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Retarder le vieillissement : le chemin de la stabilité protéique

The politics of crime-fighting software

Stefan Sorgner Edits New Book Series on Posthuman Studies

La “roue hédonique” (1/3) : Du plaisir

Must A Human Be An Ape?  The Ultimate Problem of Self-Classification

Interview de Science4All : Peut-on être complémentaire de l’intelligence artificielle ?


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Pourquoi le transhumanisme?
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Alexandre Technoprog

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

Longevity Promotion: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Illia Stambler

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





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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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EMG

Retarder le vieillissement : le chemin de la stabilité protéique

by EMG

La compréhension du vieillissement chez l’être humain est l’une des aventures scientifico-techniques les plus fascinantes de ce début de XXIème siècle. Voici un éclaircissement de la théorie de la fidélité traductionnelle comme cause du vieillissement.

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Marcelo Rinesi

The politics of crime-fighting software

by Marcelo Rinesi

Call it machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, or simply computational intelligence: countries are rushing to apply new technologies to combat crimes, but how they do so — and even what counts as crime — varies among them, and says much about their societies, priorities, and future.

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Stefan Sorgner Edits New Book Series on Posthuman Studies

Posthuman Studies: From Critical Posthumanism to Transhumanism

The oldest publishing house in the world, Schwabe publishing (founded 1488), deeply rooted in the humanist tradition, embraces the intellectual engagement with one of the most significant debates of our time: Posthuman Studies: From Critical Posthumanism to Transhumanism.

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Marc Roux

La “roue hédonique” (1/3) : Du plaisir

by Marc Roux

Première des trois parties d’une réflexion sur le syndrome dit du “hedonic treadmill”, en anglais. À quelles conditions la technique pourrait nous aider à sortir de notre tendance à revenir à des niveaux de bonheur plus ou moins égaux tout le long de la vie ?

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Steve Fuller

Must A Human Be An Ape?  The Ultimate Problem of Self-Classification

by Steve Fuller

How humans came to descend from apes
The Oxford English Dictionaries define ‘human’ in three ways, which are listed in the following order: (1) whatever distinguishes people from God, animals and machines; (2) whenever people behave in a highly desirable fashion; (3) whoever is a member of the genus Homo. These are really quite different definitions. The first has the greatest conceptual clarity, but its clarity is limited to the realm of the conceptual. Making that definition work in practice is diabolical. The second is unclear in both theory and practice. However, it taps into the original meaning of ‘human’ – namely, the outcome of some normative project that requires extensive cultivation and training, one which today we identify with the ‘humanities’. The third is the most recent definition, since the very idea that humans resembled – let alone were descended from – apes in some deep sense dates only to the mid-eighteenth century European Enlightenment. That was when the Swedish taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus first named our species Homo sapiens.

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Alexandre Maurer

Interview de Science4All : Peut-on être complémentaire de l’intelligence artificielle ?

by Alexandre Maurer

Interview de Lê de la chaîne YouTube “Science4All” sur l’intelligence artificielle, la complémentarité homme-machine, la fin du travail, le revenu de base…

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Tsvi Bisk

The Future of the European Union

by Tsvi Bisk

The present crises of the EU (70 years after its creation) are in large part a consequence of absorbing three former fascist countries (Greece, Portugal and Spain) and eleven former communist countries, whose economies, standards of living and political cultures lagged behind the 13 more politically and economically advanced countries. The internal migrations towards a better standard of living from the 14 to the 13, in addition to the refugee crisis, have been major contributors to the dissatisfactions that led to Brexit as well as the rise of other populist movements in member states.

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EMG

La gestation ex vivo, où en est-on ?

by EMG

Etat des lieux d’une technologie à la fois réparatrice et transformatrice.

