Former CTO of a multinational software engineering firm with 20+ years of experienced focused on engineering ‘experience’ design and human machine interfaces where he also had to be a futurist and set technology strategy setting long term corporate vision around technology as well as leading high end research having helped show case technology in various keynote talks by people like Bill Gates, Ray Ozzie, Steve Ballmer and winning the industry award of MVP in the Microsoft world for 8 years straight. Career high lights include designing the Nike Touch wall in NYC, Entertainment Tonight/Emmy Awards Streaming and more. A published author and speaker; now the principal researcher for Artificial General Intelligence Inc a new startup building around a private research project on emotion based cognitive architecture for AGI systems and taking products based on AGI systems to market.
Stephen Yearwood, born in Atlanta, GA, U.S.A. in 1952, was awakened intellectually in college (Georgia Southern in Statesboro, GA) when he read The Water Lords, a product of a Ralph Nader project about paper companies operating in Georgia. He considered but ultimately rejected Marxism, then developed a market-based economic model using the ethical structure of political democracy as a template. In 1984 he entered graduate school (Atlanta University) in political economy to check the validity of that model. His Master’s Thesis (1988) included a Review of the Literature of the academic debate concerning ‘distributive justice’ spurred by John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice (1971) and, in an appendix, a summary of the academic discussion (prior to the Great Depression) of ‘neutral money’ (initiated by those who would found the Austrian school in economics, F.A. Hayek et al.). He has continued reading philosophy and economics while developing his ideas and attempting to share them through a book (A Just Solution), a Web site (www.ajustsolution.com), and essays and articles published in various media.
Hadrian Pourbahman is 26 years old. He studied Law into Franche-Comté’s University where he was graduated in private law. After that, he joined a degree which was specialized in Health and Biotechnology law at Paris-Saclay’s University in Paris (Master Level 2) and has just finished his training.
He’s interested in the interactions between laws and technology, and more especially interactions between laws and biotechnology.
Charles Bell is currently working on his writing career while residing in Los Angeles. He generally covers topics in the realm of technology, but he also enjoys writing about anything related to video games, movies, and literature. In his downtime, he enjoys reading, cooking, and finding new bike trails to explore in the surrounding areas. He also hopes to one day launch his own startup, but he’s not ready to talk about that just yet.
Thijs Turèl is program manager of the Democracy by Design program at Alliander; a publicly owned energy grid operator based in the Netherlands. He is working both on smart grid innovations and the societal implications of the energy transition. Thijs is interested in the relationship between the application of information technology for solving global challenges and the distribution of wealth and power. In the program ‘Democracy by Design’ Thijs is working on a set of design guidelines to implement technology in our ‘smart’ cities in a fair, inclusive and democratic way.
Aside from considering the broader societal implications of smart city technology, Thijs is developing new grid services for charging electric mobility. Central to this is finding a way to align the interests of electric vehicle drivers, charge point operators, grid operator, energy providers, municipalities and society as a whole.
Previously, Thijs worked as a scenario planner at Futureconsult. At Futureconsult he advised clients in dealing with long term uncertainty in their strategic process. Thijs has worked in a wide variety of sectors such as health, energy, logistics, housing, education and national government.
Brynn Arborico is a B.S. candidate at Harvey Mudd College, pursuing a combined physics-computer science degree in Physical Systems Modeling with a concentration in Environmental Analysis. She is passionate about climate mitigation, preservation of biodiversity, and ethical animal agriculture. Her curiosity has led her to explore a wide variety of related topics from wolverine habitat connectivity to lab grown meat. Raised in Seattle, Washington, she currently works as an intern on Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise security team.
Fran Villalba Segarra did the International and Spanish Baccalaureates in Science. He’s studying at the Rotterdam School of Management. He has worked managing diverse web hosting companies (ie Hostinger International). He plans to create his own company and contribute in relevant topics such as the one on aging and defeating death.
Jonathan Kolber is the author of A Celebration Society and Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations: a 21 st Century Translation and Commentary. He is a member of the TechCast Global panel of Expert forecasters, and co-designed its recent study on AI and Future Jobs. He has an MBA in finance from the Carlson School. He edited the Emerging Capital Report, an investment advisory focused on “bleeding edge” tech startups, and has written about the social implications of breakthrough technologies.
Jonathan is deeply concerned that a massive wave of technological unemployment will soon hit humanity, with highly disruptive consequences unless fundamentally new solutions have been prepared.
He is an award-winning Toastmaster, and available for media interviews and speaking engagements.
Alexander Karran became, in May 2015, the first candidate to run for election in a UK general election with a purely technoprogressive transhumanist agenda. This was in the seat of Liverpool Walton. Alexander has a broad academic background, holding a PhD in Psychology (focused on bio-cybernetic loops and physiological computing), a Masters degree in Computer Network Security (focused on cyber-security and digital forensic analysis) and an undergraduate degree in computer science.
Alexanders’s research spans Digital Forensics Frameworks, Machine Learning applied to psychophysiological data, classification tasks and evaluating the use of A.I. in education, human cognitive bias and decision support.
Alexander is a public speaker who advocates for longevity science, artificial intelligence in education and governance, and the wise application of technology to the problems faced by modern society. He is also a keen follower of current trends in accelerating technologies and their potential to transform human behaviour.
