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Marcelo Rinesi

Short story: Blue Collar

by Marcelo Rinesi

Of biotech, industry 4.0, and very quick showers.

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Hank Pellissier

Fourteen Reforms to Rescue USA Democracy

by Hank Pellissier

The USA is a sub-par, wretchedly-flawed ‘democracy.’

A Princeton/Northwestern study suggests the US government more closely resembles an oligarchy or a corporatocracy than a democracy because “economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

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Marcelo Rinesi

Short story:  Murder on the self-driving shared ride

by Marcelo Rinesi

Robot cars don’t kill people: People kill people. Or at least that’s Elon Musk’s tweetstorm header and legal defense strategy.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Short story: Wordless Prayers of the Small Ones

by Marcelo Rinesi

The most baffling new diseases sometimes have the simplest cures.

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Marc Roux

LE DENI DE LA MORT ?

by Marc Roux

La metformine est un médicament courant, bon marché, et dont certains chercheurs soupçonnent qu’il pourrait avoir un effet positif global sur le vieillissement. Plusieurs essais sont en cours …

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Marcelo Rinesi

Short story: The Poisonous Song of the Skies

by Marcelo Rinesi

Astronomers discover signs of alien intelligence, with clues to new, more powerful technology. What if it happens (relatively speaking) all the time?

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Marc Roux

La metformine, peut-elle agir sur le vieillissement ?

by Marc Roux

Suite à une émission d’ARTE diffusée le 7 septembre 2019, Harold Knoll, fondateur de la start-up longévitiste DAYU, précise ses réponses au philosophe Raphaël Enthoven.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Short story: Noontime Dawns

by Marcelo Rinesi

The problem isn’t that the research station is completely quiet; it’s noon, after all. But the interior decoration is deeply unsettling.

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Sorgner versus Musk on whether we live in a Computer Simulation

“The Life Cycle is a podcast series dreamt up by Klang Games, conceived as an excuse to procrastinate the development of the studio’s simulation MMO, Seed, a game about human survival and exoplanet settlement”, according to their website. (https://www.thelifecyclepodcast.com/home/#about) In their latest episode of the podcast, they dealt with the question whether we live in a computer simulation and what our chances are that we do actually live in such a simulation. Elon Musk argues that chances are very high that we do not live in base reality. IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner demonstrates that we do not have any good reason for regarding this claim as plausible:

https://www.thelifecyclepodcast.com/episodes/2019/11/1/the-simulation?fbclid=IwAR1ttMUErtW8zBCAUOJRCUkcYSc2wJtDOfZfyP7OOv1Cihutykop6ez4Px0

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Marcelo Rinesi

Short Story: War Drone

by Marcelo Rinesi

There’s nothing so primitive as a point of view in a swarm.

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Alan Brooks

Machiavelli and Nietzsche, Philosophers Foreshadowing the 21st Century

by Alan Brooks

l. Machiavelli has been for a half millennia reviled as an unscrupulous philosopher when it is unfair to presume that a philosopher who was raised in the 15th century and died in the year 1527 could subscribe to 20th-21st-century ethics. Machiavelli’s Europe was a continent where the devoutly religious would sometimes practice excruciatingly painful torture on heretics. Next, to them, Machiavelli was practically benign. Machiavelli can be considered the first modern philosopher in that he deliberately, cautiously attempted to escape the philosophical clutches of the past.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Short Story: Blue, Grey, Red

by Marcelo Rinesi

You don’t switch off the union’s AI overlay in your glasses because you’re a bad cop. You’re every bit as good as somebody call Sofía Rodriguez would have to be to become and remain one in Arkansas - and you wouldn’t want to forfeit the union’s legal protection, which is tied to using their version of the AI.

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IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner’s Talk on Posthuman Music

On the 13th of October, he gave the opening presentation at a big conference on leisure in Freiburg i. Br. where he talked about leisure, mindfulness and the posthuman music of Sven Helbig who gave a concert as part of the same event. Here, you see Stefan Lorenz Sorgner together with Sven Helbig who is one of the most successful contemporary composers, and regularly fills concert halls such as the Barbican Center in London, England, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Alexandrinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia and the Reina Sofia Hall in Madrid, Spain.

