Archive for September, 2010

Aggiornamento TV10: cambio di sala

English: TV10 update: change of conference venue

Abbiamo cambiato sala, sempre a Milano zona centro. TransVision 2010 avrà luogo alla Sala Carmagnola dell’ Hotel dei Cavalieri, a Milano centro. Abbiamo aggiornato le mappe e la lista di hotel raccomandati. La nuova sala non è lontana da quella precedentemente annunciata, e tutti gli hotel raccomandati precedentemente continuano ad essere buone opzioni. I prezzi di iscrizione online rimarranno validi fino al 20 di Ottobre, senza aumenti.

Aggiorneremo il programma nei prossimi giorni, con molti nuovi relatori e interventi.

TransVision 2010 è un evento transumanista globale, organizzato da varie organizzazioni e gruppi transumanisti coordinati dall’ Associazione Italiana Transumanisti (AIT) con la collaborazione di un gruppo di esperti. L’ evento avrà luogo il 22, 23 e 24 Ottobre 2010 a Milano, con varie possibilità di accesso remoto online.

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TV10 update: Change of conference venue

We have changed to another conference venue in central Milan. TransVision 2010 will be held at the conference hall “Sala Carmagnola” of the Hotel dei Cavalieri in central Milan. We updated the maps and the list of recommended hotels. The new conference venue is not far from the previous one, and all previously recommended hotels are still good options. The current registration fees will remain valid until October 20, without increase.

We will update the program in the next few days, with many new speakers and abstracts.

TransVision 2010 is a global transhumanist conference and community convention, organized by several transhumanist activists, groups and organizations, under the executive leadership of the Italian Transhumanist Association (AIT) and with the collaboration of an Advisory Board. The event will take place on October 22, 23 and 24, 2010 in Milan, Italy with many options for remote online access.

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Note sulla video-danza di Vitaliano Teti

VideoArt&Dance

L’intervento di Vitaliano Teti, esperto di linguaggi, tecnologie e pratiche audiovisive, mira a mostrare come nella produzione videoartistica contemporanea, si riscontri una continua ricerca sul corpo inteso come materia plastica, sulla trasformazione del termine “Identità”, sul concetto di ritmo e movimento sullo schermo digitale.

Alla base di questo intervento, dopo un’introduzione del relatore stesso, ci sono una serie di video concettuali, sperimentali, in grafica 2d e 3d ecc che egli ha selezionato sulla base della sua pluriennale esperienza professionale come curatore di mostre di arte elettronica e come docente in progetti di videoarte e di videodanza.

Note sulla video-danza di Vitaliano Teti

Il video (e l’audiovisivo in generale) è accostabile alla danza esattamente sul piano dinamico, ovvero, semplificando per comodità, quello del movimento. In pratica, l’omologia tra i due mezzi espressivi si coglie principalmente osservandoli dal punto di vista cinetico, cioè della mobilità (della macchina da presa e del danzatore, in primo luogo). Costituisce per gli studiosi un compito alquanto difficile e complicato stabilire l’origine, le peculiarità linguistiche e soprattutto l’identità della cosiddetta video-danza, alla quale non è attualmente possibile assegnare una definizione precisa. Essa va infatti considerata al contempo un genere (della video-arte, ormai istituzionalmente riconosciuta), un filone (sempre della video-arte), un approccio poetico – stilistico e una forma espressiva autonoma. Le definizioni appena date seguono e corrispondono all’evoluzione storica della video-danza, la quale da semplice documentazione di una performance, in questo caso di uno o più numeri di ballo, guadagna nel corso degli anni l’indipendenza acquistando dignità estetica grazie al lavoro sperimentale di autori quali Bob Wilson, Billy Forsythe e Merce Cunningham. Quest’ultimo realizza assieme a Nam June Paik Merce by Merce by Paik (Id., 1978), il cortometraggio che inaugura il periodo aureo della video-danza internazionale e che secondo gli esperti ne rappresenta una sorta di Manifesto programmatico. Tornando all’assunto che ha aperto e che è alla base del presente intervento, va infine rilevato il fatto che la video-danza viene contraddistinta da un montaggio di tipo ritmico, ovvero attento all’intima, interattiva e dinamica relazione tra immagine, musica e ballo.

Vitaliano Teti Vitaliano Teti is associated with the Department of Audio Visual Production of the University of Ferrara. Since 4 years he is the Art Director of the international video art festival “The Scientist“, an emerging festival in the Italian video art scene. An expert in film and video theories, language and techniques, Teti is also a director and producer of creative documentaries and independent films.

TransVision 2010 è un evento transumanista globale che avrà luogo il 22, 23 e 24 Ottobre 2010 a Milano, con varie possibilità di accesso remoto online. Sarà un intenso, rapido e appassionante percorso nel pensiero transumanista contemporaneo, le tecnologie in via di sviluppo, e quelle più visionarie basate su conquiste scientifiche ancora lontane. La conferenza, che avrà luogo da venerdì 22 a domenica 24 di Ottobre alla Sala Carmagnola dell’ Hotel dei Cavalieri a Milano, esplorerà le tendenze scientifiche, tecnologiche, culturali, artistiche e sociali che promettono di cambiare il nostro mondo al di là di ogni aspettativa e potrebbero risultare in una “Singolarità” in solo poche decine di anni.

