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Quick overview of biopolitical points of view

ieet books

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
by John G Messerly

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
by Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

eHuman Deception
by Nicole Sallak Anderson

Keywords for Environmental Studies
by eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow

ieet events

Melanie Swan @ Rethink/ECONOMICS
September 15 , 2016
ConsenSys, 49 Bogart Street, Brooklyn NY

Stefan Sorgner @ Meditation & Wirklichkeit Conference in Berlin
November 25 -26, 2016

Humans, Machines, and the Future of Work Conference
December 5 -6, 2016
Rice University, Houston, Texas

ieet news

IEET Affiliate Scholar Phil Torres Publishes New Paper in JET
(Aug 21, 2016)

Imagine that someone points a gun to your head and threatens to pull the trigger. How would you assess the overall risk of your situation? One possibility is to examine the gun: to determine its various properties, how powerful it is, the speed at which bullets emerge from the barrel, and so on. This is what many existential risk scholars have focused on with respect to existential risks: the range of technologies that could be used for harmful ends.

Vote for IEET’s Managing Director’s Scholarship Competition
(Aug 16, 2016)

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello has entered a photo competition in order to be entered to win a scholarship for his graduate studies. In order to help him make the shortlist you can follow the link below to vote for his picture titled ‘Arrogance Dying’.


IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher Publishes New Paper on Moral Enhancement (Aug 14, 2016)

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner’s Autobiographical Nietzschean Transhumanism in New Book (Jul 25, 2016)


ieet articles

Valerie Tarico Should Couples Who Want Healthy Babies Deliberately Expose Themselves to Zika
by Valerie Tarico
Aug 31, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

For a woman who wants to safeguard against fetal brain damage from Zika, the surest protection may be a Zika infection that begins and ends prior to pregnancy—but questions remain about some adult risks.

Tsvi Bisk BREXIT – some historical perspective
by Tsvi Bisk
Aug 30, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Historical Comparison
In 1861 – 72 years after the ratification of the Constitution in 1789 – the southern states of the United States exited the American Union. In 2016 – 70 years after Winston Churchill first called for the establishment of a United States of Europe in 1946 – Great Britain exited the European Union.

Melanie Swan Bio-Cryptoeconomy: Nanorobotic DACs for Cell Repair and Enhancement
by Melanie Swan
Aug 29, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Blockchains as the new platform for technological innovation invite the creative imagining of applications at both the level of technology use and in the rethinking of economic principles. Some recent developments include optimism about rising Bitcoin prices and the rewards-halving milestone, trepidation about scalability, block size, and the latest hacking scandal of the Ethereum DAO, and fast-paced single ledger adoption by financial institutions.

Stefan Sorgner New Transhumanism Book by Stefan L. Sorgner To Be Printed
by Stefan Sorgner
Aug 28, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A new book on transhumanism by IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner is ready to be printed. It is the first introduction to transhumanism in German. Therein, the 12 pillars of his own weak Nietzschean transhumanism get sketched, too. If your order it now, you will receive it at the end of September, when it will get published.

George Dvorsky Want to Find Aliens? Look for Planets That Have Become Stars
by George Dvorsky
Aug 27, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Jupiter is often referred to as a “failed star,” leading some futurists to wonder if our descendants might set it ablaze in a process called planetary stellification. A new study suggests this is indeed theoretically possible—and that we should be on the hunt for galactic aliens who have already converted their gas giants into stellar objects.

George Dvorsky The First Nuclear Power Plant in Belarus Is a Dangerous Fiasco
by George Dvorsky
Aug 26, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In July, construction workers at the Astravets nuclear power plant in Belarus dropped a 330 ton reactor shell. Weeks went by before the government admitted an “abnormal situation” had occurred, prompting international concerns about safety at the Russian-built facility—and the Belarusian government’s unwillingness to disclose information in a timely manner.

George Dvorsky Rising Sea Levels Threaten Nearly a Trillion Dollars Worth of US Homes
by George Dvorsky
Aug 25, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Real estate database company Zillow is warning that nearly 1.9 million homes in the United States could be flooded by the end of the century. That’s about two percent of the nation’s total housing stock, amounting to $882 billion in value.

Giulio Prisco No Mans Sky: A Deist Simulated Universe
by Giulio Prisco
Aug 24, 2016 • (14) CommentsPermalink

I don’t play No Man’s Sky (yet?), the pictures here were taken by my friend Extropia DaSilva who is busy exploring the simulated universe. Perhaps I will follow, but perhaps not: I am sure I would love No Man’s Sky and find it addictive, but I prefer to develop visions of hope for everyone to visit, one day, the big No Man’s Sky out there. However, No Man’s Sky is the richest simulation that we have developed so far, and an impressive technological feat.

Gerd Leonhard Interview with Gerd Leonhard and his New Book TECHNOLOGY vs. HUMANITY
by Gerd Leonhard
Aug 23, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello interviewed futurist and author Gerd Leonhard about his new book, Technology vs. Humanity.

