Donna Hanrahan recently earned her M.S. in Bioethics from Columbia University and is now a J.D. Candidate at Seton Hall University School of Law. She currently works as the lead research strategist at CheckedUp, a medical technology startup, where she designs study protocol and analyzes data for a multi-site clinical trial to evaluate the clinical efficacy of a mobile health technology. Donna’s background is in public policy and she earned her B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Donna has recently worked as a research associate at the Healthcare Innovation and Technology Lab, a research assistant on a qualitative research study at Columbia University Medical Center, and an intern at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics Summer Institute, where she focused her research on the role of social media data in public health surveillance and research.
Donna’s recent research examines the ethical issues surrounding the secondary use of electronic health data, direct-to-consumer advertising of neurotechnology, and mobile health technology as it pertains to the HIPAA privacy and security rules and the meaningful use requirements of the HITECH Act. She has recently presented her research at the 1st Annual Conference on the Governance of Emerging Technologies, 7th Annual Conference on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering, and the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities annual meeting. Donna is a member of the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities and the International Neuroethics Society. She is passionate about the ethical application of healthcare technology in creating better, more cost-effective health outcomes.
Michael Rectenwald, P.h.D., teaches in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University. His research interests include the history of science, the rhetoric of science, science and technology studies (STS), and the future(s) of science and technology. He has published articles in the British Journal for the History of Science, International Philosophical Quarterly, Insurgent Notes, as well as essays in several anthologies. He also writes fiction and poetry and is the author of a collection of short fiction and two books of poetry.
Andrew Iliadis is a Doctoral Student in Communication & Philosophy at Purdue University and Managing Editor at Figure/Ground Communication. His research interests are in philosophy of information and communication, history and philosophy of science, and philosophy of technology. He keeps a blog called Philosophy of Information & Communication and is currently engaged in three research projects. The first is a philosophical study of the metaphysics of the French philosopher Gilbert Simondon. The second is a project on engineering ethics, and the third is on the philosophy of information and communication, specifically the notion of information artifact ontology. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marc Roux is an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET who lives in Greece. He holds a bachelor of science, but his doctoral studies in medieval history have led him to an ongoing investigation of the identities and boundaries between the peoples of Europe. He has been an activist in the trade union movement and parties of the Left, and in 2009 co-founded the AFT : Technoprog!, a French transhumanist/technoprogressive organization. Through Technoprog! he organized the online exhibition “Devenir humain, the art of transhumanism.” and four conferences in Paris on various aspects of transhumanism, three of which were at the University of the Sorbonne. He manages the Technoprog! website, mailing lists and fora, and is leading a committee revising the Technoprog! Platform.
Marc has been interviewed often on transhumanism and biopolitics in the European press, included by France Culture, Liberation, Marianne, Politis, Re-public, Silicon Maniacs, Mesacosan, Hermes and CNETFrance, and has consulted for EHESS - Paris ( Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) and the think tank Terra Nova.
Christine Gaspar is a Registered Nurse who specializes in emergency medicine, trauma and tele-triage. She lives in Toronto, Canada and is the President of the Cryonics Society of Canada. In this role, she advocates for local cryonicists and is helping to build an infrastructure in Canada to support cryonics efforts. She has also appeared in press interviews in an effort to engage and educate the public on cryonics matters. She is a writer who has contributed essays and articles in support of transhumanist and cryonics philosophy as well as working on a field manual for local DIY cryonics standby. She is a member of the Cryonics Institute and an associate member of Alcor Life Extension Foundation.
R.J. Crayton is a novelist living in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. She was formerly a reporter at the Kansas City Star, and later edited the trade publications Campus Crime, Education Technology News and Higher Education Technology News. Crayton’s fiction often covers ethical issues. Her novel Life First follows the plight of a woman fleeing a forced kidney donation. More information is available on her website.
Joe Nickence is a blogger and Virtual Reality enthusiast, who has settled down to wait for the Singularity. Ever feisty and opinionated, he visits web pages, news sites, and blog posts to expound on the wave of the future. Two web publications he’s written for, as Allen Eppenberger, are the Second Life Enquirer, and the Metaverse Tribune. Allen is the Second Life persona that he’s grown comfortable with. He’s been brushing off his (rusty) basic VRML skills. He’s also attempting to teach himself X3D, which he feels is the direction the web, in general, is going, now that most browsers can read HTML 5
He has carried memberships in the National Space Society, the Moon Society, and the local chapter of the Sheboygan Space Society. He has tinkered with model railroads, toy robots, and a plethora of past-their-prime computers. As an avid science fiction reader and self-proclaimed transhumanist, Anime watcher, and a HUGE fan of Vocaloids and Miku Miku Dance videos, he lives in Gladstone, MI with his wife for the past nineteen years.
Leo Canty of Windsor, Connecticut recently retired as second vice president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Connecticut in Rocky Hill, a union that represents teachers, public employees, educational personnel and health care professionals.
Dylan Chandler is a Ph.D student at Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is interested in philosophies and critical theories of technology, information, and artificial intelligence, especially with regards to their impact on society and culture.
Sebastián Pereira was born on La Paz, Bolivia the 24th of December 1987, and finished high school there. Now he is finishing his dissertation for political Science and Public Administration for the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo Argentina, while ending studies for the bachelor of Economics in the Universidad de Congreso.
