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Call for Papers: The Nietzsche and Transhumanism debates continues.
(Nov 21, 2017)

The collection “Nietzsche and Transhumanism” which was edited by Yunus Tuncel and came out in 2017, contains all the central articles of the heated debate concerning the relationship between these two philosophical approaches:

http://www.cambridgescholars.com/nietzsche-and-transhumanism

If you wish to respond to the reflections of this debate, please send an abstract to Francesco Biazzo by mid-December: gandalf.francesco@gmail.com You will be informed whether your abstract got accepted by the end of December. If this is the case, you will have until the end of April 2018 to send him your paper. The essay collection is scheduled to be published in Spring 2019!


Some things you wanted to know about robot sex* (but were afraid to ask)
(Oct 22, 2017)

BOOK LAUNCH - BUY NOW!

I am pleased to announce that Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (MIT Press, 2017), edited by myself and Neil McArthur, is now available for purchase. You can buy the hardcopy/ebook via Amazon in the US. You can buy the ebook in the UK as well, but the hardcopy might take another few weeks to arrive. I’ve never sold anything before via this blog. That all changes today. Now that I actually have something to sell, I’m going to turn into the most annoying, desperate, cringeworthy and slightly pathetic salesman you could possibly imagine…


Transhuman Party promotes Radical Democracy & Collective Intelligence (Sep 29, 2017)

Ilia Stambler Publishes New Text on Longevity Promotion (Sep 10, 2017)


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John G. Messerly What if Mueller proves his case and it doesn’t matter?
by John G. Messerly
Nov 22, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Dave Roberts of Vox has just published what I believe is the most important article I’ve read recently about the crisis of American democracy: America is facing an epistemic crisis: What if Mueller proves his case and it doesn’t matter? Here’s a brief summary of the piece followed by a brief commentary


David Brin Plausible Deniability: How we’ll be attacked, unable to retaliate
by David Brin
Nov 18, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

== Using a tantrum toddler to do your dirty work ==

Okay, bear with me, because there are a couple of vital matters of international security that may be ill-considered. Let’s start with the elephant in the room—the clear fact that is likely to lead to major war:


Alexandre Maurer Accepter et combattre la mort
by Alexandre Maurer
Nov 15, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

On oppose souvent l’acceptation de la mort et la recherche d’une longévité accrue. Mais ces deux choses sont-elles vraiment contradictoires ?


Ilia Stambler Include specific tasks and goals to improve health of the global aging population into the WHO
by Ilia Stambler
Nov 14, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

http://www.longevityforall.org/include-specific-tasks-and-goals-to-improve-health-of-the-global-aging-population-into-the-who-13th-general-programme-of-work-gpw13/

It appears that in the forthcoming work program of the World Health Organization for the years 2019-2023 – the issue of aging and aging-related ill health is excluded completely!

http://www.who.int/about/gpw-thirteen-consultation/en/


Marcelo Rinesi What makes an algorithm feminist, and why we need them to be
by Marcelo Rinesi
Nov 11, 2017 • (2) CommentsPermalink

About one in nine engineers in the US is a woman, which makes some men infer from this that they are “naturally” bad at it. Many data-driven algorithms would conclude the same thing; that’s still the wrong conclusion, but, dangerously, it seems blessed by the impartiality of algorithms. Here’s how bias creeps in.


Marcelo Rinesi Short story: Logs from a haunted heart
by Marcelo Rinesi
Nov 9, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

She’s scared all the time. But is her fear the reason why her heart suddenly speeds up a dozen times a day, shifting in a second from the dull ticking of dread into the accelerating staccato of runaway panic? The diagnostics in her peacemaker’s app say that everything is normal, but perhaps they can be faked by somebody with maintenance access to the device. She doesn’t have it, she’s only the patient.


Terence Ericson Nouvelle chaîne Youtube sur le transhumanisme
by Terence Ericson
Nov 8, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Membre de l’association, Terence Ericson vient de lancer sa chaîne Youtube. Découvrez la première vidéo : “C’est quoi le transhumanisme ?”


