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IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Publishes Paper on Meaningful Human Control of Smart Home Systems
(Jul 24, 2020)

The last decade has witnessed the mass distribution and adoption of smart home systems and devices powered by artificial intelligence systems ranging from household appliances like fridges and toasters to more background systems such as air and water quality controllers. The pervasiveness of these sociotechnical systems makes analyzing their ethical implications necessary during the design phases of these devices to ensure not only sociotechnical resilience, but to design them for human values in mind and thus preserve meaningful human control over them. This paper engages in a conceptual investigations of how meaningful human control over smart home devices can be attained through design. The value sensitive design (VSD) approach is proposed as a way of attaining this level of control. In the proposed framework, values are identified and defined, stakeholder groups are investigated and brought into the design process and the technical constraints of the technologies in question are considered. The paper concludes with some initial examples that illustrate a more adoptable way forward for both ethicists and engineers of smart home devices.

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello assumes role as co-Editor of the International Journal of Technoethics
(Jul 7, 2020)

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello assumes role as co-Editor of the International Journal of Technoethics along with Baha Abu-Shaqra (University of Ottawa).

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New Updates on IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner (Jul 6, 2020)

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Co-Authors New Paper Industry 5.0 and Human Values (Jun 18, 2020)


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Marcelo Rinesi Short story: The Frankenstein Society
by Marcelo Rinesi
Aug 8, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

You had thought them a laboratory legend, but now one of their agents was in yours, pointing a gun at you while another connected a laptop to the network holding the AI that was going to be your Turing Prize and IPO fortune.

Marcelo Rinesi Short story: Saints of the Scorched Earth
by Marcelo Rinesi
Aug 1, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Decades of algorithmic CEO headhunting inevitably led to the evaluation of potential religious charisma at a very early age.

Marc Roux Réparation vs augmentation/amélioration
by Marc Roux
Jul 31, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

La distinction entre réparation et augmentation/amélioration n’est valable que par rapport à une norme humaine, subjective, fixée de manière essentiellement arbitraire. Ce n’est pas une loi objective comme la vitesse de la lumière ou la gravité.

Marcelo Rinesi Short story: The Sum of All Secrets
by Marcelo Rinesi
Jul 27, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The first AI superspy was a failure. The only dangers it found were what billionaires, politicians, and would-be terrorists said they wanted to do. On Twitter and the Washington Post. On Reddit and national television. On Facebook and to cheering crowds.

EMG Vieillissement : La grenouille, la cigale et la fourmi
by EMG
Jul 27, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Regardons le problème du vieillissement de manière plus rationnelle, dès le début de l’âge adulte, au lieu de nous agiter fébrilement et inefficacement quand il est trop tard.

Didier Coeurnelle Un avenir proche et lumineux d’un remède contre le covid-19 à un remède contre le vieillissement
by Didier Coeurnelle
Jul 24, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Ce texte est un récit d’anticipation positive. Il a été écrit en avril 2020, au début de la crise du Covid-19.

Marc Roux La crise du Covid-19 renforce la perspective transhumaniste
by Marc Roux
Jul 17, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Contrairement aux apparences, et à quelques déclarations emballées d’écologistes mystiques ou de bio-conservateurs thanatophiles, le coronavirus n’aura pas écorné la perspective transhumaniste. Au contraire, il pourrait bien avoir démontré sa pertinence et sa force.

Laurens Vaddeli Les mondes virtuels l’avenir du travail après le confinement ?
by Laurens Vaddeli
Jul 10, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Cet article s’interroge sur les nouveaux modes de travail virtuel, qui ont connu un regain d’attention lors du confinement. Quels sont leurs bénéfices sur notre mode de vie? Quels impacts peuvent-ils avoir sur notre société à long terme? Sont-ils si différents de ceux que nous connaissons?

Kevin LaGrandeur Here’s How We Can Make AI for Tracking Covid Safer
by Kevin LaGrandeur
Jul 9, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

During the protests against the killing of George Floyd around the country early this month, predator drones were found by government watchdogs to be circling above the protesters in several cities.  There has rightfully been a great hue and cry from both political parties about this, because such surveillance arguably violates the first and fourth amendment rights of the protesters: such surveillance puts a damper their rights to peaceably assemble and to free speech, and it also violates their rights against illegal searches.

Marc Roux Transhumanisme en Biélorussie
by Marc Roux
Jun 22, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Une présentation du transhumanisme en Biélorussie : situation, projets, relations internationales

Marcelo Rinesi The ethical nonsense (and plutocratic convenience) of AI rights
by Marcelo Rinesi
Jun 19, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Neither these robots nor these corporations are people.

Cyril Gazengel Le transhumanisme en Suède – historique, situation présente et futur incertain
by Cyril Gazengel
Jun 15, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Les premières initiatives dans les années 1990, les figures les plus célèbres et les réalisations importantes d’un des mouvements transhumanistes les plus anciens.

Marcelo Rinesi Short story: Dream Job
by Marcelo Rinesi
Jun 13, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“I can’t sleep,” I complained to my therapist. The inhumanly empathetic rendering nodded.

EMG Qui sait qu’il existe une recherche potentiellement fructueuse sur le rajeunissement ?
by EMG
Jun 8, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Interview pointue, drôle et éclairante du couple Conboy, chercheurs à Berkeley, qui travaille sur la purification du sang pour rajeunir l’organisme âgé et prévenir de nombreuses maladies.

Tsvi Bisk Kneeling is NOT Disrespecting the Flag
by Tsvi Bisk
Jun 7, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Given that our emergent technologies have provided the entire human race with a ringside seat to the horrors of recent weeks, on the streets of the United States, it is entirely appropriate that the ‘pages’ of IEET reflect on the issue of kneeling NFL players, but do so in a deeper philosophical manner.

Marcelo Rinesi Short story: The Recursive Grammar of Progress
by Marcelo Rinesi
Jun 6, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

It wasn’t terrorism to install robots with machine guns in every schoolyard and street corner.

Marc Roux Technoprogressisme : À propos de prétendues contradictions internes et de l’idéologie capitaliste
by Marc Roux
Jun 1, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Réponse à un article paru sur le site “maisouvaleweb”

Marcelo Rinesi Short story: Frankenstein’s Angel
by Marcelo Rinesi
May 31, 2020 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“miracle” is an object of wonder, while a “monster” is a strange creature portending evil. Those are not mutually exclusive.


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