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CFP Delphi: Interdisciplinary Review of Emerging Technologies
(Apr 17, 2019)

Delphi is a pioneering interdisciplinary review of emerging technologies as seen through the perspectives of experts from the fields of science and technology, ethics, economics, business and law. Inspired by the idea to encourage inclusive, thoughtful – and sometimes unsettling – debates on the many opportunities and challenges created by technological progress, the international quarterly review brings together authors with different professional backgrounds as well as opposing views. Contributions to Delphi come in compact formats and accessible language to guarantee a lively dialogue involving both thinkers and doers.

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Publishes new paper on Lethal Autonomous Weapons
(Apr 13, 2019)

Lethal Autonomous Weapons (LAWs) have becomes the subject of continuous debate both at national and international levels.

IEET fellow Riccardo Campa Co-Authors new Paper on Space Mining (Apr 13, 2019)

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Publishes New Paper on Technology Design (Apr 12, 2019)


ieet articles

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

Alexandre Maurer Réponse au journal Le Monde : “La résistible ascension du transhumanisme”
by Alexandre Maurer
Mar 15, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Réponse au journal Le Monde, suite à son article : “La résistible ascension du transhumanisme”

Alexandre Maurer “Alita : Battle Angel” : qu’est-ce qu’être “humain”?
by Alexandre Maurer
Mar 8, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Réflexion sur le film “Alita : Battle Angel” (et petite critique à la fin).

Alexandre Maurer Jacques Testart transhumaniste?
by Alexandre Maurer
Mar 1, 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.

Marc Roux The hedonic treadmill (4/4) : Améliorer notre accès au bonheur ?
by Marc Roux
Feb 28, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Les processus biologiques qui conduisent au plaisir et au bonheur sont très complexes et sensibles. Quelles conséquences pourraient découler d’une modulation transhumaniste de cette subtile alchimie ?

Alexandre Maurer [Vidéo] AI Superpowers : automatisation, chômage et utilité social
by Alexandre Maurer
Feb 26, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

[Vidéo] AI Superpowers : automatisation, chômage et utilité sociale

Alexandre Maurer [Vidéo] Le transhumanisme sera-t-il réservé aux riches ?
by Alexandre Maurer
Feb 24, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Très brève vidéo sur une question qui revient très souvent…

EMG SMI²LE : les voyages de Timothy Leary
by EMG
Feb 21, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Timothy Leary (1920-1996) marqua de son empreinte l’évolution du mouvement progressiste et techno optimiste des années 70 à 90. Cet article fait partie de la série “Histoire du transhumanisme”.

EMG De l’invisibilité du changement
by EMG
Feb 18, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Le mind uploading, ou bio-exode, sera-t-il l’exode rural du XXIème siècle ?

Alexandre Maurer [Vidéo] Pourquoi faire reconnaître le vieillissement comme une maladie ?
by Alexandre Maurer
Feb 15, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

[Vidéo] Pourquoi faire reconnaître le vieillissement comme une maladie ?

Alexandre Maurer [Billet + vidéo] Longévité, automatisation et temps libre
by Alexandre Maurer
Feb 11, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Deux sujets souvent abordés sur ce site, ce sont l’allongement de la durée de vie en bonne santé et l’automatisation massive des emplois. Ces deux sujets ont un intérêt commun : permettre à chacun d’avoir beaucoup plus de temps de vie disponible.

Armand Ngaketcha CRIPSR contre le VIH en Afrique ?
by Armand Ngaketcha
Feb 7, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Pourquoi faut-il encourager la technologie CRISPR contre le VIH en Afrique ?

Terence Ericson Thérapie CRISPR-Cas9 : prix, mécanismes, de la première cellule à l’adulte
by Terence Ericson
Feb 4, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Deuxième vidéo d’une série “réaction” sur l’actualité scientifique qu’est la naissance de deux bébés CRISPR-Cas9 en Chine fin 2018


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Pourquoi le transhumanisme?
by Alexandre Technoprog

Still Think Robots Can’t Do Your Job?: Essays on Automation and Technological Unemployment
by Riccardo Campa

Longevity Promotion: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
by Illia Stambler

Philosophy’s Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress
by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds.

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#55 - Baum on the Long-Term Future of Human Civilisation
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John Danaher

Episode #54 - Sebo on the Moral Problem of Other Minds
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John Danaher

Episode #51 - Moen on the Unabomber’s Ethics
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John Danaher

Episode #48 - Gunkel on Robot Rights
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John Danaher

Episode #46 - Minerva on the Ethics of Cryonics
(Mar 14, 2019)

Aubrey de Grey - Robust Mouse Rejuvenation only 3 years away? An update on Anti-Aging Research
(Mar 4, 2019)

AI, Algorithms and the Post Human Future of Governance
(Jan 30, 2019)


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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