John was an EVP of a Top Ten PR Firm, a VP of a tech startup, and an independent consultant where he has worked with clients such as Gillette, P&G, HP, Wal-Mart, Ford, Allstate, Monster, Gallo Wines, and Merck. He was also the Founder of The Happathon Project, a non-profit utilizing emerging technology and positive psychology to increase human wellbeing.
John has spoken at TEDx, at SXSW Interactive (six times), and as a global keynote speaker for clients like Cisco, Gillette, IEEE, and NXP Semiconductors. John was also a professional actor on Broadway, TV and Film for fifteen years.
Jules Hamilton is a Popperian fallibilist, skeptic, libertarian, polyamorous, transhumanist. A renaissance man, Jules launched himself on Kickstarter after graduating from NYU with a sci-fi film about neuroplastic surgery, the ability to customize minds. Then he became social media director of Siegelvision, working closely under branding legend Alan Siegel. Jules transitioned building his first company producing videos for Siegelvision, Tinder, Suitcase Magazine, Cornell University School of Engineering, and SXSW. He participated in the BAFTA award winning UK reality show Made in Chelsea to spread information, co-founding culture & lifestyle blog Polyglamorous. Under his umbrella company Innomatic Studios he hosts a monthly panel The Futurist Sessions at NYC’s SoHo House, speaking alongside entrepreneurs and philosophers, with alumni Zoltan Istvan and Gray Scott. Jules is a proud ambassador for A Generation Empowered and Lifespan.io.
Christina Scannapiego lives in San Diego and has a BA from Colby College and BFA from The Academy of Art. She has been a healthcare, wellness and active lifestyle writer and editor for more than 10 years. Christina has published material for American Mobile Healthcare, MedTravelers, Staff Care and NursesRX Healthcare as well as for the San Clemente Times, the Dana Point Times, FOAM magazine and ESPN.
Marie Miguel is an avid internet researcher and she likes to write about a lot of topics namely, social media marketing, healthcare and business. She has a college degree in Communication with Specialization in Integrated Marketing Communication. She has more than 10 years work experience in various fields namely, social media marketing, as well as, research for fast-moving consumer goods. Currently, she is working as a Marketing Associate in the fast growing industry of solar energy. In her free time, she writes content for different websites and blogs, so that she can share her knowledge of her field and of other topics that she is interested in. Marie also likes to travel and her adventures allow her to have a broader world view. Finally, she has four kids, who inspire her with her work and her writing.
Prof. Kalluri Subba Rao, Ph.D., D.Sc (IISc), FAS-AP, FAMS, FNASc, FNA., is an Indian National Science Academy Honorary Scientist, working at the School of Medical Sciences, University of Hyderabad, India. He has worked as a Professor of Biochemistry/Neurobiology at the University of Hyderabad, and as an INSA-Senior Scientist/Honorary Scientist & Professor at the Centers for Biotechnology and Innovative Research, Institute of Science and Technology, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kukatpally, Hyderabad. His research interests include Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the developing and aging brain with special reference to DNA-damage and its repair. He has more than 120 research publications in national and international journals and books. His contributions include establishing the link between aging and decreased DNA repair, particularly the base excision repair, in the brain. He is presently working on a monograph containing the latest scientific information about the process of aging in higher organisms and also examining the available related traditional Indian (Vedic) concepts. He has advocated for the establishment of Institutes or Centers for multidisciplinary scientific study of the phenomenon of aging and the associated diseases in India.
Audrey Arendt has a Master degree in Philosophy (Analytical Phi and Social epistemology) and a Master degree in Institutional Communications. She’s a transhumanist and a technoprogressivist, co-founder of the Transhumanist Party France and member of the AFT Technoprog! She also likes writing social science fiction pieces and spending time in Second Life.
Rory Viner is a sound artist and experimental composer based in Tokyo, Japan. His works have been featured in Wired Magazine, Vice’s Motherboard & The Japan Times as well as various other international news outlets. His current work focuses on synesthesia (the mixing of senses), sensors, data and sound.
Preston Martin was raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia, and has since lived and studied in both the D.C. metropolitan area and the UK. Now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he is a Director at the International Coalition for Human Action and one of the founders of the Startup Societies Summit. His areas of interest include international relations, Western history, sociology and transhumanism.
Woody Evans is a native Mississippian who has lived and worked in the UK, Taiwan, and the UAE. He is a librarian, and his research interests include cultural issues in information literacy, the politics of comics, and transhumanism. He lives now in North Texas, where he whittles, walks, and winterizes. His work appears in American Libraries, Journal of Evolution and Technology, Boing Boing, Motherboard, Blunderbuss Magazine, Rain Taxi Review, h+ Magazine, The Future We Deserve, and others.
Nicoletta Iacobacci has a B.A. in Fine Arts, moved to US where she stayed until 2002. Producer/reporter covering US and Central America she got an MCA at New York Institute of Technology, majoring in Computer graphics and studying the convergence between Radio/TV and online properties. Managed several R&D labs while teaching Interactive storytelling and production. Head of Strategy and Future Media at the European Broadcasting Union until November 2014 she now works on ethics and the exponential progress of technology. Ph.D. (summa cum laude) she’s a member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Director of Singularity U Geneva, Consultant at Hyperloop Transportation technologies and she curates TEDxTransmedia.
