Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Alexandre Maurer

[Vidéo] BAYES POUR LES NULS : éviter l’écueil « On sait pas DONC on s’en fout »

by Alexandre Maurer

On entend souvent dire que le transhumanisme et des sujets proches ne sont “pas scientifiques”. Qu’est-ce qui se cache derrière cette expression ?

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Terence Ericson

Bébé CRISPR-Cas9, les questions scientifiques sous-jacentes

by Terence Ericson

Lulu & Nana, les deux premiers bébés “CRISPR-Cas9”, immunisés contre le SIDA, viennent de naître en Chine… de quoi alimenter le débat scientifique et éthique autour des thérapies géniques.

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IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Publishes New Paper on AI Ethics

Big Data and Cognitive Computing

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Publishes New Paper on AI Ethics in the journal Big Data and Cognitive Computing as part of the Special Issue Artificial
Superintelligence: Coordination & Strategy and is available online:

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Terence Ericson

Tout ce que vous souhaitiez savoir sur le vieillissement

by Terence Ericson

Mieux comprendre les mécanismes sous-jacents au vieillissement est une des clés pour tenter un jour de contrôler et maîtriser celui-ci, ainsi que toutes les maladies associées, du cancer à la maladie d’Alzheimer.

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William Sims Bainbridge

Taking Aim: The Problematic Nature of Artificial Intelligence in a Time of Social Conflict

by William Sims Bainbridge

Many scientists, engineers, and governments are promoting what they call artificial intelligence, without a thorough critique of the validity of their concepts or evaluation of the harm that could result from implementing them.  Computer science organizations have begun promoting improved ethical standards, but there is little reason to believe that ethics have much power in today’s conflicted world.  Research on the actual ethical, legal and social implications of various kinds of AI is actually quite limited.  How can we begin a proper debate?

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Pourquoi travaillons-nous ?

by EMG

Et si la fin du travail n’était pas pour demain - ou au contraire, déjà là ?

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IEET Affiliates Roman Yampolskiy and Soenke Ziesche Publish New Paper on AI Welfare

Big Data and Cognitive Computing

In light of fast progress in the field of AI there is an urgent demand for AI policies. Bostrom et al., provide “a set of policy desiderata”, out of which this article attempts to contribute to the “interests of digital minds”. The focus is on two interests of potentially sentient digital minds: to avoid suffering and to have the freedom of choice about their deletion. Various challenges are considered, including the vast range of potential features of digital minds, the difficulties in assessing the interests and wellbeing of sentient digital minds, and the skepticism that such research may encounter. Prolegomena to abolish suffering of sentient digital minds as well as to measure and specify wellbeing of sentient digital minds are outlined by means of the new field of AI welfare science, which is derived from animal welfare science. The establishment of AI welfare science serves as a prerequisite for the formulation of AI welfare policies, which regulate the wellbeing of sentient digital minds. This article aims to contribute to sentiocentrism through inclusion, thus to policies for antispeciesism, as well as to AI safety, for which wellbeing of AIs would be a cornerstone.

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Après la génération Z, la génération HA ?

by EMG

Chez de nombreuses familles d’êtres vivants, y compris l’être humain, ce qu’on appelle l’instinct de conservation de l’espèce consiste en général à donner la priorité aux nouvelles générations - notamment pour l’apport alimentaire ou la sécurité face à un danger. Aura-t-on la même attitude vis-à-vis d’une prochaine génération 100% artificielle ?

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Alexandre Maurer

[Vidéo] Le vieillissement est-il une maladie ?

by Alexandre Maurer

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Ad Vitam donne un coup de vieux à la SF

by EMG

La série Ad Vitam s’interroge de manière relativement pertinente sur la réjuvénation biologique, avec quelques emballements psychologiques.

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Alexandre Maurer

[Vidéo] Cryonie : Faut-il se faire congeler ?

by Alexandre Maurer

Se faire congeler après sa mort : délire d’illuminé... ou pas ?