Kamil Muzyka, after graduating high school, where he attended the Mat-Fiz (a class profiled on Physics and Math), he went to the Warsaw University of Management and Law, where I Studied Law. There he was a member of the Students governing body, member of the stipendium committee, the chief editor of “Speculator” students magazine for two years.
After that period he worked at the WUML’s Academic Legal Aid Office, as a legal aid worker, solving people’s legal problems, helping them get through with legal paperwork, explaining to them their situation
After graduating college with a Master degree in law and a Industrial property law Major, Kamil worked as a freelance translator and sometimes a prior arts searcher. Working as a freelancer, or a mercenary, as it was often referred to among lawyers, gave him much self discipline, required when working remotely and having no one to keep an eye on you. He has translated many things, including legal, architectural and medical documentations, advertisements, trade offers, formal business correspondence, franchise agreements and EPO patent applications for patent attorneys.
Lately he completed a translator’s practice at mLingua sp.zoo (polish for ltd), where besides the usual written translations, he had to get in common with creating subtitles, working with CAT tools and getting a certificate of a trained, professional translator.
Presently Kamil has published two papers on AI Law and WBE uploaded rights :
Mój sąsiad, Ent ( My neighbour, the Ent - published only in polish by an athropological journal Maska)
Zarys Osobowości prawnych sztucznych inteligencji oraz emulowanych osobowości ludzkich ( the outline of legal issues regarding AI’s and uploaded human personalities, soon to be published by the Silesian University Journal, it’s English alteration is awaiting publication in the Journal of Artificial General Intelligence).
Currently Kamil is attending Mining engineering courses, and starting my work on the international space law issues regarding off world mining, mostly concerning asteroids.
Roberta Scarlett describes herself as a techno-anarchist and a promoter of radical open source education, technology and science. She is a supporter of DIY, hacking, bio hacking, the maker movement, transhumanism, and off grid energy systems.
Sean Vitka holds a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School, was a legal fellow at the Open Technology Institute, and is a Google Policy Fellow at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Public Representation. He previously litigated housing cases at Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and founded Blue Redefined, a charity dedicated to expanding social and entertainment opportunities for people with disabilities. He’s been published in numerous places, including the IEET, Slate and the Washington Post.
Kyle Treman is an intern for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. He is currently a candidate for a Master of Arts in Bioethics at New York University. Kyle graduated from Manhattan College, located in the Bronx, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology along with minors in chemistry and religion.
He was a member of the Beta Beta Beta and Sigma Xi Honor Societies. During his time at Manhattan, Kyle contributed to a 20-year longitudinal health study, started by Dr Lance Evans, analyzing the health of a population of saguaro cacti (Carnegiea gigantean) in Tucson, Arizona. The article will be published in the Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society.
In addition he presented the findings at the Eastern Colleges Science Conference at Sacred Heart University. Kyle is very interested in the work being done in the transhumanist community, and he hopes to pursue a PhD and teach in the future.
Robert de Neufville is a professional associate of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute and blogs about the future of the human race at Anthropocene. He holds an M.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and has written for The Economist, The Washington Monthly, and Big Think. Other interests include theoretical physics, artificial intelligence, evolutionary biology, and the game of go.
Grady Johnson is an independent researcher whose work focuses on mesh networking, spectrum policy, and online privacy. His work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Slate, the Washington Post and Global Information Society Watch. He is also a regular contributor to GenderIT.org, an organization that supports women’s and LGBT groups in digital rights advocacy and secure communications. Grady tweets (at very odd hours) at @geekwrights.
Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean-born a New York Times Bestselling author. His novels and over 50 short stories have been translated into 17 languages and he has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. He currently lives in Ohio.
Stefan Pernar has worked in corporate IT his entire life and is currently the CIO for the not for commercial profit retail group FrontLine Stores Australia Ltd. In 2005 he got inspired by Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near to write his own philosophical novel on friendly AI called Jame5 - A Tale of Good and Evil which set him on a path of exciting discovery ever since. In 2010 he and his wife migrated to Australia to put his ideas on an academic foundation by taking a Graduate Diploma in Anthropology and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne which he finished in 2011. His plan is to someday turn his ideas into a PhD. Stefan currently lives with his wife Grace as well as several ducks, chickens, rabbits, quail and a miniature dachshund named Sophie on a 10 acre property south of Ballarat.
Kevin Carson is a senior fellow of the Center for a Stateless Society and holds the Center’s Karl Hess Chair in Social Theory. He is a mutualist and individualist anarchist whose written work includes Studies in Mutualist Political Economy, Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective, and The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto, all of which are freely available online. Carson has also written for such print publications as The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty and a variety of internet-based journals and blogs, including Just Things, The Art of the Possible, the P2P Foundation, and his own Mutualist Blog.
David Koepsell is an author, philosopher, attorney, and educator whose recent research focuses on the nexus of science, technology, ethics, and public policy. He has provided commentary regarding ethics, society, religion, and technology on: MSNBC, Fox News Channel, The Guardian, The Washington Times, NPR Radio, Radio Free Europe, Air America, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the Associated Press, among others. He is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management in the Netherlands. For full academic CV, click here.
Daniel Faggella is a UPENN recipient of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree, under the tutelage of Martin Seligman, James Pawelski, and the Positive Psychology Center. Positive psychology asks what lies beyond normal human capacity, not only in terms of fixing human detriments, but enhancing human ability and experience (for learning, fulfillment, and more).
Dan is also an author, frequent speaker at Universities, and National Martial Arts Champion in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Dan’s purpose is life at present is to unify the world in determining and exemplifying the most beneficial transition to trans-human intelligence and conscious (sentient) potential.
