Marcelo Rinesi
Nov 26, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A database is a tool for forgetting; it decays on command, faster than nightmares and more thoroughly than graves.

John G. Messerly A Philosopher’s Lifelong Search for Meaning – Part 5 – Transhumanism and Meaning
by John G. Messerly
Nov 22, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

16. A Fully Meaningful Cosmos

Thus there are plausible reasons to believe that individual and cosmic death might be avoided. Yet immorality doesn’t guarantee a meaning of life, as the idea of hell so graphically illustrates. Immortality is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for a fully meaningful reality. But what do we mean by fully meaningful?

Terence Ericson [Vidéo] Sport & H+, qui seront les sportifs de demain ?
by Terence Ericson
Oct 19, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Dopage technologique, génétique, robotique, neurologique… quel sera le futur du sport ? Nouvelle vidéo de Terence Ericson.

Alexandre Maurer Faut-il garantir un niveau de vie minimal ? Automatisation, intelligence artificielle…
by Alexandre Maurer
Oct 12, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Si on se dirige vers la fin du plein emploi, faut-il garantir un niveau de vie minimal à chacun ? Une question bête, mais qui mérite d’être posée, car cela ne fait pas consensus !

Rick Searle Citizenship as Fob Key
by Rick Searle
Oct 7, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

One of the key conceptual difficulties faced by those grappling with the resurgence of nationalism today is to hold fast to the recognition that this return of the nation state occurs in an already globalized world. In other words, this isn’t our grandparents’ nationalism we are confronting but something quite new, and forgetting that fact leads to all kinds of intellectual mistakes, most notably imagining that the ghosts of the likes of Hitler, Tojo, and Mussolini have risen from the grave like Halloween ghouls.


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