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Marcelo Rinesi

2019 Should be the end of Big Attention

by Marcelo Rinesi

If your business or cultural strategy was based on attention at scale, the first years of the century felt great, as the leading Internet platforms offered the possibility of nearly limitless, precisely targeted traffic. Then came the troubles

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Terence Ericson

Court-métrage sur la longévité (Longevity Film Competition)

by Terence Ericson

Ce court-métrage a été réalisé dans le cadre du concours “Longevity Film Competition”, ayant pour objectif de produire un film de promotion défendant le longévitisme.

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Alexandre Maurer

[Vidéo] Viande propre ? Viande artificielle, souffrance animale et réchauffement climatiqu

by Alexandre Maurer

[Vidéo] Viande propre ? Viande artificielle, souffrance animale et réchauffement climatique

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Terence Ericson

IA, médecine & psychologie du changement

by Terence Ericson

Vidéo en collaboration avec Nicolas Gindrier, doctorant en mathématiques appliquées au service de la médecine, Lê Nguyen Hôang de la chaine Youtube Science4All, et le Dr Arnaud Attye, neuro-radiologe.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Digital anamnesis and other crimes [short story]

by Marcelo Rinesi

A database is a tool for forgetting; it decays on command, faster than nightmares and more thoroughly than graves.

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John G. Messerly

A Philosopher’s Lifelong Search for Meaning – Part 5 – Transhumanism and Meaning

by John G. Messerly

16. A Fully Meaningful Cosmos

Thus there are plausible reasons to believe that individual and cosmic death might be avoided. Yet immorality doesn’t guarantee a meaning of life, as the idea of hell so graphically illustrates. Immortality is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for a fully meaningful reality. But what do we mean by fully meaningful?

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S.L. Sorgner Publishes New Monograph

Nicolai Publishing

IEET Fellow S.L. Sorgner’s latest monograph, which is entitled “Brave New Human” (“Schöner neuer Mensch”), and which he was invited to write by Nicolai Publishing, was published on the 23rd of October 2018. Therein, he present his own vision of the genetic new human, the implanted new human, the digital new human, and the conceptual new human:

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S.L. Sorgner Juries Austrian Patent Award 2018

Last weekend, IEET Fellow and John Cabot University philosophy professor Stefan Lorenz Sorgner was invited to presenting the laudation for the winner of the lifetime achievement award of the Austrian Patent agency 2018. He represented a distinguished jury which consists of leading experts in the field of emergent technologies such as CEO of KTM Stefan Pierer, general director of IBM Austria Patricia Neumann, the rector of the Technical University Vienna Sabine Seidler, Senior Vice President Innovation & Technology of Borealis Maurits van Tol, and Business Angel Michael Altrichter. On the following photo, you find him standing next to the Austrian minister of innovation and technology, Norbert Hofer, and the winner of the lifetime achievement award, Christian Bartenbach. Next to him, you find the director of the Austrian patent agency, Mariana Karepova. (© Patentamt)

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Soenke Ziesche Published New Paper on AI


The objective of this article is to identify synergies for two relevant challenges, which are currently faced by the world community, yet addressed separately: The artificial intelligence value-loading problem and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. First, the challenges and their significance are outlined. Subsequently, opportunities and risks are discussed to utilize the Sustainable Development Goals to set the values of an artificial intelligence. History has shown that it is complex to agree on universal and sufficiently specific human goals. Nevertheless, this is a prerequisite to approach the artificial intelligence value-loading problem, which is closely linked to artificial intelligence safety. So far, it has not been considered harnessing the Sustainable Development Goals in this context. Yet, the Sustainable Development Goals can be seen as the closest and most comprehensive existing approximation towards common human goals since it is what the United Nations, i.e. the world community, currently agrees upon. Such an attempt entails various risks, which are discussed and which are anticipated given that the artificial intelligence value-loading problem is considered very hard. However, due to the urgency it is argued here that the Sustainable Development Goals constitute an innovative as well as promising interim heuristic towards artificial intelligence safety.

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IEET Managing Director S. Umbrello on Designing a Nano-Safe Future

The Solutions Journal

Nanotechnologies are fast becoming one of the most ubiquitous of the emerging technologies to have a commercial and economic impact. Along with artificial intelligence systems and biotechnologies, nanotechnology is a billion-dollar global industry that has massive product implications.

