Rene Milan was born in 1948, raised in the liberal town of Hamburg after spending years 3 & 4 in Greenwich CT (the origin of my tragic love affair with the u.s.). 60s & 70s: exploring altered states of being and techniques for their attainment, and applying the results to continuing self analysis and informal and formal (in the capacity of transpersonal therapist and clinical psychologist) therapeutic processes. Becoming a transhumanist after reading Exo-Psychology in the mid 1970’s by accepting the principles of Leary’s SMI2LE agenda. 1980s to now: work with computers when they became ‘personal’ in order to gain a new perspective on the potential of control systems. Moved to the u.s. (Bay Area) in 1982 and to Tokyo in 1993, to London in 1998 and to españa in 2002. Lived and worked in 12 countries on 4 continents. Joined the WTA in 2002. My hindu handle is Baba Rien and my thelemic one Fra∴ Permutabo. Currently emerging from another transmorphosis.
Y’shua is currently studying intellectual-property law and previously studied Political Science with a concentration in meta-theory and Philosophy with a concentration in ethics & public policy, and an independent, elective focus on issues of consciousness and personal identity. Y’shua will be writing and blogging at sceneinrepose.com not only about the paradigm shifts and new theories the coming future will necessitate in all of the above areas, but also developing clear methods and strategies for how to bring understanding and acceptance of these ideas to a much broader and more diverse audience.
Evan Reese is a lifelong student of the hard sciences and a continuing supporter of transhumanism. He reads the KurzweilAI.net Newsletter, listens to the Singularity 1 on 1 podcasts, and of course always reads the Emergence newsletters. ;) He is a member of the Singularity Hub. Early on he was strongly influenced by the work of Vernor Vinge and F. M. Esfandiary and is currently inspired by the ideas of Ramez Naam and Ben Goertzel.
Jason C. Stone holds an M.S. in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Dallas. His worked for several years as a developer and consultant in software development, network security and digital forensics. He is an amateur inventor who’s interests include personal scale manufacturing, intelligent systems, and distributed systems. His philosophical interests include ethics, the future of The Enlightenment, and the interaction between science and spirituality. He is currently a director at OHM Space Corporation, a nonprofit community workshop in Oklahoma City.
Harry J. Bentham is a British writer and futurist member of the scientific Lifeboat Foundation. He has authored well-received sci fi stories, book reviews and essays on science and culture that can be found at a growing number of diverse publications. These include the radical newsletter Dissident Voice, the transhumanist publication h+ Magazine and the Iranian broadcaster Press TV.
Devin Van Dyke is a student at Haverford College and the founder and president of the Haverford Transhumanist Society. His research interests include religious cosmology and ethics, the role of religion in the modern world, and the political dimensions of mental health. He is currently applying for fellowships in psychiatric research and writing his thesis on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and human origins.
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.
Giuseppe Vatinno is a journalist in Rome and a former member of the Italian parliament. He trained as a physicist at the Sapienza University of Rome. In 2012 Giuseppe was the first openly transhumanist member of the Italian parliament. He is author of Transhumanism: a new philosophy for the twenty-first century man (2010), Political Ecology (2011), Nothing and Everything: The Wonders of the Possible (2012) and Aenigma: Symbol Mystery and Mysticism (2013).
Mateus Stein is an undergraduate student from Santa Maria, RS, Southern Brazil. He studies at Federal University of Santa Maria (Universidade Federal de Santa Maria or UFSM), and is currently working on his Undergraduate Dissertation called Enhancement Technologies and the Modern Quest for Authenticity (A Busca Moderna pela Autenticidade e as Tecnologias de Aprimoramento) in order to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy. He also intends to apply to a Master’s Program in Meta and Normative Ethics in the same place soon.
His areas of research interest are: Bioethics, Meta-ethics, Normative Ethics, Political Philosophy and Social Philosophy. On the other hand, his favorite subjects are: Authenticity and its role for Personal Identity, Communitarianism, Cosmopolitanism, Emerging Technologies, Enhancement Technologies, Free Will, Multiculturalism, Philosophy and Science Fiction, Technoprogressivism and Transhumanism.
He considers himself to be a Transhumanist Activist and he is also the founder of the Brazilian Longevity initiative. His main short time objective is to promote the Transhumanism as a legit philosophical subject in Brazil. Besides, his most important lifetime goal is to become an important contributor to the Transhumanist Agenda as well.
Bestselling visionary author Zoltan Istvan, an American-Hungarian, began a solo, multi-year sailing journey around the world at the age of 21. His main cargo was 500 handpicked books, mostly classics. He’s explored over 100 countries—many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel—writing, filming, and appearing in dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. His work has also been featured by The New York Times Syndicate, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Radio, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Animal Planet, and the Travel Channel. In addition to his award-winning coverage of the war in Kashmir, he gained worldwide attention for pioneering and popularizing the extreme sport of volcano boarding. Zoltan later became a director for the international conservation group WildAid, leading armed patrol units to stop the billion-dollar illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia. Back in America, he started various successful businesses, from real estate development to filmmaking to viticulture, joining them under ZI Ventures. He is a philosophy and religious studies graduate of Columbia University and resides in San Francisco with his daughter and physician wife. Zoltan recently published The Transhumanist Wager, a fictional thriller describing apatheist Jethro Knights and his unwavering quest for immortality via science and technology. The novel was recently a #1 bestseller in both Philosophy and Sci-Fi Visionary & Metaphysical on Amazon. Zoltan also blogs for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post.
Steve Fuller is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. Originally trained in history and philosophy of science, Fuller is best known for his foundational work in the field of ‘social epistemology’, which is concerned with the normative grounds of organized inquiry. ‘Social epistemology’ is also the name of a quarterly journal that he founded in 1987 as well as the first of his twenty books. He has most recently authored a trilogy relating to the idea of a ‘post-’ or ‘trans-‘ human future, all published with Palgrave Macmillan:Humanity 2.0: What It Means to Be Human Past, Present and Future (2011), Preparing for Life in Humanity 2.0(2012) and (with Veronika Lipinska) The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism (2013).
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 email@example.com.
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.
Back in the 20th century, Chris was a student and researcher in Artificial Intelligence (neural modeling), Lisp programming and a professional software geek. He is also a percussionist/composer, martial artist, powerlifter, proto Renaissance man, and budding bon vivant.
Chris has a BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts in World Music. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two fully-transhuman dogs, Buddy and Beanie. He blogs at http://carmstrong1959blog.wordpress.com/.
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. John blogs at http://philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com/. You can follow him on twitter @JohnDanaher.
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.