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Value Conflicts surrounding the Meaning of Life in the Trans/Post/Human Future

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Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
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Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

IEET > Affiliate Scholar > Ted Chu

Ted Chu

Ted Chu is a professor of Economics at New York University in Abu Dhabi, and former chief economist for General Motors and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Ted graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai, and earned his PhD in economics at Georgetown University.  He is the founder of the nonprofit CoBe (Cosmic Being) Institute in Michigan, a senior scholar at ChangCe, a Beijing-based independent think tank, and a former president of Greater Washington Professional Forum. He is the author of Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution (2014).

Ted is a former management consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc. (ADL) and Decision Focus, Inc. (a Silicon Valley start up firm), focusing on building large-scale econometric models and system dynamics simulation models for strategic and tactical corporate decisions and conducting public policy research in climate change, air quality, yield management, and productivity enhancement. In mid-90s he worked for the World Bank as a macroeconomist in Central and Eastern Europe lending operations during region’s turbulent transitional period. Ted joined General Motors in 1996 as senior economist for Asia Pacific region, and later became Chief Economist and Director of Global Industry Analysis, leading a team of regional economists and product planners, and spearheaded the company’s growth in emerging markets, especially China, Brazil, and India. From 2010 to 2013, he was the Chief Economist for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, reporting to the head of Strategy Unit and providing macroeconomic guidance to the sovereign wealth fund’s investment strategy and tactical asset allocation.

He is a member of National Association Business Economists and Conference of Business Economists. He also served as a long-time contributor to Blue Chip Panel of Economic Forecasters and the Consensus Economics Forecast (London). He frequently appeared on Voice of America’s TV and radio shows including Weekly Economic Forum. He co-founded and served as president of Washington Chinese Professional Association.

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"Beauty Is Skin-deep—But That’s Where Genetic Engineering Is Going Next"  Jul 27, 2014

"How can we Prevent Transhumans’ Violent Behavior Toward Humans?"   Ethical Technology  Feb 24, 2014

"Cosmic Beings: Transhumanist Deism in Ted Chu’s Cosmic View"   Ethical Technology  Feb 12, 2014


IEET Scholar Ted Chu Appointed Chief Economist at World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (Sep 06, 2014)

An Economist/Philosopher, a Journalist/Politician and a Futurist Enter the IEET Bar.. (Jan 26, 2014)

Past Appearances

Ted Chu @ Europe Trend Day (Zurich, Switzerland - Mar 11, 2015)

Naam, Cooper, Chu @ WorldFuture 2014: What If (Orlando, Florida - Jul 11, 2014)


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