Made famous by K. Eric Drexler, Molecular Manufacturing (also known as atomically precise manufacturing (APM), molecular engineering or productive molecular nanosystems) is an emerging manufacturing technology that has the potential to shift current economic, societal, and cultural norms radically. As the name implies, molecular manufacturing is the name given to a manufacturing technology that is capable of constructing objects from the molecule up. This atomic level of control will allow for an unprecedented scale of accuracy and tolerance in products manufactured.
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Terence Ericson

[Vidéo] Sport & H+, qui seront les sportifs de demain ?

by Terence Ericson

Dopage technologique, génétique, robotique, neurologique… quel sera le futur du sport ? Nouvelle vidéo de Terence Ericson.

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Alexandre Maurer

Faut-il garantir un niveau de vie minimal ? Automatisation, intelligence artificielle…

by Alexandre Maurer

Si on se dirige vers la fin du plein emploi, faut-il garantir un niveau de vie minimal à chacun ? Une question bête, mais qui mérite d’être posée, car cela ne fait pas consensus !

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Building artificial people: Endless possibilities and the dark side

O'Reilly Media

Supasorn Suwajanakorn discusses the possibilities and the dark side of building artificial people. his is a keynote highlight from the Artificial Intelligence Conference in London 2018.

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#138 - THE EDGE OF HUMANITY A Conversation with Yuval Noah Harari

Waking Up Podcast

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about his new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. They discuss the importance of meditation for his intellectual life, the primacy of stories, the need to revise our fundamental assumptions about human civilization, the threats to liberal democracy, a world without work, universal basic income, the virtues of nationalism, the implications of AI and automation, and other topics.

Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. His books have been translated into 50+ languages, with 12+ million copies sold worldwide. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind   looked deep into our past, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow considered far-future scenarios, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century focuses on the biggest questions of the present moment.

Twitter: @harari_yuval

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Rick Searle

Citizenship as Fob Key

by Rick Searle

One of the key conceptual difficulties faced by those grappling with the resurgence of nationalism today is to hold fast to the recognition that this return of the nation state occurs in an already globalized world. In other words, this isn’t our grandparents’ nationalism we are confronting but something quite new, and forgetting that fact leads to all kinds of intellectual mistakes, most notably imagining that the ghosts of the likes of Hitler, Tojo, and Mussolini have risen from the grave like Halloween ghouls.

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Richard Eskow

Amid Deep Job Losses, Who’s Fighting for Government Workers?

by Richard Eskow

Politicians who seek populist/progressive support should stop repeating the antigovernment nostrums of the right and start challenging them instead. It’s time for genuine leaders to push for a bold public-sector jobs program, fearlessly and without cynicism.

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Marc Roux

Yuval Harari et l’amélioration technique de l’accès au bonheur

by Marc Roux

La “roue hédonique” (3/4) : Dans son livre, Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari consacre un chapitre à la manière dont il imagine que notre accès au bonheur pourrait être amélioré par la technique -> Critique.

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Adam A. Ford Wins 1st Prize in the Longevity Film Competition

Longevity Film Competition


“Aging is a technical problem with a technical solution - finding the solution requires clear thinking and focused effort. Once solving aging becomes demonstrably feasible, it is likely attitudes will shift regarding its desirability.  There is huge potential, for individuals and for society, in reducing suffering through the use of rejuvenation therapy to achieve new heights of physical well-being.  I also discuss the looming economic implications of large percentages of illness among aging populations - and put forward that focusing on solving fundamental problems of aging will reduce the incidents of debilitating diseases of aging - which will in turn reduce the economic burden of illness.  This mini-documentary discusses the implications of actually solving aging, as well as some misconceptions about aging.

The 21st century is a time of unprecedented change - we are discovering new and ingenious ways to solve problems that were once thought impossible - we dream of a brighter future - one in which the debilitating diseases of aging are relegated to the dustbin of history.”
Kind regards,

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John G. Messerly

Survival of the Richest

by John G. Messerly

Professor and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff recently penned an article that went viral, “Survival of the Richest.” It outlines how the super wealthy are preparing for doomsday. Here is a recap followed by a brief commentary.

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