The current list of TransVision 2010 confirmed speakers is:

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.
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.
Lincoln Cannon Lincoln Cannon is the Director and President of the Mormon Transhumanist Association and one of the main exponents of modern religious transhumanism.
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.
Graziano Cecchini Graziano Cecchini is an Italian artist and activist, one of the principal exponents of the Futurist avant-garde. He is well known for his unscheduled “surprise” performances in crowded landmarks, like dumping a bottle of dye into the famed Trevi Fountain in Rome, turning the waters blood-red for a day. This performance has been covered by the New York Times and the “Trespass: Uncommissioned Public Art” catalogue.
Simon Deering has been working at special effects model-making since 1976, Model villages, feature films, television commercials, architectural model-making, music videos, promotional campaigns, advertising, sci-fi television with Gerry Anderson, advertising in all forms and occasional artistic commissions.
Aubrey de Grey Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist, and the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation. The central goal of Aubrey de Grey’s work is the expedition of developing a true cure for human aging.
Domenico Dodaro Domenico Dodaro graduated in communication and cognitive science. He has written papers and articles in different newspapers and magazines on political, cultural and philosophical themes – See: La Provincia Cosentina daily press, and Divenire: Rassegna di Studi Interdisciplinari sulla Tecnica e il Postumano.
Robert Geraci Robert Geraci studies the power of religion in contemporary culture, particularly with regard to the interaction between religion and technology. Other interests include the history of science, anthropology of science, contemporary art, literature, Christian history, and economics. His past research focused upon the relationship between artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and religion (primarily the Singularity, mind uploading, & sentient machines, but also Shinto and Buddhist ideas as they relate to the development of Japanese robotics). He is the author of Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality.
Suzanne Gildert Dr Suzanne Gildert is currently working as an Experimental Physicist at D-Wave Systems, Inc. She is involved in the design and testing of large scale superconducting processors for Quantum Computing Applications. Suzanne obtained her PhD and MSci degree from The University of Birmingham UK, focusing on the areas of experimental quantum device physics and superconductivity.
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.
Roberto Guerra Roberto Guerra: writer and video poet. His published works include, among other writings, “Marinetti e il Duemila” (in AA.VV. “Divenire 3 Futurismo” edited by AIT, 2009, Sestante Edizioni) and  “Moana Lisa Cyberpunk” (Edizioni Diversa Sintonia, 2010). He participated in “The Scientist International Videoart Festival” organized by Ferrara Video&Arte. In 2009 he organized, with Graziano Cecchini “Futurismo 100 live”, dedicated to 100 years of Futurism. Since 2010 he is the coordinator of the Laboratory of Futurist Literature of AIT (Italian Transhumanist Association).
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.
Randal A. Koene Randal A. Koene‘s professional background includes computational neuroscience, psychology, information theory, electrical engineering and physics. His research objective is whole brain emulation, creating the large-scale high-resolution representations and emulations of activity in neuronal circuitry that are needed in patient-specific neuroprostheses.
Eugen Leitl Eugen Leitl is a German cryonicist and transhumanist activist, a computer scientist and an expert in several disciplines including neurotechnology.
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.
Dan Massey Dan Massey, with his partner of over 35 years, Alison Gardner, is co-founder of COLUMBIA, a cosmic vision of the future development of human society as it embraces new insights into the essential spiritual value of erotic pleasure. As such, he is dedicated to and serves all who will join in the work to establish freedom of sexual orientation and gender identity as sacred, god-given gifts of divine pleasure and joy to all humanity through which all may come to know and love god.
Francesco Monico Francesco Monico has worked for ten years as a director, screenwriter and program chief in Italian broadcast, sperimental and interactive TV, is both a Technoetic Technoetic researcher and artist, today mainly engaged in directing the Media Design and New Media Art Department he founded at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano – NABA in Milan. He is a professor of Theory and Method of Mass Media at the same institution, as well as director of the PhD program M-Node[1], Planetary Collegium and a Senior Fellow of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology in Toronto. He is an alumnus of Derrick de Kerckhove, and is currently researching under Roy Ascott as part of the PhD CAiiA in the Planetary Collegium. A former member of the Scientific Committee of the Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum in Milan, with Giulio Giorello, Emanuele Severino, Enrico Bellone, he is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of Milano in Digitale [2], with Antonio Caronia, Paolo Rosa, Pier Luigi Capucci, Franco Torrani.
