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Stefan Sorgner Edits New Book Series on Posthuman Studies
(Jul 14, 2018)

The oldest publishing house in the world, Schwabe publishing (founded 1488), deeply rooted in the humanist tradition, embraces the intellectual engagement with one of the most significant debates of our time: Posthuman Studies: From Critical Posthumanism to Transhumanism.

This Smartphone Pioneer Is Fighting to Create a Transhumanist Superdemocracy
(Jun 1, 2018)

David Wood, a man that helped revolutionize communication in the early days of the smart phone, now wants to make the government smarter too. The British transhumanist helped pioneer today’s smartphone industry when he co-founded mobile operating system developer Symbian in 1998, and now he’s calling for changes that would radically rethink how people and politicians interact.

IEET Fellow Kevin LaGrandeur Publishes new Book Review (May 28, 2018)

IEET Fellow S.L. Sorgner Published New Collection: Ethics of Emerging Biotechnologies (May 25, 2018)


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EMG Retarder le vieillissement : le chemin de la stabilité protéique
by EMG
Jul 20, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

La compréhension du vieillissement chez l’être humain est l’une des aventures scientifico-techniques les plus fascinantes de ce début de XXIème siècle. Voici un éclaircissement de la théorie de la fidélité traductionnelle comme cause du vieillissement.

Marcelo Rinesi The politics of crime-fighting software
by Marcelo Rinesi
Jul 19, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Call it machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, or simply computational intelligence: countries are rushing to apply new technologies to combat crimes, but how they do so — and even what counts as crime — varies among them, and says much about their societies, priorities, and future.

Marc Roux La “roue hédonique” (1/3) : Du plaisir
by Marc Roux
Jul 13, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Première des trois parties d’une réflexion sur le syndrome dit du “hedonic treadmill”, en anglais. À quelles conditions la technique pourrait nous aider à sortir de notre tendance à revenir à des niveaux de bonheur plus ou moins égaux tout le long de la vie ?

Steve Fuller Must A Human Be An Ape?  The Ultimate Problem of Self-Classification
by Steve Fuller
Jul 12, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

How humans came to descend from apes
The Oxford English Dictionaries define ‘human’ in three ways, which are listed in the following order: (1) whatever distinguishes people from God, animals and machines; (2) whenever people behave in a highly desirable fashion; (3) whoever is a member of the genus Homo. These are really quite different definitions. The first has the greatest conceptual clarity, but its clarity is limited to the realm of the conceptual. Making that definition work in practice is diabolical. The second is unclear in both theory and practice. However, it taps into the original meaning of ‘human’ – namely, the outcome of some normative project that requires extensive cultivation and training, one which today we identify with the ‘humanities’. The third is the most recent definition, since the very idea that humans resembled – let alone were descended from – apes in some deep sense dates only to the mid-eighteenth century European Enlightenment. That was when the Swedish taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus first named our species Homo sapiens.

Alexandre Maurer Interview de Science4All : Peut-on être complémentaire de l’intelligence artificielle ?
by Alexandre Maurer
Jul 6, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Interview de Lê de la chaîne YouTube “Science4All” sur l’intelligence artificielle, la complémentarité homme-machine, la fin du travail, le revenu de base…

Tsvi Bisk The Future of the European Union
by Tsvi Bisk
Jul 2, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The present crises of the EU (70 years after its creation) are in large part a consequence of absorbing three former fascist countries (Greece, Portugal and Spain) and eleven former communist countries, whose economies, standards of living and political cultures lagged behind the 13 more politically and economically advanced countries. The internal migrations towards a better standard of living from the 14 to the 13, in addition to the refugee crisis, have been major contributors to the dissatisfactions that led to Brexit as well as the rise of other populist movements in member states.

EMG La gestation ex vivo, où en est-on ?
by EMG
Jul 1, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Etat des lieux d’une technologie à la fois réparatrice et transformatrice.

Pedro Villanueva Edgist generation. Towards a transhumanist subculture? The manifesto.
by Pedro Villanueva
Jun 29, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I’m a fan of the movie Back to the future of the second part and when we talk about subcultures like Hipster, Neo-Hippies, Rave, Indie, etc. I noticed that something was missing to create a very different new subculture in the current generation, since we are in the year 2017. This manifesto I write is to create a more complete subculture in the youth according to our time. And frankly the movie Back to the future is almost prophetic and fits more in the present times. The name Edgist is similar to edge which refers to a new subculture that plays with the edge between reality, technology and new searches of cultural subjectivity.

EMG Vieillesse : pourquoi l’Etat est en faute
by EMG
Jun 15, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

La valeur de la vie humaine diminue-t-elle avec les années ?

Laurens Vaddeli L’imagination des machines: les Robots-artistes au Grand Palais
by Laurens Vaddeli
Jun 8, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

L’exposition en cours au Grand Palais nous permet de nous pencher sur les mutations de l’art permises par la robotique et l’intelligence artificielle.

Terence Ericson Organes-sur-puce, la révolution multiple qui arrive
by Terence Ericson
Jun 1, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

En finir avec l’expérimentation animale, réduire le coût de développement d’un médicament, imaginer la médecine personnalisée de demain, ou encore tenir un laboratoire entier dans sa main… Voici autant d’avancées que permettront les organes-sur-puces.

John G. Messerly Is Transhumanism A Religion?
by John G. Messerly
May 22, 2018 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Transhumanism is an intellectual movement that aims to transform and improve the human condition by developing and making available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physiological, and moral functioning. Transhumanists argue that humanity in its current form represents an early phase of its evolutionary development. A common transhumanist thesis is that humans may eventually transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities that they will have become godlike or posthuman. Notably, this includes defeating the limitation imposed by death.

EMG Le transhumanisme est-il vieux comme le monde ?
by EMG
May 18, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Vouloir transgresser les limites de la biologie humaine, pour vivre beaucoup plus longtemps en bonne santé par exemple, n’est pas quelque chose de nouveau. En fait, ce désir est aussi ancien que l’humanité - un désir presque primordial, enfantin (sans connotation négative), viscéral, comme celui de voler.

Terence Ericson [Vidéo] La longévité, pourquoi vivre plus longtemps ?
by Terence Ericson
May 11, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Nous souhaitons tous vivre vieux, mais nous ne souhaitons pas être vieux… Découvrez les potentialités et les réalités de l’allongement de la vie en bonne santé

Marc Roux Le transhumanisme n’est pas un «eugénisme libéral»
by Marc Roux
May 4, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Pour essayer de sortir de la condamnation systématique associant le transhumanisme à l’eugénisme, notamment totalitaire, certains ont proposé de le décrire comme un “eugénisme libéral”. Mais, au sens strict, le transhumanisme démocratique n’est pas un eugénisme du tout.

Marcelo Rinesi The mystical underpinnings of Facebook’s anti-fake news algorithms
by Marcelo Rinesi
May 2, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Imagine you’re Rene Descartes, data scientist at Facebook in charge of saying true things. Problem is, your only input is what people say, and everybody lies.

Alexandre Maurer [Vidéo] Recherche embryonnaire : faut-il autoriser davantage ?
by Alexandre Maurer
Apr 27, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Alexandre Maurer [Vidéo] Transhumanisme : changeons nos mythes !
by Alexandre Maurer
Apr 20, 2018 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Dans cette vidéo, j’explique comment nos mythes nous conditionnent à avoir une opinion négative du transhumanisme.


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