The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies is an organisation after my own heart. I stumbled on them when noodling around about 3D printing and the like and although I don’t know a lot about them, I suspect their interests and mine coincide. I’m not thrilled about some of the language they use (stuff like “technoprogressive”, which strikes me, in its awkwardness and tendency to alienate, as not very progressive) and they are probably more interested in transhumanism than I am, but overall, worth checking out. Here’s a little rundown from their “About” page.
WHAT WE DO
The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies was formed to study and debate vital questions such as:
- Which technologies, especially new ones, are likely to have the greatest impact on human beings and human societies in the 21st century?
- What ethical issues do those technologies and their applications raise for humans, our civilization, and our world?
- How much can we extrapolate from the past and how much accelerating change should we anticipate?
- What sort of policy positions can be recommended to promote the best possible outcomes for individuals and societies?
The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies is a nonprofit think tank which promotes ideas about how technological progress can increase freedom, happiness, and human flourishing in democratic societies. We believe that technological progress can be a catalyst for positive human development so long as we ensure that technologies are safe and equitably distributed. We call this a“technoprogressive” orientation. Focusing on emerging technologies that have the potential to positively transform social conditions and the quality of human lives – especially “human enhancement technologies” – the IEET seeks to cultivate academic, professional, and popular understanding of their implications, both positive and negative, and to encourage responsible public policies for their safe and equitable use.