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Overview of technopolitics


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Escape from the Body Farm

A new book by Riccardo Campa on robots and technological unemployment

Le devenir homme de la machine : anthropologie robotique et communauté humaine

Deep(ly) Unsettling: The ubiquitous, unspoken business model of AI-induced mental illness

Three Anthopocenes

InSitu#1 – À la découverte des énergies du futur


ieet books

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

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

Conversations with the Future: 21 Visions for the 21st Century
Nikola Danaylov

Surviving the Machine Age: Intelligent Technology and the Transformation of Human Work
Kevin LaGrandeur and James Hughes eds.





JET

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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Rick Searle

Escape from the Body Farm

by Rick Searle

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.

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A new book by Riccardo Campa on robots and technological unemployment

IEET Fellow Riccardo Campa has published Still Think Robots Can’t Do Your Job?: Essays on Automation and Technological Unemployment a very timely collection of essays on the economic and social impact of robots and AI on work and employment.

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Laurens Vaddeli

Le devenir homme de la machine : anthropologie robotique et communauté humaine

by Laurens Vaddeli

Les robots peuvent-ils prétendre à l’humanité?

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Marcelo Rinesi

Deep(ly) Unsettling: The ubiquitous, unspoken business model of AI-induced mental illness

by Marcelo Rinesi

“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.

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Rick Searle

Three Anthopocenes

by Rick Searle

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.

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Terence Ericson

InSitu#1 – À la découverte des énergies du futur

by Terence Ericson

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

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John G. Messerly

Summary of Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?”

by John G. Messerly

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.”

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Valerie Tarico

No, Birth Control Isn’t Dangerous. But Guess Who Wants You to Think It Is.

by Valerie Tarico

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

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Eliott Edge

New, Easy Experiments for testing the Simulation Hypothesis

by Eliott Edge

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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B. J. Murphy

Onward to a Democratic Socialist Automated Neutropia

by B. J. Murphy

During a talk at the CIO Network, techno-philanthropist and entrepreneur Peter H. Diamandis said, “I’m sort of a libertarian capitalist at heart, but we’re heading towards a future of socialism.” And he’s not wrong. Capitalism might’ve helped bring about advanced technological innovations over the decades, but as a result, the socio-economic system is providing the very tools needed to eventually replace it as a whole.

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What is TRANSHUMANISM? Dr. Ferrando (NYU)

The Posthuman

This video is part of the mini-course in the Philosophy of “The Posthuman”, Lesson n. 2, by Dr. Francesca Ferrando (NYU)

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What does “POSTHUMAN” mean? Dr. Ferrando (NYU)

The Posthuman

This video is part of the online course in the Philosophy of “The Posthuman”, Lesson n. 1, by Dr. Francesca Ferrando (NYU).

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John Danaher

Is Technology Value-Neutral? New Technologies and Collective Action Problems

by John Danaher

We’ve all heard the saying “Guns don’t kill people, people do”. It’s a classic statement of the value-neutrality thesis. This is the thesis that technology, by itself, is value-neutral. It is the people that use it that are not. If the creation of a new technology, like a gun or a smartphone, has good or bad effects, it is due to good or bad people, not the technology itself.

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Terence Ericson

Mini-reportage TransVision 2017 ! États généraux du Transhumanisme international

by Terence Ericson

Terence Ericson interview des transhumanistes de plusieurs pays à notre colloque TransVision 2017. Deuxième épisode à suivre bientôt !

