Kim Stanley Robinson. Kim is a science fiction writer known for his award-winning Mars trilogy. His work delves into ecological and sociological themes regularly, and many of his novels appear to be the direct result of his own scientific fascinations, such as the fifteen years of research and lifelong fascination with the planet Mars. Robinson’s novels have won eleven major science fiction awards, and have been nominated on twenty-nine occasions. Abstract: Science as a Utopian Project
Annalee Newitz. Annalee Newitz is the editor-in-chief of io9.com. She has written about the intersection of science, technology and culture for Wired, The Smithsonian Magazine, Popular Science, Technology Review, Discover, New Scientist, 2600, NPR, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and many other publications. She’s the author of the forthcoming book Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (Doubleday, 2013); her previous books include She’s Such a Geek: Women Write about Science, Technology, and Other Nerdy Stuff (Seal Press). Annalee was a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a lecturer in American Studies at UC Berkeley. She was also a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 2002-03. Abstract: Slow Futures: Using History to Write About Tomorrow
Max More, PhD. Max More is an internationally acclaimed strategic philosopher widely recognized for his thinking on the philosophical and cultural implications of emerging technologies. Max’s contributions include founding the philosophy of transhumanism, authoring the transhumanist philosophy of extropy, and co-founding Extropy Institute, an organization crucial in building the transhumanist movement since 1990. At the start of 2011, he became President and CEO of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, the world’s leading cryonics organization. Dr. More is co-editor and author of The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Future Human (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). Abstract: Archiving the Brain’s Writing: Cryo or Chemo?
Aubrey de Grey, PhD. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK and Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He received his BA and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1985 and 2000 respectively. His research interests encompass the characterization of all the accumulating and eventually pathogenic molecular and cellular side-effects of metabolism (“damage”) that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. He has developed a possibly comprehensive plan for such repair, termed Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), which breaks aging down into seven major classes of damage and identifies detailed approaches to addressing each one. A key aspect of SENS is that it can potentially extend healthy lifespan without limit, even though these repair processes will probably never be perfect, as the repair only needs to approach perfection rapidly enough to keep the overall level of damage below pathogenic levels. Dr. de Grey has termed this required rate of improvement of repair therapies “longevity escape velocity”. Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organisations. Abstract: Should we write what we think about how the future could be?
Natasha Vita-More, PhD. Natasha Vita-More is one of the early founders of the worldview of transhumanism and authored the “Transhuman Manifesto” in 1983. She is Chairman of Humanity+; Professor, University of Advancing Technology; Visiting Lecturer at Yale University, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics; and Lead of the Phoenix/Scottsdale Quantified Self. Her research involves emerging and speculative technologies of human enhancement, including what she refers to as life expansion. She designed the first future human prototype known as “Primo Posthuman” and is currently preparing its next articulation. She is co-editor and contributing author of The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Future Human (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). Her writings have been published in numerous popular and academic books and journals. She has appeared in more than twenty-five documentaries on BBC, TLC, ABC, CBS and PBS on the future and featured in Wired, The New York Times, Flaunt, Village Voice and is often referred to as a role model for superlongevity, a title she attributes to the result of having great friends. Abstract: H+: BEYOND DATA
David Brin, PhD. David Brin is a scientist, tech speaker/consultant, and author. His new novel about our survival in the near future is Existence. A film by Kevin Costner was based on The Postman. His 16 novels, including NY Times Bestsellers and Hugo Award winners, have been translated into more than twenty languages. Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and the world wide web. David appears frequently on shows such as Nova and The Universe and Life After People, speaking about science and future trends. His non-fiction book — The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? — won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association. Abstract: The rise of Science-Renunciation: Can we push ahead when change terrifies half our fellow citizens?