Robert Bruce is an American mortician who has worked in all aspects of funeral service with Great Lakes Caskets in the state of Ohio. He has a passion for lending his voice towards multiple issues involving the funeral and memorial industry, so when he’s not taking care of the dead, he enjoys his hobby as a writer. His most recent interests center around the use of technology in the modern funeral industry.
Johan Nygren is a natural born creative who abandoned med.school to pursue a career in the digital revolution. He’s currently focused on the ongoing decentralization of everything and what is often called “the 4th industrial revolution”, and how humans will leverage these P2P technologies to create something that is larger than themselves. Most of all, he’s interested in social resilience and fairness, and he wants to see individuals empowered to stand up against oppressive and coercive machines. He loves nature and is curious about the future of evolution.
Alexey Matveyevich Olovnikov graduated from Moscow State University, and received his PhD in Immunochemistry at the Gamaleya Institute for Epidemology and Microbiology of Academy of Medical Sciences of the USSR in 1966, when he worked in Department of immunology and oncology of this institute (Head of Dept. was Prof. Lev A. Zilber and scientific supervisor was Prof. Aron E. Gurvich); theme of Ph.D. thesis was “The detection of antigens and antibodies using immunosorbents”. Additionally, Dr. Olovnikov is best known as the author of the concept of the telomeres, Nobel Prize nominee.
Peter Caramico is a self taught nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical enthusiast, Lead Navigator of LongeCity.org, prolific volunteer elsewhere, and interested in actionable and available rejuvenation, perennial youth, and life extension strategies. Peter’s education comprises over 200 college and university credits in communications, business, management and leadership and more. He is concerned with the safe and effective use of nutritional supplements and the accessibility of rejuvenation and perennial youth technologies to the masses. He’s also fond of the study of personal genotyping for high performance nutrition, self improvement, and use of genomics to tailor expectations and best practices in the work place to improve work life balance and performance.
Chris Hables Gray, Ph.D., a Continuing Lecturer at UC Santa Cruz, is the author or editor of five books and has written over 200 articles for academic and popular journals. He was lead editor of The Cyborg Handbook and has written three major books: Postmodern War, Cyborg Citizen, and Peace, War and Computers. Currently he is writing about information theory (Infoisms: Aphorisms on Information), evolution, contemporary war, cyborgs, big data, and other issues in the cultural studies of science and technology. His website is: http://www.chrishablesgray.org. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Brett Gao is an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis studying biochemistry and economics. He believes that in 20 years, modern medical technology will be able to extend the healthy, productive human lifespan to 150-200 years and positively transform people’s lives and our society.
A Barbara S. Schaps Thomas & David M. Thomas Scholar, Brett works at Dr. Sheila Stewart’s lab, a part of the ICCE (Integrating Communication within the Cancer Environment) Institute that leads cutting-edge biomedical research on cancer and telomeres. He was involved in 2015 TEDxWustl as the director of public relations, and is currently the publicity director of IDEA Labs, a national bioengineering design and entrepreneurship incubator founded at Washington University School of Medicine. In 2014, aiming to facilitate technology transfer in the St. Louis area, Brett co-founded Washington University Popular Science, a journal that finds and delivers the latest university research and technology innovation to students, entrepreneurs, and investors. He is currently serving as the journal’s vice president.
Dr. Angelika Domschke is a visionary and scientist with 20 years of experience, at the forefront of innovation in biomedical devices for large medical device companies and start-ups. She holds a Ph.D. degree in polymer chemistry and has extensive expertise in program management, from concept to product launch. She has been awarded 26 patents, which generated significant revenue encompassing medical devices, nano sensors, implants, and materials testing methods.
Margaret Morris devised the GEO-DMF System (geopolymerization + diamond microcircutiry film + a power source) for robotically building virtually permanent automated solid rock outer space facilities (using indigenous resources) on the Moon, Mars, etc., as described in her book ‘Moon Base and Beyond’ (Scribal Arts – 2013). Margaret worked for decades as an assistant to Dr. Joseph Davidovits, the award-winning founder of the chemistry of geopolymerization (which produces artificial rock at ambient temperatures and without high pressure). She worked with the late Dr. Edward J. Zeller, Head of the former NASA-funded Radiation Physics Laboratory (RPL), at the Space Technology Center of the University of Kansas, on the testing of archaeological samples to help prove the case for ancient synthetic rock (today called geopolymers), and with Zeller and his successor at the RPL, physicist Dr. Gisela A.M. Dreschhoff (the inventors of DMF) on commercializing DMF and innovating new applications. Margaret served as assistant director to the former Institute For Applied Archaeological Sciences (IAPAS), established at Barry University. She served as an associate editor of Drew University’s ‘Journal of Higher Criticism’ and has published books and in science and technical journals, including the ‘Journal of Geological Education.’ All profits from her ‘Moon Base and Beyond’ go towards funding the GEO DMF System for the purpose of being able to create an enormous space economy that can provide everyone with a guaranteed income in perpetuity in coming generations.
Frank Boehm serendipitously encountered the concept of nanotechnology on the internet in ~1996 and immediately become fascinated with its virtually limitless potential, particularly as relates to the field of medicine. He passionately proceeded to autodidactically absorb knowledge on almost every aspect of nanotechnology and nanomedicine and began to evolve, and textually articulate, a number of advanced concepts and designs for near-term (~3 to 5 years) and longer-term (~10 to 20 years) nanomedical components, devices, and systems. Concomitantly, he initiated correspondence-based relationships with myriad research scientists and thought leaders from across the globe, in the disciplines of nanotechnology and nanomedicine.
