• SciFi short "The Last Generation to Die" & in-person Q&A w/ filmmaker Tim Maupin

    "The Last Generation to Die" is a proof-of-concept short film that is currently being adapted and developed into a feature film. Set in the future when science first begins to stop aging, a daughter tries to save her father from natural death. We will be watching a screening of this film (~15 minutes) as well as two other other sci-fi shorts related to life extension. We then will have a live Q&A with indie filmmaker Tim Maupin followed by an open discussion. This film is bound to engender a good discussion about anti-aging and life extension science & technology. We will be taking a donation (completely optional!) to support Tim and offset his travel costs from New York City. View a trailer here : https://vimeo.com/137333397 Rough schedule 1:30 A/V setup 1:45 screening of "The Last Generation to Die" 2:00 screening of two aditional shorts 2:15 Q&A with director 2:45- Open discussion ------------------------------ About Tim Maupin ------------------------------------ "Tim is a New York City based director, visual effects artist and Emmy award winning cinematographer. He has also worked as an editor, camera operator, and stereographer and has a variety of professional experience behind him, including working with clients such as Lexus, Motorola, CAT Footwear, Sotheby's, Sebago, Spotify, Discovery, TLC, 3NET, and Nickelodeon. He holds a BA in Film Production from Webster University and has also served as an adjunct professor there teaching stereoscopic cinema. Tim also serves as an adjunct professor at Pratt, teaching VR in the film and video department. Tim was a finalist in the Nokia "Look Around You" VR contest as well as a first prize winner in the Longevity Alliance's Life Extension video contest." Tim's website is https://tim-maupin.squarespace.com/ The official website for the film is http://lastgenmovie.com

  • Screening of "Immortality or Bust" and live Q&A with director Daniel Sollinger

    Director Daniel Sollinger has graciously given the D.C. Transhumanists permission to do a special screening of his yet-to-be released documentary "Immortality or Bust". The documentary covers Zoltan Istvan's historic 2016 campaign for president and the reaction of his friends, family, and the transhumanist community. The documentary recently debuted in January at the Raw Science Film Festival, where it received the “Raw Breakthrough Award". The documentary has also received positive reviews from noted transhumanist figures such as David Wood and Gray Scott. A trailer for the film can be found here: https://vimeo.com/195684910 Mr. Sollinger will be visiting D.C. and will be attending the event in person to do a Q&A afterwards. -------------------------- About the director ---------------------------------- Daniel Sollinger is a graduate of New York University's Film School, and the producer of more than 350 commercials, music videos, and short films. Daniel produced "Rhyme & Reason," a feature film documentary on hip-hop culture which was distributed by Miramax Films and played in 280 theaters nationwide. Since then, Daniel has gone on to produce or line produce over 50 independent feature films. His website is https://danielsollinger.com and he tweets at https://twitter.com/danielsollinger He was recently interviewed on the Simulation podcast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_cdYTN4YII ---------------------------------- Schedule --------------------------------------- 5:30-6:00 pm Room & A/V setup 6:00-7:30 pm Documentary screening 7:30-8:30 pm In-person Q&A with Daniel Sollinger 9:00 Library closes

  • U.S. Transhumanist Party Presidential Primary Virtual Debate

    This is a virtual event - the U.S. Transhumanist Party is hosting a Virtual Debate among its Presidential Primary Candidates: Charles Holsopple, Rachel Haywire, Dan Good, and Johannon Ben Zion. To watch the debate, go to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeKsUFTzPv0 The public is also welcome to post questions for the moderator to consider asking the candidates. To vote in the USTP Electronic Primary in mid-August 2019, you need to register for free as a member of the U.S. Transhumanist Party / Transhuman Party by August 10, 2019: https://transhumanist-party.org/membership/ -------------------------- Format of the Debate -------------------------- The debate will last approximately two hours. The following is the specific contemplated structure: Introductory Segment Candidates will describe their qualifications and why they consider themselves to have the ability to be an effective President and spread transhumanist ideas successfully. - 5 minutes per candidate: 20 minutes in total. Core Ideal 1: Life Extension Candidates will discuss how their platforms and aspirations align with the USTP Core Ideal 1: “The Transhumanist Party supports significant life extension achieved through the progress of science and technology.” - 5 minutes per candidate: 20 minutes in total. Core Ideal 2: Reason, Science, and Secular Values Candidates will discuss how their platforms and aspirations align with the USTP Core Ideal 2: “The Transhumanist Party supports a cultural, societal, and political atmosphere informed and animated by reason, science, and secular values.” - 5 minutes per candidate: 20 minutes in total. Core Ideal 3: Overcoming Existential Risks Candidates will discuss how their platforms and aspirations align with the USTP Core Ideal 3: “The Transhumanist Party supports efforts to use science, technology, and rational discourse to reduce and eliminate various existential risks to the human species.” - 5 minutes per candidate: 20 minutes in total. Rebuttals / Miscellaneous Remarks This will be the opportunity for each candidate to address comments made by any other candidate and/or add new thoughts or clarify / expand upon any previous statements. - 3 minutes per candidate: 12 minutes in total. Viewer Questions The moderator will select the most fitting viewer questions, for which each candidate will have 2 minutes to provide a response. The moderator will prioritize the universal questions (i.e., ones that any candidate would be able to answer). If we are asked candidate-specific questions, the moderator will try to make sure that there is at least one question directed to each of the candidates. Realistically, we will have time for 3-4 such questions (if every candidate provides an answer to every question). Concluding Remarks Candidates will be given 2 minutes each to provide a closing statement. This is also where any unspent time will be allowed to extend the candidate’s time – or if excess time was used previously, it will be deducted from this segment.