Jamais Cascio. Jamais Cascio has been selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of their Top 100 Global Thinkers, Jamais Cascio writes about the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation, specializing in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future. His work appears in publications such as the Atlantic Monthly, the Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Policy, and he has been featured in a variety of television programs on emerging issues. Cascio speaks about future possibilities around the world, at venues including the Guardian Activate Summit in London, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC, and the TED 2006 conference. In 2009, Cascio published his first non-fiction book, Hacking the Earth: Understanding the Consequences of Geoengineering, and is now at work on his second. Abstract: Bad Futurism
Christine Peterson. Christine Peterson writes, lectures, and briefs the media on coming powerful technologies, especially nanotechnology and life extension. She is Co-Founder and Past President of Foresight Institute, the leading nanotech public interest group. Foresight educates the public, technical community, and policymakers on nanotechnology and its long-term effects. She serves on the Advisory Board of the International Council on Nanotechnology, the Editorial Advisory Board of NASA’s Nanotech Briefs, and the Advisory Board of Singularity Institute, and served on California’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology. She has often directed Foresight Conferences on Molecular Nanotechnology, organized Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes, and chaired Foresight Vision Weekends. She lectures on nanotechnology to a wide variety of audiences, focusing on making this complex field understandable, and on clarifying the difference between near-term commercial advances and the “Next Industrial Revolution” arriving in the next few decades. Christine is the co-author of two books: Unbounding The Future: The Nanotechnology Revolution and Leaping The Abyss: Putting Group Genius To Work. Abstract: Inspiring the Future: Nanotechnology & Longevity
Ben Goertzel, PhD. Ben Goertzel is Vice Chairman of Humanity+; Chief Scientist of financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings; Chairman of AI software company Novamente LLC and bioinformatics company Biomind LLC; Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society and the OpenCog Foundation; Scientific Advisor of biopharma firm Genescient Corp.; Advisor to the Singularity University and Singularity Institute; Research Professor in the Fujian Key Lab for Brain-Like Intelligent Systems at Xiamen University, China; and general Chair of the Artificial General Intelligence conference series. His research work encompasses artificial general intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive science, data mining, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, virtual worlds and gaming and other areas. He has published a dozen scientific books, 100+ technical papers, and numerous journalistic articles. Before entering the software industry he served as a university faculty in several departments of mathematics, computer science and cognitive science, in the US, Australia and New Zealand. He has three children and too many pets, and in his spare time enjoys creating avant-garde fiction and music, and exploring the outdoors. Abstract: Beyond Language: How Minds Will Communicate Once Advanced Transhumanist Technologies are Commonplace
Sonia Arrison. Sonia Arrison is a bestselling author and technology analyst who has studied the impact of new technologies on society for more than a decade. Her book, 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith, is a national bestseller and has been featured in top media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, MSNBC, Bloomberg News, Fox News, CBS, and the Today Show. As an associate founder, academic advisor, and trustee at Singularity University, she is focused on exponentially growing technologies and their impact on society. She is a columnist for TechNewsWorld and was formerly director of the Technology Studies department at the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) in San Francisco. She is author of three books and numerous PRI studies and was also the host of a radio show called “digital dialogue” on the Voice America network. Abstract: Popularizing H+ issues: one experience
Reese Jones. Reese Jones’s involvement in an astonishing number of public and private endeavors sets him apart as an investor. Reese holds board memberships and partnerships over six exciting concerns: Singularity University, where is is a Trustee, liveBooks, Related Content Database, Current Group, Smaato, Wi3, Jobvite, Moon Express, Genome Compiler and Definitive Stories. A string of accomplishments in engineering and entrepreneurial endeavors precede Reese’s investing career. As the Chief Executive Officer at Farallon, developing PhoneNET, internet sound and infrastructure for phone carrier internet service providers, he invented twisted pair networking and the first computer sound software for internet. Reese went on to serve as Chairman of Convergence, a broadband Internet and network management services company for cable company infrastructure. His other business affiliations include investments in and advisor/board member relationships with Rotani, Jobvite, liveBooks, Smaato and Brightstar. He also dedicates his talent for business development to the Chabot Space & Science Center, where he is a member of the board. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Reese earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biophysics and currently lives in San Francisco.