In recognizing the immense potential of nanomedicine to impart positive paradigm shifts across the medicine domain (e.g., precisely targeted drug delivery, vascular and neurological plaque removal, non-invasive surgical procedures, physiological system and longevity enhancement) he was deeply motivated to write more extensively on the topic. In 2005, he garnered a published contract with CRC Press (Taylor & Francis), and over the ensuing eight years compiled a book manuscript (along with seven contributing authors) entitled: Nanomedical Device and Systems Design, Challenges, Possibilities, Visions. In parallel, he managed to engage the interest of several researchers in the US and Canada in his nanomedical concepts and in 2009 he formed the startup, NanoApps Medical, Inc. The aim of this company is to investigate and develop advanced, innovative, and cost effective nanomedical diagnostic and therapeutic devices and systems for the benefit of individuals in both the developing and developed worlds.
The larger picture would be to eventually attain a situation of “global health care equivalency”, where any individual on the planet might have access to the same advanced and cost effective, nanomedical diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, no matter where they happen to reside, or under what conditions they live. The attainment of this condition might serve to significantly reduce the perception of individuals in the developing world of being marginalized, at least in terms of health care, which may ultimately translate to conflict reduction. In the developed world, this condition would serve to dramatically reduce health care expenditures across the board. Frank is planning to articulate this vision in a future book with the working title: Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine, and AI: Toward the Dream of Global Health Care Equivalency.
Gerd Leonhard is a futurist, focusing on near-future, ‘nowist’ observations and actionable foresights in the sectors of humanity, society, business, media, technology and communications.
Gerd is also an author, an executive ‘future trainer’ and a strategic advisor. He is the co-author of The Future of Music, the host of the web-TV series TheFutureShow and the CEO of TheFuturesAgency.
The Wall Street Journal called Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’, and the Wired Magazine listed Gerd as #88 of the top 100 influencers in Europe in 2015.
Gerd is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London) and a member of the World Future Society. A native German, Gerd resides in Basel, Switzerland, and maintains an office in San Francisco. He presents both in English as well as in German.
Armand Ngaketcha Njafang is a young Cameroonian researcher in bioethics and philosophy of technology. He holds a Master’s degree in philosophy; he recently published an essay in PAF titled Human nature and regenerative therapies. Progressive Bioethics Essay. He also wrote ’Some ethical issues related to the epidemic of Ebola virus’’ (Editor Dir. Pr. Lépold Gustav Lehman), national winner of the 2011 essay contest on crops and traditional values in Cameroon. Recently, he has been involved in the field of transhumanism by identifying progressively with the Cameroonian culture,factors that contribute critically to the emergence of the transhumanist discussion in francophone Africa.
Pedro Villanueva born in Havana, 1974. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro. Then he exhibited his artworks in Europe, Belgium, France and Romania.
He comes to settle in Chile and was nationalized. He works in the city of Punta Arenas as manager of cultural projects and art educator for the community.
In Chilean Patagonia, he is dedicated to studying contemporary philosophy for five years, with the online libraries of the University of Paris, Madrid and Buenos Aires.
In his research on modern society is inclined to the ideas of transhumanism, studying the works of Nick Bostrom, David Pearce and Kurzweil. From their findings, he analyzes the dialectical philosophy of Kant, Hegel, Marx, but with technological development, dialectical philosophy is obsolete. He writes a thought known as Pluslectic, which is in line with today’s world and the vision towards the future.
Anthony Miccoli is the Director of Philosophy and an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Communication Arts at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. He holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany.
Dr. Miccoli is a posthumanist and postphenomenologist, and his work focuses primarily on the interface between the human and the topologies the human occupies, as well as the artifacts within them. Dr. Miccoli’s first book, Posthuman Suffering and the Technological Embrace (Lexington 2010) was the culmination of nearly a decade of research that began in the field of literary theory and eventually led him to the then-evolving field of posthumanism and the philosophy of technology. Posthuman Suffering contends that posthumanism portrays technology as an “other” to be embraced, and consequently loses sight of the basic realities of the human/technological boundary. Technology becomes a superior model of information processing to which humans aspire. We do not embrace technology to expand and augment our selves, we embrace technology so that it may embrace us. The posthuman view reconceptualizes the human being to be made more compatible with computerized systems or possible artificial intelligences.
Dr. Miccoli’s most recent work, “Posthuman Topologies: Thinking Through the Hoard,” appears in Design, Mediation, and the Posthuman (2014), part of Lexington Books’ “Postphenomenology and the Philosophy of Technology” series. “Posthuman Topologies” continues Dr. Miccoli’s work, maintaining that the process of cognition is contingent upon the physical topologies a consciousness occupies. Each human being literally thinks through the particular material environments he or she inhabits at any given time. Thus, every object around us becomes an aspect of mindedness.
His current research explores the current state of cybernetic and AI research, specifically through the lens of distributed consciousness theories and new materialism. For more on Dr. Miccoli’s current work, visit his academic blog, Posthuman Being.
