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Marc Roux

Régulation française et internationale en matière de thérapie génique

by Marc Roux

Introduction: L’annonce a fait l’effet d’une bombe. Le 26 novembre dernier, He Jankui, chercheur à l’université de Shenzen (Chine) a annoncé la naissance de deux bébés viables dont il a réussi à corriger l’ADN afin de les immuniser contre le VIH. Le scientifique chinois a eu le sens du timing, en présentant ses travaux deux… [lire la suite]

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John G. Messerly

Reflections on the (Real Possibility) of the End of the World

by John G. Messerly

Over the last few weeks I’ve discussed the recent UN report on the destruction of the ecosystem, and Jared Diamond’s and Bill McKibbon’s worries about whether the human race we will survive our current crises. I began these discussions about the end of life on earth like this:

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Brian Hanley

Pan-genomics! Let’s get real-world here. Graphs are just the start.

by Brian Hanley

I work with human DNA pathological variants and gene therapy. To me, the current pangenome effort and friends is mostly an academic exercise that won’t matter. Yes, we know that FASTA is limited, but we can combine FASTA files and look at these differences. I do like what Erik and friends have done, and pangenomics is interesting. But, it doesn’t even start to address what really matters. There are other issues that are much more important. For instance:

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Marc Roux

Quel est le rôle du comité d’experts sur le génome humain de l’OMS

by Marc Roux

Introduction À la suite de l’annonce retentissante de la naissance de bébés génétiquement modifiés par le biologiste Chinois He Jankui, l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, prise de cours, a réuni 18 experts chargés de participer à la régulation internationale de l’édition du génome humain. Leur mission est de “viser au développement de standards de gouvernance… [lire la suite]

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Découvrez la revue Brainstorm (par ThinkH+)

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Brainstorm est la revue juridique de ThinkH+, think tank dédié aux problématiques juridiques, éthiques et régulatoires soulevées par le transhumanisme.

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Leo Igwe

Beyond Humanism: Emerging Technologies and African Futures

by Leo Igwe

Beyond Humanism highlights the philosophical implications of emerging technologies. And any one who is deeply concerned about improving the human conditions needs to pay attention to discourses on critical transhumanism and post humanism. The consequences of emerging technologies on the lives and prospects of Africans cannot be overemphasized because these technologies have the potential of radically transforming the life worlds.

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Les 9 causes biologiques du vieillissement en vidéo

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Les 9 causes biologiques du vieillissement en vidéo

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Marc Roux

Notes de lecture : Transhumanisme, Quel avenir pour l’humanité ?

by Marc Roux

Marc Roux nous livre sa critique, essentiellement positive, sur cet ouvrage signé David Doat et Franck Damour, de l’Université Catholique de Lille.

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Jason C. Stone

Public Wealth Communism

by Jason C. Stone

One of the major obstacles associated with socialist or communist systems is the Economic Calculation Problem. If we no longer allow a “free market” to decide what is produced and at what price, then how do we decide how to direct a society’s limited resources and labor?

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Terence Ericson

Premier mai technoprogressiste 2019

by Terence Ericson

Depuis le 1er mai 2018, l’espérance de vie en bonne santé a augmenté de près d’un trimestre dans le monde. Entre 2000 et 2016, l’espérance de vie dans le monde a progressé de 5,5 ans selon l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé.

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David Wood

Fully Automated Luxury Communism: a timely vision

by David Wood

It’s a book that’s going to change the conversation about the future.

It starts well, with six short vignettes, “Six characters in search of a future”. Then it moves on, with the quality consistently high, to sections entitled “Chaos under heaven”, “New travellers”, and “Paradise found”. Paradise! Yes, that’s the future which is within our grasp. It’s a future in which, as Bastani says, people will “lead fuller, expanded lives, not diminished ones”:

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Terence Ericson

Notes de lecture : Étienne Picand, La révolte des derniers hommes

by Terence Ericson

nb : Cet article ne se veut pas une analyse littéraire de l’oeuvre poétique. Il ne vise qu’à explorer l’abord du thème transhumaniste et les représentations liées.