Abstract: Many Singularities: Data of Change
Simone Syed. Simone Syed is an experience architect, storyteller, community builder, and the founder of BlackStarr; she spends her time designing a compelling and accessible narrative for the future by integrating space and high technology into popular culture, accelerating the development of technologies for commercial space exploration, and inspiring young minds to create the world they dream of. She is a Thiel Foundation Under 20 Mentor, spearheads the BIL Conference and LA Space Salon, and is building a ScienceCommune on Maui. Simone’s antics have been documented by Wired, Discovery Channel, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Reason Magazine, and NPR. Abstract: It’s Your Fault the World Thinks You Are Crazy: Practical Applications in Creating the World of Tomorrow
Brandon Whale. Brandon Whale is a Stanford student majoring in Science, Technology, and Society, with emphasis in Entrepreneurship and Bioengineering. He runs the Stanford Transhumanist Association, the world’s largest student-ran futurist group. He recently launched Learnist, a social learning product (TIME named it #18 on the 50 best websites of 2012). Now he is building The Transhuman Times, the next generation of news websites. Abstract: Entering The Transhuman Times
Ramez Naam. Ramez is the HG Wells Award-winning author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement. His first science fiction novel, Nexus, about a drug that links minds and the struggle to control it, will be released in December 2012. His next non-fiction book, The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, lays out a path to use innovation to overcome the natural resource and environmental limits that face us, and will be released in March 2013. Naam worked at Microsoft for 13 years, most recently leading artificial intelligence and relevance work on the Bing search engine. He helped develop two of the most widely used pieces of software in the world: Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook. Abstract: Changing Worlds and Minds with Words
R.U. Sirius. R.U. Sirius is a writer, editor and digital culture iconoclast. His current books-in-progress are Use Your Hallucinations: MONDO 2000 in 20th Century Cyberculture and Steal This Singularity. He hosts Acceler8or.com, a blog of accelerating technoculture and screaming memes.
Sirius was editor-in-chief of MONDO 2000, GettingIt, and H+. He has authored or coauthored many books including Mondo 2000: A User’s Guide to the New Edge, How To Mutate & Take Over the World, Design For Dying (with Timothy Leary), 21st Century Revolutionary, and Counterculture Through The Ages: From Abraham to Acid House. He has been a Contributing Editor for Wired and a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, Wired News, and ARTFORUM International. His articles have appeared in Time, San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Village Voice, Boing Boing and many other outlets. He has appeared in several films including Conceiving Ada with Tilda Swinton and Karen Black. Abstract: The Question of Content: Upbeat vs. Downbeat
James J. Hughes, PhD. James J. Hughes is the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and former executive director of Humanity+. He is a bioethicist and sociologist at Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut where he teaches health policy and serves as Director of Institutional Research and Planning. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago, where he also taught bioethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Dr. Hughes is author of Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future, and is working on a second book tentatively titled Cyborg Buddha. Abstract: Re-Awakening the Power of the Utopian Imagination through Speculative Fiction
Desiree Dudley. Desiree D. Dudley is Director of Strategic Relations and Outreach at the Foresight Institute, a twenty-six year old Silicon Valley non-profit dedicated to advancing emerging technologies, from nano and biotech to space development and AI. Desiree gets professional inspiration from precisely facilitating connections between world-class scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and promising young students to actualize the full potential of Foresight’s vast cross-disciplinary network. She also consults, contracts, and advises in the for-profit space on business strategy, team-building, negotiation, marketing and business relations; she’s worked in a wide variety of capacities with organizations such as Invivokines (protein synthesis), SkyPhrase (natural language), ONE-Nano, Stanford University, JoeConsumer.com, A-Life Medical, Merrill Corp, Quent Cordair Fine Art, and the Personalized Life Extension Conference.