Ian Worrall is a 21-year-old serial entrepreneur and investor who grew up outside of Raleigh, North Carolina where his parents Mark and Mary Ellen still live. His younger brother, Aidan, is at school in Connecticut on a Hockey scholarship. Ian has a strong passion for finance which stemmed from beginning to trade equities at age 14 and became the driving force that led him to the blockchain industry. Growing up he played several sports which brought him to the University of South Carolina which he said he chose immediately after visiting for a football game, and that UNC and Duke where too close to home. During his Junior year he made the decision to leave school to pursue his entrepreneurial ventures full time after exiting from two small companies and relocated to Charlotte, NC where he currently lives and began growing the area’s first blockchain-specific company, Encrypted Labs, which he will not disclose much detail about what they are working on behind closed doors but mentioned it is in the field of p2p banking. He also plays an active role in the large e Commerce platform thecryptostore.com, Tech AllStarz – a local technology partner for mid-cap companies, Blockchain Clothing & Accessories, and stays engrained in the community through investment activities, educational gaming, and is helping launch Charlotte’s first Blockchain incubator (Incubitor.io) with a planned launch of early 2016. He sees a major place for blockchain in the future of world economies and desires to help facilitate adoption.
Jason Hope is a entrepreneur, futurist, philanthropist, and investor located in Scottsdale, Arizona with a passion for technology and giving back to his community. As an Arizona native, Jason grew up in Tempe and received a degree in finance from Arizona State University, and an MBA from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. Along with his philanthropic and business initiatives, Jason has a dedicated interest in politics as related to business throughout the state of Arizona as well as nationally.
Eliott Edge is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, philosopher, humorist, and netizen who operates under the online handle OddEdges. He is a member of The Lifeboat Foundation, Das Ubehagen, and the founder of EducatingEarth.
James Ledford attended the University of Arizona for Nuclear Engineering. He is an Instructor at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station just west of Phoenix Arizona where, in his words, “we tap into the nucleus of the atom to provide an energy source a million times more concentrated than that of previous sources. We convert nuclear energy to electrical energy to power the Southwest. 30 years ago I helped design the operator training program and now I implement the program by teaching nuclear physics, thermodynamics, process control systems and reactor operation. This training program has grown in recognition as the very best in the world indicated by our reactor operator class through-put, nuclear safety record, and actual power plant capacity factor.” James is the co-founder of the Christian Transhumanist Association.
EMG (born 1983) works as an architect in Paris. He started developing virtual worlds on the internet in 1998, and never ceased to build environments and lifelike programs in what he believes is his generation’s new continent. A supporter of open science, artificial life and brain emulation initiatives in particular, his ambition is to achieve body-brain emulation before the 2031 World Women’s Curling Championship. In his collaborative anticipation blog Bourgogne-Matin he tries to deride transhumanist myths like superintelligence or technological singularity.
Stefan Morrone is a graduate of the Ryerson School of Journalism. Based out of Toronto, Stefan enjoys writing about a variety of topics and harbors a passion for telling stories. Some topics he enjoys writing about are science, philosophy, news and entertainment. He has written for a variety of publications such as the National Post and PanoramItalia Magazine, and specializes in creating online content.
Alexandre Maurer is a member of the french association Technoprog. His main interests are the social redistribution of the benefits of technology, and the possibilities of increased intelligence, perception and consciousness. He is PhD in computer science and is doing research on distributed algorithms.
Stephen T. Asma is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, where he is also Senior Fellow of the Research Group in Mind, Science and Culture
Asma is the author of ten books, including The Evolution of Mind with Rami Gabriel (Harvard University Press, forthcoming), Against Fairness (University of Chicago Press), On Monsters: an Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears (Oxford University Press), Buddha for Beginners (For Beginners), and The Gods Drink Whiskey (HarperOne).
He writes regularly for the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Skeptic magazine. He has also written for the Sunday Times, the Chicago Tribune, Aeon magazine, Big Think, and many others. His work has been translated into German, Spanish, Hebrew, Czech, Romanian, Hindi, Portuguese, Korean, and Chinese.
In 2003, he was Visiting Professor at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia, and in 2007 he lived and studied in Shanghai China. Asma also researched Asian philosophies in Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Laos. And in 2014, he was a Fulbright Scholar, teaching philosophy in Beijing, China.
Asma has been an invited lecturer at Harvard University, Brown University, the Field Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Fudan University (Shanghai), Xi’an Jiaotong University, University of Macau, School of the Art Institute, and many more.
Stephen Asma is also a blues/jazz musician who has played onstage with many musical artists, including Bo Diddley and Buddy Guy.
Isa Olalekan Elegbede is a PhD candidate in Environmental Sciences at the Chair of Environmental planning, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree B.Sc. (Hons) in Fisheries and Aquatic Biology at the Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria. He also had a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Marine Sciences (Marine pollution and management) at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He further obtained a second Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Environmental and Resource Management (ERM) at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany.
He worked at Lafarge Nigeria Ltd, Ewekoro, Nigeria as the Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Officer (Internship), also as a Fisheries Officer (Internship) at Lanfam fisheries, Dalemo, Ogun state, Nigeria. He is proficient at using MS Office, Corel Draw, Adobe Page Maker, SPSS, MATLAB, VENSIM software, SIMA pro; ArcGis.
He is a member of some international organizations namely; American Fisheries Society (AFS), USA; Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), USA; The International Society of Environmental Indicators (ISEI); International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), Hartford, USA and the Friends of the Earth, Germany (Bund fur Umwelt und Naturschutz, Deutschland).