  • Dr. Edward Hudgins - "You could live to 200 years- if the FDA will let you!"

    Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library

    Note: This is a joint event with the Rockville Futurists meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Rockville-Futurists/ Dr. Edward Hudgins will be speaking, with a discussion to follow. The three-pronged thesis of his talk is as follows: I. We are in an exponential technologies revolution II. To sustain it, we need a human achievement values revolution III. To facilitate it, we need a techno-freedom revolution The talk will take a particular focus on how the FDA is making it difficult for breakthroughs in longevity medicine to reach every day citizens. The term "longevity medicine" refers to treatments that extend healthy lifespan and prevent age-related illness. Recently Dr. Hudgins published a 20 page policy brief on "A Modern System for Approving the Cures of the Future" which can be found here: https://www.heartland.org/_template-assets/documents/publications/TEDDPaper.pdf ---------------------- About our speaker ------------------------------------------ Dr. Hudgins has been an advocate for transhumanism for many years, and is an expert on the regulation of space, transportation, pharmaceuticals, and labor. He currently serves as research director for The Heartland Institute and was formerly director of regulatory studies for the Cato Institute and editor of Regulation magazine. He served as a senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and was both deputy director for economic policy studies and director of the Center for International Economic Growth at the Heritage Foundation. He has testified on many occasions before Congress. His opinion writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Journal of Commerce, Aviation Week & Space Technology, among other publications. In addition he is the best-selling author of The Republican Party’s Civil War: Will Freedom Win? He is the editor of "Freedom to Trade: Refuting the New Protectionism" and "Space: The Free Market Frontier". He tweets at https://twitter.com/dredwardhudgins Please "like" our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DC-Transhumanist-Party-251266652443381/?modal=admin_todo_tour and "follow" the U.S. Transhumanist Party Twitter for updates: https://twitter.com/ustranshumanist

  • The Transhumanist Party East Coast Conference

    Arlington Central Library

    Featured speakers for this conference are: Mark Waser (A.I. expert, Digital Wisdom Institute (http://wisdom.digital/wordpress/)) -will present "Blockchain's Coming Impact on Community, Science, and Society: Cryptocurrency is only the beginning" Peter Moons, an ABD PhD Candidate in the Humanities at Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, will present an overview of his e-book "The Transhumanist Reader: What does it mean to be human in the age of technology?" Peter's writings are available at https://salve.academia.edu/PeterMoons . (Other presentations planned; offers welcome) Transhumanist Party, the only party talking about genuine, impending, massive transformation:

  • Zoltan Istvan on panel of Baltimore "Bypassing Biology" Event

    William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center -Auditorium

    A panel discussion on Futurism and Transhumanism and what design will look like as we use technology to augment the future. LINK: Bypassing Biology - Design event (https://www.facebook.com/events/304999999873986/) FEATURING: Zoltan Istvan: former National Geographic journalist, Futurist and US Presidential Candidate of the Transhumanist Party Amy Karle: Bioartist and artist in residence at Autodesk Ben Julian: Lead Industrial Designer at OtherLab Event site photo, Auditorium, Thumel Business Center (U. of Baltimore) : Zoltan Istvan is the 2016 Transhumanist Party candidate for President of the United States: M. Esfandairy was also known by FM 2030. (People in above photos share similar interests as found in the THP platform, but their endorsement is not implied!)