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IEET affiliate scholar Steve Fuller’s Talk at Royal Society of London

On 25 September 2019, IEET affiliate scholar Steve Fuller gave a Codex Talk at the Royal Society of London, commemorating the ‘top 50 innovators’ on the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci authored the ‘Codex’ in question, which is a notebook of his thoughts, including a drawing of ‘Vitruvian Man’, which begins Fuller’s talk.

The ‘fork in the road for the future of humanity’ refers to transhumanism and posthumanism, which Fuller treats as projecting radically alternative visions for the human condition.

You can watch the sixteen-minute video on YouTube.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Short story: The Last Words of the Hero of the Heatwave Wars

by Marcelo Rinesi

The five stages of ecological grief were climate denial, ethno-nationalistic anger, economic depression, and then bargaining with Alison Brun’s company but quickly accepting her terms. She was, after all, the most famous environmental urban engineer in the world, the woman who saved Chennai (for a while), and the last person to leave Houston besides the soldiers and biologists of the informally named North Hell Base.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Short story: The Everett Arbitrage

by Marcelo Rinesi

The place is an old-fashioned coworking space, poorly maintained. About two dozen men, most of them in their forties and wearing faded crypto t-shirts, wait as a presentation adjusts itself to their psychological and semiotic profiles.

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John Danaher

#63 - Reagle on the Ethics of Life Hacking

by John Danaher

In this episode I talk to Joseph Reagle. Joseph is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University and a former fellow (in 1998 and 2010) and faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. He is the author of several books and papers about digital media and the social implications of digital technology. Our conversation focuses on his most recent book: Hacking Life: Systematized Living and its Discontents (MIT Press 2019).

You can download the episode here or listen below. You can also subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and a variety of other podcasting services (the RSS feed is here).

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Kick-off evening with Sven Helbig and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner

Mirage News

The Collaborative Research Centre “Otium. Boundaries, Chronotopes, Practices” at the University of Freiburg is organizing a conference from October 13-16, 2019. The conference is entitled “The Embodiment of Leisure: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship between Body, Physical Well-Being and Leisure.” Participants will exchange views on various aspects of the physicality of leisure through lectures and discussions ranging from artistic body performances to current phenomena such as self-optimization and general questions pertaining to body research. The conference will also provide a framework program including a concert and film screening. The conference is geared toward the general public and will be held in German. Online advance registration is required for all events.

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Automation and Utopia is Now Available!

Automation and Utopia

“Armed with an astonishing breadth of knowledge, John Danaher engages with pressing public policy issues in order to lay out a fearless exposition of the radical opportunities that technology will soon enable. With the precision of analytical philosophy and accessible, confident prose, Automation and Utopia demonstrates yet again why Danaher is one of our most important pathfinders to a flourishing future.”  - James Hughes, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

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John Danaher

#62 - Häggström on AI Motivations and Risk Denialism

by John Danaher

In this episode I talk to Olle Häggström. Olle is a professor of mathematical statistics at Chalmers University of Technology and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Olle’s main research is in probability theory and statistical mechanics, but in recent years he has broadened his research interests to focus applied statistics, philosophy, climate science, artificial intelligence and social consequences of future technologies. He is the author of Here be Dragons: Science, Technology and the Future of Humanity (OUP 2016). We talk about AI motivations, specifically the Omohundro-Bostrom theory of AI motivation and its weaknesses. We also discuss AI risk denialism.

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John Danaher

#61 - Yampolskiy on Machine Consciousness and AI Welfare

by John Danaher

In this episode I talk to Roman Yampolskiy. Roman is a Tenured Associate Professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville. He is the founding and current director of the Cyber Security Lab and an author of many books and papers on AI security and ethics, including Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach. We talk about how you might test for machine consciousness and the first steps towards a science of AI welfare.

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Marc Roux

« LE NEUROLOGUE QUI A « HACKÉ » SON CERVEAU ET A FAILLI PERDRE LA TÊTE »

by Marc Roux

Traduction d’un article publié sur le magazine américain WIRED en 2016, celui-ci, édifiant, nous a semblé mériter une diffusion en français.

