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TransVision 2010, October 22-24, 2010

TransVision 2010 is over. Thanks to all speakers and participants in Milan and Teleplace.

FINAL REPORT on KurzweilAI: Transhumanist Science, Futurist Art, Telepresence and Cosmic Visions of the Future at TransVision 2010.

See also this post on Giulio Prisco’s blog.

We will post the HD videos recorded in Milan here. See also the first videos recorded from Teleplace.

TransVision 2010

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Giulia Borghini

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Riccardo Campa

Polytopia Project

Polytopia is a philosophical experiment living on the net for the last two years, hosted as a prominent project in SpaceCollective.com. It is described as a ryzhomatic web of simultaneous explorations, confronting the necessity to create a conceptual backbone to accommodate and enhance plurality and diversity, as they are already emerging in our hyperconnected present, and are most definitely envisioned as a part of our future human communities. The presentation brings to light the main clusters of concepts that emerged in these two years of polylogue among participants, and is viewed as a work in progress.

Giulia Borghini “Sayfan” Giulia Borghini begun her journey into knowledge in the academic world, as a doctor in physics at the University of Rome, where she researched for few years in biophysics. A passionate traveler she has taken her personal questions about humanity and future across the world to meet several countries and cultures. She uses her solid background in philosophy, scientific thought and her interest in emerging perspectives to bring live questions into discussion, both in her lectures and on the web. She is following the enfoldment of transhumanist thought since 2005 when first exposed to “a Letter to Mother Nature”. In the last two years she is part in the web philosophical project Polytopia, together with a remarkable team of thinkers, visionaries and artists.

TransVision 2010 is a global transhumanist conference and community convention. The event will take place on October 22, 23 and 24, 2010 in Milan, Italywith many options for remote online access.

TransVision 2010: Iscrizioni in sala all’ ultimo minuto, forti sconti

TransVision 2010: Iscrizioni in sala all’ ultimo minuto, forti sconti.

Accetteremo iscrizioni in sala a prezzi fortemente ridotti fino a
esaurimento dei posti disponibili. Gli ospiti dei partecipanti
iscritti avranno la priorità, per gli altri seguiremo l’ ordine di
arrivo.

TransVision 2010: Last minute strongly discounted registration at the desk.

We will accept registration at the desk at a strongly discounted price
until the conference hall is full. Guests of registered participants
will have priority, others on a first come first served basis.

TransVision 2010: Final program, LAST DAY to register

TransVision 2010 will start tomorrow Friday October 22 at the Hotel dei Cavalieri in Milan at 3pm local time.

We have published the final version of the conference program, updated with new abstracts by speakers including Max More, Graziano Cecchini, David Orban, Roberto Marchesini, Natasha Vita-More and, of course, Stefano Vaj and Riccardo Campa of the Italian Transhumanist Association.

Note that TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to register for the conference. REGISTER NOW to reserve your place. Registration will continue at the desk until the conference hall is full.

Those who have registered to participate remotely in the TVirtual online extension of TransVision 2010, hosted by the teleXLR8 project based on the Teleplace online telepresence platform, will be able to watch all talks in realtime, and interact with speakers and other participants. Please see the instructions for TVirtual participants.

Instructions for TVirtual participants

Those who have registered to participate remotely in the TVirtual online extension of TransVision 2010, hosted by the teleXLR8 project based on the Teleplace online telepresence platform, will be able to watch all talks in realtime, and interact with speakers and other participants.

After registration for TVirtual, you have received an invitation email from support@teleplace.com (look in the spam folder if you don’t find it). You need to:

1) Accept the invitation and create your Teleplace account
2) Download and install the Teleplace client software
3) Read the help page with simple explanation and video:
http://telexlr8.wordpress.com/teleplace/help/
4) Launch the Teleplace client software and login as explained in 3)

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Riccardo Campa

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Riccardo Campa

The Transhumanist Movement: a Sociological Overview

The central transhumanist idea of self-directed evolution can be coupled with different political, philosophical and religious opinions. Accordingly, we have observed individuals and groups joining the movement from very different persuasions. On one hand such diversity may be an asset in terms of ideas and stimuli, but on the other hand it may involve a practical paralysis, especially when members give priority to their existing affiliations over their belonging to organized transhumanism. In my lecture, I shall discuss the outlines of those internal differences.

