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IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner’s Invited APA Article on Transhumanism
(May 29, 2019)

IEET Fellow and JCU philosophy professor Stefan Lorenz Sorgner was invited to write the article “Transhumanism: The Best Minds of Our Generation are Needed for Shaping Our Future” for the “APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers”, vol. 18, number 2, Spring 19, pages 15-18. It can be accessed HERE


IEET’s Steven Umbrello Publishes New Paper on Nanotechnology and Value Sensitive Design
(May 28, 2019)

Although continued investments in nanotechnology are made, atomically precise manufacturing (APM) to date is still regarded as speculative technology. APM, also known as molecular manufacturing, is a token example of a converging technology, has great potential to impact and be affected by other emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and ICT. The development of APM thus can have drastic global impacts depending on how it is designed and used. This article argues that the ethical issues that arise from APM - as both a standalone technology or as a converging one - affects the roles of stakeholders in such a way as to warrant an alternate means furthering responsible innovation in APM research. This article introduces a value-based design methodology called value sensitive design (VSD) that may serve as a suitable framework to adequately cater to the values of stakeholders. Ultimately, it is concluded that VSD is a strong candidate framework for addressing the moral concerns of stakeholders during the preliminary stages of technological development.

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Turchin et al Publish New Paper on the Simulation’s Termination Risk (May 18, 2019)

IEET’s Steven Umbrello and Stefan Sorgner Publish New Paper on AI Cognitive Suffering (May 17, 2019)


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Leo Igwe Beyond Humanism: Emerging Technologies and African Futures
by Leo Igwe
Jul 15, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Beyond Humanism highlights the philosophical implications of emerging technologies. And any one who is deeply concerned about improving the human conditions needs to pay attention to discourses on critical transhumanism and post humanism. The consequences of emerging technologies on the lives and prospects of Africans cannot be overemphasized because these technologies have the potential of radically transforming the life worlds.


None Les 9 causes biologiques du vieillissement en vidéo
by None
Jul 15, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Les 9 causes biologiques du vieillissement en vidéo


Marc Roux Notes de lecture : Transhumanisme, Quel avenir pour l’humanité ?
by Marc Roux
Jul 1, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Marc Roux nous livre sa critique, essentiellement positive, sur cet ouvrage signé David Doat et Franck Damour, de l’Université Catholique de Lille.


Jason C. Stone Public Wealth Communism
by Jason C. Stone
Jun 26, 2019 • (8) CommentsPermalink

One of the major obstacles associated with socialist or communist systems is the Economic Calculation Problem. If we no longer allow a “free market” to decide what is produced and at what price, then how do we decide how to direct a society’s limited resources and labor?


Terence Ericson Premier mai technoprogressiste 2019
by Terence Ericson
Jun 22, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Depuis le 1er mai 2018, l’espérance de vie en bonne santé a augmenté de près d’un trimestre dans le monde. Entre 2000 et 2016, l’espérance de vie dans le monde a progressé de 5,5 ans selon l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé.


David Wood Fully Automated Luxury Communism: a timely vision
by David Wood
Jun 17, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

It’s a book that’s going to change the conversation about the future.

It starts well, with six short vignettes, “Six characters in search of a future”. Then it moves on, with the quality consistently high, to sections entitled “Chaos under heaven”, “New travellers”, and “Paradise found”. Paradise! Yes, that’s the future which is within our grasp. It’s a future in which, as Bastani says, people will “lead fuller, expanded lives, not diminished ones”:


Terence Ericson Notes de lecture : Étienne Picand, La révolte des derniers hommes
by Terence Ericson
Jun 1, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

nb : Cet article ne se veut pas une analyse littéraire de l’oeuvre poétique. Il ne vise qu’à explorer l’abord du thème transhumaniste et les représentations liées.


Terence Ericson [TEDx] Un transhumanisme modéré, raisonnable, alternatif?
by Terence Ericson
May 1, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Par Terence Ericson, porte-parole de l’association


Marcelo Rinesi Smart cities are for refugees
by Marcelo Rinesi
Apr 27, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

There’s very little difference between smart cities and modern occupied zones. Both postulate ubiquitous sensor coverage, continuous algorithmic vigilance, and the automated use of (ordnance) delivery drones. Neither, for different but obvious reasons, is what we need.