Monika Gordon is currently studying Computational Design at Concordia University. As a young Aboriginal woman, her areas of interest involve identity in the modern world and the affect of AI on gender roles and stereotypes. She is currently conducting research for a paper that looks into what differentiates people from machine, what will create a truly smart machine, and problems that a non-human intelligent artifact may bring about in our current social structure. To see thoughts on her research see artificialmusing.tumblr.com.
Clyde DeSouza is an Author and Creative Technology Evangelist. He explores technologies such as Augmented Reality, Real-time Game engines and Stereoscopic 3D and their influence on human perception.
Raised in different parts of the world, he is at ease in multicultural environments and loves interacting with people of diverse backgrounds, believing that holding on to tradition is over-rated, and a border-less, technology driven world is the future.
His book Think in 3D, has been peer recommended as essential reading for Directors. Clyde’s coining of new terminology in 3D has made it’s way into the 3D Encyclopedic Dictionary.
His Think in 3D masterclasses are an on-going success in Asia and Europe. Recent projects include the setup of Advanced Media and Technology Labs for Government and Educational Media institutions to foster collaboration, and sustain employee motivation. These Collaborative Environments help in seeding ideas and in furthering the knowledge capital of developing countries in the MiddleEast and SouthEast Asia.
His second book: Memories With Maya is a fiction novel in the hard science/tech-noir genre. The story explores the impact Augmented Intelligence will have in human personal relationships and in society. His aim in writing the book is to bring the ethos of Transhumanism via story
Norman Solomon wrote the nationally syndicated “Media Beat” weekly column from 1992 to 2009.His latest book is “Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State.”
Solomon’s book “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” was published in 2005. The Los Angeles Times called the book “brutally persuasive” and “a must-read for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee, or to arm themselves for the debates about Iraq that are still to come.” The newspaper’s reviewer added: “Solomon is a formidable thinker and activist.” The Humanist magazine described the book as “a definitive historical text” and “an indispensable record of the real relationships among government authorities and media outlets.”
Solomon is the founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a national consortium of policy researchers and analysts. He was IPA’s executive director from 1997 to 2010.
His book “Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You” (co-authored with foreign correspondent Reese Erlich) was published in 2003 by Context Books. “Target Iraq” has also been published in German, Italian, Hungarian, Brazilian and South Korean editions.
A collection of Solomon’s columns won the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language. The award, presented by the National Council of Teachers of English, honored Solomon’s book “The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media.”
In the introduction to that book, Jonathan Kozol wrote: “The tradition of Upton Sinclair, Lincoln Steffens, and I.F. Stone does not get much attention these days in the mainstream press ... but that tradition is alive and well in this collection of courageously irreverent columns on the media by Norman Solomon. ... He fights the good fight without fear of consequence. He courts no favors. He writes responsibly and is meticulous on details, but he does not choke on false civility.”
Solomon’s books include “Target Iraq,” “Wizards of Media Oz: Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News,” “The Trouble With Dilbert: How Corporate Culture Gets the Last Laugh,” “False Hope: The Politics of Illusion in the Clinton Era,” “The Power of Babble: The Politician’s Dictionary of Buzzwords and Doubletalk for Every Occasion,” and “Killing Our Own: The Disaster of America’s Experience With Atomic Radiation.”
Solomon has appeared as a guest on many media outlets including the PBS “NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,” CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, public radio’s “Marketplace,” and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation.”
In the months leading up to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, Norman Solomon appeared on CNN a dozen times as an in-studio guest. In addition, he was a guest on MSNBC and Fox News Channel, and appeared on live broadcasts of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.” He voiced commentary that aired on the nationwide public radio program “Marketplace.” In addition, Solomon appeared on such international outlets as the BBC Radio World Service, CBC Radio, CBC Television, Voice of America, Al-Jazeera Television, Australia’s ABC television and radio, and SBS radio networks. He also appeared on radio outlets in Ireland and South Africa.
Solomon’s op-ed articles have appeared in a range of newspapers including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, New York Times, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun. His articles have also appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Canada’s Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and the Jordan Times.
In 1997 Solomon co-authored “Wizards of Media Oz: Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News.” A review in the Nation magazine said: “One of the great values of this book is that it demolishes the myth that liberalism dominates the media. ... This nifty, easily digestible compendium ought to be used in high school and college courses to help the young learn how to be discriminating news consumers.”
Solomon co-wrote “Unreliable Sources: A Guide to Detecting Bias in News Media,” published in 1990. A review in the Washington Post concluded that the book “makes a worthy addition to the library of any student of American news media, social structure and political science.” Kirkus Reviews said that the book provides “an extensive record of recent media distortions.” Publishers Weekly said that Solomon and co-author Martin A. Lee “make a compelling case for the contention that newsmen and women distort current events.” The San Francisco Chronicle reviewer wrote: “Their command of information is matched by committed, eloquent writing that plumbs the psychological and political complexities of mass-mediated experience.” Utne Reader called the book “an essential text.” USA Today columnist Barbara Reynolds described it as “a thinking person’s book.”
Solomon’s 1995 book “Through the Media Looking Glass” (co-authored with Jeff Cohen) drew praise from Booklist, which called it “a lively counterpoint to the dominant conservative critique of the ‘liberal’ media.” A review in the Los Angeles Times declared: “The bold, muckraking tone of these columns offers a welcome respite from the decerebrated discourse that too often passes for contemporary journalism.”
