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.
His educational background includes studies in Physics at both the University of Milan and the University of Padua. David Orban’s personal motto is, “What is the question I should be asking?” This concept is his vehicle to accelerating cycles of invention and innovation in order to build the new world ahead.
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.
Adrian Cull is the founder of the Live Forever Club which monitors advances in life extension technology as well as longevity and health research, translating these findings into practical tips for living forever. By day Adrian is an IT business analyst with a broad range of experience from network infrastructure through user-interface design and data analysis to IT business processes. He is looking forward to using these skills to understand and track developments in health technology that leads to radical life extension.
Soenke Ziesche holds a PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Hamburg, which he received within a Doctoral Program in Artificial Intelligence. He is also an alumnus of the Graduate Studies Program of the Singularity University.
Soenke has worked in the past 15 years for the United Nations on four continents in the humanitarian and development sector. He worked in Gaza with Palestinian refugees, in Sri Lanka after the Tsunami, in Pakistan after the Kashmir earthquake, in Sudan after the end of the North-South conflict and he was the highest UN representative in Libya during the revolution. He was also posted to New York for four years and to London for one year. Most recently, he was the Head of the Communication and Information Management Unit in Pakistan, and thereafter he has developed a disaster information management guideline for the Government of Bangladesh.
Dr. Yampolskiy’s main areas of interest are AI Safety, Artificial Intelligence, Behavioral Biometrics, Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics, Games, Genetic Algorithms, and Pattern Recognition. Dr. Yampolskiy is an author of over 100 publications including multiple journal articles and books. His research has been cited by 1000+ scientists and profiled in popular magazines both American and foreign (New Scientist, Poker Magazine, Science World Magazine), dozens of websites (BBC, MSNBC, Yahoo! News), on radio (German National Radio, Swedish National Radio, Alex Jones Show) and TV. Dr. Yampolskiy’s research has been featured 250+ times in numerous media reports in 22 languages.
Chad S. White is a graduate from the University of California with a Master’s degree in cell biology. He has taught several subjects at the college level, including chemistry, microbiology, advanced biology, and molecular biology.
Kourosh Afrashteh is the founder of Project Prometheus, a Bay Area group fostering human genetic engineering. He is working to develop a commercial venture to research “designer babies”.
His professional background includes an undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics and a brief 2 year stint in a PhD program in Neuroscience, both from the University of Toronto. He is licensed Dentist in Ontario, and owns a chain of Dental Clinics.
Mark Waser is Chief Technology Officer of the Digital Wisdom Institute and D161T4L W15D0M Inc., organizations devoted to the ethical implementation of advanced technologies for the benefit of all. He has been publishing data science research since 1983 and developing commercial AI software since 1984 including an expert system shell and builder for Citicorp, a neural network to evaluate thallium cardiac images for Air Force pilots and, recently, mobile front-ends for cloud-based AI and data science.
He is particularly interested in safe ethical architectures and motivational systems for intelligent machines (including humans). As an AI ethicist, he has presented at numerous conferences and published articles in international journals as well as a chapter in the recently released Machine Medical Ethics (Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering). His current projects and ramblings can be found at the Digital Wisdom website. He is looking forward to the 50PH14 project and wondering how he got to the point of having adult children and a suburban backyard full of chickens and bees.
Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Benek is a pastor in South Florida. He is also internationally recognized as an expert social and religious analyst and commentator, techno-theologian, futurist, ethicist, Christian Transhumanist, public speaker and writer.
William Manning Hiltman lives in Atlanta, owns his own truck and works a job at a farm-to-table restaurant while training executives in peak-performance and fitness throughout the Southeast. He has been researching and experimenting with wellness, fitness, and nutrition since 2006 and now draws from the best within each discipline.
Nicole Sallak Anderson is a Computer Science graduate from Purdue University. After graduation, she developed encryption and network security software, which inspired both the storyline and the science behind the eHuman Trilogy—both eHuman Dawn and eHuman Deception are available at Amazon, the third installment is expected in early 2016. She currently lives with her husband and two teenaged sons on two acres in the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California, where she indulges in a variety of homesteading hobbies, from beekeeping and raising chickens and goats, to gardening, canning, spinning, and knitting.
You can follow her musings on singularity, internet privacy, data manipulation and human consciousness at eHuman Dawn on Facebook, @NSallakAnderson on Twitter or her blog. Feel free to contact her, she almost always answers to any query or comment!
