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TransVision 2010 Presentation by Natasha Vita-More

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Natasha Vita-More

The Expectant Automorph: an emergent life of bio-synthetic systems

The AUTOMORPH project was developed in 1997 as a self-actualized morphing of physiology in an attempt to reduce cellular damage and increase neuroplasticity. This project steered away from cyborgnization of the human and leaned toward a different aesthetic — that of life prolongation. In recent years, the genesis of human enhancement interfacing with emerging technologies has had an affect on its ecomorphology. AUTOMORPH is one project that views human physiology as a relationship between the individual’s environment and behaviors with her/his morphological adaptations. This morphology reflects how physiology could correlate with the functional use of space and time. What variation-niche might we inhabit? What might it look like? Developments in human enhancement technologies (NBIC+) are providing designers with insights into the properties of living and synthetic systems. These insights are positioned to revolutionize the architecture of life prolongation.

Natasha Vita-More Natasha Vita-More, Ph.D. researcher, University of Plymouth, is a theorist and media designer and visiting lecturer at academic institutions such as Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Applied Sciences, Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien, Centre Interuniversitaire des Arts Médiatiques, University of Quebec, and other learning intuitions such as Metanexus Institute, American Philosophical Association, Sala Parallo, Trondehim Festival, Pecci Museum, SESCE Brazil, and Lisbon Arte e Ciência Cordoaria, and Russia’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts. Vita-More is best known for “Primo Posthuman” future human prototype. Her writings have been published in numerous books, she has appeared in more than twenty-four televised documentaries, and featured in magazines including The New York Times, Wired, Village Voice, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, U.S. News & World Report, Net Business, and Teleopolis. Vita-More is the author of the Transhuman Statement (1983), producer and host of “Transcentury Update” (1987-1994), and the founder of Transhumanists Arts, Sciences & Culture (1991) and H+ Lab (2005). As the former President of Extropy Institute (2002-2005), she is currently on the Board of Directors for Humanity+, Fellow at Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Advisor of the Singularity University, Lifeboat Foundation, Alcor Life Extension Foundation, and Visiting Scholar at 21st Century Medicine.

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.

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Roberto Marchesini a TransVision 2010

Roberto Marchesini a TransVision 2010

English summary: The relationship between man and technology. An analysis of the changing relationship between man and technology, and its evolution in the post-human age. Cyborgs, non-human intelligences, clones, avatars and mutant identities challenge traditional anthropological and epistemological frameworks..

Il rapporto tra l’uomo e la tecnologia

Il rapporto tra l’uomo e la tecnologia ha subito un profondo mutamento nel XX secolo ma anche il concetto di natura ha visto numerosi slittamenti di significato, a tal punto che oggi molti autori mettono in discussione la dicotomia naturale/artificiale. Rispetto alla definizione dei predicati umani si è passati da una lettura autarchica, le qualità umane come emanazione dell’uomo, a una ibridativa, le qualità umane come risultato di processi ospitali del non-umano, con una metamorfosi profonda delle coordinate interpretative dell’ontopoiesi.

Secondo questo mutamento di paradigma, definibile come postumanistico, le qualità umane sono il frutto di un processo decentrativo rispetto alla prospettiva filogenetica e non di un’autoreferenzialità antropocentrica. Per questo le alterità non umane vengono tratteggiate come partner co-fattoriali, rigettando ogni pretesa autofondativa dei predicati umani.

Termini come cyborg, intelligenze non umane, clone, avatar, identità mutante mettono a dura prova le tradizionali coordinate antropologiche e le cornici epistemologiche chiamate a interpretarli. Ci troviamo di fronte a una profonda rivoluzione culturale capace di affascinare taluni e atterrire altri, che richiede però un’attenta riflessione nei suoi prospetti paradigmatici e nei suoi innumerevoli risvolti.

Roberto Marchesini Roberto Marchesini is a well known Italian biologist and epistemologist. He is the author of one of the first books on transhumanism published in Italy: Post-human (Bollati Boringhieri, 2002). A lecturer in several Universities, Marchesini is the President of the Italian Society of Applied Behavioral Sciences and the Director of the School of Human-Animal Interaction.

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 Giulio Prisco

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Giulio Prisco

Online conferences 2.0

One problem with conferences is that participating costs money and time. Today many conferences offer live video streams of all talks and discussion, which is very important for those who cannot attend physically. Some recent conferences like the ASIM 2010 Conference in San Francisco (satellite to the Singularity Summit 2010) have offered fully interactive remote participation with multi-user video, audio, text and document sharing (“mixed-reality”).

Online conferences 2.0

Mixed-reality via modern telepresence technology permits opening conferences to remote participants by merging on-site and remote participants in one virtual group. The 2-way video and audio link enables each participant, on-site or remote, to be seen and heard by all other participants, on-site or remote. Remote speakers and attendees are able to actively participate, follow the talks via interactive video streaming, ask questions to the speakers, contribute to the discussion, and give talks themselves. Of course, modern telepresence technology permits also online-only “conferences 2.0″, and I think this is an important trend. Going back to “one problem with conferences is that participating costs money and time“, it is evident that online conferences 2.0 permit saving a lot of money and time, thus enabling more people to participate in cultural acceleration.