Glyn Taylor is the founder/director of the news website, That’s Really Possible. From a UK Military background, he focuses on contributing to global security. That’s Really Possible has the aim of “inspiring outward thinking to spark collaborative ideologies among the masses”. It does this by displaying the awe of what is possible through our upcoming technological advances
Brenda Cooper is a science fiction writer, a futurist, and a technology professional. She has published fiction in Analog, Oceans of the Mind, Nature, and in multiple anthologies. She is the author of the Endeavor award winner for 2008: THE SILVER SHIP AND THE SEA, and of multiple other books. Her most recent novel is THE CREATIVE FIRE, part of a duology that will be completed with the release of THE DIAMOND DEEP in October of 2013 from Pyr.
Brenda is avidly interested in saving the world, since it seems like a generally good idea. She blogs about this at www.backingintoeden.com, and can occasionally be found giving talks on the topic. Her website is at www.brenda-cooper.com and she can be followed on Twitter @brendacooper and FaceBook at BrendaJCooper.
Ciaran Healy is an independent philosopher who uses the scientific method to chart the contour of human suffering and pain. He works to discover new ways to undercut these things at source. His aim is to bring these hidden dynamics to light with clarity and force for the general reader, and anyone up for looking at things in a new way. He has been working at this for about 17 years, and amazingly, still loves it. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife, and as he is unable to keep goldfish alive for long, it’s just them for now.
Daryl Wennemann received his Ph. D. in philosophy from Marquette University in 1994. He has been teaching philosophy at Fontbonne University since 1996. He teaches ethics and a course in critical thinking. He has authored three books, Applied Professional Ethics (co-authored with Gregory Beabout), Capitalism and Community in the Information Age (in a Kindle format), and Posthuman Personhood. He has published sixteen articles including “Freedom”, Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, ed., Carl Mitcham, MacMillan, June 1, 2005. “Kant”, Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, ed., Carl Mitcham, MacMillan, June 1, 2005. “Jacques Ellul’s Assessment of the Thought of Karl Marx”, published in the Journal of Professional Proceedings of the Philosophy Delegation to the People’s Republic of China, 2001. “The Future of Work and the Worker: Peter Drucker’s Search for Community”, The Halcyon Series, Western Futures, vol. 22, Jan., 2000, pp 125-140. “The Role of Love in the Thought of Kant and Kierkegaard”, proceedings of the 20th World Congress of Philosophy, Paideia: Philosophy Educating Humanity, March 2000, (link).
Simon’s passion is developing scalable solutions to meaningful problems. His current focus is solving healthcare challenges with digital media. Previously, Simon founded Betterhumans, a digital media company focused on exploring the impact of emerging science and technology. Connect with him at simonsmith.ca, twitter.com/simonsmith and linkedin.com/in/simonsmith.
Chris T. Armstrong is a percussionist/composer, Secular Transhumanist, martial artist and Powerlifter. Back in the 20th century, he was also a student and researcher in Artificial Intelligence (neural modeling), Lisp programming and a professional software geek
Eric Schulke works full time to grow the Movement for Indefinite Life Extension. He was a Director, Teams Coordinator, and Marketing & Outreach team leader at ImmIns; now he works for Longecity.org. He attended University of Wisconsin.
Dustin Ashley is a college student, dual-enrolled to both Mountain Empire Community College and Southwest Virginia Community College. He is majoring in Engineering and working towards a PhD in physics and a PhD in both electrical and mechanical engineering. He spends most of his free time writing for different transhumanist groups, writing programs in C and Java, and reading William Gibson.
Simon de Croft is a PhD student at the University of Otago. His research centers around understanding how neural networks in the brain generate coordinated or synchronized output. His interest in transhumanism centers around exploring how emerging technologies shape our understanding and subsequent modification of the brain.
Zeev Kirsh is a lawyer with background experience in Biology Patent Litigation, Bankruptcy and Securities Litigation. Zeev Graduated from Columbia Law School minoring in finance and is currently interested in biomedical implanted device technology as well as economics and modern finance. He is currently an attorney in New York City and enjoys long distance hiking and commuting to work by bike.
Mr. Stolyarov holds the professional insurance designations of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in Regulation and Compliance (ARC), Associate in Personal Insurance (API), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE), and Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance (AIAF).
Tery Spataro is an entrepreneur and marketing expert who has worked with companies like Bloomingdales, Michael’s Craft store, Sally Hansen, Novartis, Whole Foods and Nine West, as well as lectured at universities and international conferences. Tery has MBA in marketing from Regis University. She has written and illustrated a book about quantum perceptions called “The Other Side of the Box”.
John Danaher holds a PhD from University College Cork (Ireland) and is currently a lecturer in law at Keele University (United Kingdom). His research interests are eclectic, ranging broadly from philosophy of religion to legal theory, with particular interests in human enhancement and neuroethics. He can be contacted at philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com.
George Deane is currently studying for and MSc in Cognitive and Decision Sciences at University College London. George’s undergraduate studies were in Philosophy. He is especially interested in Neuroethics and the implications of technologies for cognitive enhancement.
Sebastian A.B. is a free-lance finance and science writer. He is a biology major and history minor at a well-known Southern California college. He also a free-market anti-capitalist, left-libertarian, transhumanist anarchist.
David Swanson contributed a chapter to “Why Peace” edited by Marc Guttman, January 2012. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. Swanson helped plan the nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC in 2011. In December 2011, The Hook newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., named him a runner-up Person of the Year.