Ojochogwu Abdul Reflections on James Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism (Part 5)
by Ojochogwu Abdul
Apr 25, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Part 5: Belief in Progress vs. Rational Uncertainty

The Enlightenment, with its confident efforts to fashion a science of man, was archetypal of the belief and quest that humankind will eventually achieve lasting peace and happiness. In what some interpret as a reformulation of Christianity’s teleological salvation history in which the People of God will be redeemed at the end of days and with the Kingdom of Heaven established on Earth, most Enlightenment thinkers believed in the inevitability of human political and technological progress, secularizing the Christian conception of history and eschatology into a conviction that humanity would, using a system of thought built on reason and science, be able to continually improve itself.


Alexandre Maurer Jacques Testart transhumaniste?
by Alexandre Maurer
Apr 19, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Petite tribune sur les récents propos “étonnamment transhumanistes” de Jacques Testart. Et sur la triste stratégie de l’”épouvantail transhumaniste”, largement pratiquée en France.


Ojochogwu Abdul Reflections on James Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism (Part 4)
by Ojochogwu Abdul
Apr 18, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Part 4: Moral Universalism vs. Relativism

James Hughes’ essays on the problems of transhumanism continue with a discussion on conflicts, borrowed from the Enlightenment, between universalism and relativism within transhumanism. The Enlightenment event (European and global), in addition to its attack and severance of the roots of traditional European culture in the sacred, magic, kingship, and hierarchy, thereby secularizing all institutions and ideas, also (intellectually and to some extent in practice) effectively set on course the demolition of all legitimizing basis of monarchy, aristocracy, woman’s subordination to man, ecclesiastical authority, and slavery. These were replaced with the principles of universality, equality, and democracy. Included in this was also an argument for moral universalism, a position that ethics and law should apply equally to all humans.


Ojochogwu Abdul Reflections on James Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism (Part 3)
by Ojochogwu Abdul
Apr 11, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“Transhumanists, like Enlightenment partisans in general, believe that human nature can be improved but are conflicted about whether liberal democracy is the best path to betterment. The liberal tradition within the Enlightenment has argued that individuals are best at finding their own interests and should be left to improve themselves in self-determined ways. But many people are mistaken about their own best interests, and more rational elites may have a better understanding of the general good. Enlightenment partisans have often made a case for modernizing monarchs and scientific dictatorships. Transhumanists need to confront this tendency to disparage liberal democracy in favor of the rule by dei ex machina and technocratic elites.” (James Hughes, 2010)


Julien Varlin Séquencer son ADN : comment fait-on ? que dit la loi ? quels sont les enjeux ?
by Julien Varlin
Apr 5, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Par Julien Varlin, membre de l’association.


Ojochogwu Abdul Reflections on James Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism (Part 2)
by Ojochogwu Abdul
Apr 4, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“The dominant trajectory of Enlightenment thought over the last three hundred years has been towards atheism. Most transhumanists are atheists. But some transhumanists, like many of the original Enlightenment thinkers, are attempting to reconcile naturalism and their religious traditions. Some transhumanists even believe that the transcendent potentials of intelligence argue for a new form of scientific theology.” (James Hughes, 2010)


Ojochogwu Abdul Reflections on James Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism (Part 1)
by Ojochogwu Abdul
Apr 2, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In 2010, James Hughes, Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), having then just stepped down from the Board of Directors of the World Transhumanist Association (presently known as Humanity+), took up an interesting challenge during the Spring of that year to reflect on the current state of transhumanist thought and determine what the questions were that the transhumanist movement needed to answer in order to move forward. Introducing a series of articles with which he hoped to navigate through a number of heady ideas and issues concerning transhumanism, Hughes opens by posing: “What are the current unresolved issues in transhumanist thought? Which of these issues are peculiar to transhumanist philosophy and the transhumanist movement, and which are more actually general problems of Enlightenment thought?” Further, he queried, “Which of these are simply inevitable differences of opinion among the more or less like-minded, and which need a decisive resolution to avoid tragic errors of the past?”


Marcelo Rinesi AIs are scapegoats and it’s us who end up bleeding
by Marcelo Rinesi
Mar 31, 2019 • (1) CommentsPermalink

No AI built today has anything remotely approaching consciousness or personhood; the unstable mess of a Windows operating system is structurally more life-like than any of them. So why the increasing focus on robot ethics?


Laurens Vaddeli Les promesses de la réalité virtuelle : ce qu’elle va changer
by Laurens Vaddeli
Mar 22, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Les promesses de la réalité virtuelle : ce qu’elle va changer




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