Brent Logan Reitze is an Information Technology Systems Engineer and Singularitarian with an ongoing focus on technological advances, particularly man-machine interfaces. He served nine years in the U.S. Army as an Information Technology Specialist, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant, serving Operation Enduring Freedom in Africa, and completing his bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College before being Honorably Discharged. He is now a disabled veteran using his Post-911 GI-Bill to pursue a master’s degree in Cyber-Security. He lives with his wife in Bowie, Maryland. He can be contacted via Linkedin.
Riva-Melissa Tez lives between San Francisco and London and works with venture capitalists and institutional investors in funding transformative technologies. Self-proclaimed fan of ‘children’ and ‘tech’, her first company at 18 was a children’s store and club ‘R.S.Currie & Co’, which still stands in London.
After exiting the company at 21 and graduating from a UCL Philosophy degree, Riva moved to Germany to co-found a children’s digital creative platform. This surrealist kids self-pubsishing platform went on to partner with children’s book publishing houses including Bertelsmann and Random House. Whilst in Germany, her academic background in Philosophy got her interested in the deeper implications of science and technology. She is the founder of the much-acclamed group Berlin Singularity, which focused on bringing emerging technology discussions to mainland Europe. Through her efforts with Berlin Singularity, she spun out a consultancy group working with early-stage technology companies to help connect them to funding and, as a result of this, was ranked Number 41 in The Hundert , Germany’s 100 Most Influential People in Technology 2013. She went on to take teaching positions at the DAB and HTW business schools in Germany.
She is a regular columnist for The European Magazine, a contributor to i-D Magazine, H+ Magazine and is currently penning a philosophical children’s novel. Her essay ‘The Future Doesn’t Care About Your Start-Up’ was published in the UK book ‘Anticipating 2025’. She authored ‘Finance: An Industry Based on Psychology’ as an attendee of the Stanford Institutional Investor Forum (November 2014). A guest speaker at Yale Business School and Yale Law School (February 2015) ‘Investing from First-Principles: The Need for Systematic Game-Changers to Create Paradigm Shifts’, as well as a guest speaker at Birkbeck Uniersity ‘Obstacles Faced by Emerging Technologies’ , Oxford University ‘Funding Emerging Technologies’ and Stanford University ‘Start-Ups to Advance Humanity’. Presenter at the Effective Altruist Retreat 2014 ‘Investing in the Future: Turning Theory into Business Practice’. She holds the winning title of the first ever European LinkedIn Hackathon of 2013. A 2014 Apple Spokesperson on Philosophy and Emerging Technology that included a European speaking tour, since 2012, she has spoken at over 50 conferences and events, including for Vanity Fair’s Intelligence.
Riva is a Strategic Advisor to the Transhumanist Political Party, as well as an Investor and Advisor to a Stanford University based start-up tackling the academic journal pipeline. Alongside Steve Aoki and Maria Konvalenko, she is helping produce The Longevity Cookbook, a forthcoming recipe book and research project focused on slowing down the aging process. She is currently taking up a volunteer teaching role on the Financial Literacy Course at San Quentin Prison.
Douglas Cruickshank has written journalism, travel stories, profiles, essays and opinion pieces for many magazines, newspapers and web sites and has worked in radio, television and film-making. He has been a photographer for more than four decades, a columnist and editor for Salon.com, and has edited numerous books.
Scott Santens is a writer and advocate of basic income for all. He’s a member of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network, moderator of the /r/BasicIncome community on Reddit, and founder of The BIG Patreon Creator Pledge. He lives in New Orleans and blogs at scottsantens.com.
David Kekich is a recognized authority on longevity science. In 1999, he founded “Maximum Life Foundation”, dedicated to reversing human aging and aging related diseases. The Foundation has developed a scientific roadmap to transform the elderly to biological youth. He heads an initiative to develop leading-edge drugs nutraceuticals with an artificial intelligence breakthrough that may lead to accelerated drug design for aging and aging-related diseases.
He realized the inevitability that science will someday control the human aging process. He understood human beings will someday be able to enjoy very long health spans by studying aging, the root cause of most deadly diseases. The problem? He was in a race against the clock. He was faced with the possibility of being part of the “last generation” to suffer and die from aging related diseases.
He raises funds for life-extending research. He serves as a Board Member of the American Aging Association, Life Extension Buyers’ Club and Alcor Life Extension Foundation Patient Care Trust Fund.