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IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner’s Invited APA Article on Transhumanism

APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers

IEET Fellow and JCU philosophy professor Stefan Lorenz Sorgner was invited to write the article “Transhumanism: The Best Minds of Our Generation are Needed for Shaping Our Future” for the “APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers”, vol. 18, number 2, Spring 19, pages 15-18. It can be accessed HERE

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IEET’s Steven Umbrello Publishes New Paper on Nanotechnology and Value Sensitive Design

International Journal of Technoethics

Although continued investments in nanotechnology are made, atomically precise manufacturing (APM) to date is still regarded as speculative technology. APM, also known as molecular manufacturing, is a token example of a converging technology, has great potential to impact and be affected by other emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and ICT. The development of APM thus can have drastic global impacts depending on how it is designed and used. This article argues that the ethical issues that arise from APM - as both a standalone technology or as a converging one - affects the roles of stakeholders in such a way as to warrant an alternate means furthering responsible innovation in APM research. This article introduces a value-based design methodology called value sensitive design (VSD) that may serve as a suitable framework to adequately cater to the values of stakeholders. Ultimately, it is concluded that VSD is a strong candidate framework for addressing the moral concerns of stakeholders during the preliminary stages of technological development.

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Turchin et al Publish New Paper on the Simulation’s Termination Risk

ArXiv

The main idea is that If we are in a simulation, the most probable type of it either a “Fermi simulation, that is, a simulation which is created by aliens to solve Fermi paradox via simulating possible global risks, or in a “Singularity simulation”,  – a simulation where future AI models its own origin. It means that our simulation will be turned off soon, as at least one of three conditions will be reached:

- It will model a global catastrophe, which is subjectively equal to
the termination.
- it will reach unknown to us goal (but likely related to our AI
ethics) and finish.
- it will reach a nested simulation level, which drastically increases
computational demand and thus the simulation must be turned off.


A.Turchin, M.Batin, D.Denkenberger, R.Yampolskiy. “Simulation Typology
and Termination Risks”.

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IEET’s Steven Umbrello and Stefan Sorgner Publish New Paper on AI Cognitive Suffering

Philosophies

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello and IEET Fellow, and ‘Bad Boy of Philosophy’, Stefan L. Sorgner have published a new paper on the potential cognitive suffering of future AI titled: “Nonconscious Cognitive Suffering: Considering Suffering Risks of Embodied Artificial Intelligence” in the journal Philosophies

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Kevin LaGrandeur on Technological Unemploymen

Vlog "Posthumans"

Dr. Francesca Ferrando (NYU) interviews scholar Dr. Kevin LaGrandeur (NYIT). Recorded at Digital Studio, New York University (NYU), New York City, April 2019.​

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Kevin LaGrandeur on Ancient Technology

Vlog "Posthumans"

Dr. Francesca Ferrando (NYU) interviews scholar Dr. Kevin LaGrandeur (NYIT). Recorded at Digital Studio, New York University (NYU), New York City, April 2019.​

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CALL FOR PAPERS: TRANSHUMANISM

Logos. Anales del Seminario de Metafísica

LOGOS. Anales del Seminario de Metafísica (VOL. 53, 2020)
Special Guest Editor: Mariano Rodríguez González

The astonishing development of N(ano)B(io)I(nfo)C(ognitive) technologies in our global digital society has strengthened the idea that the possibilities opened up by the artificial improvement of the human being, which would help or even replace education in the humanist traditional sense, may or must finally lead to the transition to a new species, to true post-humans superior to all the past humans in terms of their biological and cognitive potentialities. Transhumanist philosophers today are proposing an imagery populated by supercapable cyborgs, the suspension of aging, genetic interventions that make us immune to AIDS and many other diseases, the singularity of a superintelligence that will either enslave us or liberate us from all painful or routine labors, and/or even a universe where suffering has been removed as an indispensable biological function and we have at hand the immemorial dream of immortality under the form of digital immortality in the cloud.

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Call for Manuscripts: Critical Post- and/or Transhumanism, Posthuman Studies

If you have an article which deals with some aspect of the posthuman or falls into the wide-scope of posthuman studies, please consider submitting it to the world’s first double-blind peer-reviewed journal explicitly dedicated to the posthuman, the Journal of Posthuman Studies. It was realized in cooperation with Penn State University Press first issue was launched in 2017.

