Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies ( IEET ) is a ” technoprogressive think tank ” that seeks to contribute to the understanding of the impact of emerging technologieson individuals and societies by “promoting and publicizing the work of thinkers who examines the social implications of scientific and expedition “. [2] [4] [5] It was incorporated in the United States in 2004, as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, by philosopher Nick Bostrom and bioethicist James Hughes . [2] [6]

The institute AIMS to affect the development of public policies That distribute the benefits and Reduce the Risks of technological change . [7] It has been described as “[a] mong the most important groups” in the transhumanist movement, [8] and as being among the transhumanist groups that “play a strong role in the academic arena”. [9]

The IEET works with Humanity Plus (also founded and chaired by Bostrom and Hughes, and formerly known as the World Transhumanist Association), [6] an international non-governmental organization with a similar mission to an activist rather than an academic approach. [10] A number of technoprogressive thinkers are offered as IEET Fellows . Individuals who have such appointments with the IEET support the institute’s mission, but they have expressed their views on the subject of transhumanism. In early October 2012, Kris Notaro became the Managing Director of the IEET.



The Institute publishes the Journal of Evolution and Technology (JET), a peer-reviewed academic journal . [11] JET Was Established in 1998 as the Journal of Transhumanism and Obtained icts current title in 2004. [12] The editor-in-chief is Russell Blackford . [11] It covers futurological research into long-term Developments in science , technology , and philosophyThat “many shun mainstream journals as too speculative, radical, or interdisciplinary.” [11]The Institute also maintains a technology and ethics blog that is supported by various writers. [13]


In 2006, the IEET launched the following activities: [14]

  1. Securing the Future : Identification and Advocacy for Global Solutions to the Future of Civilization .
  2. Rights of the Person : Campaign to deepen and broaden the concept of human rights .
  3. Longer, Better Lives : Case for Longer Healthier Lives, Addressing Objections to Life Extension , Ageist Challenge and Capable Attitudes That Discourage the Full Use of Health Technology.
  4. Envisioning the Future : Collection of images of posthumanity and non-human intelligence, positive, negative and neutral, eg, in science fiction and popular culture; engagement with cultural critics, artists, writers, and filmmakers in exploring the lessons to be derived from these.


In late May 2006, the IEET held the Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights Conference at the Stanford University Law School in Stanford, California. [15] The YEIET along with other progressive organizations hosted at Yale University on December 14, 2010 at Yale University. [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] Fellows of the Institute represents the Institute at various conferences and events, including the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts and the American Association for the Advancement of Science . [21]


Wesley J. Smith wrote that the Institute has one of the most active transhumanist websites, and the writers write about the “nonsense of uploading minds into computers and fashioning a post humanity.” [22] Smith also criticized the results of the Institute’s online polls that indicated the majority of the Institute’s readers atheist or agnostic . [22] According to Smith, this is a transhumanism that is a religion and a desperate attempt to find a material and a materialistic world. [22] The Institute’s advocacy project to raise the status of animals to the legal status of personhood aussi drew criticism from Smith Because He Claimed humans are exceptionaland raising the status of animals can lower the status of humans. [23]

Katarina Felsted and Scott D. Wright wrote that the IEET considers itself technoprogressive some of its views can be described as strong transhumanism or a “radical version of post aging,” and one particular criticism of both moderate and strong transhumanism is that moral arbitrariness undermine both forms of transhumanism. [4]


  1. Jump up^ “Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET)” . Harvard Law School . Retrieved March 7, 2016 . Founded in 2004 by philosopher Nick Bostrom and bioethicist James Hughes, the IEET is an organization that seeks to understand the impact of emerging technologies on individuals and societies. One of the main topics that the organization covers is the debate over human enhancement.
  2. ^ Jump up to:d About, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, (Retrieved Dec. 30, 2014).
  3. ^ Jump up to:b Staff, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, (Retrieved Jan. 9, 2015).
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Felsted, Katarina; Wright, Scott D. (2014). Toward Post Ageing: Technology in an Ageing Society . Springer. p. 109. ISBN  9783319090511.
  5. Jump up^ Joseph R. Herkert, “Ethical Challenges of Emerging Technologies”, in Gary E. Marchant, Braden R. Allenby, Joseph R. Herkert, eds.,The Growing Gap Between Emerging Technologies and Legal-Ethical Oversight(2011), p. 38.
  6. ^ Jump up to:b Tamar Sharon, Human Nature in an Age of Biotechnology: The Case for Mediated Posthumanism (2013), p. 26.
  7. Jump up^ Bailey, Ronald (2006). “The Right to Human Enhancement: And also uplifting animals and the rapture of the nerds” . Retrieved 2007-03-03 .
  8. Jump up^ Robert Geraci,Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality(2010), p. 85.
  9. Jump up^ Max More, Natasha Vita-More,The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future(2013), pt. II.
  10. Jump up^ Daniel Faggella, Ethics and Policy Concerns in the Transhuman Transition, Humanity +, (July 29, 2014).
  11. ^ Jump up to:c Programs and Activities, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, (Retrieved Dec. 30, 2014).
  12. Jump up^ Blackford, Russel (September 18, 2014). “Transhumanism and the Journal of Evolution and Technology” . Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies . Retrieved February 27, 2015 .
  13. Jump up^ Blog, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, (Retrieved Dec. 30, 2014).
  14. Jump up^ “Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies – Programs and Activities” .
  15. Jump up^ “Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies – Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights” .
  16. Jump up^ George, Dvorsky Gather Experts at Yale to Discuss These Animals Are People, Io9, (Dec. 10, 2013).
  17. Jump up^ Personhood Beyond the Human Conference, Kurzweil, (Retrieved Dec 30, 2014).
  18. Jump up^ Conference: Personhood Beyond the Human, Figure / Ground, (Retrieved Dec. 30, 2014).
  19. Jump up^ Personhood Beyond the Human, (Retrieved Dec. 30, 2014).
  20. Jump up^ Michael Mountain, Personhood Beyond the Human, Nonhuman Rights Project, (April 16, 2013). ArchivedDecember 31, 2014, at theWayback Machine.
  21. Jump up^ Events, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, (Retrieved Dec. 30, 2014).
  22. ^ Jump up to:c Smith, Wesley (June 6, 2012). “Transhumanism is Religion for Atheists” . National Review . Retrieved February 27, 2015 .
  23. Jump up^ Smith, Wesley (February 13, 2011). “Transhumanist Launch Campaign for Animal Personhood” . National Review . Retrieved February 27, 2015 .

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