Max More Max More, the founder of Extropy Institute, has written many articles espousing the philosophy of transhumanism and the transhumanist philosophy of extropy, most importantly his Principles of Extropy (currently version 3.11). In a 1990 essay “Transhumanism: Toward a Futurist Philosophy”, he introduced the term “transhumanism” in its modern sense. More is also noted for his writings about the impact of new and emerging technologies on businesses and other organizations. His “Proactionary Principle” is intended as a balanced guide to the risks and benefits of technological innovation.
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.
David Pearce David Pearce is a British philosopher of the negative utilitarian school of ethics. He believes and promotes the idea that there exists a strong ethical imperative for humans to work towards the abolition of suffering in all sentient life. His book-length internet manifesto The Hedonistic Imperative[1] details how he believes the abolition of suffering can be accomplished through “paradise engineering”. A transhumanist and a vegan, Pearce also calls for the elimination of cruelty to animals. Among his websites, there are many devoted to the plight of animals. In The Hedonistic Imperative, Pearce outlines how technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, pharmacology, and neurosurgery could potentially converge to eliminate all forms of unpleasant experience in human life and produce a posthuman civilization.
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.
Emanuele Ratti Emanuele Ratti (Milan, 1985) graduated in philosophy of mind in 2009, with a thesis about the new horizons of Strong Artificial Intelligence. Now he’s studying for an MA in philosophy of information at the University of Hertfordshire, focusing on the relationship between emergentism in philosophy of mind and the new science of computation created by Stephen Wolfram. He’s also interested in biopolitics and bioethics.
Marta Rossi Marta Rossi graduated (B.A.) in Philosophy of Mind and Languages from San Raffaele University (Milan) with a dissertation on self-reference. She received her M.A. from the same institution with a final dissertation on the ontology of functionalism and its consequences in ethics and social theory. Her research are focused on mind-body relations, philosophical and scientific accounts of consciousness and the link between Singularity and social changes. Currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences, she has been working @ iLabs since 2006, where she is Strategic Partnership Manager, leading the management of projects in ethics, social and political theory.
Martine Rothblatt Martine Rothblatt is an American lawyer, author, and entrepreneur. Rothblatt graduated from UCLA with a combined law and MBA degree in 1981, then began work in Washington, D.C., first in the field of communication satellite law, and eventually in life sciences projects like the Human Genome Project. She is currently the founder and CEO of United Therapeutics. In 2004, Rothblatt launched the “Terasem Movement”, a transhumanist school of thought focused on promoting joy, diversity, and the prospect of technological immortality.
Antonio Saccoccio Antonio Saccoccio, born in Roma in 1974, is the founder of Net.Futurismo. He is a composer, a writer, and a designer-producer of multimedia performances and net.art. A student of Futurist history (Marinetti, Papini, Boccioni, Russolo), he participated in 2009-10 in several events dedicated to the first centenary of the Futurist Manifesto, in Italy and abroad (Roma, Cagliari, Madrid, Torino, Bremen, etc.). His fields of study are the relations between new media and human sensibilities, the dissolution of traditional Art in diffuse, evolved forms of thought and creativity, the new cognitive paradigm and its impact on the education of new generations. Since 2010 he coordinates the Laboratory of Art and Comunication (LAC) of AIT.
Anders Sandberg Anders Sandberg is a researcher, science debater, futurist, transhumanist, and author. He holds a Ph.D. in computational neuroscience from Stockholm University, and is currently a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. Sandberg’s research centres on societal and ethical issues surrounding human enhancement and new technology, as well as on assessing the capabilities and underlying science of future technologies.
