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Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

News for January 14, 2011

Editor: Dr. James J. Hughes



Bioengineering Will Make Biggest Impact: IEET Reader Poll

Jan 13, 2011
In responding to a recently concluded poll, IEET readers selected bioengineering as the emerging technology most likely to make a big impact during this decade.

Articles on the Transhuman Future in JET

Jan 5, 2011
Daniel McIntosh writes on “The Transhuman Security Dilemma ,” and Jamie Bronstein reviews Nicholas Agar’s book on transhumanism, Humanity’s End.


IEET Appoints David Eagleman as Fellow

Jan 4, 2011
We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Eagleman has accepted an appointment as Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies for 2011.


01/13 Mike Treder Do artificial beings deserve human rights?
When my daughter was about five years old, her mother and I took her to see E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. She was deeply affected by the scene in which the cute little creature nearly dies.


01/12 David Brin The Tucson Shooting and the ‘Magazine’ Gun Problem
While thoughtful folks point to recent, tragic events in Arizona, appealing for Americans to tone down the horrifically polarized rhetoric of recent years, we all can see the opposite going on. It seems that we have entered what Robert Heinlein forecast as “The Crazy Years.”

01/11 Ben Goertzel There’s Plenty More Room at the Bottom: Beyond Nanotech to Femtotech
Not long ago nanotechnology was a fringe topic; now it’s a flourishing engineering field, and fairly mainstream. But nano is not as small as the world goes.


01/08 Hank Pellissier Feminism’s Social Side Effects
Wealth, peace, happiness, democracy, secularization, and ... male longevity?

01/07 David Brin Isaac Asimov and Human Destiny
Ever notice how many futuristic authors toy, now and then, with the concept of a global overmind?


01/05 Richard Loosemore Don’t let the bastards get you from behind!
One day when I was a young teenager, living out in the countryside in the south of England, a dear old guy I knew drove past me when I was on a long solitary walk. He recognized me and pulled over to ask if I wanted a ride down to the village.

01/04 Kyle Munkittrick The First Decade of the Future is Behind Us
The inaugural decade of the 21st Century is over. Can we finally admit that we live in the future?


01/03 Arthur Caplan ‘Death panels’ are back - and that’s good
Watch out! The “death panels” are back. They are going to be used by Obama and his horde of federal health reformers to make sure that if you are old, very sick and go into a hospital, you will never return.

01/02 Marcelo Rinesi The Powerlessness of Transparency
The current mainstream narrative is that the easy and cheap availability of data makes greater transparency possible, and this in turn — thanks to the mediation of the well-designed infographic — increases the public’s awareness and control of governments, corporations, and other organizations it would do well to be aware and in control of.


01/12 - We Are All Cyborgs Now
Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on “external brains” (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.


01/11 - Everyone Could Be Planting Crops Life in 2050
Looking ahead to 2050, Glenn Roberts, a farmer and owner of Anson Mills, says the ethical responsibility to grow and preserve and sustain land-raised systems will survive, and local, land-raised cuisines will return and thrive.


01/09 - The Forgotten Radicalism of the Enlightenment pt1
Changesurfer Radio
Dr. J. chats with historian, novelist, and journalist Philipp Blom philipp-blom.eu) about his delightful history of the French philosophers of the eighteenth century, A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment. Part 1 of 2.


01/08 - This Remarkable Thing
Where does humanity fit in the cosmos?


01/06 - Astrobiology Rocks Jank

Are we alone in the universe? Find out all about the search for extraterrestrial life in this educational parody of Ke$ha’s hit song, “We R Who We R.”


01/05 - Ethics of Erasing Memory NOVA Science Now

If you could take a drug that could erase your memories, would you do it? It’s not such a hypothetical question-neuroscientists have identified a drug that can wipe out memory in rats. It’s not something that could be used on humans, but its existence raises a lot of big ethical issues. To sort those out, NOVA talked to Art Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.


01/05 - The Brain and The Law

In this fascinating lecture, IEET Fellow David Eagleman considers some emerging questions relating to law and neuroscience, challenging long-held assumptions in criminality and punishment and predicting a radical new future for the legal system.


01/02 - How Science Changed Our World

Professor Robert Winston presents his top ten scientific breakthroughs of the past 50 years in this BBC special. Tracing these momentous and wide-ranging discoveries, Winston meets a real-life bionic woman, one of the first couples to test the male contraceptive pill, and even some of his early IVF patients. He explores the origins of the universe, probes the inner workings of the human mind and sees the most powerful laser in the world. To finish, Professor Winston reveals the breakthrough he thinks is most significant. Vote for your #1 choice here.