Date: Sunday, May 16, 2010
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Room 414, 4th floor (via main lift), Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7HX.
As a futurist, are you interested in the possibility of cryonics (http://www.acceleratingfuture.com/michael/blog/category/cryonics/) - sometimes called "a ticket to the future (http://www.cryonics-uk.com/)"?
Cryonics (to quote Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryonics)) is the low-temperature preservation of humans and animals who can no longer be sustained by contemporary medicine, with the hope that healing and resuscitation may be possible in the future. The rationale for cryonics is that people who are considered dead by current legal or medical definitions may not necessarily be dead according to the more stringent information-theoretic definition of death. It is proposed that cryopreserved people might someday be recovered by using highly advanced future technology.
About the speaker:
David Styles took over the role of "Organiser" for Cryonics UK (http://www.cryonics-uk.com/) from his long-serving predecessor a year ago, and has been the actor of a lot of change in that year. He is also serves on the Board of Directors for the Immortality Institute (http://www.imminst.org/), though his work for ImmInst is not confined to cryonics-related matters.
About the talk:
David will describe the extent of changes in Cryonics UK over the course of the past year since he last spoke in London (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=73550176181). The talk will include:
*) what problems and shortcomings have been remedied
*) how the organisation has grown and become stronger in that time
*) where UK suspension capabilities currently stand,
*) where the organisation is going from here.
There's no charge to attend this meeting, and everyone is welcome.
Why not join some of the meetup regulars for a drink and/or light lunch beforehand, any time after 12.30pm, in The Marlborough Arms, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ. To find us, look out for a table where there's a copy of the Stephen Hall's book "Merchants of immortality: chasing the dream of human life extension" displayed.
Note: the above information is a duplicate of a Facebook event page (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116849708331152), where there's a larger number of RSVPs from interested attendees.