Dr Emilie Morwenna Whitaker is an interdisciplinary researcher operating at the intersection between sociology and social policy. Her work centres on welfare and care – cultures, practices and policies across the lifecourse. This interest has led to her initial work on the sociology of organising within social welfare departments, exploring the marketisation and commodification of care. Her PhD is in Social Policy from the University of Birmingham, UK. She now holds a lectureship in social science at Cardiff University, UK.
Her current work focuses upon the changing temporal and cultural landscapes of care. She is engaged in several projects exploring what she has called the ‘new necropolitics’ which considers generative cultures of death and dying beyond institutional organisation and professional practice. She has hosted a ‘death café’ to provide a supportive, informal yet creative space to encourage participants to talk about death and dying. Topics discussed included the idea of ‘social death’ online, to their concerns of ‘warehousing’ older people and the ongoing challenge of being practitioners within a changing bio-ethical framework. She has recently hosted a symposium to consider the future of the lifecourse seen through the prisms of trans and post-humanism which brought together leading British academics.
Her interest with the cultures of care necessarily leads to a concern with temporality and futures – what next for the responsibility for care and welfare and how do science and technology transform the contours of intimacy. Core issues of interest are the future of relationships, gender, sex, childhood and family life. She is concerned that the techno-progressive community takes issues of inequality and diversity seriously as they pursue their philosophical, political and practical projects. She works within the interpretivist tradition in theory and method – utilising insights from hermeneutics, ethnography and interactionism.
Michael Hrenka is a philosopher from Germany who studied mathematics and physics. During his explorations of futurism in general, and transhumanism in particular, he increasingly got interested in related economic issues and has written about the topic of Universal Basic Income, which he avidly supports. To enable a state of full digital abundance, he developed a reputation economy system called Quantified Prestige. He is hosting the Fractal Future Network, which is dedicated to envisioning and creating a better future. In 2015 he became a founding member of the Transhuman Party Germany (TPD). Occasionally, he presents the most interesting of his thoughts and ideas on his personal blog Radivis.com.
Evie Kendal is a feminist bioethicist and literary critic from Melbourne, Australia. She started working at Monash University in 2011 and has held various positions across the faculties of Medicine, Science, Arts and Business and Economics. She joined the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in 2012 and currently works as an Assistant Lecturer for the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Alfred Hospital Centre, teaching into the Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree programs. Evie also teaches medical ethics and philosophy at Monash and is a seminar leader at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics Summer Institute where she teaches a course on bioethics and biotechnology.
Evie’s research focuses on the representation of ectogenesis and other reproductive biotechnologies in popular culture and the impact this has on public policy and the bioethical debates surrounding these technologies. She is the author of Equal Opportunity and the Case for State Sponsored Ectogenesis (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and “Utopian Visions of ‘Making People’: Science Fiction and Debates on Cloning, Ectogenesis, Genetic Engineering, and Genetic Discrimination” in Patricia Stapleton and Andrew Byers (eds) Biopolitics and Utopia: An Interdisciplinary Reader (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
Dr. Randal A. Koene has been focusing on the functional reconstruction of neural tissue since 1994. He introduced the multi-disciplinary field of whole brain emulation and is lead curator of the scientific roadmap with which its technological development is promoted. Working with the VU University Amsterdam, Dr. Koene led the creation of NETMORPH, a computational framework for the simulated morphological development of large-scale high-resolution neuroanatomically realistic neuronal circuitry.
Dr. Koene is CEO and Founder of the science foundation Carboncopies.org and neural interfaces company NeuraLink Co. He is Science Director of the 2045 Initiative and advises several neurotechnology companies and organizations. In previous roles, Dr. Koene was Director of Analysis at Silicon Valley nanotechnology company Halcyon Molecular (2010-12) and Director of the Department of Neuroengineering at Tecnalia, the third largest private research organization in Europe (2008-10). Dr. Koene was a research professor at Boston University’s Center for Memory and Brain.
He earned his Ph.D. studying memory mechanisms at McGill University, after obtaining an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Information Theory at Delft University of Technology. Dr. Koene’s publications, presentations and interviews are available at http://randalkoene.com.
James Cross has a degree in Anthropology. He has traveled extensively in Latin America and worked with shamans from Ecuador and Peru. He speculates on the big topics of mind, consciousness, and the future of humanity at Broad Speculations.
Cyril Gazengel is one of the staff members of French Transhumanist Association. Computer science engineer in the banking industry, he made a talk in Paris in 2013 about automation and its consequences for employment. He was also amongst the speakers of TransVision 2014 on the same subject. He also appeared in the French television documentary Robolution about robotic revolution and was interviewed on transhumanism by French radio Radio France International and other local parisian web-radios. His main concern about transhumanism focuses on artificial intelligence, man-machine fusion and the consequences of that on our societies.
Trend watcher Richard van Hooijdonk futurist lectures have been attended by over 300,000 people. He works with RTL, BNR and is guest lecturer at several universities. Hooijdonk and his international team research ‘mega trends’ such as robots, drones, the internet-of-things, 3D/4D printing, Big Data and biomimicry and how new technology affects many industries. Richard van Hooijdonk started his career as marketing director at banks, publishing companies and technology companies where he held strategic advisory positions, was part of management teams and sat on various boards of directors.