Swanson holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
Khannea Suntzu describes herself as cosmist, cosmicist, upwinger, socialist-libertarian, hedonist and abolitionist. Khannea is transgendered, and currently lives in the Netherlands.
Khannea is first and foremost a narrative and scenario-builder, using these predispositions to blog and agitate. Her political views entail an arguably far-leftist stance on society and progress. She is persistently critical of pervasive corporatism, world-wide encroaching encroaching oligarchy and the resulting endemic culture of income disparity. While nominally a techno-progressive and transhumanist, khani is quite critical of the ‘ruthlessly’ libertarian undercurrent in these movements, which she labels “neo-Darwinists” (or a range of less flattering terms). She has traveled to several venues world wide, emphasizing the crisis of energy-resource depletion, technological unemployment, the collapse of democracy, while at the same time actively advocating life extension, space industrialization, basic income, societal resilience and the of radically new modes of communication and social interaction.
Khannea brings her backgrounds in interaction design, art, narrative speculation, scenario building and philosophy to paint often confrontational and sarcastic dystopian extrapolations of current trends. She has been quite active ‘experimenting’ with Second Life in the past, and insists on the relevance of open virtual worlds as a means of communication, creativity and cultural advancement.
Will Hiltman is a performer who has studied at New York University, Carnegie Mellon University and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has spent many hours learning about radical futurism through books, lectures and the Internet. His interests include: health, performance, cognition, behavior, and futurism.
Uppinder Mehan teaches at the University of Houston-Victoria and writes about postcolonial literature and theory and science fiction. His recent and forthcoming publications include the following: “Postcolonial Science, Cyberpunk and The Calcutta Chromosome.” Intertexts (forthcoming); “The Aesthetics of the Sovereign Self in Conditions of Post-Scarcity.” The Comparatist (36, May 2012,147-159); Terror, Theory and the Humanities. Jeffrey Di Leo and Uppinder Mehan, eds. Open Humanities Press, 2012; “Of Chronotopic rescue by SF narratives,” The Comparatist, (36, May 2012, 314-316); “Teaching Postcolonial Science Fiction.” Teaching Science Fiction Ed. Peter Wright. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 162-178; “The Other Sci-Fi.” Introduction to Focus: The Other Sci-Fi. American Book Review, 32, 2 (January/February 2011), 3.
Massimo Pigliucci has a Doctorate in Genetics from the University of Ferrara (Italy), a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He has done post-doctoral research in evolutionary ecology at Brown University and is currently Chair of the Philosophy Department at Lehman College and Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of biology, in particular the structure and foundations of evolutionary theory, the relationship between science and philosophy, the relationship between science and religion, and the nature of pseudoscience.
Prof. Pigliucci is the Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal Philosophy & Theory in Biology. He has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for fundamental studies of genotype by environmental interactions and for public defense of evolutionary biology from pseudoscientiﬁc attack.” In the area of public outreach, Prof. Pigliucci has published in national magazines such as Skeptic, Skeptical Inquirer, Philosophy Now, and The Philosopher’s Magazine among others. He has also been elected a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Pigliucci pens the Rationally Speaking blog, hosts the podcast by the same name, and publishes the “5-minute Philosopher” videos on YouTube.
At last count, Prof. Pigliucci has published 119 technical papers in science and philosophy. He is also the author or editor of 10 technical and public outreach books, including Denying Evolution: Creationism, Scientism and the Nature of Science (Sinauer), Making Sense of Evolution: Toward a Coherent Picture of Evolutionary Theory (with Jonathan Kaplan, University of Chicago Press), and Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk (University of Chicago Press). His latest book is Answers to Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life (BasicBooks).
George Bickers is currently an undergraduate student at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, reading for a BA in English. His research interests currently focus around the transmission and reception of the trans- and post-human within literature and visual culture. He also co-founded and edits ‘Post-Human Press’, which can be found at www.posthumanpress.com.
John Bunzl is an author, lecturer, and businessperson who has written extensively about monetary reform and global governance. He lives in London with his three children.
After studying modern languages and business studies in France, Switzerland and Italy, John pursued a commercial career trading in raw materials for the paper industry and, more recently, in the sale of specialized technical papers primarily to the filtration, abrasives and medical supplies industries.
Having had only a passing interest in international affairs and in the thinking of E.F. Schumacher, in 1998 the idea for Simultaneous Policy suddenly occurred to him as a potential means for removing the barriers which prevent many of today’s global problems from being solved. In 2000 he founded the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO) and launched the Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) campaign. In 2001, he set out the campaign in his first book of the same name. The Simpol campaign has since steadily been gathering increasing attention, recognition and support amongst citizens, activists, non-governmental organisations, politicians, business people and many others.
In 2003 he co-authored his second book, Monetary Reform – Making it Happen!, written with the prominent monetary reformer, James Robertson. In 2009 he authored a third book, People-centred Global Governance – Making it Happen! A number of John’s articles on global governance have been published by the Journal of Integral Theory & Practice, including Solving Climate Change – Achieving a Noospheric Agreement (2009), Discovering an Integral Civic Consciousness in a Global Age (2012), and Transcending First-tier Values in Achieving Binding Global Governance (2012).
He has lectured widely, including to The Schumacher Society, The World Trade Organisation, The Lucis Trust and at various universities around the world.