Mr. Kekich first became intrigued with extreme life extension in 1977 after founding the country’s largest life insurance master general agency, which raised $3.1 billion of premium income for First Executive Corp. This was where he was widely exposed to the realities and horrors of death from aging. He currently serves as CEO of SciCog Systems and Age Reversal, Inc.
Masereka Solomon graduated from Makerere University in 2010. He is a teacher’s assistant at Kasese Humanist Primary School in western Uganda. His speciality is incorporating new technology into the curriculum as educational aids.
Dr. Keith B. Wiley is a researcher with experience across numerous fields within computer science. He has been involved in the ongoing discussion of philosophical and practical aspects of mind uploading for twenty years. His first book on the subject, A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading, was released in 2014 with support from Humanity+ Press. Dr. Wiley’s articles and papers are available at http://keithwiley.com.
Steven Umbrello is a student of philosophy of science and technology at the University of Toronto as well as a junior associate at the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute. His primary research focus is on the ethics and philosophy of emerging technologies and Stoicism as practical philosophy. You can find more of Steven’s work on his website Stoically Speaking.
Roland Benedikter is Research Scholar at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Senior Affiliate of the Edmund Pellegrino Center on Bioethics of Georgetown University, Trustee of the Toynbee Prize Foundation Boston, Senior Research Scholar of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs Washington DC and Full member of the Club of Rome.
Previously, he was a Long-term Visiting Scholar / Research Affiliate 2009-13 at the Europe Center of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, and a Full Academic Fellow 2008-12 of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Washington DC.
He has written for Foreign Affairs, Harvard International Review and Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs, and is author of books about global strategic issues (among them most recently two on Xi Jinping’s China in 2014), co-author of two Pentagon and U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff White Papers on the Ethics of Neurowarfare (2013 and 2014, together with James Giordano) and of Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker’s Report to the Club of Rome 2003. Contact: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas Damberger is postdoctoral research associate at the Goethe-University Frankfurt (Germany). He studied pedagogy and philosophy and completed his doctorate with a critical work about pedagogical and technological improvement of humans. His main fields of research are the philosophy of education, pedagogy and human enhancement, and digital media. More information and many downloads: http://thomas-damberger.de
Maria Ramos is a writer interested in comic books, cycling, and horror films. Her hobbies include cooking, doodling, and finding local shops around the city. She currently lives in Chicago with her two pet turtles, Franklin and Roy. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaRamos1889.
Skye Nelson is a writer, activist, philosopher and artist. She holds BA in Philosophy and Humanities, has many years of activist experience in the LGBT rights movement, and is well established as a digital artist working in virtual worlds (particularly, she is a well established content creator in Second Life).
She is a contributor to the Anarchist-Transhumanist manifesto and is particularly interested in the social consequences and related ethics of brain-computer interface technology. As a vocal supporter of the SENS Research Foundation, she also has keen interest in the advancement of anti-aging technology.
Dr. Utibe Effiong is the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Michigan Risk Science Center. In this role, Dr. Effiong runs Risk Without Borders, a unique blog which examines emerging risk issues through the lens of a developing economy.
Dr. Effiong is a qualified physician and public health scientist. He holds the MBBCh degree from the University of Calabar, membership of the Nigerian National Postgraduate Medical College of Physicians and the MPH degree from the University of Michigan. He is also a New Voices Fellow with the Aspen Institute.
Dr. Effiong is no stranger to public health risk communication having spent 3 years at the University of Michigan where he has produced nearly 50 publications. Dr. Effiong also has more than 13 years of experience in the Nigerian health system.
Prior to starting Risk Without Borders, Dr. Effiong spent 2 years as a research scientist with the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Before that he had worked for six years as an Internist with several Nigerian hospitals including the University of Uyo Teaching hospital and General Hospital Umunnato where he carried out clinical duties, medical research, student/physician training and health education for diabetic patients.
Drawing on 16 years’ experience in healthcare, research and risk communication, Dr. Effiong now focuses on creating a global understanding of emerging risk issues through the lens of a developing economy. He does this through his writing, interviews and public speeches. His articles have been featured in the Huffington Post and the Detroit Free Press. He has given several television, radio and magazine interviews and has spoken at various international fora. Most recently he spoke at Exponential Medicine and gave a TED talk in Berlin.