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Marcelo Rinesi

When devops involves monitoring for excess suicides

by Marcelo Rinesi

When it comes to ethics and AI, forget corporate responsibility statements. If you want to know what a tech company worries about, look at what it monitors when deploying new code.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Short story: Nanobots and the Teenage Brain

by Marcelo Rinesi

Charlie had a chip in his head, but that’s not what made him special…

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Sorgner @ Investigating Transhumanisms and their Narratives

IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner as well as the famous French philosopher Bernard Stiegler will be keynote speakers at the forthcoming conference “Investigating Transhumanisms and their Narratives” which will take place from Wednesday the 20th until Friday the 22nd of June 2018 in Lille. If you wish to participate in this ground-breaking event, please respond to the Call for Papers which you find on the following website: http://www.ethconference2018.com/eng/

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Melanie Swan

The Future of AI: Blockchain and Deep Learning

by Melanie Swan

First point: considering blockchain and deep learning together suggests the emergence of a new class of global network computing system. These systems are self-operating computation graphs that make probabilistic guesses about reality states of the world.

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Terence Ericson

Découvrez l’association Technoprog en vidéo

by Terence Ericson

Dans cette seconde vidéo sur notre événement Transvision2017, Terence Ericson interview les membres de l’association.

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Transhumanism and military by Roland Benedikter et al.

Science & Peace

Transhumanism and military by Roland Benedikter, Christopher Coenen, Hans-Jorg Kreowski, Robert Ranisch, Alexander Reymann and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner.

Supplement to Science and Peace 4/2017 and FIfF Communication 4/2017
Published by the Information Center for Science and Peace
in cooperation with the Forum Computer Scientists for Peace and
Social Responsibility (FIfF eV)

See article here

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Voice of Things

by Marcelo Rinesi

t looked to her like a Christmas miracle, but it was just the Internet of Things…

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John G. Messerly

Evolution and Ethics

by John G. Messerly

Man in his arrogance thinks himself worthy the interposition of a deity. More humble and I think truer to consider himself created from animals. ~ Charles Darwin

 

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Kevin LaGrandeur on Surviving the Machine Age

Palgrave Macmillan

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Alexandre Maurer

Un argument bioconservateur pour la longévité

by Alexandre Maurer

J’ai récemment eu un bref échange avec l’auteur d’une tribune critique du transhumanisme dans le journal Libération. Dans cet échange, il dit :

« Allez dans un hôpital, vous n’entendrez jamais une personne de 90 ans vous dire qu’elle veut vivre plus longtemps… »

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Hank Pellissier

What Transhumanists Lost by Investing Late in Bitcoin

by Hank Pellissier

In 2012, a writer in Germany, Rüdiger Koch, wrote an intriguing essay for IEET.org, that was subtitled “Amazing things would happen if a large percentage of transhumanists were financially independent. How can this be done?

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Marcelo Rinesi

Short story: Soul in the Loop

by Marcelo Rinesi

The Oxford Protocol requires all “killer robots” to be monitored by humans. But who monitors them?

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Gene editing in human embryos is a moral obligation, says John Harris

Practical Ethics Channel

In this interview with Katrien Devolder, John Harris (Professor Emeritus, University of Manchester &  Visiting Professor in Bioethics, King’s College London) argues that we should gene-edit human embryos, not only to prevent disease but also for the purpose of enhancement.

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Slaughterbots

Future of Life Institute

If this isn’t what you want, please take action at: http://autonomousweapons.org

 

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John G. Messerly

What if Mueller proves his case and it doesn’t matter?

by John G. Messerly

Dave Roberts of Vox has just published what I believe is the most important article I’ve read recently about the crisis of American democracy: America is facing an epistemic crisis: What if Mueller proves his case and it doesn’t matter? Here’s a brief summary of the piece followed by a brief commentary

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Call for Papers: The Nietzsche and Transhumanism debates continues.

Nietzsche and Transhumanism

The collection “Nietzsche and Transhumanism” which was edited by Yunus Tuncel and came out in 2017, contains all the central articles of the heated debate concerning the relationship between these two philosophical approaches:

http://www.cambridgescholars.com/nietzsche-and-transhumanism

If you wish to respond to the reflections of this debate, please send an abstract to Francesco Biazzo by mid-December: gandalf.francesco@gmail.com You will be informed whether your abstract got accepted by the end of December. If this is the case, you will have until the end of April 2018 to send him your paper. The essay collection is scheduled to be published in Spring 2019!

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