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ieet books

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
Author
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

“A Dangerous Master” by Wendell Wallach (Lecture & Book Signing)
May 5 -, 2016
Connecticut Science Center | Downtown Hartford, CT


Wendell Wallach @ Connecticut Science Center
May 5 , 2016
Connecticut Science Center


Campa @ Krakow Symposium
May 11 , 2016
Krakow, Poland


Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ PFSK 2016 Forum
May 13 , 2016
New York City, NY


Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ Hammer Museum
May 17 , 2016
Los Angeles, California


Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ Powell’s Books
May 20 , 2016
Portland, OR


Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ Webvisions
May 20 , 2016
Portland, OR


BJ Murphy@Moogfest
May 20 , 2016
Durham, North Carolina


Sorgner@8th Beyond Humanism Conference
May 25 -28, 2016
Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Faculty of Philosophy


Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ Personal Democracy Forum
June 10 , 2016
New York City, NY


Benedikter@Vienna
June 16 , 2016
14th “European Transport Congress” and 90th anniversary of the “Austrian Society for Traffic and Transport Science" - Vienna


Campa@Third ISA Forum on Sociology
July 12 , 2016
Vienna, Austria


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


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


ieet news

IEET Affiliate Scholar Roland Benedikter New Contribution to the ACATECH Report
(May 2, 2016)

On April 25 2016 the new report of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (ACATECH) has been published: Innovation Potential of Human-Machine Interaction. IEET Affiliate Scholar Roland Benedikter contributed to this report. The Report is part of the official “Innovation Dialogue Between The German Federal Government, Economy and Science” (Innovationsdialog zwischen Bundesregierung, Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft 2015-16).


MIT Journal, Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments Call for Papers
(Apr 29, 2016)

Advancements in virtual reality are not only technology driven, but actions within virtual environments implicate numerous issues in policy and law. For example, are virtual images copyrightable? Is the speech produced by a virtual avatar afforded rights under the U.S. and other Constitutions? How does criminal law relate to actions performed within virtual environments, or contract law apply to the lease and sale of virtual objects? These and other questions form the theme for this special issue. Legal scholars and practitioners from the U.S. and other jurisdictions are encouraged to submit.

See CFP here.


IEET Affiliate Scholar Hank Pellissier’s Athiest Ugandan Orphanage and School (Apr 27, 2016)

Posthuman Rights: Dimensions of Transhuman Worlds (Apr 14, 2016)


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ieet articles


Alexandre Maurer Dangers de l’IA : une prophétie auto-réalisatrice ?
by Alexandre Maurer
May 2, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

En 2014 et 2015, de nombreuses personnalités ont exprimé leurs craintes quant aux dangers de l’intelligence artificielle (IA) : Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Bill Gates… Depuis, ce sujet est devenu très présent dans les médias.


John Danaher The Ethics of Intimate Surveillance (2): A Landscape of Objections
by John Danaher
May 1, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

This is the second in a two-part series (read Part I here)looking at the ethics of intimate surveillance. In part one, I explained what was meant by the term ‘intimate surveillance’, gave some examples of digital technologies that facilitate intimate surveillance, and looked at what I take to be the major argument in favour of this practice (the argument from autonomy).


Rick Searle The Deeper Meaning of the Anthropocene
by Rick Searle
Apr 30, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Last year when I wrote a review of E.O. Wilson’s book The Meaning of Human Existence I felt sure it would be the then 85 year old’s last major work. I was wrong having underestimated Professor Wilson’s already impressive intellectual stamina. Perhaps his latest book Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life is indeed his last, the final book that concludes the trilogy of The Social Conquest of Earth and the Meaning of Human Existence.


Mark Walker Capitalism Mandates a Basic Income Guarantee
by Mark Walker
Apr 29, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) is a monthly stipend sufficient to provide the necessities of life. While there is disagreement even amongst friends of BIG as to how much is sufficient, we will work with a figure of $833 a month, $10,000 a year. BIG has been in the news in the last few years with a Swiss referendum on the matter and a pilot program in the works for Finland. Arguments from the left for BIG tend to appeal to social justice considerations. One line suggests that in a wealthy country like the U.S., no one should go hungry or be homeless, and BIG is an efficient means to ensure this minimal standard of care.


Melanie Swan A New Theory of Time: X-tention is Simultaneously Discrete and Continuous
by Melanie Swan
Apr 28, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Time has been conceived mainly as either discrete or continuous, but not widely as a simultaneity of the two. I would like to articulate a new theory of time in which time is reconceived as a ‘raw material’ whose natural state is both discrete and continuous. This is a “middle third” position that extends Husserl’s theory of internal time consciousness by being a new form of time in the middle between and connecting retention-protention (which are continuous) and recollection-expectation (which are discrete).


John Danaher The Ethics of Intimate Surveillance (1)
by John Danaher
Apr 27, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Intimate Surveillance’ is the title of an article by Karen Levy - a legal and sociological scholar currently-based at NYU. It shines light on an interesting and under-explored aspect of surveillance in the digital era. The forms of surveillance that capture most attention are those undertaken by governments in the interests of national security or corporations in the interests of profit.


John Danaher What’s happening inside the black box? Three forms of algorithmic opacity
by John Danaher
Apr 26, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The debate about algorithmic governance (or as I prefer ‘algocracy’) has been gathering pace over the past couple of years. As computer-coded algorithms become ever more woven into the fabric of economic and political life, and as the network of data-collecting devices that feed these algorithms grows, we can expect that pace to quicken.