Andrew Cvercko lives in Winsted, CT. He works at a drug rehab, teaching mindfulness meditation to people attempting to recover from drug and alcohol addictions. He considers himself a progressive Buddhist and has dedicated his life to bringing meditation techniques and the philosophy behind them to people who would normally not have access to these.
Andrew became interested in the future of technology and transhumanism from a very early age, having had the first of several mechanical heart valves put in his body at the age of three. His worldview is deeply connected to having artificial parts in his body.
Brian Merchant eagerly awaits residing in our post-apocalyptic future. So he writes about climate change, energy, the equalizing capacities of technology, and other stuff like that. He can typically be found in Philadelphia or Brooklyn or somewhere in between.
Eva Linzenbold is a researcher, artist and designer. She is currently a research student at the Royal College of Art, London, where she is exploring the aesthetic and ethical implications of human enhancement.
Her key areas of interest are:
The body and the future human
Redesigning the human body through technology (especially prosthetics).
Beauty and body modification
How we perceive physical beauty, the golden ratio, extreme beauty, aesthetic plastic surgery.
Human enhancement and its ethical implications.
Emerging technologies, transhumanism, designed evolution, creating artificial life, Frankenstein, metamorphosis.
Rick Searle, an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET, is a writer and educator living the very non-technological Amish country of central Pennsylvania along with his two young daughters. He is an adjunct professor of political science and history for Delaware Valley College and works for the PA Distance Learning Project a state-wide program funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education that focuses on extending online learning opportunities to marginalized groups both rural and urban. Rick is the creator and writer of the blog utopiaordystopia.com which explores the intersection of science, technology, and politics. He is currently working on a non-fiction Utopia: The Traveler’s and Builder’s Guide that attempts to understand the promise and pitfalls of the Utopian tradition for the near human future.
Correy Kowall is an experienced researcher in the field of robotics, artificial intelligence, and genetic algorithms. In 2005 he founded the breveCluster Lab at Northern Michigan University. Subsequent research explored the modeling and evolution of self assembling agents on high performance cluster computers. In 2007 he was recognized by NMU’s Board of Regents for ‘unusual achievements’. After being granted a prestigious fellowship by National Science Foundation he researched mobile robotics and genetic algorithms at the Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Lab at the University of Oklahoma under Dr. Dean Hougen. In 2009 Correy continued his studies exploring both modular reinforcement learning and artificial interest at the Instituto Dalle Molle Svizzera in Lugano, Switzerland under the guidance of Dr. Mark Ring for the EU’s Intrinsically Motivated Cumulative Learning Versatile Robotics project. Since 2011 Correy has worked as an independent research scientist developing everything from computer vision implementations for hand-held devices to bio-medical robots. His future plans include development of sustainable practices in building, manufacturing, energy and agriculture using robotics and artificial life.
Katrina Bresnahan has over a decade of experience in the non-profit realm, doing everything from program coordination to development. Her background work focuses on areas such as HIV/AIDS advocacy, preventative health education in medically underserved populations, and youth empowerment.
She holds an A.B. in Sociology from Smith College and currently works for one of Connecticut’s regional community action agencies as a coordinator for their Workforce Investment Act Out-of-School Youth Program. Katrina has coordinated fundraising campaigns for Africa before, specifically for West African countries such as Sierra Leone, and looks forward to building on these experiences with the IEET African Futures Project.
Wesley Strong studied sociology at Central Connecticut State University, where he graduated from in 2008 with honors. Wes was awarded the C. Wright Mills Award for Excellence in Public Discourse. He writes regularly on topics of politics, society, culture, and economics from a critical perspective. Wes is an anti-capitalist and often writes and speaks from this perspective. He focuses mainly on popular writing, focusing on reaching working-class audiences.
Wes is an admirer of astrophysics, quantum physics, and theoretical physics and often uses them as a frame to discuss social problems. Transhumanism offers an interesting frame through which to understand the world, particularly as it relates to gender, race, and sexuality. Wes is interested in transhumanism and future-tech for the impacts it may have on society, social power structures, economics, and modes macro-level human interaction.
Richard Matthew Stallman is an American software freedom activist and computer programmer. He campaigns for the freedom of software endusers to use, study, share (copy) and modify software; software that ensures these freedoms legally (via its license) is termed free software. Stallman opposes proprietary software which takes away a user’s rights to exercise these freedoms through restrictive software license agreements, non-disclosure agreements, activation keys, dongles, copy restriction, binary executables without source code and thus forces its users into a role of dependence on a company that seeks to control and monopolize the users and the market via these restrictions. In 1983 Stallman launched the GNU Project to create software of a Unix-like operating system, that will ensure it’s users will have the freedom to use, study, share and modify it. In October 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation, and in 1989 he co-founded the League for Programming Freedom. Stallman is the main author of free software licenses which legally ensure that users have freedom to use, study, share and modify the software. The GNU software uses such licenses, e.g. the GNU General Public License (GPL), but these licences can be used by anyone, who wishes to ensure enduser’s rights to freedom of software use. The GPL is the most widely used free software license. Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft that is used in some software licenses (such as the GPL), to ensure that free software (with its enduser freedoms) cannot become part of any proprietary software which would take these freedoms (use, study, share, modify) away again.
Ricardo Barretto is a writer, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and lives in Los Angeles. He is a partner with Alltec tecnologia for finding solutions for Public Health Care Management, Transportation and Energy in Brazil. He is also a screenwriter, having helped greenlight and improve dozens of projects in his native Brazil - the last of which won Best Film in Brazil 2012. He was also part of the team that developed the first sitcom format there and produced, directed and adapted works for the stage with known TV stars. He is currently doing business development for Qless. His main area of interest is researching and developing narrative projects for film and TV dealing with the future of emergent technologies, a video game project based on a series he developed for a major studio, while pursuing his degree in Evolutionary Biology and MA in Mythology and Depth Psychology.