  • Meeting to plan the Transhumanist Party East Coast Conference

    Cafe in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

    Hi Everyone, Zoltan Istvan and the Transhumanist Party have been in the news quite a bit theses days (Please check out the articles further below). The elections are fast approaching, and Zoltan may be the best know "third party" candidate for President. This summer is a great time for a meetup to sync up on the THP platform. There is, of course, Zoltan's core vision that includes leveraging science to promote better, longer lives. The platform also includes less well understood ideas like universal basic income, phasing out individual taxes, and digital democracy. Here's the general THP platform: http://transhumanistparty.org/Platform.html This summer the DC THP Meetup will hold the THP East Coast Conference in Washington DC to discuss the party platform, promote it, and otherwise just have a great time. In preparation, we need an organizing committee. All ready and willing transhumanists, please meet up this weekend at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Cafe on June 26 at 3pm to hash out the details of the conference. This should be really interesting for all, and great work experience for the organizationally inclined! The date for the conference is tentatively August 13 (and maybe 14), but this can easily be shifted in the next few weeks if necessary. Here's a few recent news articles on the Transhumanist Party: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/15/zoltan-istvan-2016-lets-make-americans-immortal/85909236/ https://www.facebook.com/ScienceCandidate http://www.cnet.com/news/the-surprising-way-transhumanist-candidate-zoltan-istvan-could-make-it-to-the-white-house/ http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/04/08/transhumanist-presidential-candidate-zoltan-istvan-tech-giants-will-make-billions-and-billions-off-machines-replacing-humans/ https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jun/16/transhumanist-party-immortality-zoltan-istvan-presidential-campaign

  • Terminator: Futurography Film Screening (Free movie sponsored by New America)

    FREE EVENT!! The Terminator : A Futurography Film Screening Tuesday, April 26,[masked]:30 PM – 08:30 PM Landmark's E Street Cinema[masked]th Street NW Washington, DC 20004 Map it (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Landmark+Theatres+E+Street+Cinema/@38.8962655,-77.0266027,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xae874d4a89b208c4) LINK: https://www.newamerica.org/future-tense/the-terminator/ Since The Terminator came out in 1984, Arnold Schwarzenegger has become a respected politician and people have begun carrying computers in their pockets. But one thing is the same: We’re still thinking about the existential threat posted by rapidly evolving artificial intelligence. Join Future Tense from 6:30 till 8:30 pm on Tuesday, April 26, at Landmark’s E Street Cinema in Washington, D.C., to watch The Terminator with our experts Kevin Bankston, director of the Open Technology Institute at New America, and Sean Luke, director of the Autonomous Robotics Laboratory at George Mason University. This is part of the April installment of Futurography, a series in which Future Tense introduces readers to the technologies that will define tomorrow. This month, we’re discussing “killer artificial intelligence.” If you would like to attend, please RSVP to [masked] ([masked])with your name, email address, and any affiliation you’d like to share. You may RSVP for yourself and up to one guest. Please include your guest’s name in your response. Seating is limited. Future Tense (http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense.html) is a partnership of Arizona State University (http://www.asu.edu/?feature=research) , New America and Slate. NOTE: Meetup members, we can probably chat in theater or thereabouts at 6PM prior to start of Terminator discussion at 6:30PM

  • Ask an Expert: Regenerative Medicine & Transhumanism

    Palisades Neighborhood Library

    Mallory McLaren, founder of Eterna BioCapital (http://www.eternabiocapital.com/), will give a presentation called "The Right to Live, the Right to Thrive‏" on the topic of regenerative medicine and transhumanism. Over the preceding few decades societies around the world -- including our own in the U.S. -- have struggled over whether we have a right to decline life-saving treatment or to terminate our own lives. But by the same token, do we also have a right to do whatever it takes to resist degenerative decline and other non-communicable and communicable diseases? If so, who decides which technologies we can utilize and how? Q&A will follow the presentation. Following the Meetup, interested members will reassemble at the nearby 7th Hill Pizza for food, drink and more conversation. ----- About Mallory McLaren: McLaren is one of the first persons globally who simultaneously hold a law degree and for whom the regenerative medicine industry is an area of expertise. She works with some of the most visionary individuals in the world as colleagues and fellow thought leaders. More on McLaren's bio: https://www.linkedin.com/in/malloryemclaren?trk=contacts-contacts-list-contact_name-0&