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The Ethics of Human Enhancement, with Nick Bostrom

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This meeting is organised by the London School of Economics (LSE) and features Professor Nick Bostrom (, the director of the Future of Humanity Institute ( in debate on the subject "The Ethics of Human Enhancement".

It will be of interest to many London Futurists.

From the LSE events website (

This dialogue will consider how issues related to human enhancement fit into the bigger picture of humanity’s future, including the risks and opportunities that will be created by future technological advances. It will question the individualistic logic of human enhancement and consider the social conditions and consequences of enhancement technologies, both real and imagined.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEenhance.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Speakers: Professor Nick Bostrom, Professor Anne Kerr
Chair: Dr Kristina Musholt

Date: Tuesday 30 October 2012
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building

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About Professor Nick Bostrom:

From Wikipedia (

Nick Bostrom (born Niklas Boström on 10 March 1973) is a Swedish philosopher at the University of Oxford known for his work on existential risk ( and the anthropic principle ( He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics (2000). He is currently the director of both The Future of Humanity Institute ( and the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology ( as part of the Oxford Martin School ( at Oxford University.

He is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (Routledge, 2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (ed., OUP, 2008), and Human Enhancement (ed., OUP, 2009). He has been awarded the Eugene R. Gannon Award ( and has been listed in the FP 100 Global Thinkers list. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages, and there have been some 100 translations or reprints of his works.

In addition to his writing for academic and popular press, Bostrom makes frequent media appearances in which he talks about transhumanism ( topics such as cloning (, artificial intelligence (, superintelligence (, mind uploading (, cryonics (, nanotechnology (, and the simulation argument (

About Professor Anne Kerr:

Adapted from The University of Leeds website (

Professor Kerr works in the fields of science and technology studies and the sociology of health and illness, with a special focus upon gender, genetics and reproduction. She was Pro Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty from[masked] and is currently developing research projects with a focus on biomedical innovation as well as contributing to curriculum development in the School.

She has researched and written widely on the social and ethical aspects of science and technology, especially with respect to issues of public understanding and engagement and professional discourses of responsibility and choice. She has ongoing research and writing project on responsible innovation in medical technologies, ethics, work and practice in laboratories and clinics and dimensions of value in research and innovation in University settings.

She has taught a range of courses on science, medicine and ethics as well as research methodology with a particular focus on qualitative methods and research impact.

About Dr Kristina Musholt:

From the LSE website (

Kristina Musholt is a Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics and Political Science. After completing an M.A. in philosophy and an M.Sc. in neuroscience at the University of Magdeburg in 2006, she wrote her doctoral dissertation at the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain on the topic of "Self-consciousness - from nonconceptual content to the concept of a self" before joining the Forum and LSE in 2010.

From 2007 to 2009 she was a Visiting Student in the Department of Philosophy and Linguistics at MIT. Her main research interests are in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and currently focus on self-consciousness and intersubjectivity.

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