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TransVision 2010 Presentation by Miriam Ji Sun

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Miriam Ji Sun

Technology, Tranhumanism, Tidiness and Transgression

Transhumanism raises some fundamental questions that newly arise in a very concrete form due to developments in science and technology.

Many topics that are related to transhumanist philosophy such as immortality, the definition of life and the distinction between humans, animals and non-animate objects as well as the nature of thought, identity and being human can be traced far back in human history (e.g. Greek mythology, Chinese and Hindu tradition). Western as well as Eastern religions and philosophies have tried to find answers to these questions and to develop their own explanation models. However, through modern science and technology, these questions can be viewed in a new light.

The new findings in science, technology and transhumanist discussion also cause disruptions in worldviews commonly held by academics as well as the general public alike, which also causes controversies over the understanding and goals of transhumanism.

Conventional ‘phenomenological’ concepts challenged by science, technology and transhumanism:

 Beginning and end of life (e.g. human embryonic stem cell research, definition of death in the context of brain death, organ transplantation, complex surgery, cryonics, information theory, life extension).
 Definition of life (synthetic biology, AI/robotics, bionics)
 Natural vs. non-natural (genetic technologies, AI/AL, Virtual Reality)
 Difference between humans and non-humans and definition of ‘being human’ (chimera, AI/robots, cyborgs, HET)
 Identity (neurotechnologies, neurosimulations, plastic surgery, genetic technologies, morphological freedom)
 Human intelligence (AI/robotics, neurotechnologies/brain science)

New socio-economic and legal questions:

 Tissue engineering and commercialisation of artificial organs
 IPR and genetics
 Neurotechnologies and neuromarketing
 HET
 AI/robots capable of doing human tasks
 Liability issues in relation to AI/robots
 Person rights and identity (HET, morphological freedom, AI/robots, cyborgs, neurosimulations)

The named advances in science, technology and transhumanism-related ideas also led to new controversially discussed questions:

 Is it necessarily bad to alter (human) nature?
 Do humans have a right not to remain purely human?
 Can there be something like “trans/post-human rights”?
 Can there be risks that are not related to physical harm and social justice?
 Should technological progress be slowed down? (as demanded by some)?
 The religious view of “human transcendence” is challenged by scientific-technological possibilities of “human enhancement”.

Transhumanism questions some of the standard viewpoints (e.g. one ought to be satisfied with ones human nature and express “humbleness”) as is thus being criticized and often misunderstood. But the questions that are of actual relevancy are:

 What is scientifically/technically possible? (possibly much more than you think)
 What is wanted? (depends much on popular opinion)
o Should actually include a rational and symmetric risk-benefit analysis
o Should answer the question by whom and for what?
 What is being realised? (depends much on access to resources and societal factors, e.g. laws)
o Should evaluate the question if this is the best choice, and for whom?
 Who can develop future technologies?
o Elites? Citizens?
 Who can and should access future technologies? (equal accessibility, safety, security, responsible usage…)
 Who should have the right to control future technologies? (elites, everybody?)
 How much knowledge is required to use future technologies in a responsible way? (will everybody be able to make important decisions?)
 What can we realistically expect of the future? (technological forecast plus socio-economic scenarios)

In a way transhumanism touches subjects that breaks with conventional categories, concepts, ideas and beliefs (e.g. distinction between human and machine, alive and dead, natural and artificial), i.e. “taboos”, and thus causes controversy. Transhumanism deals with old questions that have been connotated with “transgressions”, e.g. chimera, hybrids, creation of life and immortality in (Western) traditional and esp. religious thinking, but provides scientific and technological answers that do not always associate intrinsic rejections of such ideas, which leads to a misunderstanding of transhumanism perhaps similar to the “science wars” of the 1990s.

Miriam Ji Sun Miriam Ji Sun is a professional strategic foresight researcher and futurist volunteer being active in NGOs and several foresight-related networks. She has obtained her phD in sociology with an interdisciplinary-oriented thesis about robotics and AI and did her master thesis in political science on a topic in biopolitics. Now Ji Sun is specialising in emerging technologies (e.g. NBIC, biomedical engineering, Human Enhancement Technologies (HET), advanced robotics and AI, synthetic biology), future issues (e.g. megatrends, weak signals, Grand Challenges), ethical, legal and social perception of emerging technologies, vision assessment, transhumanism and foresight methodology.

TransVision 2010 is a global transhumanist conference and community convention, organized by several transhumanist activists, groups and organizations, under the executive leadership of the Italian Transhumanist Association (AIT) and with the collaboration of an Advisory Board. The event will take place on October 22, 23 and 24, 2010 in Milan, Italy with many options for remote online access.

Register now

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TransVision 2010 – Iscrizioni a prezzo ridotto fino alla fine di Settembre

Molti hanno scritto dicendo che non hanno potuto iscriversi a TransVision 2010 entro la fine di Agosto, quindi abbiamo prolungato le iscrizioni a prezzo ridotto fino alla fine di Settembre.

TransVision 2010: Discounted registration extended until end September

Many people have written saying that they could not register for TransVision 2010 in August while on holiday, so we have extended the time for discounted registration until the end of the month.



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