Valerie Tarico Better Birth Control for Men – How Would It Work? What’s in the Pipeline?
by Valerie Tarico
Apr 25, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Most people think of contraception as an issue of women’s health and rights. But for millennia, men too have wanted choices—the means to decide whether, when, and with whom they father a child.


Valerie Tarico Why Woman-as-Abortion-Victim is Even Worse than Endorsing Punishment
by Valerie Tarico
Apr 24, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Republican attempts to distance from “punishment” instead liken women to feeble minded children, incapable of adult moral agency or responsibility.

If Donald Trump’s comment about punishing women for abortions exposed the bloated belly of the Pro-Life Priesthood, his retraction exposed its sulfur-spewing rear end.


John G. Messerly Is The Singularity A Religious Doctrine?
by John G. Messerly
Apr 23, 2016 • (8) CommentsPermalink

A colleague forwarded John Horgan‘s recent Scientific American article, “The Singularity and the Neural Code.” Horgan argues that the intelligence augmentation and mind uploading that would lead to a technological singularity depend upon cracking the neural code. The problem is that we don’t understand our neural code, the software or algorithms that transform neurophysiology into the stuff of minds like perceptions, memories, and meanings. In other words, we know very little about how brains make minds.


John G. Messerly Meaning in Life as Being Part of Cosmic Evolution
by John G. Messerly
Apr 22, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Below is an excerpt of comments from an astute reader of my book, The Meaning of Life: Religious, Philosophical, Transhumanist, and Scientific Perspectives:


John G. Messerly Moral Theories and Moral Intuitions
by John G. Messerly
Apr 21, 2016 • (5) CommentsPermalink

Moral theories often conflict with our moral intuitions; they are often counter-intuitive. Explanations, theories, or beliefs are counter-intuitive if they violate our ordinary, common-sense view. For example, it’s counter-intuitive to suppose that physical reality is illusory, although there is no way to demonstrate this isn’t the case. Similarly, it’s counter-intuitive to suppose the keyboard upon which I type is moving, although the keyboard, earth, solar system, galaxy, and entire universe move! This demonstrates that non-moral intuitions are often mistaken.


David Swanson The Catholic Church is Now More Advanced Than U.S. Philosophy Departments
by David Swanson
Apr 20, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

It ought to be with considerable embarrassment that I say this, as an atheist who thinks religion does far more harm than good, and that it does so not only through the pretense that death isn’t real but first and foremost through the promotion of blind obedience to supposedly infallible authority. Yet, I don’t feel any sort of group loyalty or opposition to the parties involved here, and I’m actually entirely thrilled to recognize the good news that the Catholic Church has now surged far ahead of U.S. academia in the basic measure of opposition to institutionalized mass murder.


Marc Roux Cellules souches d’embryon humain : pourquoi faut-il en permettre la recherche ?
by Marc Roux
Apr 19, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Dans le cadre de sa campagne pour le premier tour des élections, l’actuel président de la République, M. François Hollande avait fait une déclaration qui intéresse le transhumanisme. Il a en effet annoncé que, une fois élu, il proposerait de faciliter la recherche sur les cellules souches embryonnaires, sous entendu : humaine (CSEh) (L’Express, 22/02/2012).


David Swanson The Habit of Thought That Made U.S. #1 in Prisons and Wars
by David Swanson
Apr 18, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

I’m going to start with a few brief opening remarks about what I think is the habit of thought that has made the United States #1 in the world in prisons and wars. And then I’ll be glad to try to answer as many questions as you think of. These remarks will be published online at American Herald Tribune.


David Swanson Why Do Ethics Classes Fantasize About Murder So Much?
by David Swanson
Apr 17, 2016 • (4) CommentsPermalink

At a post-screening discussion where I questioned the director of Eye in the Sky about the disconnect between his drone-kill movie and reality, he launched into a bunch of thought-experiment stuff of the sort I’ve tried to avoid since finishing my master’s in philosophy. Mostly I’ve avoided hanging out with torture supporters.


Wendell Wallach Predictability and Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)
by Wendell Wallach
Apr 16, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Does predictability provide an overriding concept and perhaps a metric for evaluating when LAWS are acceptable or when they might be unacceptable under international humanitarian law? Arguably, if the behavior of an autonomous weapon is predictable, deploying it might be considered no different from, for example, launching a ballistic missile. This, of course, presumes that we can know how predictable the behavior of a specific autonomous weapon will be.


Giulio Prisco Breakthrough Starshot: The First Steps to the Stars
by Giulio Prisco
Apr 15, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

On on the 55th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering space flight, Internet investor and science philanthropist Yuri Milner and physicist Stephen Hawking announced a plan for our firsts steps to the stars: Breakthrough Starshot.


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comments

atomic geography on 'The Ethics of Intimate Surveillance (2): A Landscape of Objections' (May 1, 2016)

Nicholsp03 on 'Is The Singularity A Religious Doctrine?' (Apr 30, 2016)

rms on 'The Ethics of Intimate Surveillance (1)' (Apr 30, 2016)

spud100 on 'Immortality: When We Digitally Copy Our Minds, What Happens to Humanity?' (Apr 27, 2016)

almostvoid on 'Angels and Demons of A.I.' (Apr 27, 2016)

almostvoid on 'Immortality: When We Digitally Copy Our Minds, What Happens to Humanity?' (Apr 27, 2016)

instamatic on 'Why Woman-as-Abortion-Victim is Even Worse than Endorsing Punishment' (Apr 25, 2016)

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