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First Volume of New Book Series “Posthuman Studies” Published

Posthuman Studies (PHST)

IEET is happy to announce volume 1 of the newly launched book series entitled “Posthuman Studies” with the world’s oldest publishing house (Schwabe). The author is a world-leading sociologist from the University of Warwick: Prof. Dr. Steve Fuller. His monograph is entitled: Nietzschean Meditations. Untimely Thoughts at the Dawn of the Transhuman Era.

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner, the editor of this novel series, is welcoming your thought-provoking monographs. Please submit them by email to: ssorgner@johncabot.edu

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Terence Ericson

[TEDx] Un transhumanisme modéré, raisonnable, alternatif?

by Terence Ericson

Par Terence Ericson, porte-parole de l’association

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#57 - Sorgner on Nietzschean Transhumanism

Philosophical Disquisitions

In this episode I talk Stefan Lorenz Sorgner. Stefan teaches philosophy at John Cabot University in Rome. He is director and co-founder of the Beyond Humanism Network, Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), Research Fellow at the Ewha Institute for the Humanities at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, and Visting Fellow at the Ethics Centre of the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. His main fields of research are Nietzsche, the philosophy of music, bioethics and meta-, post- and transhumanism. We talk about his case for a Nietzschean form of transhumanism.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Smart cities are for refugees

by Marcelo Rinesi

There’s very little difference between smart cities and modern occupied zones. Both postulate ubiquitous sensor coverage, continuous algorithmic vigilance, and the automated use of (ordnance) delivery drones. Neither, for different but obvious reasons, is what we need.

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Ojochogwu Abdul

Reflections on James Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism (Part 5)

by Ojochogwu Abdul

Part 5: Belief in Progress vs. Rational Uncertainty

The Enlightenment, with its confident efforts to fashion a science of man, was archetypal of the belief and quest that humankind will eventually achieve lasting peace and happiness. In what some interpret as a reformulation of Christianity’s teleological salvation history in which the People of God will be redeemed at the end of days and with the Kingdom of Heaven established on Earth, most Enlightenment thinkers believed in the inevitability of human political and technological progress, secularizing the Christian conception of history and eschatology into a conviction that humanity would, using a system of thought built on reason and science, be able to continually improve itself.

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#56 - Turner on Rules for Robots

Philosophical Disquisitions

In this episode I talk to Jacob Turner. Jacob is a barrister and author. We chat about his new book, Robot Rules: Regulating Artificial Intelligence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), which discusses how to address legal responsibility, rights and ethics for AI.

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Alexandre Maurer

Jacques Testart transhumaniste?

by Alexandre Maurer

Petite tribune sur les récents propos “étonnamment transhumanistes” de Jacques Testart. Et sur la triste stratégie de l’”épouvantail transhumaniste”, largement pratiquée en France.

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Ojochogwu Abdul

Reflections on James Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism (Part 4)

by Ojochogwu Abdul

Part 4: Moral Universalism vs. Relativism

James Hughes’ essays on the problems of transhumanism continue with a discussion on conflicts, borrowed from the Enlightenment, between universalism and relativism within transhumanism. The Enlightenment event (European and global), in addition to its attack and severance of the roots of traditional European culture in the sacred, magic, kingship, and hierarchy, thereby secularizing all institutions and ideas, also (intellectually and to some extent in practice) effectively set on course the demolition of all legitimizing basis of monarchy, aristocracy, woman’s subordination to man, ecclesiastical authority, and slavery. These were replaced with the principles of universality, equality, and democracy. Included in this was also an argument for moral universalism, a position that ethics and law should apply equally to all humans.

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CFP Delphi: Interdisciplinary Review of Emerging Technologies

Delphi: Interdisciplinary Review of Emerging Technologies

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.

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

Philosophical Disquisitions

In this episode I talk to Seth Baum. Seth is an interdisciplinary researcher working across a wide range of fields in natural and social science, engineering, philosophy, and policy. His primary research focus is global catastrophic risk. He also works in astrobiology. He is the Co-Founder (with Tony Barrett) and Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute. He is also a Research Affiliate of the University of Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. We talk about the importance of studying the long-term future of human civilisation, and map out four possible trajectories for the long-term future. 

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