Rachel Edler is an accomplished graphic artist living in Sonoma County, California. She comes from a diverse background of product development, packaging and web design. Rachel began her career at promotional product companies designing items for brands such as Lucas Arts and Showtime. After receiving her A.A. in Graphic design, she moved on to the wine industry where she took on many exciting marketing and brand development projects. She is passionate about graphic design as well as science. In her free time she volunteers her design and marketing skills for several scientific and political organizations including the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science and The Transhumanist Party. She is also a media sponsor for the Secular Coalition of America. A lifelong learner, Rachel is currently pursuing degrees in anthropology and philosophy.
Leah Carr is a philosophy PhD candidate at the University of Queensland. Her current project aims to understand Spinoza’s philosophical therapy through the lens of both Hellenistic philosophy and modern cognitive science. Since the notion of philosophical therapy turns on a philosophical anthropology, she is also exploring the question of “what it means to be human?” particularly in the context of Spinoza’s post-teleological relational ontology.
Liz Johnson formerly worked as a news anchor, reporter, and PR specialist. She currently works with the Complex Systems Institute in Charlotte, NC. and has been conducting research and publishing on complex systems for over 5 years in the areas of policy, nanotechnology, human-centrism for species survival, education, sports, agent-based modeling, AI, hybrid engineering, qualitative research, learning, and theory. She approaches research problems combining qualitative, quantitative, network science, and agent based modeling methodologies. She teaches critical thinking, as well as courses internationally on complexity at conferences and academic institutions. Johnson co-founded the Journal on Policy and Complex Systems and serves as the managing editor. She holds masters in human development/learning and ethics/applied philosophy. She is finishing a doctorate in educational policy and leadership and earning a masters certificate in data science and business analytics.
David Orban is an investor, entrepreneur, keynote speaker and author. He’s the Managing Partner of Network Society Ventures, an early stage venture capital investment firm, advisor of Dotsub, which he led as CEO from 2011 to 2015. He’s the Founder and Trustee of Network Society Research, a London-based think tank with representatives in over 30 countries. He is also on the Faculty of, and Advisor to Singularity University, he’s a mentor at the Thiel Fellowship, he’s former Chairman of the Board of Humanity+, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member for the
Brian Hanley is the founder of Butterfly Sciences, a company developing gene therapies for aging. He has a range of papers in biosciences, economics, policy and terrorism, in addition to a recent text on radiation treatment. He obtained his PhD in microbiology with honors from UC Davis, has a bachelors degree in computer science, is a multiple entrepreneur and guest lectured for years to the MBA program at Santa Clara University. Brian brings a unique vision of the future woven from multiple disciplines tempered in decades of practical implementation.
Calum Chace is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, primarily on the subject of artificial intelligence. In March 2015 he published “Pandora’s Brain”, a techno-thriller about the creation of superintelligence. He is a regular speaker on artificial intelligence and related technologies and runs a blog on the subject at www.pandoras-brain.com.
Prior to writing “Pandora’s Brain”, Calum had a 30-year career in journalism and business, in which he was a marketer, a strategy consultant and a CEO. He maintains his interest in business by serving as chairman and coach for a selection of growing companies. In 2000 he co-wrote “The Internet Startup Bible”, a business best-seller published by Random House. He studied philosophy at Oxford University, where he discovered that the science fiction he had been reading since boyhood was philosophy in fancy dress.
Andrés Gómez Emilsson is the co-founder and former president of the Stanford Transhumanist Association. He has an undergraduate degree on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science from Stanford, and a Masters in Computational Psychology, also at Stanford. He has worked at AI companies such as Kanjoya and Klout, and his current research topic is emotional classification with computational techniques and pragmatics. He intends to establish the field of consciousness engineering in the near future. He has represented Mexico in international math and science Olympiads, and accidentally won the first place in the Norwegian Mathematics Olympiad.
Dr. Michael Cerullo is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist. His main interests are the scientific study of consciousness and personal identity and what these subjects tell us about the feasibility of whole brain emulation. He is currently a Fellow at the Brain Preservation Foundation.
Sven Gábor Jánszky is Co-Founder and CEO of the Germany based trend research institute “2b AHEAD ThinkTank” as well as Co-Founder and President of the European “RULEBREAKER Society”. With his book “Rulebreaker – How People Think, Whose Ideas Change The World”, he gradually became the prominent and visible mouthpiece of disruptive thinkers and innovators in German economy. Jánszky has also written the trend books “2020 – How we`ll live in the future” and “2025 – How we’ll work in the future”. With his management books “The re-measurement of human values” and “The redruiting dilemma” he strongly influences the understanding and discussion on leadership strategies in german speaking economy. He published hundreds of trend studies and analyses on future living, its environmental, social and economic aspects, and on future business models.
As a consultant, Jánszky coaches top-managers and companies on trends and innovation management, heads creative processes for future product and business model development. He`s a nationwide sought-after interview expert for Germany´s leading business media on innovations and trends, and a frequent keynote speaker at innovation conferences and strategy meetings. Within his innovation workshops, he analyses the individual Trend Cycles of attending companies and helps them to develop new strategic approaches and products for their future.
The futurist has studied journalism at Leipzig University. Following that, he has worked as a journalist, editor, editor in chief, news director, presenter and primetime anchorman in several German radio stations for more than 10 years. 2002, Jánszky accepted the offer to work as a research fellow and lecturer at Leipzig University. In the following years he taught at different universities and lectured master courses on “Leadership” at Karlshochschule International University and Leipzig University.