John M. Smart is a futurist and scholar of accelerating change. He is founder and president of the Acceleration Studies Foundation, an organization that does “outreach, education, research, and advocacy with respect to issues of accelerating change.”. Smart has an MS in futures studies from the University of Houston, and a BS in business administration from U.C. Berkeley.
Smart is the principal advocate of the concept of “STEM compression,” (formerly “MEST compression”) the idea that the most (ostensibly) complex of the universe’s extant systems at any time (galaxies, stars, habitable planets, living systems, and now technological systems) use progressively less space, time, energy and matter (“STEM”) to create the next level of complexity in their evolutionary development.
Marios Kyriazis is a Cypriot-born anti-aging physician and biological gerontologist, now living in London, UK. Apart from an MD, he has a Masters in Gerontology from Kings College London, and a degree in geriatric medicine from the Royal College of Physicians. He is also a Chartered Biologist. Kyriazis has over 700 articles or interviews on aging and has written several books on this subject.
He is the proponent of the ELPIs theory (Extreme Lifespans through Perpetual-equalising Interventions, and Founder of the ELPIs Foundation for Indefinite Lifespans.
His current interest is Human Biological Immortality (i.e. the elimination of the rate of mortality as a function of age), and is working with a wide range of trans-disciplinary researchers in order to devise practical approaches to end involuntary death due to aging.
Jonathan Lin is a senior English major attending his final academic year at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He is Chinese American currently living in the dynamic city of Hong Kong, where technology is firmly embedded into the culture. His main interests are technology public policy, particularly those that concern structural or social networks such as cloud computing. In between browsing smartphone reviews and browsing the think-tanks that populate my Twitterfeed, he tries to keep pace with the cultural developments in China and the West, including the emergence of a formidable social media presence in the world’s most populated country. All this happens when he’s not watching films by Wong-Kar Wai, Paul Wes Anderson, Zhang Yimou, Akira Kurosawa, or Elia Kazan.
Dirk Bruere attended Nottingham University and later what is now Westminster University, and has a BSc in Physics. Subsequently pursued a career in electronics and computer research and is the technical director of Logical Automation Ltd, a company specializing in high end audio visual technology.
Currently a founder member and head of the Phi Division at Zero State (ZS). ZS is a new futurist movement emphasizing activism in the areas of society, economics, politics, Transhumanism, religion, and art. They are working to build a Distributed Autonomous Community (DAC) — the trans-national Zero State.
Also a member of the Futurists Board of the Lifeboat Foundation.
Founder of The Consensus in 2002CE, a political party with a core philosophy of Transhumanism, which has been revised and relaunched under Zero State. Now currently deputy leader. Other interests include the interface between technology and theology explored in the books TechnoMage and The Praxis, and was co-presenter of a UK radio show, OneTribe.
For several years held the position of Branch Master in the World Shorinji Kempo Organization, teaching Zen and martial arts, although is now retired from a teaching role.
Kevin LaGrandeur is Associate Professor of English at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), and Director of Technical Writing Programs. He began exploring the intersections between digital technology, culture, philosophy, and English studies in the early 1990’s and was an early adopter of digital technology in the English classroom. Dr. LaGrandeur has written many articles and conference presentations on digital culture; Artificial Intelligence and ethics; and literature and science. His publications have appeared in journals such as Computers & Texts, Computers and the Humanities, and Science Fiction Studies; in books such as Eloquent Images: Word and Image in the Age of New Media; and in popular publications such as United Press International (UPI), where he recently published an Op-Ed piece on future protocols for developing Artificial Intelligence, called “The Mars Landing and Artificial Intelligence.” His recent book on the premodern cultural history of AI is titled Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2012). His more recent conference presentations have been on transhumanism and the posthuman.
Dr. LaGrandeur has been awarded a variety of grants based on his work, including a Summer NEH grant to participate in a research seminar on computers and English Studies(1995), a fellowship from Hofstra University’s Center for Teaching Excellence to develop a training course for faculty on computer-assisted instruction (1997), a software grant from the Daedalus Corporation to help develop computer-interactive writing courses at Hofstra University (1993-96), an NYIT/New York State DAV Grant (2001) to develop online course materials for Disabled Veterans, an NYIT Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology Grant (2001-2002) to develop Web Design/Web Communication curriculum, and a $25,000 grant from the European Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency for research into the ethics of robotics, particularly the ethical and philosophical underpinnings of recent efforts to develop an artificial conscience for robots; he was also a participant in the NYIT/NY State Virtual Learning Space Grant (fall 2002) to help develop online training site for NY State teachers, and has been awarded several grants to work on the book mentioned above. He has been on the educational technology committees of two universities, spent two years as the chair of one of them, and was also on the educational technology grant review committee for NYIT.
Amanda Stoel is a futurist and Freelance Social Project Developer, in the Netherlands. Amanda’s interests include healthy lifestyle [nutrition], ethics, DIY, sustainability, robotics, artificial intelligence and transhumanism.