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Steve Fuller

From Transcendental Dopes to Transhumanists: Prolegomena to a Futurist Take on the History and Philosophy of Science

by Steve Fuller

It is now fashionable to condemn our species’ exalted self-regard for precipitating that apocalypse in waiting known as the ‘Anthropocene’. Nevertheless, I shall heretically argue that we really know more than we normally think we do. But I don’t mean what Michael Polanyi famously called ‘tacit knowledge’, the context-based type of knowing that cannot be reduced to verbal or mathematical formulas. On the contrary, I mean the sort of knowledge that is generated from the production of verbal and mathematical formulas. They lay down the cognitive infrastructure that enables us to take advantage of opportunities, should they arise in our experience. The result is a state of mental preparedness that theologians have associated with faith and hope—but which modern philosophy’s founding figure, Immanuel Kant, reduced to precarious ‘anticipations of perception’. And under Kant’s profound influence, we have been rendered ‘transcendental dopes’. What follows is my attempt to wake us from our Kantian slumbers – specifically, with an eye to transhumanism, a movement whose heart in science fiction reveals a willingness to blur the boundary between imagination and experience in a way that Kant held should never be crossed.

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John Danaher

#60 - Véliz on How to Improve Online Speech with Pseudonymity

by John Danaher

In this episode I talk to Carissa Véliz. Carissa is a Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities at the University of Oxford. She works on digital ethics, practical ethics more generally, political philosophy, and public policy. She is also the Director of the research programme ‘Data, Privacy, and the Individual’ at the IE’s Center for the Governance of Change’. We talk about the problems with online speech and how to use pseudonymity to address them.

You can download the episode here or listen below. You can also subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and a variety of other podcasting services (the RSS feed is here).

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John Danaher

#59 - Torres on Existential Risk, Omnicidal Agents and Superintelligence

by John Danaher

In this episode I talk to Phil Torres. Phil is an author and researcher who primarily focuses on existential risk. He is currently a visiting researcher at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University. He has published widely on emerging technologies, terrorism, and existential risks, with articles appearing in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Futures, Erkenntnis, Metaphilosophy, Foresight, Journal of Future Studies, and the Journal of Evolution and Technology. He is the author of several books, including most recently Morality, Foresight, and Human Flourishing: An Introduction to Existential Risks. We talk about the problem of apocalyptic terrorists, the proliferation dual-use technology and the governance problem that arises as a result. This is both a fascinating and potentially terrifying discussion.

You can download the episode here or listen below. You can also subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and a variety of other podcasting services (the RSS feed is here).

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Marc Roux

Comparaison rapport Touraine/ volonté AFT/ projet de loi de bioéthique

by Marc Roux

En 2018 se sont tenus en France “les États généraux de la bioéthique”, débat national chargé de préparer la révision des lois de bioéthique prévue pour 2019. Le débat, organisé par le Comité consultatif national d’éthique a eu lieu à la fois en ligne et lors d’audition de spécialistes. Dans ce cadre, Marc Roux, président… [lire la suite]

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John Danaher

#58 - Neely on Augmented Reality, Ethics and Property Rights

by John Danaher

In this episode I talk to Erica Neely. Erica is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ohio Northern University specializing in philosophy of technology and computer ethics. Her work focuses is on the ethical ramifications of emerging technologies. She has written a number of papers on 3D printing, the ethics of video games, robotics and augmented reality. We chat about the ethics of augmented reality, with a particular focus on property rights and the problems that arise when we blend virtual and physical reality together in augmented reality platforms.

You can download the episode here or listen below. You can also subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and a variety of other services (the RSS feed is here).

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EMG

Appel de Zarmina

by EMG

Une tribune engagée de Ruetsa P. Siûol

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Keith B. Wiley

The Stream of Consciousness and Personal Identity

by Keith B. Wiley

This article is a shorter version of a paper I wrote in July, 2019, which loosely coincides with the five-year anniversary of the publication of my book, A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading. The book presents a wide range of thought experiments about mind uploading and then conveys my preferred model of identity, commonly known as branching identity.

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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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