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IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner’s Invited APA Article on Transhumanism
(May 29, 2019)

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

IEET’s Steven Umbrello Publishes New Paper on Nanotechnology and Value Sensitive Design
(May 28, 2019)

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.

Full Article Here

Turchin et al Publish New Paper on the Simulation’s Termination Risk (May 18, 2019)

IEET’s Steven Umbrello and Stefan Sorgner Publish New Paper on AI Cognitive Suffering (May 17, 2019)


ieet articles

Marc Roux Régulation française et internationale en matière de thérapie génique
by Marc Roux
Aug 15, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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]

John G. Messerly Reflections on the (Real Possibility) of the End of the World
by John G. Messerly
Aug 8, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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:

Brian Hanley Pan-genomics! Let’s get real-world here. Graphs are just the start.
by Brian Hanley
Aug 3, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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:

Marc Roux Quel est le rôle du comité d’experts sur le génome humain de l’OMS
by Marc Roux
Aug 1, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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]

None Découvrez la revue Brainstorm (par ThinkH+)
by None
Jul 29, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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

Leo Igwe Beyond Humanism: Emerging Technologies and African Futures
by Leo Igwe
Jul 15, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.

None Les 9 causes biologiques du vieillissement en vidéo
by None
Jul 15, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Les 9 causes biologiques du vieillissement en vidéo

Marc Roux Notes de lecture : Transhumanisme, Quel avenir pour l’humanité ?
by Marc Roux
Jul 1, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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

Jason C. Stone Public Wealth Communism
by Jason C. Stone
Jun 26, 2019 • (11) CommentsPermalink

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?

Terence Ericson Premier mai technoprogressiste 2019
by Terence Ericson
Jun 22, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.

David Wood Fully Automated Luxury Communism: a timely vision
by David Wood
Jun 17, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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”:

Terence Ericson Notes de lecture : Étienne Picand, La révolte des derniers hommes
by Terence Ericson
Jun 1, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.

Terence Ericson [TEDx] Un transhumanisme modéré, raisonnable, alternatif?
by Terence Ericson
May 1, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Par Terence Ericson, porte-parole de l’association

Marcelo Rinesi Smart cities are for refugees
by Marcelo Rinesi
Apr 27, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.

Ojochogwu Abdul Reflections on James Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism (Part 5)
by Ojochogwu Abdul
Apr 25, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.

Alexandre Maurer Jacques Testart transhumaniste?
by Alexandre Maurer
Apr 19, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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

Ojochogwu Abdul Reflections on James Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism (Part 4)
by Ojochogwu Abdul
Apr 18, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.

Ojochogwu Abdul Reflections on James Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism (Part 3)
by Ojochogwu Abdul
Apr 11, 2019 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“Transhumanists, like Enlightenment partisans in general, believe that human nature can be improved but are conflicted about whether liberal democracy is the best path to betterment. The liberal tradition within the Enlightenment has argued that individuals are best at finding their own interests and should be left to improve themselves in self-determined ways. But many people are mistaken about their own best interests, and more rational elites may have a better understanding of the general good. Enlightenment partisans have often made a case for modernizing monarchs and scientific dictatorships. Transhumanists need to confront this tendency to disparage liberal democracy in favor of the rule by dei ex machina and technocratic elites.” (James Hughes, 2010)


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