Online conferences 2.0

I will present the teleXLR8 project, recently covered by Hypergrid Business, one of the best online magazines focused on professional applications of virtual reality, “as an online open TED, using modern telepresence technology for ideas worth spreading, and as a next generation, fully interactive TV network with a participative audience.” See also “teleXLR8 Project News – a telepresence community for cultural acceleration“, our mini-manifesto Telepresence Education for a Smarter World on the IEET site and the interview MIND and MAN: Getting Mental with Giulio Prisco, by Natasha Vita-More, on H+ Magazine.

Giulio Prisco Giulio Prisco is a physicist and computer scientist, and former senior manager in the European space administration. In 2002-2008 he served on the Board of Directors of Humanity Plus, of which he was Executive Director, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and the Italian Transhumanist Association.

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.

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TransVision 2010 Presentation by Ben Goertzel

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Ben Goertzel

A Cosmist Manifesto: Practical Philosophy for the Posthuman Age

The term Cosmism was introduced by Tsiolokovsky and other Russian Cosmists around 1900. Goertzel’s “Cosmist Manifesto” gives it new life and a new twist for the 21st century. Cosmism, as Goertzel presents it, is a practical philosophy for the posthuman era. Rooted in Western and Eastern philosophy as well as modern technology and science, it is a way of understanding ourselves and our universe that makes sense now, and will keep on making sense as advanced technology exerts its transformative impact as the future unfolds. Among the many topics considered are AI, nanotechnology, uploading, immortality, psychedelics, meditation, future social structures, psi phenomena, alien and cetacean intelligence and the Singularity. The Cosmist perspective is shown to make plain old common sense of even the wildest future possibilities.

Ben Goertzel Ben Goertzel is founder and CEO of two computer science firms Novamente LLC and Biomind LLC, and of the non-profit Artificial General Intelligence Research Institute. He serves as Director of Research for the Singularity Institute for AI.

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.

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TransVision 2010 Presentation by Lincoln Cannon

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Lincoln Cannon

Transfigurism

Transhumanism is compatible with some forms of religion, as illustrated by a syncretization of Mormonism and Transhumanism. God, creation, prophets, revelation, commandments, Christ, faith, worship, repentance, atonement, rituals, miracles, spirit, apocalypse, millennium, transfiguration, resurrection, immortality, salvation and heaven: all are compatible with contemporary science, technological trends and Transhumanist values.

Lincoln Cannon Lincoln Cannon is the Director and President of the Mormon Transhumanist Association and one of the main exponents of modern religious transhumanism.

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.

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TransVision 2010 Presentation by Pier Luigi Capucci

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Pier Luigi Capucci

Humanity and Beyond: The Third Life

The symbolic acquisition acquired by our species is at the basis of the ongoing and future evolution of life forms. The idea – or definition – of life is indeed very challenging, and we don’t really know what exactly it is, also from a scientific viewpoint. After a very long period in which life on Earth only evolved inside the organic realm, from a few decades life has been expanded by some disciplines, like artificial life and robotics among others. In a near future we could assist to an extension of the idea of life and of life forms from the barely organic realm to an articulated panorama with organic, inorganic as well as intermingled (organic/inorganic) life forms.

It seems that nature and evolution are devising a way to evolve on, starting up an evolution which overcomes the mere biological roots, which expands and surpasses the biological realm. An evolution which originates from one species, from our species, and relies on the symbolic ability. An evolution with many alternatives, in order to maintain a certain degree of flexibility and adaptability and so more chances and probabilities of being successful.

Pier Luigi Capucci Pier Luigi Capucci is professor at the University of Urbino, at the SUPSI – University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, at the NABA in Milan, and in other institutions. He has been professor at the Universities of Rome “La Sapienza”, Bologna and Florence. Since 2008 he has been working as a supervisor in the M-Node PhD Research Programme of the Planetary Collegium (University of Plymouth). Capucci’s has published over 300 texts in books, magazines and conference papers. His books include Realtà del virtuale (Reality of the virtual, 1993), on virtual technologies and the relationships between culture and sensorial representations; Il corpo tecnologico (The technological body, 1994), on the impact of technologies on the human body; and Arte e tecnologie (Art and technologies, 1996), about arts, sciences and 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.

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TransVision 2010 Presentation by David Orban

TransVision 2010 Presentation by David Orban

Free to Be Human: the Coming Machine Revolution and Our New Role in the World

The majority of the researchers in the field of artificial intelligence agree that sooner or later we will be able to create systems that are as intelligent as humans, or more. What is our role going to be in a world where white collar work is commoditized, after the mechanization of agriculture, and of industry?

How will we organize our lives at the level of the individual, and that of society? The challenges of intermediate systems that are around the corner, from robotic cars, to 3D printing and manufacturing, to the Internet of Things, give us a glimpse of the immense task of adaptation we have in front of us.

David Orban David Orban is an entrepreneur and visionary. He is a former Chairman of Humanity+, Advisor of the Singularity University, a Founder of WideTag, Inc., a high technology start-up company providing the infrastructure for an open Internet of Things.

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.

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