John Alexander has a MA degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He’s presently an adjunct faculty member at Phoenix College, South Mountain Community College, and Collins College. Areas of research include Socratic philosophy, applied ethics, philosophy of education, and philosophy of religion. He has peer-reviewed papers published in HEC Forum, Teaching Philosophy, Philosophy of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Philosophy in the Contemporary World, The Reasoner, and Business Ethics Quarterly. He has taught at Grand Valley State University (Allendale MI), Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids MI), Baker College (Muskegon MI), Davenport University (Grand Rapids MI), and Marian College of Fond du Lac (Fond du Lac WI). Prior to teaching full-time as a visiting professor at GVSU in 2001, he had thirty-five years experience in manufacturing in positions ranging from hourly paid to Director of Operations.
Rüdiger Koch is CTO and founder of the first African Bitcoin exchange, Fikisha Africoin in Lagos/Nigeria. Previously, he worked as an IT Consultant in the banking and IT industry in Germany, Switzerland, Thailand and Singapore. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig. He lives with his wife and 2 kids near Munich and near the Alps where he enjoys mountain biking in Summer and skiing in Winter.
Rüdiger serves as head of the Business & Bitcoin department of ZeroState and has previously served as vice chairman of De: Trans.
Omid Safi is the leading progressive Muslim intellectual in America. He is a Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and classical Islam. He is the Chair for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion, the largest international organization devoted to the academic study of religion.
Omid was born in the US, but has spent half of his life living in various Muslim countries, such as Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, and India. His family originally comes from the city of Esfahan in Iran. His grandfather was one of the leading Ayatollahs of Iran, though one diametrically opposed to Khomeini. Omid grew up in a deeply religious family that traces itself back to the Prophet Muhammad.
Omid is an award-winning teacher and speaker, and was nominated six times at Colgate University for the “Professor of the Year” award, and before that twice at Duke University for the Distinguished Lecturer award. At the University of North Carolina, he received the award for mentoring minority students in 2009, and the Sitterson Teaching Award for Professor of the Year in April of 2010.
Martin O’Shea, MBA, is a business lecturer in Dublin, Ireland. He lectures on strategy and HRM at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. His interests are varied and include areas relating to human development through technological and bio-tech development. Martin also writes on the political and economic ramifications of rapidly advancing technologies
Brad Carmack graduated from the JD/MPA program at Brigham Young University in April 2011, and became a licensed California attorney that same year. During school he majored in biology, clerked for Justice Joel Horton of the Idaho Supreme Court, and worked as a teacher’s assistant for human resources law, biodiversity, management ethics, and bioethics. Brad initiated and hosted BYU Ethics Professor luncheons to bring together the various ethics endeavors taking place at BYU. He also led BYU Jail Outreach for two years as President, helping to tutor inmates in English, math, and science. Brad coauthored a business ethics case, Caprica Energy and Its Choices, published by the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Michael Lee is a futurist who founded the World Future Society’s Southern African Chapter and the Institute of Futurology. He is CEO of the ATM Industry Association, a non-profit trade association with more than 3,500 members in 60 countries. He has addressed and chaired industry conferences throughout the world. He has also written articles and blogs for industry publications and has been quoted in newspapers and trade and news magazines including Time Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.
Jason Sussberg is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and producer, focused on BIG ideas in human progress and social justice. He started his career working in sport television for the San Francisco Giants and the Golden State Warriors. After receiving a MFA at Stanford University in film, he co-founded Dogpatch Films in San Francisco. He is a digital media generalist who trains his lens on social and political topics ranging from jailed journalists, justice system reform and futurism. He co-directed Long for This World - Live Forever or Die Trying, with Structure Films.
Dustin Eirdosh is serving as the Visiting Asst. Professor in Social & Evolutionary Neuropsychology at the University of Toliara, a unique biological and human sciences institution in the Atsimo Andrefana (southwestern) region of Madagascar. Originally trained as a Human Ecologist; Eirdosh has spent most of the last decade developing education innovation projects in Maine, as well as as a producer of Grass-fed beef & dairy products in Maine, Washington State, and Pennsylvania. While studying the moral psychology of food business at the University of Kassel in Witzenhausen, Germany; he moved to Madagascar to work on projects that integrate evolutionary sciences across disciplines; including in the reflective development of emerging technologies.
As coordinator for the Madagascar branch of the Africa Futures Project (AFP) at IEET; Eirdosh is working with the newly created IT Leadership Team to create the first University website in the country that is specifically aimed towards engagement with the global community. His work in the AFP dovetails with his development of University of Toliara as the first African Nation member of the EvoS Consortium for Evolutionary Studies (www.EvoStudies.org); a network of higher educational institutions working to integrate evolutionary studies (including genetic through technological adaptive systems) across the biological and social sciences. Eirdosh’s core academic interests lie in the application of moral psychology towards evolutionary education and emerging technologies; especially in the domains of agricultural and human enhancement.
He maintains two blogs:
MythicMinds.us: Exploring the evolution of human sciences in southwestern Madagascar
MythicMeats.com: Offering evolutionary insights on cattle and cultural fermentation
Nikola Danaylov is a philosopher, singularitarian, and infopreneur. Born in Bulgaria, he moved in 1998 to Canada where he completed an HBA in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Toronto plus an MA in Political Science at York University.
It was at York University that Nikola got deeply interested in the Technological Singularity and wrote a research paper titled “Hacking Destiny: Critical Security at the Intersection of Human and Machine Intelligence.”
During the summer of 2011 Nikola completed the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University and returned home to Toronto, Canada where he lives with his beloved wife Julie. He writes for SingularityWeblog.com.