In prior life-focus, Desiree studied clinical, cognitive-developmental and neuropsychology in class and research labs at Penn State before being pulled away to Manhattan, where she worked in sales and content ops for The Princeton Review’s K-12 division while drawing nudes in art studios at the National Academy Museum’s School of Fine Arts. Desiree has advocated and expanded on the nuances of leveraging the full potential in emerging technologies through mediums such as APWire, CNBC, NewSpace 2012, and at NASA-Ames. In her spare time, she’s also written a forward to Nanotech For Dummies, won a San Diego Mensa No Limit Hold ‘Em Poker tourney, and now serves as a mentor for The Thiel Foundation’s 20Under20 Fellowship.
Abstract: Effectively Inspiring An Era of World-Changers
Adam Ford – Adam organizes futurist conferences and think-tank oriented discussion groups in Melbourne Australia, including the Singularity Summit AU for the past several years. He has made numerous videos of leading transhumanists and other well-known future thinkers. Adam is on the Board of Humanity+, and is a co-chair of Humanity+ @San Francisco conference. Abstract: The Mask, the Mirror, and the Moving Image
Louie Helm. Louie Helm is a mathematician and computer scientist who currently serves as Deputy Director at the Singularity Institute. His work there focuses on strategic development, researcher recruitment, and formal academic publishing on machine superintelligence. His most recent writing, “The Singularity and Machine Ethics”, was just published by Springer, which is their peer-reviewed academic volume Singularity Hypotheses. Abstract: The Mainstream Academic Publishing We Need
Randal A. Koene, PhD. Randal A. Koene is CEO and Founder of the not-for-profit science foundation carboncopies.org and CEO of start-up company NeuraLink Co., developing wireless neural probes at cellular scale. He is also heading the ReBrain component of the Foundation 2045 Avatar project. Previously, Dr. Koene was Director of Analysis at nanotechnology company Halcyon Molecular in Silicon Valley (2010-2012), and Director of the Department of Neuroengineering at Tecnalia, third largest private research organization in Europe (2008-2010). He is a former Prof. at the Center for Memory and Brain of Boston University, and Founder of the Neural Engineering Corporation of Massachusetts. His research objective is whole brain emulation, creating the large-scale high-resolution representations and emulations of activity in neuronal circuitry that are needed in patient-specific neuroprostheses. Dr. Koene has professional expertise in computational neuroscience, neural engineering, psychology, information theory, electrical engineering and physics. He organizes neural engineering efforts to obtain and replicate function and structure information that resides in the neural substrate for use in neuroprostheses and neural interfaces. Dr. Koene devised NETMORPH (netmorph.org), a computational framework for the simulated morphological development of neuronal circuitry, and a prototype for the development of Virtual Brain Laboratories to give neuroscientists, neuroengineers and clinicians large-scale high-resolution quantitative tools analogous to the computational tools that have become essential in fields such as genetics, chemistry or the aero-space industry. This effort bridges scales and will help determine how significant functions are encoded robustly in neural ensembles, and how those functions can nevertheless depend in specific ways on the detailed biophysics of particular component physiology.Abstract: Ideas and proposals are rarely weighed by rational metrics, especially in the media and the public eye
Andrea Kuszewski. An Affiliate Scholar of the IEET, Andrea lives in San Francisco and works as a researcher and manager with VORTEX Research Group, investigating the neuro-cognitive factors behind human behavior. This includes topics such as creativity, intelligence, sociopathy, and x-altruism. She has published papers on the neuroscience of creativity, intelligence, and the analysis of illegal behavior and the creative rule-breaking process. As well as being a researcher of creativity, she is herself a fine artist and has been trained in various visual communication medium, ranging from traditional drawing to digital painting, graphic design, and 3D modeling and animation for the medical and behavioral sciences. Andrea is also a popular and widely published science writer and a science communication activist, writing for Scientific American, Discover Mag, Qualcomm Spark, WIRED UK, and others. Her blog, The Rogue Neuron, addresses a variety of current science topics, but is mainly focused on cognitive neuroscience and psychology. Andrea’s current research focus is morality and heroism, or extreme altruism (x-altruism). She is investigating not only the altruistic personality, but also how to enhance and encourage these behaviors through early intervention in emotion regulation, cognitive control and resilience training. Abstract: The Power of Science Narrative to Teach, Excite, and Inspire Action
