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

A new book by Timothy Morton, Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People, is reviewed. Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People is a project into the applied political ethics that emerge between speculative realism and Marxism. This book is intended to build on the object-oriented ontology that Morton has espoused in previous volumes, however with a greater emphasis on normative politics. The book’s core methodology is to outline the various neologisms that Morton employs and incorporate those speculative realist terms into a retooling of Marxist. The book dialogue prose is a poetic tour de force that is both academically and philosophically rigorous. Morton provides a novel reworking of Marxist theory that can exist on the cutting edge of continental philosophy.

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Russell Blackford’s New Book Nominated for the Locus Award
(Feb 10, 2018)

IEET Fellow Russell Blackford’s new book, SCIENCE FICTION AND THE MORAL IMAGINATION has made the 2018 Locus Recommended Reading List and has been nominated for the 2018 Locus Award. If you have read and enjoyed his book please take the time to vote for it here


Steven Umbrello Publishes New Chapter On Designing Safe AI (Jan 23, 2018)

A new book by Riccardo Campa on robots and technological unemployment (Jan 12, 2018)


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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


Alexandre Maurer [Vidéo] Immortalité = surpopulation… ou pas ?
by Alexandre Maurer
Jan 26, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Et si on pouvait vivre sans limitation de durée, continuer à avoir des enfants, et en plus avoir une population stable ?


Terence Ericson InSitu#2 – 5 mesures de l’Europe sur le transhumanisme
by Terence Ericson
Jan 19, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Découvrez 5 mesures de l’Europe sur la question des technologies émergentes et du transhumanisme dans un lieu de choix, le parlement européen de Bruxelles.


Rick Searle Escape from the Body Farm
by Rick Searle
Jan 15, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

One of the lesser noted negative consequences of having a tabloid showman for a president is the way the chaos and scandal around him has managed to suck up all the air in the room. Deep social and political problems that would have once made the front page, sat on top of the newsfeed, or been covered in depth by TV news, have been relegated to the dustbin of our increasingly monetized attention. And because so few of the public know about these issues their future remains in the hands of interested parties unlikely to give more than a perfunctory concern to issues such as ethics or the common good such issues involve.


Laurens Vaddeli Le devenir homme de la machine : anthropologie robotique et communauté humaine
by Laurens Vaddeli
Jan 12, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Les robots peuvent-ils prétendre à l’humanité?


Marcelo Rinesi Deep(ly) Unsettling: The ubiquitous, unspoken business model of AI-induced mental illness
by Marcelo Rinesi
Jan 8, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

“The junk merchant,” wrote William S. Burroughs, “doesn’t sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to his product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise. He degrades and simplifies the client.” He might as well have been describing the commercial, AI-mediated, social-network-driven internet.


Rick Searle Three Anthopocenes
by Rick Searle
Jan 8, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

A few weeks back I read an interesting essay by Jedediah Purdy on Aeon written in the halcyon days of 2015. An article which, given the news, captured something essential and got me a little depressed. Within the space of the last three weeks hurricanes of almost unprecedented magnitude slammed into Houston, then, Florida, then Puerto Rico. All were bad, but the last looked something like something straight out of a Hollywood apocalyptic. It wasn’t just the scale of the storm that hit it which made the situation in Puerto Rico so much more dire, it was the lack of resources to deal with the aftermath, along with the highly racialized response of the American government to hurricane Maria’s destruction. A delayed, politicized rescue, which was inexcusable given the fact that Puerto Ricans are as much US citizens as any of my Pennsylvanian neighbors.


Terence Ericson InSitu#1 – À la découverte des énergies du futur
by Terence Ericson
Jan 5, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Dans cette première vidéo du format InSitu, découvrez les enjeux des énergies de demain, dans un lieu atypique.


John G. Messerly Summary of Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?”
by John G. Messerly
Jan 3, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Jaron Lanier‘s recent book, Who Owns the Future? discusses the role that technology plays in both eliminating job and increasing income inequality. Early in that book, Lanier quotes from Aristotle’s Politics: “If every instrument could accomplish its own work … if … the shuttle would weave and the plectrum touch the lyre without a hand to guide them, chief workmen would not want servants, nor masters slaves.”


Valerie Tarico No, Birth Control Isn’t Dangerous. But Guess Who Wants You to Think It Is.
by Valerie Tarico
Jan 1, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Headlines and hype can leave women wondering what’s real and how best to take care of their health.


Eliott Edge New, Easy Experiments for testing the Simulation Hypothesis
by Eliott Edge
Dec 30, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In terms of the major models in physics and cosmology, the simulation hypothesis, digital mechanics, and computation-based interpretations have endured and indeed grown in popularity over the last few decades, making them major contenders to the scientific dialogue.  Why simulation and computation make for such powerful analogies is that they offer a useful framework for approaching the paradoxes found throughout quantum mechanics.  If quantum phenomena behave frequently as if spacetime is totally moot, that would make sense if our universe is something like a probability-based simulation, a computer, a virtual reality, or a video game.  VR would account for the time-tested problems of entanglement, erasure, delayed-choice, particle-wave duality, retrocausality, and all the other queer observations in quantum studies that Einstein announced were far too “spooky” for him to swallow. Nevertheless, quantum mechanics remains the most mathematically precise framework of how natural phenomena act.




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