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Pedro Villanueva

Edgist generation. Towards a transhumanist subculture? The manifesto.

by Pedro Villanueva

I’m a fan of the movie Back to the future of the second part and when we talk about subcultures like Hipster, Neo-Hippies, Rave, Indie, etc. I noticed that something was missing to create a very different new subculture in the current generation, since we are in the year 2017. This manifesto I write is to create a more complete subculture in the youth according to our time. And frankly the movie Back to the future is almost prophetic and fits more in the present times. The name Edgist is similar to edge which refers to a new subculture that plays with the edge between reality, technology and new searches of cultural subjectivity.

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Marcus Hutter - AI progress & public perception

Science, Technology & the Future

Marcus Hutter discusses some recent progress in AI, and contrasts this with public perceptions of AI

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EMG

Vieillesse : pourquoi l’Etat est en faute

by EMG

La valeur de la vie humaine diminue-t-elle avec les années ?

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Marcus Hutter - The Essence of Artificial General Intelligence

Science, Technology & the Future

The Essence of Artificial General Intelligence
- A theoretical approach to Artificial General Intelligence
- Approximating Universal Intelligence

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Laurens Vaddeli

L’imagination des machines: les Robots-artistes au Grand Palais

by Laurens Vaddeli

L’exposition en cours au Grand Palais nous permet de nous pencher sur les mutations de l’art permises par la robotique et l’intelligence artificielle.

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Marcus Hutter - Understanding ‘understanding’

Science, Technology & the Future

- What does understanding mean? 
- What is the relationship between compression and understanding?
- Are current data compressors intelligent (do they have understanding)?

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This Smartphone Pioneer Is Fighting to Create a Transhumanist Superdemocracy

Inverse

David Wood, a man that helped revolutionize communication in the early days of the smart phone, now wants to make the government smarter too. The British transhumanist helped pioneer today’s smartphone industry when he co-founded mobile operating system developer Symbian in 1998, and now he’s calling for changes that would radically rethink how people and politicians interact.

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Terence Ericson

Organes-sur-puce, la révolution multiple qui arrive

by Terence Ericson

En finir avec l’expérimentation animale, réduire le coût de développement d’un médicament, imaginer la médecine personnalisée de demain, ou encore tenir un laboratoire entier dans sa main… Voici autant d’avancées que permettront les organes-sur-puces.

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IEET Fellow Kevin LaGrandeur Publishes new Book Review

The Agonist: A Nietzsche Circle Journal

IEET Fellow Kevin LaGrandeur had his review of the book, Nietzsche and Transhumanism: Precursor or Enemy?, edited by Yunus Tuncel, published in the Spring 2018 edition of The Agonist: A Nietzsche Circle Journal.

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IEET Fellow S.L. Sorgner Published New Collection: Ethics of Emerging Biotechnologies

Ethics of Emerging Biotechnologies

Together with Prof. Maria Sinaci, IEET Fellow Prof. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner just edited another essay collection. It is entitled “Ethics of Emerging Biotechnologies” and is available open access at the following website http://trivent-publishing.eu/ethics_of_emerging_biotechnologies.html

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Updated Information Privacy Policy

This policy addresses the use of personal information by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET). Included in this policy are members, consumers of products and services, and others who engage with the Institute (referred to as “users”).

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John G. Messerly

Is Transhumanism A Religion?

by John G. Messerly

Transhumanism is an intellectual movement that aims to transform and improve the human condition by developing and making available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physiological, and moral functioning. Transhumanists argue that humanity in its current form represents an early phase of its evolutionary development. A common transhumanist thesis is that humans may eventually transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities that they will have become godlike or posthuman. Notably, this includes defeating the limitation imposed by death.

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IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello publishes new paper on Nanotechnology

Futures

Atomically precise manufacturing (APM) is the assembly of materials with atomic precision. APM does not currently exist, and may not be feasible, but if it is feasible, then the societal impacts could be dramatic. This paper assesses the net societal impacts of APM across the full range of important APM sectors: general material wealth, environmental issues, military affairs, surveillance, artificial intelligence, and space travel. Positive effects were found for material wealth, the environment, military affairs (specifically nuclear disarmament), and space travel. Negative effects were found for military affairs (specifically rogue actor violence) and AI. The net effect for surveillance was ambiguous. The effects for the environment, military affairs, and AI appear to be the largest, with the environment perhaps being the largest of these, suggesting that APM would be net beneficial to society. However, these factors are not well quantified and no definitive conclusion can be made. One conclusion that can be reached is that if APM R&D is pursued, it should go hand-in-hand with effective governance strategies to increase the benefits and reduce the harms.