PJ Manney. As a former chairperson of Humanity+, Manney helped to launch H+ Magazine and organize a multi-org Convergence ’08 conference. She authored “Why I Believe in Participating in the H+ Future and Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy”, an early work on the neuropsychology of empathy and media. She has presented her ideas to groups like the Producers and Directors Guilds of America and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and is a frequent guest on podcasts including FastForward Radio. Manney graduated from Wesleyan University double majoring in Film and American Studies. She has worked for over 25 years in the communications field: motion picture PR at Walt Disney/Touchstone Pictures; story development for independent film production companies; and writing for the critically acclaimed TV shows Hercules — The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. She also co-founded Uncharted Entertainment, writing and/or creating many pilot scripts for television networks, including CBS, Fox, UPN, Discovery, ABC Family and Comedy Central. Manney is in the midst of publishing a multimedia, near-future techno-thriller, The Country’s Club and lives with her husband and two children in Malibu, California. Abstract: YOUR Story Will Create the Future
Amy Li is a multidisciplinary creative director and designer, specializing in branding, marketing, and user experience design for global brands such as Yahoo, AT&T, VW, etc.. Her work was awarded “App of the Week” in the New York Times, and also featured in Gizmodo. She is also on the board of directors of Humanity+. Amy is a graduate from Singularity University Graduate Studies Program, she is a true believer of an abundant future, using exponential technology to solve social challenges, and helping humans live healthier, happier and smarter. She is passionate about combining design, technology, and human factors to create state of the art products that impact our daily lives. As a Chinese American who is fluent both in English and Chinese, Amy is also passionate about bridging the Eastern and Western technology and science communities. She is looking forward to assist both Humanity+ and Singularity University go to Asia by utilizing her bilingual skills and understanding of both cultures, and create interesting collaborations between Western and Chinese scientists and technologists. Abstract: Empifi: writing the future of human emotion understanding and broadcast empathy
David Pearce. David is a British-based vegan activist and negative utilitarian. In 1995, he wrote “The Hedonistic Imperative”, an online manifesto advocating the use of biotechnology to abolish suffering throughout the living world. David believes that factory farming should be outlawed, and humans should compassionately intervene in Nature to guarantee the well-being of all sentience. Pearce is the owner of BLTC Research, a website that was set-up by Pearce in 1995. Based in Kemptown, Brighton, UK, the site publishes online texts in support of the biochemical and biotechnological methods by which its proponents believe sentient suffering could be abolished in future generations. Abstract: Prophetic Narratives: Will Humanity’s Successors Also Be Our Descendants?
George Dvorsky. As a Canadian futurist, science writer, and ethicist, George Dvorsky has written and spoken extensively about the impacts of cutting-edge science and technology—particularly as they pertain to the improvement of human performance and experience. He is a contributing editor at io9, the Chairman of the Board at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and is the program director for the Rights of Non-Human Persons program. Abstract: Covering the future beat: Managing futureshock when writing for a mass audience
Ernesto Ramirez. Ernesto Ramirez is a PhD candidate in Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. His work focuses on using technology and sensor systems to better understand and encourage healthy behavior. He’s also the Community Organizer for Quantified Self – a global collaboration of makers and users of self-tracking tools and technologies. Ernesto focuses on how to use existing and new technologies to better measure/understand behavioral patterns and then harnesses technology solutions to create effective interventions for individuals. Abstract: Who Are You?
