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Biopolitics of Popular Culture Seminar - Dec 4, 2009 - Irvine, California
Sep 22, 2009  

The IEET is organizing a day-long seminar in Los Angeles in December to promote more sophisticated, complex images of the future and emerging technologies in popular culture.

Organized by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Popular culture is full of tropes and cliches that shape our debates about emerging technologies. Our most transcendent expectations for technology come from pop culture, and the most common objections to emerging technologies come from science fiction and horror, from Frankenstein and Brave New World to Gattaca and the Terminator.

Why is it that almost every person in fiction who wants to live a longer than normal life is evil or pays some terrible price? What does it say about attitudes towards posthuman possibilities when mutants in Heroes or the X-Men, or cyborgs in Battlestar Galactica or Iron Man, or vampires in True Blood or Twilight are depicted as capable of responsible citizenship?

Is Hollywood reflecting a transhuman turn in popular culture, helping us imagine a day when magical and muggle can live together in a peaceful Star Trek federation? Will the merging of pop culture, social networking and virtual reality into a heightened augmented reality encourage us all to make our lives a form of participative fiction?

During this day long seminar we will engage with culture critics, artists, writers, and filmmakers to explore the biopolitics that are implicit in depictions of emerging technology in literature, film and television.

This seminar will precede the Humanity+ Summit, December 5-6 at the same venue.


We are currently putting together the program. If you have a possible Southern California speaker in mind please contact Dr. Hughes



Before November 15: $99 Seminar registration (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

After November 15: $150 Seminar registration (includes continental breakfast and lunch)


EON Reality

39 Parker, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618

Our meeting will be held at EON Reality’s new, state-of-the-art, 18,500-square-foot facility built to showcase 3D visual content management and virtual reality applications. The facility hosts the world’s largest immersive virtual conference room that augments 3D and tele presence, and EON’s augmented reality system that overlays physical information to provide real time 3D guidance & explanation in a mobile, webbed, sensor connected environment.


Candlewood Suites - Irvine East
(Located a ten minute, half mile walk from the EON meeting site)

3 S. Pointe Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Front Desk: 1-949-598-9105

Roughly $90 per night. Each suite has a kitchen complete with a refrigerator/ice maker, microwave, range, and dishwasher.  Includes free Internet access and a 24-hour fitness center.

Doubletree Hotel
(Located a ten minute drive from the EON meeting site)

90 Pacifica, Irvine, CA

Tel: 1-949-471-8888

Seven miles south of John Wayne Orange County Airport inside the San Diego (405), Golden State (5), and SH-133 Freeways triangle.


Click here for Driving Directions

By Air:
We recommend John Wayne Airport (airport code SNA) or Los Angeles International Airport (airport code LAX) as the nearest and most convenient.

To EON Reality from John Wayne Airport and LAX
Please take the 405 South and turn off at Bake Parkway. Turn left and drive over the 405 freeway. Turn left at Irvine Boulevard. Turn right at Parker. We are in the second building to the right. Please see map below for EON Reality’s office location (red star). (John Wayne Airport and LAX are not included in the map.)

To EON Reality from LA going on I5
Please take the I5 South to CA-133N. Turn right onto Irvine Boulevard. Turn left at Parker.  We are in the second building to the right. Please see map below for EON Reality’s office location (red star).


Dress is casual, so no ties or cocktail dresses.


Event badges will be issued at registration, and must be worn at all times during the event.


James Hughes Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Trinity College, Williams 229B
300 Summit St., Hartford CT 06106, USA, (860) 428-1837

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