Allison Duettmann is a postgrad Philosophy and Public Policy student at the London School of Economics (LSE), specialised in Applied Ethics and Experimental Psychology. In her dissertation she focuses on adjusting moral intuitions to the challenges posed by the vast grow in nanotechnology, biotechnology and information technology. She intends to deepen this question in a PhD focusing on the use of experimental psychology to mark out and overcome the evolutionary bias which is coded into our moral intuitions.
For the Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics she has written on euthanasia, the ethical implications of eternal life and the consequences of globalism. She co-designed and panelled a competition on Innovative Ideas and For Pacific Rubiales, Latin America’s largest non-state owned oil producer in Bogotá and was on the government workgroup in Medellín for the city’s innovation programme. Prior to that she worked with several NGO’s around Latin America and entered with her idea for a digital NGO network into the McKinsey Venture Academy competition.
She was research assistant to Claire Fox, leader of the Institute of Ideas focusing on ethical controversies fort he BBC’S Moral Maze and helped organize the panels on Biomedical Battles and Interrogating Megatrends for the Battle of Ideas 2014. She was elected for scholarships to The Academy outside London, Global Young Leader’s Conference in NY, Presidential Inaugural Conference in Washington D.C. and further programs for highly gifted students in Berlin. Including her mother tongue German, she speaks 4 languages and is currently also working as translator.
Michael Petr is a research fellow at the National Institute on Aging within the National Institutes of Health. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University in Biomedical Engineering, where he was also largely involved in community outreach and several professional societies. His work spans from the development of medical devices in developing countries, to educating youth and peers on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics. Michael has published articles related age-related disease and aging in Yahoo Finance and other media outlets.
As a coordinator of point-of-care testing (POCT) medical devices to countries within Africa, he seeks to significantly increase the rate of diagnosis for blood-related illness and disease.
David Wood, D.Sc., has spent 25 years envisioning, architecting, designing, implementing, and avidly using smart mobile devices. As one of the pioneers of the smartphone industry, he co-founded Symbian, the creator of the world’s first successful smartphone operating system, and served on the leadership teams of Psion Software and Symbian from 1996-2009. At different times, his executive responsibilities included software development, technical consulting, developer evangelism, partnering and ecosystem management, and research and innovation. The EPOC32 mobile operating system, of which he was the architect and head of integration of upper layers, went on (renamed as “Symbian OS”) to ship in half a billion smartphones between 2001 and 2012.
From 2010 to 2013, David was Technology Planning Lead (CTO) of Accenture Mobility, leading the global team that identified and oversaw staged investments to create assets using emerging or fast-changing mobile technologies. He also co-led Accenture’s “Mobility Health” business initiative, “Mobility innovation for dramatically better healthcare”. He now acts as independent futurist, consultant, and writer, at Delta Wisdom.
As chair of London Futurists, David has organized regular meetings in London since March 2008 on futurist, transhumanist, technoprogressive, and singularitarian topics. Membership of London Futurists now exceeds 3,000. Recently David has been building the new UK Transhumanist Party.
David received a triple first class mathematics degree from Cambridge, UK. Also at Cambridge, he undertook four years of doctoral research in the philosophy of science – covering the philosophy of mind, the characterisation of pseudo-science, creationism vs. Darwinism, and the shocking implications of quantum mechanics.
In November 2005 David received an honorary Doctorate in Science (D.Sc.) from the University of Westminster, in recognition of his services to the smartphone industry. T3 magazine included him in 2009 in their list of the “100 most influential people in technology”. In 2010 he featured in the world’s first Augmented Reality CV.