George Dvorsky This Is Where Europe’s Upcoming Rover Mission Will Explore Mars
by George Dvorsky
Aug 22, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In October, the joint ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars 2016 mission will land the Schiaparelli rover on the Red Planet. Here’s where the probe is scheduled to land, and why researchers chose this particular area.

George Dvorsky Paralyzed Patients Learn to Walk Again Using Virtual Reality
by George Dvorsky
Aug 21, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A groundbreaking new experiment shows that brain-machine interfaces, when used in conjunction with exoskeletons and virtual reality, can trigger partial recovery in patients recovering from spinal cord injuries.

Valerie Tarico Liberalism’s Great Challenge: How Can We Critique Ideas while Protecting People?
by Valerie Tarico
Aug 20, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Secular and reformist Muslims plead that we learn to tell the difference between analyzing ideas and attacking people.

When Islam is at question, members of the American Left and Right race into opposite corners. After the Orlando nightclub massacre, to cite one recent example, conservatives spewed anti-Muslim invective to the point that ordinary American Muslims were afraid to leave home.

Rick Searle Our emerging culture of shame
by Rick Searle
Aug 19, 2016 • (3) CommentsPermalink

remember a speech that the novelist Tom Wolfe gave on CSPAN or some such back in the 1990s in which he said something like “Nietzsche predicted that the 20th century would be the age of ideology, and that the century after the age of morality, and I believe him” I’ve never been able to find the source of the quote, but the more the 21st century rolls on, the more I’m finding it to increasingly, frighteningly true.

George Dvorsky Peter Thiel is Right About One Thing
by George Dvorsky
Aug 18, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Billionaire douchebag Peter Thiel has plenty of crazy ideas, but his commitment to radical life extension isn’t one of them.

Melanie Swan Decentralized Crypto-Finance: Blockchains, Automatic Markets, and Algorithmic Trust
by Melanie Swan
Aug 17, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A revolutionary set of concepts and underlying technology enablement has arisen in the form of blockchain technology. Blockchains allow the digital payments layer the Internet never had, and more broadly contemplate an era whereby all forms of secure value transfer could take place via the Internet. This includes all monetary assets (the cash or spot market) and all assets and liabilities over any future time frame (the futures and options market, mortgages, debt and equity securities, treasury issuance, and public debt).

George Dvorsky Global Warming Will Make It Nearly Impossible to Hold the Summer Olympics
by George Dvorsky
Aug 16, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Olympic organizers have made climate change a central theme at the current games—and for good reason. A sobering new study shows that by the 2084 Olympics, rising temperatures will make it practically impossible for most cities to host the summer games.

Rick Searle Shedding Light on Peter Thiel’s Dark Enlightenment
by Rick Searle
Aug 15, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Lately I’ve been experiencing quite a bit of deja vu, and not in the least of a good kind. The recent bout was inspired by Ben Smith’s piece for BuzzFeed in which he struggled to understand how an Ayn Rand loving libertarian like the technologist Peter Thiel could end up supporting a statist demagogue like Donald Trump. Smith’s reasoning was that Trump represented perhaps the biggest disruption of them all and could use the power of the state to pursue the singularity and flying-cars Theil believed were one at our fingertips.

John G. Messerly The Movie “Spotlight”: Philosophical Reflections
by John G. Messerly
Aug 14, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Last night I watched “Spotlight,” one of the finest films I’ve seen in years.

The film follows The Boston Globe‘s “Spotlight” team, the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative journalist unit in the United States,[6] and its investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. It is based on a series of stories by the “Spotlight” team that earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.[7] … The film … was named one of the finest films of 2015 by various publications. Spotlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture along with Best Original Screenplay … (from Wikipedia)



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ieet multimedia

David Gunkel on Robots and Cyborgs
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John Danaher

Robot Overlordz - Emerging Citizens & Cyborgs
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Michael Johnston

3 moons and a planet that could have alien life
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James Green

A small country with big ideas to get rid of fossil fuels
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Monica Araya

What a planet needs to sustain life
(Aug 27, 2016)

The Science of Fear-Mongering: How to Protect Your Mind from Demagogues
(Aug 26, 2016)

Rachel O’Dwyer on Bitcoin, Blockchains and the Digital Commons
(Aug 25, 2016)


almostvoid on 'BREXIT – some historical perspective' (Aug 31, 2016)

instamatic on 'The Science of Fear-Mongering: How to Protect Your Mind from Demagogues' (Aug 29, 2016)

instamatic on 'No Mans Sky: A Deist Simulated Universe' (Aug 29, 2016)

Giulio Prisco on 'No Mans Sky: A Deist Simulated Universe' (Aug 29, 2016)

instamatic on 'No Mans Sky: A Deist Simulated Universe' (Aug 28, 2016)

RJP8915 on 'No Mans Sky: A Deist Simulated Universe' (Aug 27, 2016)

instamatic on 'No Mans Sky: A Deist Simulated Universe' (Aug 27, 2016)


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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