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TEDxDelMar: Envisioning Transhumanity

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Envisioning Transhumanity

TEDx Del Mar

A Transhuman Studies Conference on the Future of Minds, Bodies and Societies

April 29th, 2012 at the Price Center Theater, University of California, San Diego

All Welcome (parking free)

Sponsored by:
Vuzix Augmented-Reality Eyewear, the Ansir Innovation Center, the Abolitionist Project, and MakerPlace

At this TEDx event, we will discuss the promise and consequences of technologies which will augment and radically transform our minds, bodies, and cultures. These technologies range from visor cellphones, through more intimate cyborg interfaces, across biotech, and to in-silico life. Many see these transformations as inevitable outcomes of accelerating technological development and global market conditions. This conference aims to go deeper than the shiny veneer of hype, to investigate the scientific states-of-art, ethical and existential ramifications, and socio-economic consequences of human enhancement technologies. We are interested in both local short-term effects and broad, longer term questions. Conference accompanied by a Transhuman Art Exhibition and snacks are provided.

Master of Ceremonies: Roger Bingham, Television Host, Writer, and Director of the Science Network.

Speakers confirmed so far include:

David Pearce: British philosopher and co-founder of the World Transhumanist Association.

Sky Christopherson: World Class Olympic athlete, entrepreneur and experimenter of Quantified Self technology.

Mike Chi, PhD: Founder of Cognionics and Inventor of Conductionless EEG & EKG Electrodes.

Brian Alexander: Writer on the Neurobiology and future of romantic relationships.

David Brin, PhD: Award-winning science-fiction author.

Micha Cárdenas: Transgender Artist and Critical Theorist.

John Smart: Systems Theorist and Foresight Scholar.

Dana Nelkin: PhD: A bio-conservative philosophy professor at UCSD.

Kenan Azam: CEO at UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge

...and more!

Talks are 18 minutes, and followed by roughly a 10 minute response from a commentator, and then audience questions. Commentating is a tradition at Philosophy conferences. Commentators are experts who politely ramify or challenge theses in the presentation. Commentators, as is the tradition, will send an outline of their remarks to the speaker before the conference, and in many cases work with the speaker so the audience is presented with the best presentation, critique, ramifications and all.

Topics of Interest:

--Economics of human-enhancement: E.g. How will increases in productivity, new artificial variation in intelligence, new management techniques, the widespread use of avatars, and the distribution of enhancement technologies affect current and future financial markets and the world socio-economic condition?

--Bio-conservative arguments: E.g. What are the strongest arguments against human augmentation? Are there practical programs to prevent it? Are there risks overlooked?

--Guidance and activism: E.g. To what degree do the market forces driving transhuman change diverge from the ends we ought to desire? What are transhuman goals? How can we guide these transformations to optimize well-being and freedom?

--The near and current cyborg world: E.g. How effective is life-logging? How good are the best happiness, intelligence and fitness improvement apps? What is the current state and what are the prospects for physical and mental health enhancement technologies? What are the short term prospects for developing human potential and improving quality of life in San Diego for all groups, especially the worst-off?

--New technologies: E.g. What's next? What will be the order of development of human enhancement technologies, for much depends on this? What are the technical limits of augmentation? What are the limits and prospects for cognitive, emotive, and empathetic augmentation?

--Ethics and safety of particular technologies: E.g. What kinds of privacy rules should govern cellphone visors, can there be limits preventing users from transforming the appearance of others, how are children to be safely hybridized with cyborg technologies, what risks or better forms of life arise if individuality blurs when populations of cyborgs interconnect?

--Aging as pathology: E.g. To what degree is it appropriate to treat aging as a single pathology? What are the prospects for life-extension, the costs, the availability, the state of the science of gene-therapy and pre-natal anti-aging interventions?

John Jacobson, Chair, PhD Candidate in Philosophy at UCSD and Collaborator at Salk Institute

Jamie Dunbaugh, Organizer, Founder of San Diego Transhumanists

Mike Eddy, J.D, TED Liaison, Partner at Patent.org .

Omar Lopez, Art Curator

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