Joseph R. Carvalko, author, lawyer, and engineer devotes his attention to the intersection of law and technology. Currently he is an adjunct professor of Law, Science and Technology at Quinnipiac University School of Law; a member of the IEEE, Soc. on Social Implications of Tech., and IEEE Eng. in Medicine and Biology Soc.; member of the ABA, Sec. of Science and Technology Law, and former ed. board member of SciTech Lawyer and former chair of the Behavioral Sciences Committee. He is also a member of the Yale Community Bioethics Forum of the Program on Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine; a member of the Yale Technology and Ethics working research group. Recently, he co-authored (Cara Morris) The Science and Technology Guidebook for Lawyers (ABA Pub., May, 2014, 398 pp). He authored The Techno-Human Shell: A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap (Sunbury Press, 2012), as well as articles and papers: Law and Policy in an Era of Cyborg-Assisted-Life (IEEE, Tech & Soc.); Introduction to an Ontology of Intellectual Property (ABA SciTech); Intellectual Property Issues in the Financial & Banking Industries (PA Bar Assn); Who Should Own In-The-Body Medical Data in the Age of Electronic Medicine? (IEEE, Soc. & Tech Mag.); Patents Pave Way for Strategies in IP Intensive Environments (Cisco World); An Alternative for Distillate Fuel Filtration, (Diesel & Gas Worldwide). Co-author: On Determining Optimum Simple Golay Marking Transforms for Binary Image Processing, (IEEE Trans. on Computers) and Evaluation of a High Resolution Television Microscope, (Proc. of the IEEE). He authored, Basic Copyright chapter: Now What? The Creative Writer’s Guide to Success after the MFA (Fairfield U. Press); New Medical Technologies-the Emergence of Pharmaco-Electronics chapter: Biotechnology and the Law (ABA Pub., 2015). Other writing credits include: We Were Beautiful Once, Chapters from the Cold War, a Novel (Sunbury Press, 2013), finalist Best Historical Fiction, Military Writers Society of America, 2014; A Road Once Traveled, Life from All Sides, autobiography (2007); A Deadly Fog, book of poems and essays and poems (2004): Detras del Acero (Editorial Trance, 2015, original Spanish poetry, 97pp.); Poems: Mobius Strip, (FLARE: The Flagler Review and in Anomalie Magazine, RE: mind, Goldsmiths University of London, 2015); County Road 80, Manifest West (U. Press of CO, fall 2014); Registered Letter, Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Vol. 2 (MS Hum. Council, and SE MS State University Press, 2013); The Road Home, finalist, (Esurance Poetry prize, 2012); The Interior, book of poetry, finalist (Red Mountain Press, 2012). Short stories: Winter Interrupted, All Gave Some (Military Writers Society of America, Anthology, 2014); Road to Suwon (Military Experience and the Arts, 2014); Reminders of the Next Round, (Storytellers, 2013); As a researcher and engineer, he worked in radar, optics, A.I. (pattern recognition), biomedical devices and communications. He holds 12 patents (1978-2014, some jointly) in electronics, biomedical, and computers. He is admitted to practice law in CT, NY, and before the U.S. Pat. & TM Office. He holds a JD, Quinnipiac University School of Law, BS in Electrical Engineering, Fairfield University, and a MFA (Writing) from Fairfield University.
Tom Guarriello was born in The Bronx at the beginning of the Baby Boom. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in psychology from the University of Dayton and earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University.
Tom specializes in helping individuals and organizations develop the creative ideas, innovative methods and customer-focused products needed to succeed in rapidly changing environments. He co-founded TrueTalk Consulting with Peggy Kelston in 1994. The firm focuses on enhancing organizational creativity by strengthening social systems. Tom has been fascinated with the social/psychological impact of technology since spearheading his first IT project in 1981. He has authored The TrueTalk Blog since 2004. In 2006, he was invited by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen to be one of five members of the inaugural YouTube Community Council and became Twitter member #13,512 (@tomguarriello). Tom has worked with a wide variety of companies (from Victoria’s Secret to Harvard Business Review) in the apparel retail, publishing, insurance, health care, transportation, and communication industries. In late 2009, Tom was invited to become a faculty member in the newly launched Masters In Branding program at New York’s School of Visual Arts. He currently teaches “The Meaning of Branded Objects,” a course in the psychology of branding from an experiential standpoint.
Tom lives in Princeton, New Jersey with Karen, his wife.
John G. Messerly is an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET, and a Senior Research Associate, Dept. of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his PhD in philosophy from St. Louis University in 1992. He was a member of the faculty of both the philosophy and computer science departments for many years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught courses on the ethical and philosophical implications of emerging technologies. He is the author of books on ethical theory, evolutionary philosophy, and the meaning of life, as well as dozens of articles, mostly on transhumanist themes. He is also an Affiliate Member of the Evolution, Complexity, and Cognition Group (localized at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and an adjunct professor of philosophy at Seattle University.
He is currently interested in how technological and cosmic evolution shed light on existential questions about the meaning in life. His most recent book is The Meaning of Life: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific, and Transhumanist Perspectives. He blogs daily on issues of philosophy, evolution, futurism and the meaning of life at his website: reasonandmeaning.com.