Riccardo Campa Riccardo Campa is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cracow. He possesses two Master of Arts degrees, in Political Science and Philosophy, from the University of Bologna and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Nicholas Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. He founded and is currently president of the Italian Transhumanist Association, and is a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

TransVision 2010 is a global transhumanist conference and community convention. The event will take place on October 22, 23 and 24, 2010 in Milan, Italy with many options for remote online access.

Register now

post links to Twitter, your blogs and websites, and add your name to the TransVision 2010 Facebook page.

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Stefano Vaj

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Stefano Vaj

The mission of transhumanism

Contrary to widespread expectations, be they positive or negative, eschatological or millenaristic, there are reasons to believe that the pace of change may be slowing down in comparison with what we had been living in the century going roughly from 1870 to 1970. Even some of the most spectacular achievements since fall well within the boundaries of pre-existing trends and paradigms, and risk to appear as the proverbial feats of dwarves on the shoulders of giants. Cultural and educational decadence, ideological biases, prohibition and unfavourable legal frameworks, the inertia of increasingly globalised socio-economic patterns, all play an active role in this scenario. Temptations by transhumanists to take “into their hands” what largely depends on full-scale societal and civilisational projects and/or individual genius are in most case delusional. But even more futile is to reduce oneself to a cheerleading or monitoring group of technoscientific developments which are believed to happen automagically, no-matter-what, and be mainly concerned with “steering” things which are not going to happen at all unless a sufficient mobilisation is created to that end, leading to a deep change of current policies and value systems. The mission of transhumanism is that of explicitely organising advocacy, lobbying, and metapolitical activism aimed at presenting the case for innovation and for a posthuman, and before that a posthumanist, change.

La missione del transumanismo

Al contrario delle aspettative di molti, positive o negative, escatologiche o millenaristiche, vi è ragione di ritenere che il ritmo dei processi di cambiamento stia in realtà rallentando a paragone di ciò che avevamo vissuto nel secolo che va approssimativamente dal 1870 al 1970. Persino alcuni dei risultati più spettacolari successi dei nostri giorni ricadono ampiamente nel perimetro di trend e paradigmi preesistenti. e rischiano di apparire come le proverbiale gesta di nani sulle spalle di giganti. La decadenza culturale e dei sistemi educativi, il pregiudizio ideologico, il proibizionismo ed un quadro normativo sfavorevole, l’inerzia di modelli socio-economici sempre più globalizzati, tutti giocano un ruolo in questo scenario. Le tentazioni da parte dei transumanisti di “prendere in mano” ciò che dipende largamente da progetti che richiedono il coinvolgimento di intere società o civiltà, o dal genio individuale, sono nella maggior parte dei casi figlie dell’illusione. Ma ancora più futile è ridursi a fare le cheerleaders di sviluppi tecnoscientifici che si ritiene debbano prodursi automagicamente, in ogni caso; o essere principalmente preoccupati del fatto di “guidare” cose che non vedranno mai la luce se non viene generata a tale fine una sufficiente mobilitazione che conduca ad un profondo mutamento delle politiche in essere e del sistema di valori dominante.
La missione del transumanismo è quella di organizzare esplicitamente la promozione, l’attività di lobbying e l’attivismo metapolitico volti a sostenere la causa dell’innovazione e di una trasformazione postumana, e prima ancora postumanista.

Stefano Vaj Stefano Vaj is a prominent attorney and writer in Italy, and serves as the national secretary of the larger of the two transhumanist groups in Italy, the Italian Transhumanist Association or AIT.

TransVision 2010 is a global transhumanist conference and community convention. The event will take place on October 22, 23 and 24, 2010 in Milan, Italy with many options for remote online access.

Register now

post links to Twitter, your blogs and websites, and add your name to the TransVision 2010 Facebook page.



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