John G. Messerly Review of Phil Torres’ “Morality, Foresight & Human Flourishing
by John G. Messerly
Nov 6, 2017 • (6) CommentsPermalink

Phil Torres has just published an important new book: Morality, Foresight, and Human Flourishing: An Introduction to Existential Risks. Torres is the founding Director of the Project for Future Human Flourishing, which aims to both understand and mitigate, existential threats to humanity. Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom Martin Rees writes the book’s foreword, where he states that it “draws attention to issues our civilization’s entire fate may depend on.” (13) We would do well to take this statement seriously—our lives may depend on it.


N. A. Turner The Sapien Zoo
by N. A. Turner
Nov 3, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Matilda was looking, wondrous, at a butterfly that flew past her golden hair.

She and her parents were almost at the big green arched gates.

Matilda’s mom reprimanded her for being distracted and urged her to attach her eBrain extension.


David Brin It’s not left-vs-right, stupid. It is symbolism.
by David Brin
Nov 1, 2017 • (3) CommentsPermalink

After a formal and erudite posting, let’s relax and let our hairy opinions down to talk about lots of things… starting with symbolism.


Marcelo Rinesi There are only two emotions in Facebook, and we only use one at a time
by Marcelo Rinesi
Oct 30, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

We have the possibility of infinite emotional nuance, but Facebook doesn’t seem to be the place for it. The data and psychology of how we react emotionally online are fascinating, but the social implications, although not specific to social networks, are rather worrisome.


Rick Searle Yuval Harari Drinks the Kool Aid
by Rick Searle
Oct 30, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Like everything else in life, a book’s publication can have good or bad timing. Good timing happens when a newly published book seems just a little bit ahead of the prevailing zeitgeist, when it seems to have anticipated events or realizations almost no else seemed to be grappling with on the day of its publication, but have now burst upon the public with a sudden irresistible force.


Alexandre Maurer 10 questions fréquentes
by Alexandre Maurer
Oct 28, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Nous recevons un grand nombre de questions par mail. Pour débroussailler le terrain, voici la réponse à dix questions parmi les plus fréquentes.


Brian Hanley Biohacking humans is not wise – Josiah Zayner’s “The Odin” - on Buzzfeed
by Brian Hanley
Oct 26, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I was interviewed by phone before this SynBioBeta conference referenced in the Buzzfeed article, but they didn’t use what I said. I made it crystal clear I thought biohacking humans could be quite dangerous. I told them I stopped communicating technical information to unqualified people several years ago because I realized it encouraged people to do things they weren’t qualified to be involved with. I used some examples with the journalist.


Kevin LaGrandeur Kevin LaGrandeur, New York Institute of Technology – A.I. Taking Jobs
by Kevin LaGrandeur
Oct 24, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The robots are coming for our jobs.

Kevin LaGrandeur, professor in the department of English at New York Institute of Technology, explains why artificial intelligence is the biggest job killer in our society.


David Brin The likelihood of war
by David Brin
Oct 24, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

While nature flails at us - from hurricanes and quakes to solar flares - we all know that we’re in far greater danger from ourselves. (And, of course, we humans are responsible for some of nature’s fury, too.)  So I feel compelled to use this soapbox yet again, drawing attention,  to the increasing likelihood of manmade hell, unleashed by an unbalanced leadership caste.


Marcelo Rinesi What makes an algorithm feminist, and why we need them to be
by Marcelo Rinesi
Oct 23, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

About one in nine engineers in the US is a woman, which makes some men infer from this that they are “naturally” bad at it. Many data-driven algorithms would conclude the same thing; that’s still the wrong conclusion, but, dangerously, it seems blessed by the impartiality of algorithms. Here’s how bias creeps in.


Alexandre Maurer Peut-on aimer un robot (ou une IA) ?
by Alexandre Maurer
Oct 21, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Dans de nombreuses œuvres de fiction, des humains développent des sentiments pour des robots ou des intelligences artificielles. Cela est-il pertinent ?




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