Michael Abrams is a freelance journalist in New York and the author of Birdmen, Batmen, and Skyflyers. When not reporting on what’s new and quirky in the world of science and engineering, he’s busy raising his two daughters or plunking on his banjo, not usually at the same time.
Joel Lehman is a computer science researcher focused on artificial intelligence and neural networks. He has published over 25 peer-reviewed publications and has a patent pending. Currently, Joel is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin and is also co-founder of Finchbeak LLC, a start-up company integrating cutting-edge AI research with social computer games. Joel writes about technological evolution and moral enhancement at http://worldbetter.svbtle.com/.
Alex Nichols currently lives in San Francisco California working at Lyft. He spent most of his childhood in Berkeley and Nova Scotia. Attending the University of British Columbia in Vancouver BC, he graduated with a BA in psychology and a minor in philosophy where he studied under the tutelage of two pioneers in health and cultural psychology. Their research focused on (1.) the efficacy of cognitive behavioral treatments for obsessive compulsive disorder, and (2.) behavioral patterns coinciding with meaning making and how people respond to violations of such frameworks.
Upon graduating, Alex has developed and taught the core social skills curriculum for a program focused on supporting adults with Aspergers and Autism in Berkeley. Seeking to get closer to the world of accelerating technology and startups, he started as an operations associate while Lyft was still in its infancy. In his spare time, Alex enjoys reading recent discoveries in stem cell therapy, physics, cosmology, biotechnology, neuroscience, ethics, and the implications of futuristic technologies. Currently, he is most intrigued with the philosophies of transhumanism, the ethical discussions that are thrust forward from these ideas, and the cross over in themes from existentialism, religion, and moral psychology. Outside of work and reading, Alex practices Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and enjoys backpacking with family and friends.
Peter Rothman is a computer scientist, author and futurist. He is presently performing independent research in the fields of artificial intelligence and intelligence augmentation applied to futures studies, and is the editor of h+ Magazine the online publication of Humanity+. In the 1990s he did award winning research in the field of virtual reality for the U.S. government and his company Avatar Partners developed various well known applications of virtual reality including financial visualization application vrTrader.
Prior to his work in the field of VR, Peter led a variety of cutting edge R&D projects including developing desktop flight simulators, a neural network chemical detection & recognition system, designing a digital/analog neural computer for DARPA, and more. He has developed popular consumer software products, mobile apps, and web properties as well as embedded mission critical applications. Peter holds a B.A. in mathematics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.S. in computer engineering from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering.
David S. D’Amato is the Benjamin R. Tucker Distinguished Research Scholar in Anarchist Economic Theory at the Center for a Stateless Society. D’Amato is an attorney and holds a J.D. from New England School of Law and an LL.M. in Global Law and Technology from Suffolk University Law School. A Boston native, D’Amato now lives and writes in Chicago, Illinois.
Michael Jeffers holds a Master’s degree from Drexel University’s Science, Technology, and Society graduate program. His next academic goal is to complete a doctorate in either the sociology of science, or biomedical science policy in order to fight for better funding for research related to human longevity.
Joel Taylor is from Sacramento,California. He has a Bachelor’s in Physics. He understands quantum mechanics very well. He has worked at the Maryland Science Center, written articles for Scientific American, and owned his own consulting/research company. He is a member of AIP and APS.
Glenn McGee is Professor of Public Management in the College of Business at the University of New Haven. His work focuses on the relationship between society, technology and human flourishing. In particular, he has dealt with myraid question about genomics, the compensation of research subjects, models for parenting and enhancement, development of a pragmatism theory of bioethics, patenting and sale of biological materials, ethical issues in tissue and gene banks, and ethical issues in stem cell research.
McGee was the John B. Francis Endowed Chair in Bioethics (Center for Practical Bioethics, Kansas City, 2009-12); the John A. Balint Endowed Chair in Medical Ethics, and Professor of Medicine (Albany Medical College 2005-2008). From 1995-2005 he was assistant professor of medical ethics and of cellular & molecular engineering, nursing, and philosophy (University of Pennsylvania 1995-2005). He briefly left academia to take executive positions in biotechnology in Texas and Berlin, from late 2011 until early 2013. After 20 years in bioethics, he has shifted his focus to health policy and is 1) developing a model for state and local approaches to providing services and support around autism, 2) analyzing how developing nations integrate their health systems, and 3) building best practices for healthcare institutions regarding “big data”.