David A. Dalrymple. David is currently on leave from his PhD research at Harvard University after receiving a grant from the Thiel Foundation to pursue research on an independent project known as Nemaload. As a bit of history, in 2005, David received BS degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics, was an invited speaker at TED 11, traveled at sea, and worked with Kurzweil Technologies to create the earliest prototypes of the KNFB Reader. In 2008, he received a MSc (aka SM) in Media Technology at MIT, and began the PhD program in Media Arts and Sciences as a member of the Mind Machine Project under Marvin Minsky. In 2010, he attended Singularity University at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, which inspired him to refocus from the world of computer architecture, programming language design, and artificial intelligence to the world of biophysics and neuroscience. On the advice of the faculty, in 2011, David left the Media Lab PhD program at MIT for the Biophysics PhD program at Harvard. Abstract: Project Nemaload
Michael Anissimov. Michael has been a fixture in the transhumanist community since 2001, when he joined the Extropians and SL4 email lists. After co-founding the Immortality Institute shortly after turning 18, Michael went on to write over 1,500 short science and technology articles for the website WiseGEEK. After that, he went on to consult for a gamut of transhumanist and futurist organizations, including the Singularity Institute, Kurzweil Technologies, the Methuselah Foundation, and many others. In 2009, Michael became the Media Director for the Singularity Institute, handling communications for the organization. During his tenure at SI, the Institute has received coverage in front-page stories on The New York Times and TIME magazine, and long-form articles in GQ, Playboy, Scientific American, and Popular Science. Michael has also co-organized the Singularity Summit, one of the world’s leading conferences on emerging technologies, for four years, bringing together thousands of thinkers for top-level discussions on the future of humanity. He lives in Berkeley, CA. Abstract: Media Performance of Transhumanism
Kevin Fischer is a serial entrepreneur and transhumanist increasingly dedicated to human cognitive enhancement experimentation and advocacy. He serves on the Board of Directors at Singularity Institute, works as a medical researcher for Panacea Research, and is the founder of a stealth biochemistry research startup. Abstract: Human Cognitive Enhancement Interventions
David Orban. David Orban is an entrepreneur and visionary, and is the CEO of dotSUB, the leading technology and services provider powering video viewing via captions and translations as subtitles in any language to increase access, engagement and global reach, based in New York City. David is also a Lecturer of, and Advisor to the Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to assemble, educate and inspire leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand challenges. Abstract: The Challenge of Positive Storytelling for a Future Network Society Better learning and transmedia storytelling can support our strained capacity to absorb the implications of rapidly emerging new technologies
Brad Templeton. Brad Templeton is currently Chair of Computing & Networks at Singularity University, and a Director (Chairman 2000-2010) of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the leading cyberspace civil rights foundation. He is on the Board of the Foresight Institute and an Advisor to BitTorrent Inc. He is a consulting member of Google’s team developing self-driving cars, and writes about them at robocars.com. He founded ClariNet Communications Corp (the world’s first “dot-com” company.) He also created and publishes rec.humor.funny, and its web site, www.netfunny.com, the world’s longest running blog. Abstract: Building a new Economics of Information
Linda McDonald Glenn, JD, LLM,. Linda McDonald Glenn is a healthcare ethics educator, counselor-at-law, futurist and international consultant. She is a guest lecturer at the Singularity University, a faculty member at the Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical Center, and is also a Fellow at the Institute for Emerging Technologies and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Her other honors include an appointment as a Senior Fellow at the American Medical Association’s Institute for Ethics, and being named a Women’s Bioethics Scholar. Her research encompasses the legal, ethical, and social impact of emerging healthcare technologies, and evolving notions of legal personhood. Abstract: Narratives of Life Imitating Art: the Cyborgs (er … wait!) Transhumans Cometh!
Jeanann S. Boyce, PhD. Jeanann Boyce has extensive experience as an educator and trainer in Education and Computer Systems over the past thirty years. She is currently Professor of Computer Science and Business and coordinator of the Computer Science and Applications programs, Montgomery College, Takoma Park Campus, of Maryland. She specializes in teaching artificial intelligence programming and systems and intelligent agents. In addition, she is one of the lead faculty involved on the 11-school Advanced Technology Centers Cyberwatch grant for the National Science Foundation. In addition, she was elected to the National Board of the Colloquium on Information Systems Security Education (www.cisse.org).
