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James Hughes

James Hughes Ph.D., the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, is a bioethicist and sociologist who serves as the Associate Provost for Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning for the University of Massachusetts Boston. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago, where he also taught bioethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Dr. Hughes is author of Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future , and is working on a second book tentatively titled Cyborg Buddha. From 1999-2011 he produced the syndicated weekly radio program, Changesurfer Radio.

Dr. Hughes is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of Humanity+, the Neuroethics Society, the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and the Working Group on Ethics and Technology at Yale University. He serves on the State of Connecticut Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee (formerly known as the Stem Cell Research Advisory Board).

Dr. Hughes speaks on medical ethics, health care policy and future studies worldwide.

Dr. Hughes is available for media interviews.

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Pourquoi le transhumanisme? by Alexandre Technoprog (2018)

Still Think Robots Can’t Do Your Job?: Essays on Automation and Technological Unemployment by Riccardo Campa (2018)

Longevity Promotion: Multidisciplinary Perspectives by Illia Stambler (2017)

Philosophy’s Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds. (2017)

Conversations with the Future: 21 Visions for the 21st Century by Nikola Danaylov (2017)

"Beyond Humanism: Emerging Technologies and African Futures"   Beyond Humanism Conference  (Jul 15, 2019)

"Les 9 causes biologiques du vieillissement en vidéo"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (Jul 15, 2019)

"Notes de lecture : Transhumanisme, Quel avenir pour l’humanité ?"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (Jul 1, 2019)

"Public Wealth Communism"   Medium @jasoncstone  (Jun 26, 2019)

"Premier mai technoprogressiste 2019"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (Jun 22, 2019)

"Fully Automated Luxury Communism: a timely vision"  (Jun 17, 2019)

"Notes de lecture : Étienne Picand, La révolte des derniers hommes"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (Jun 1, 2019)

"[TEDx] Un transhumanisme modéré, raisonnable, alternatif?"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (May 1, 2019)

"Smart cities are for refugees"  (Apr 27, 2019)

"Reflections on James Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism (Part 5)"   US Transhumanist Party  (Apr 25, 2019)

"Jacques Testart transhumaniste?"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (Apr 19, 2019)

"Reflections on James Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism (Part 4)"   US Transhumanist Party  (Apr 18, 2019)

"Reflections on James Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism (Part 3)"   US Transhumanist Party  (Apr 11, 2019)

"Séquencer son ADN : comment fait-on ? que dit la loi ? quels sont les enjeux ?"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (Apr 5, 2019)

"Reflections on James Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism (Part 2)"   US Transhumanist Party  (Apr 4, 2019)

"Reflections on James Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism (Part 1)"   Transhumanist Party  (Apr 2, 2019)

"AIs are scapegoats and it’s us who end up bleeding"  (Mar 31, 2019)

"Les promesses de la réalité virtuelle : ce qu’elle va changer"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (Mar 22, 2019)

"Réponse au journal Le Monde : “La résistible ascension du transhumanisme”"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (Mar 15, 2019)

"“Alita : Battle Angel” : qu’est-ce qu’être “humain”?"   Association Francaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog  (Mar 8, 2019)

Upcoming Appearances
Call for Papers—American Academy of Religion Human Enhancement and Transhumanism Unit ( - Nov 23, 2019)

Recent Multimedia
#57 - Sorgner on Nietzschean Transhumanism   2019-04-28

#56 - Turner on Rules for Robots   2019-04-21

#55 - Baum on the Long-Term Future of Human Civilisation   2019-04-14

Episode #54 - Sebo on the Moral Problem of Other Minds   2019-04-04

Episode #51 - Moen on the Unabomber’s Ethics   2019-03-28

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner’s Invited APA Article on Transhumanism (May 29, 2019)

IEET’s Steven Umbrello Publishes New Paper on Nanotechnology and Value Sensitive Design (May 28, 2019)

Turchin et al Publish New Paper on the Simulation’s Termination Risk (May 18, 2019)

IEET’s Steven Umbrello and Stefan Sorgner Publish New Paper on AI Cognitive Suffering (May 17, 2019)

Kevin LaGrandeur on Technological Unemploymen (May 14, 2019)

Past Appearances
11th Beyond Humanism Conference ( - Jul 09, 2019)

9th International Colloquium on the Philosophy of Technology (Buenos Aires, Argentina. - Nov 20, 2018)

Sorgner @ Future of the Humanities (Ewha Womans University, Seoul - Nov 16, 2018)

Transvision Madrid (Madrid, Spain - Oct 19, 2018)

24th World Congress of Philosophy (Qinhuangdao , Hebei province, China - Aug 09, 2018)