David Styles David Styles is the organiser of the UK-based voluntary mutual assistance organisation for cryonics emergency standby, stabilisation, and transport services. In this position, he has laboured successfully over the past 18 months to strengthen capabilities in the UK and on the continent, and has lately been involved in a project (over the course of the last year) to create a professional Pan-European service, launching in this October.
Khannea Suntzu Driven by extremes of ambitions, hope, aspirations, expectations; yet shackled by paroxisms of insanity, doubt, conceit, lazyness, pain, sexual depravity, despair and intransience, the person who has chosen to call herself ‘Khannea Suntzu’ is a western European artist. In fact Khannea is not one person, but several associated artists working together. Respective ‘real world’ identities and conventions of these people are no longer relevant — they have discarded their soul to a greater cause – the manifestation and incarnation of something Khannea refers to as ‘Lilith’ as an artillect. To this effect the cause of worldwide transhumanism is a means to an end – for Khannea transhumanism, (and specifically the ideals and values espoused by the smaller ‘Order of Cosmic Engineers’) signify a future where individuals have vastly amplified power over a vastly expanded world.
Remi Sussan Rémi Sussan is a journalist and a writer, (“Les Utopies posthumaines” Omniscience ed. , “Optimiser son cerveau”, “Demain les mondes virtuels”, Fyp Ed.) writing especially on NBIC technologies and on the relationships existing between science and technology on one side and cultural (and counter-cultural) movements on the other. These days he is especially interested in future forms of religion and in the similarities between religions and games.
Jacopo Tagliabue Jacopo Tagliabue graduated (B.A.) in Philosophy of Mind and Languages from San Raffaele University (Milan) with a dissertation on formal ontology. He received his M.A. from the same institution with a final dissertation on scientific explanations in complex systems. He studied microeconomics, statistics and complexity theory in renowned international institutions (London School of Economics, New York University, Santa Fe Institute) and he is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences. He has been working @ iLabs since 2006, where he is now Chief Scientist for Qualitative Modelling.
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.
Fiorella Terenzi Internationally renowned astrophysicist, author and recording artist, Dr. Fiorella Terenzi has a doctorate in physics from the University of Milan. In research at the Computer Audio Research Laboratory, University of California, San Diego, she pionereed techniques to convert radio waves from galaxies into sound – released by Island Records on her acclaimed CD “Music from the Galaxies”. Her award-winning CD-ROM “Invisible Universe” and best-selling books “Heavenly Knowledge”, “Musica Dalle Stelle”, “Der Kosmos ist weiblich” weaves astronomy and music, science and art into a tapestry for the senses. She has appeared on CNN, The Wall Street Journal, People, Time, Glamour and lectured at UCSD, Stanford, MIT.
Mike Treder Mike Treder, managing director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, is a prolific writer, speaker, and activist with a background in media and communications. He has published dozens of articles and papers and been interviewed numerous times by the media. As an accomplished presenter on the societal implications of emerging technologies, Mr. Treder has addressed conferences and groups around the world, including in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil. In addition to his work with the IEET, Mr. Treder is a consultant to the Millennium Project of the American Council for the United Nations University, serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Lifeboat Foundation, is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, a consultant to the Future Technologies Advisory Group, and a member of the World Future Society.
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.
Giuseppe vatinno Giuseppe Vatinno is a theoretical physicist, an IT and energy expert, and a science journalist. He is a founding member of the Italian Transhumanist Network, and has authored many transhumanist essays collected in his blog Futurizzanti.
Francesco Verso Francesco Verso is an Italian SF writer (tough he defines his genre as “future fiction” from a definition of Anthony Burgess for A Clockwork Orange). He follows transhumanism since many years because its themes are strictly connected to the ones of his novels. Books: Antidoti umani – (Human Antidotes) – short-listed for the Urania Mondadori 2004 Award, deals with human augmentation & sensorial prosthetis. e-Doll – winner of the Urania Mondadori 2008 Award – is about the relationship between Maya, a moscow teenager, and Angel, an highly sofisticated replicant  who is employed in the business of sex. The novel talks about the birth of consciousness and analyses aspects of human sexuality.
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.


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