Todd Huffman. Todd Huffman is an informatician and designer working biomedical imaging and system design. He is the founder and CEO of 3Scan, which is building high-throughput 3D microscopes for imaging and digitally reconstructing large scale tissues and organs. 3Scans flagship technology, the Knife-Edge Scanning Microscope, can image whole small animal brains with sub-micron resolution. Todd has been involved in cryonics for 10 years, as the co-leader of the Alcor Southern California Field Team, full-time at Alcor as a researcher, and as a consultant with Suspended Animation on training and system design. Todd holds a Masters in Computational Biosciences from Arizona State University, a Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurial Studies from Nanyang University in Singapore, and a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from California State University Long Beach. Abstract: Wide and Deep
Keith Henson. As a proto-transhumanist, Keith’s life is scattered over electronics, space engineering, memetics, cryonics, nanotechnology, evolutionary psychology and free speech to name just a few. He has run his own businesses and acted as a consultant since a 1972 dismissal for refusing to certify an electronic module for nuclear power plant use that failed to meet the required MTBF (Mean-Time-Between-Failure) specification. He was once described as a person of integrity by a Deputy DA who prosecuted him for picketing a cult over its lethal practices. For the past several years he has been working on various projects to solve the energy and carbon problems.
Fred Stitt. Fred Stitt is an architect, has operated a private school of green and visionary architecture in San Francisco and Berkeley for over 20 years, and over the past 5 years has built an international enrollment of 1,500 students – the largest school of architecture and green building in the world. Fred and his colleagues are now developing online education programs on such topics as advanced technology, tech startup management, singularity studies, human enhancement, and life extension.Abstract: Rewriting Higher Education: Free and Universal
Joseph Jackson. Joseph P Jackson III is a philosopher, entrepreneur, activist, and organizer in the Open Science Movement. He has been studying the rise of new open innovation models since 2000, when the arrival of Napster prompted him to think radically about the economics of sharing in the digital era. A graduate of Harvard (AB 2004) and the London School of Economics (Msc philosophy of Science 2005), he founded the Open Science Summit, and is a co-founder of BioCurious, one of the first community biotech laboratories in the world. His goal is to assist the emergence of a new economic paradigm the enables sustainable prosperity for everyone, based on distributed, decentralized, appropriate, and affordable technologies, fully hackable and modifiable to suit the needs of users. Abstract: The Right to be an A**Hole. Lifelogging: the future of reputation and forgiveness
David Asprey. Dave Asprey is a Silicon Valley investor, computer security expert, and entrepreneur who spent 15 years and $250,000 to hack his own biology. He upgraded his brain by >20 IQ points, lowered his biological age, and lost 100 lbs without using calories or exercise. The Financial Times calls him a “bio-hacker who takes self-quantification to the extreme of self-experimentation.” His writing has been published by the New York Times and Fortune. He’s presented at Wharton, the University of California, and Singularity University. ABC Nightline, CNN, Forbes, Vogue, MSNBC, and Men’s Health have all featured his work in the last year. Early in his career, Asprey was the first person to sell anything on the internet, and he played an influential role in the creation of modern cloud computing. Abstract: Augmented authoring – biohacking technologies to improve people who write
David Bolinsky. David co-founded e.mersion studio with Monte Stettin, is a full-service medical and scientific digital animation company specializing in the creation of richly immersive, interactive science education tools for students, from middle to medical school. e.mersion studio is currently partnering with Quinnipiac University’s soon-to-be-opened Frank H. Netter School of Medicine, to design new visual interactive curriculum tools for Medical, Nursing and Allied Health students. David’s animation has attracted international attention. A sample of his clients over the years include Merck, Genentech, Novartis, Pfizer, HBO, NBC, NOVA, PBS, Disney Imagineering, Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, The Arizona Heart Institute, The Smithsonian Museum, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, DEKA, DARPA and many more. He is faculty at the Singularity University, a member of the Permanent Advisory Council, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, and an Advisor: to Autodesk. David has spoken twice at the TED Conference, in 2007-Monterey, CA and 2010-Mysore, India. Abstract: Caves of Ideas
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