Jánszky is president of the board of directors of the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank AG in St. Gallen (Switzerland), supervisory board member of Karlshochschule International University, member of the corporate advisory board of the Management Circle AG, Co-Founder and President of RULEBREAKER Society and Co-Founder and Managing Director of RULEBREAKER Management investors.
Marc Howard is an avid biohacker and founder of LoneMind.com, an alternative website for exploring the subconscious mind. As an advocate for transhumanism and personal experimentation his passion is exploring the boundaries of the mind.
Geoffrey Woo studied Computer Science at Stanford University and graduated with Honors and Distinction. At Stanford, he served as President of BASES (Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students), the largest entrepreneurship student group in the world, for which he now serves as a member of the board. Geoffrey spent time at Foundation Capital as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. In 2011, Geoffrey founded Glassmap, a technology company focused around location sharing and local discovery. Glassmap was backed by YCombinator and acquired by Groupon in January 2013. He is co-founder and CEO of Nootrobox.
Micah Redding grew up as a preacher’s kid, and toured the world as a rock musician. Now he develops software — and writes about the intersection of human values and technology. He’s a founder/director of the Christian Transhumanist Association.
Brian Patrick Green, Ph.D., is Assistant Director of Campus Ethics Programs at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and faculty in the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University. His doctorate and MA degrees are in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and his undergraduate degree is in Genetics from the University of California, Davis. After spending two years as a teacher in the Marshall Islands, a nation still suffering the effects of nuclear weapons testing and now facing the future threat of climate change, he transitioned his interests from science and biotechnology towards questions concerning the ethical applications of technology. He has a strong interest in the dialogue between science, theology, technology, and ethics, and the questions that they pose for each other. Transhumanism, as the ultimate application of technology towards human nature, provides excellent test cases for investigating these questions. He has written and talked on genetic anthropology, the cognitive science of the virtues, astrobiology and ethics, cultural evolution and Catholic tradition, medical ethics, Catholic moral theology, Catholic natural law ethics, transhumanism, and many other topics. He blogs at TheMoralMindfield and many of his writings are available at his Academia.edu profile.
Scott Jackisch is a blogger at the Oakland Futurist, where he reports on conferences, symposiums, and salons. He is interested in cognitive science, Quantified Self, the Long Now, the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial scene, and he’s the founder/director of East Bay Futurists.
Gray Scott an IEET Advisory Board member, is a futurist, techno-philosopher, speaker, writer and artist. He is the founder and CEO of SeriousWonder.com and a professional member of The World Future Society.
Gray Scott has been quoted and interviewed by the Discovery Channel, New York Post, Psychology Today, The Star, The Washington Post, FOX News, San Francisco Magazine, The Futurist Magazine , H+ Magazine, IEET, Brighter Brains, London Futurists, OracleTalk and SingularityHub. Gray is a frequent keynote speaker and has spoken at LucidNYC, Connector Con NYC, Transhuman Visions Conference, and The Longevity Conference held recently in Washington DC. Gray lives in NY and is currently working on his first book about the future of technology.
Chase Uy is an undergraduate student pursuing a BA in Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic, focusing in anthropology and philosophy. He is interested in exploring the impacts of technology on cultures (particularly the role of fear in people’s perception of emerging technologies).
Enrique Lescure is director and co-founder of EOS (Earth Organization for Sustainability). EOS is an autonomous research organization that recognizes the need for a sustainable civilization to unlock humanity’s potential.
Danko Nikolic is associated with the Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research, Ernst Strüngmann Institute, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, and the University of Zagreb.
The ultimate goal of his studies is twofold. First, to achieve conceptual understanding of how the dynamics of physical processes creates the mental ones. He believes work on practopoiesis is an important step in this direction that will help address the hard problem of consciousness and the mind-body problem in general. Second, to use this theoretical knowledge to create artificial systems that are biologically-like intelligent and adaptive.
Anish Mohammed is multi disciplinarian who in the past has worked as a medical doctor, bioinformatician, security expert/cryptographer and most recently as consultant. Some one who is passionate about technology, especially cloud computing, big data, cryptography and security. He is also an avid robotics enthusiast who is actively involved in Open Source Unmanned Aerial Vehicle projects. Currently he serves on the advisory board for Ripple Labs and EA Ventures. He is a also founding member of UKDCA.He is also a Singularity University GSP and Exponential Medicine alumnus.
Ari Berwaldt has a degree in Cognitive Science with experience in data science and neuroscience. He has long had an interest in improving the human condition and raising the quality of life using the most efficacious means available. Currently he focuses on meditation, nootropic, and neurohacking related technologies.
Dr. Riza Berkan is a nuclear physicist by training. He has worked on artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic, and semantics over the past two decades with emphasis on search and dialogue systems. In his own words, his main interest is “the bridge between technology, which is solving problems without understanding them, and science which is understanding problems without actually solving them.”
Paul Farrell writes on behavioral economics. He’s the author of nine books on personal finance, economics and psychology, including “The Millionaire Code,” “The Winning Portfolio,” “The Lazy Person’s Guide to Investing.” Farrell was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley; executive vice president of the Financial News Network; executive vice president of Mercury Entertainment Corp; and associate editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.