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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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Surviving the Machine Age: Intelligent Technology and the Transformation of Human Work by Kevin LaGrandeur and James Hughes eds. (2017)

Keywords for Environmental Studies by eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow (2016)

Post- and Transhumanism: An Introduction by Robert Ranisch and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner eds. (2015)

Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds. (2014)

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays by eds. Max More and Natasha Vita-More (2013)

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

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

"What Do Technoprogressives Believe in 2017?"   Ethical Technology  (Feb 18, 2017)

"Getting from 1932 to 1945"   Ethical Technology  (Nov 15, 2016)

"Technoprogressivism Under Trump"   Ethical Technology  (Nov 11, 2016)

"“Intelligence Squared” Artificial Intelligence Debate"   Serious Wonder  (Apr 1, 2016)

"Report on Nigeria ICT Festival 2015"   Ethical Technology  (Jan 19, 2016)

"All Cyborgs Are Not Created Equal"   GE Reports  (Nov 7, 2015)

"Transhumanist Position on Human Germline Genetic Modification"   Ethical Technology  (Mar 20, 2015)

"Enhancing Virtues: Fairness (Pt 3)"   Ethical Technology  (Mar 1, 2015)

"Enhancing Virtues: Fairness (Pt 2)"   Ethical Technology  (Feb 28, 2015)

"Enhancing Virtues: Fairness (pt 1)"   Ethical Technology  (Feb 14, 2015)

"#12: Enhancing Virtues: Self-Control and Mindfulness"   Ethical Technology  (Dec 26, 2014)

"#27 Enhancing Virtues: Caring (part 1)"   Ethical Technology  (Dec 9, 2014)

"Enhancing Virtues: Intelligence (Part 4): Brain Machines"   Ethical Technology  (Sep 22, 2014)

"Enhancing Virtues: Intelligence (Part 3): Pharmaceutical Cognitive Enhancement"   Ethical Technology  (Sep 20, 2014)

"Enhancing Virtues: Intelligence (Part 2)"   Ethical Technology  (Sep 10, 2014)

"Enhancing Virtues: Intelligence (Part 1)"   Ethical Technology  (Sep 5, 2014)

Recent Multimedia
AI, Algorithms and the Post Human Future of Governance   2019-01-30

Big Data and Genomics   2019-01-29

The Future of Empowerment Today   2018-02-25

Raising good robots   2017-07-24

James Hughes and the Transhumanist Zeitgeist   2017-07-22

A New Focus for the IEET (Nov 03, 2016)

Hughes, Rinesi quoted in Motherboard essay on Sleep Tech (Jan 20, 2016)

Goertzel, Hughes, Prisco in Cosmist article by Harper’s Magazine (Dec 31, 2015)

IEET Launching Annual Fundraiser (Mar 18, 2015)

For a Longer, Brighter and More Just Future (Dec 20, 2014)

Past Appearances
Technoprog at The Health Future Show (Marseille, France - Dec 06, 2016)

Hughes @ Singularity Salon (Stockholm, Sweden - Nov 28, 2016)

Hughes @ Transhumanist Culture Festival (Stockholm, Sweden - Nov 27, 2016)

Vita-More, Swan at NY Posthuman Research Group Symposium (New York University - Apr 22, 2016)

Wallach, Hughes, Rothblatt, Swan, Baum @ World Technology Summit (NYC, NY USA - Nov 20, 2015)