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Kevin LaGrandeur in the News
(Mar 21, 2018)

IEET Fellow Kevin LaGrandeur was recently quoted in the article “Is artificial intelligence the great job eliminator or creator?” by Karen Talley.  The news article is posted on FierceCEO.

Sorgner @ Global Solutions Taipei Workshop
(Mar 5, 2018)

IEET Fellow Stefan L. Sorgner has been invited as a keynote speaker at the 2018 Global Solutions Taipei Workshop.

The Global Solutions (GS) Taipei Workshop 2018 with “Shaping the Future of an Inclusive Digital Society” as its overarching theme is going to take place at the Ambassador Hotel on March 28, 2018 in Taipei. It will be co-organized by Chung-Hua Institute for Economic Research (CIER) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Call for Papers Special Issue on Animal Enhancement (Mar 1, 2018)

Book Review: Timothy Morton’s Humankind Solidarity with Nonhuman People (Feb 20, 2018)


ieet articles

Alexandre Maurer La fin du travail : est-ce possible, est-ce souhaitable ?
by Alexandre Maurer
Mar 23, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Analyse des arguments d’un opposant à la “fin du travail”.

Kevin LaGrandeur The Future of Humanity: An Intimate Techno-Relationship
by Kevin LaGrandeur
Mar 22, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Futurists tend to exaggerate, overestimating the change that’s heading our way. Most likely there will be no new species, no destructive post-human scenario, no sci-fi movie style acceleration of evolution. However, what we can say or even predict with certainty is that the way we interact with the world and with the machines of the future will change. Human beings will remain so, but their relationship with objects will be deeper, a kind technological intimacy

David Wood Pragmatically envisioning better humans
by David Wood
Mar 18, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Is it possible to significantly improve politics, over the course of, say, the next dozen years, without first significantly improving human nature?

Steve Fuller The Transhumanist Test of Faith
by Steve Fuller
Mar 16, 2018 • (3) CommentsPermalink

Transhumanism is more often regarded as a faith by its detractors than its supporters. For my own part, I have long argued that the signature themes of transhumanism – especially the preoccupation with intellectual immortality and physical resurrection – bear the marks of Abrahamic theology. Indeed, without that theological backdrop, transhumanism’s zeal for mind uploading and cryonics looks simply bizarre. However, in this context, transhumanists can reasonably argue that they are scientifically delivering on those original theological promissory notes. Nevertheless, there remains the potentially pejorative sense of ‘faith’ lurking in what might be called transhumanism’s sense of eschatology – that is, its account of when, how and to whom those promissory notes will be delivered.

Alexandre Maurer Temps de vie augmenté : de quoi parle-t-on ?
by Alexandre Maurer
Mar 16, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Allongement de la durée de vie, automatisation du travail : qu’entend-t-on précisément par là ?

Keith B. Wiley Implications of the BPF large mammal brain preservation prize
by Keith B. Wiley
Mar 13, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A follow-up to the similarly titled 2016 article concerning the BPF small mammal prize

EMG Êtes-vous abondantiste ?
by EMG
Mar 9, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Serons-nous 50 milliards de Terriens à vivre dans l’opulence ?

Hank Pellissier Leo Igwe’s iDOUBT Critical Thinking workshop seeks to End Superstition in Africa and The Philippines
by Hank Pellissier
Mar 6, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Leo Igwe PhD, a Nigerian journalist and activist, has designed a 5-Step Critical Thinking (CT) workshop called “iDOUBT” that aims to obliterate dangerous superstitions in Subsaharan Africa, and in tribal groups of The Philippines.

Alexandre Maurer « Altered Carbon », une série qui n’aime pas l’immortalité
by Alexandre Maurer
Mar 2, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Dans la dernière série de Netflix, l’allongement de la durée de vie est présenté comme la principale source des maux de la société. Cette vision tient-elle la route ?

Terence Ericson 10 idées fausses autour du mot « Transhumanisme », nuançons !
by Terence Ericson
Feb 28, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Il existe beaucoup d’idées fausses autour de la pensée transhumaniste, notamment dues à certaines simplifications hasardeuses. Et si nous tentions ici de revoir les bases.

EMG Les machines nous dépassent… et alors ?
by EMG
Feb 22, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Dans son récent livre La Guerre des Intelligences, Laurent Alexandre (fondateur de Doctissimo) tente d’alerter le monde politique français sur les conséquences sociétales et économiques du développement actuel et à venir des programmes informatiques intelligents. Son analyse concernant l’imminence du “rouleau compresseur” de l’IA est étayée et sérieuse. On ne compte plus, aujourd’hui, les personnalités… [lire la suite]

Marcelo Rinesi Short Story: “Posthumous”
by Marcelo Rinesi
Feb 19, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The video of my murder had been viral for days.

Alexandre Maurer Non, ce n’était pas mieux avant
by Alexandre Maurer
Feb 15, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Pourquoi nous n’avons pas à regretter le passé. Et pourquoi il est dangereux de croire le contraire.

Marcelo Rinesi Urban sensors are for the fog of (climate) war
by Marcelo Rinesi
Feb 15, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Silicon Valley pitches for smart cities and military descriptions of future battle environments are awfully similar. That’s not entirely coincidental.

Marcelo Rinesi What’s the healthiest city in the US? (and what does that even mean?)
by Marcelo Rinesi
Feb 12, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

(Spoiler alert: it’s not Detroit, and it’d be a relatively simple question if it weren’t for cancer.)

Terence Ericson Demain, pour une neuroprotection
by Terence Ericson
Feb 8, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Interfaces neuronales et consciences augmentées, maitriser les prochaines potentialités de nos cerveaux pose la question d’une neuroprotection.

Terence Ericson InSitu#3 – Découvrez la technologie CRISPR-Cas9 en vidéo
by Terence Ericson
Feb 1, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

(Re)découvrez le fonctionnement et les potentialités de ce minuscule complexe à l’origine d’une grande révolution dans le domaine de la génétique, CRISPR-Cas9.

Eliott Edge We are already Artificial Intelligence
by Eliott Edge
Jan 29, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“It is possible for a computer to become conscious. Basically, we are that. We are data, computation, memory. So we are conscious computers in a sense.”

—Tom Campbell, NASA


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The Future of Empowerment Today
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Cessons d’idolâtrer le travail ! Automatisation, revenu de base…
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Life Inside China’s Total Surveillance State
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What is TRANSHUMANISM? Dr. Ferrando (NYU)
(Dec 24, 2017)

What does “POSTHUMAN” mean? Dr. Ferrando (NYU)
(Dec 21, 2017)

Kevin LaGrandeur on Surviving the Machine Age
(Dec 3, 2017)


Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life


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