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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The Journal of Evolution and Technology was founded in 1998 with the title the Journal of Transhumanism and was published by the World Transhumanist Association from 1998 to 2004. The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies began publishing the journal in November 2004. It is a scholarly open access journal whose editors seek “submissions on subject matters that many mainstream journals shun as too speculative, radical, or interdisciplinary, on all issues relating to the future prospects of the human species and its descendants.” The editors include widely-published philosophers, scientists, humanists, engineers, and other futurists
To give you the flavor of what’s to be found here let’s take a look at the latest two issues, Volume 26 Issue 2, for July and August 2016 and Volume 26 Issue 1, for January-March 2016: “Embodiment in Whole-Brain Emulation and its Implications for Death Anxiety,” “The Concept of the Posthuman: Chain of Being or Conceptual Saltus?,” “Agential Risks: A Comprehensive Introduction, ” “Human Connectome Mapping and Monitoring Using Neuronanorobots,” “Geoengineering: A war on climate change?,” “Infusing Advanced AGIs with Human-Like Value Systems: Two Theses,” “Don’t Worry about Superintelligence,” “The Stoic Sage 3.0 – A Realistic Goal of Moral (Bio)Enhancement Supporters?,” “The Ethics of Exponential Life Extension through Brain Preservation,” and “The Rise of Social Robots: A Review of the Recent Literature.”
Subjects addressed in these articles include artificial intelligence, bioethics, biomedicine, biomimicry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, nanomedicine, philosophy, psychology, and sociology, among others. The writing here tends to be scholarly in the sense that it is intellectually stimulating, but it is more accessibly constructed, presumably to be read by a more heterogeneous audience. Adding to the validity of that supposition, the Journal is indexed in EBSCOhost’s Academic Search Alumni Edition, Academic Search Complete, Biotechnology Source, Current Abstracts, STM Source, TOC Premier, and in PubMed.
An intriguing and provocative title, the Journal of Evolution and Technology should be made readily available in public, academic, and special libraries (governmental, law, and medical, especially).