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EMG

Le transhumanisme est-il vieux comme le monde ?

by EMG

Vouloir transgresser les limites de la biologie humaine, pour vivre beaucoup plus longtemps en bonne santé par exemple, n’est pas quelque chose de nouveau. En fait, ce désir est aussi ancien que l’humanité - un désir presque primordial, enfantin (sans connotation négative), viscéral, comme celui de voler.

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Terence Ericson

[Vidéo] La longévité, pourquoi vivre plus longtemps ?

by Terence Ericson

Nous souhaitons tous vivre vieux, mais nous ne souhaitons pas être vieux… Découvrez les potentialités et les réalités de l’allongement de la vie en bonne santé

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Marc Roux

Le transhumanisme n’est pas un «eugénisme libéral»

by Marc Roux

Pour essayer de sortir de la condamnation systématique associant le transhumanisme à l’eugénisme, notamment totalitaire, certains ont proposé de le décrire comme un “eugénisme libéral”. Mais, au sens strict, le transhumanisme démocratique n’est pas un eugénisme du tout.

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Marcelo Rinesi

The mystical underpinnings of Facebook’s anti-fake news algorithms

by Marcelo Rinesi

Imagine you’re Rene Descartes, data scientist at Facebook in charge of saying true things. Problem is, your only input is what people say, and everybody lies.

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Alexandre Maurer

[Vidéo] Recherche embryonnaire : faut-il autoriser davantage ?

by Alexandre Maurer

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Roland Benedikter Discusses Rights in a Post-Human World

Cato Unbound

I agree with Rachel that the future of “serious” AI to be branded as such in the strict sense is still (far) ahead, as I have already stated in my lead essay. And I appreciate Rachel’s notion of “general intelligence” to be applied on the upcoming debates on rights for non-human “intelligence” within modern democracies. I regard this notion to be a potential “added value” to a more in-depth debate which hasn’t been taken into consideration sufficiently yet, at least in current Europe. Yet concrete legal proposal options on the “rights for robots” such as those brought forward by the European Union Committee on Legal Affairs and other EU bodies cannot be ignored by the alliance of global democracies, including the United States. Yet it remains to be seen whether they anticipate, or—perhaps unwillingly—co-generate a future that is to be rejected.

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IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner: jury member of the Austrian Governmental Award Patent 2018

IEET Fellow and Philosophy Professor Stefan Lorenz Sorgner was invited to being a jury member by the Austrian patent agency to vote for the most innovative inventions of 2018: https://www.ots.at/presseaussendung/OTS_20180419_OTS0064/staatspreis-patent-schoenheitswettbewerb-fuer-patente-und-marken-startet-bild The jury consists of leading experts in the field of emergent technologies and distinguished policy-maker, e.g. 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, as well as Business Angel Michael Altrichter: https://www.patentamt.at/staatspreis-patent-2018/#c3468

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Alexandre Maurer

[Vidéo] Transhumanisme : changeons nos mythes !

by Alexandre Maurer

Dans cette vidéo, j’explique comment nos mythes nous conditionnent à avoir une opinion négative du transhumanisme.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Superman: The Last Son of Prague

by Marcelo Rinesi

Besides everything else, today Superman is an almost satirically strict exemplar of what a “good” immigrant has to look like: if you can pass as a white able-bodied heterosexual male, were raised in a small Kansas farm, got a prestigious job in a traditional professional field, and save the world two or a hundred times, then you, too, might be accepted (or shot at on sight on account of what a scared cop or soldier thought you might conceivably do, that might happen too). But he was originally something far uncannier and politically disruptive.

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