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25 January 2010

Registration is open: Humanity+, UK 2010

Filed under: UKH+ — David Wood @ 2:44 pm

The Humanity+, UK 2010 conference, to be held in central London on Saturday 24th April, will be tackling some big questions:

  • How will accelerating technological change effect human mental and physical capabilities?
  • What opportuntities and problems will these changes bring?
  • How will these changes impact the environment?
  • How will society, political leaders and institutions react?

In short, Humanity+, UK 2010 is a conference about the future of humanity and the future of technology – and about the forthcoming radical impact of technology on our lives.

Along with some friends and colleagues, I’ve been helping to arrange a first-class line up of speakers for this event.  The agenda is available online:

9:15 – 9:45 REGISTRATION & NETWORKING
9:45 – 10:00 The Humanity+ agenda
David Wood
10:00 – 10.40 Singularity Skepticism: Exposing Exponential Errors
Max More
10.40 – 11.10 Making humans smarter via cognitive enhancers
Anders Sandberg
11.10 – 11.40 The impact of living technology on the future of humanity
Rachel Armstrong
11.40 – 12.00 Panel Discussion: The Future of Humanity – Part 1
12:00 – 13:00 LUNCH & POSTER SESSION
13:00 – 13:40 Human regenerative engineering – theory and practice
Aubrey de Grey
13:40 – 14:10 The Abolitionist Project: Can biotechnology abolish suffering throughout the living world?
David Pearce
14:10 – 14:40 Augmented perception and Transhumanist Art
Amon Twyman
14:40 – 15:00 AFTERNOON BREAK
15:00 – 15:30 DIY Enhancement
Natasha Vita-More
15:30 – 16:00 1: The Singularity University; 2: The Internet of Things
David Orban
16:00 – 16:40 Reducing Existential Risks
Nick Bostrom
16:40 – 17:00 Panel Discussion: The Future of Humanity – Part 2

The speakers include many of the pioneering thinkers of the modern transhumanist movement – also known as “Humanity+“.  It’s a welcome outcome that they will all be in London on the same day.

The conference website is now open for registration.

One reason to register early is that we are planning to organise a dinner in the evening, where it will be possible to continue the discussions from the day, in the company of several of the speakers.  Attendance at the dinner will, necessarily, be limited.  We’ll offer tickets to the people who have already registered, in the order in which they registered 🙂

If you’re not yet sure whether this conference will be of interest to you, then keep an eye on the conference blog in the weeks ahead, where we’ll be discussing more aspects of what the speakers are likely to cover in their talks.

If any member of the press would like to book interview time with one or more of the speakers, please get in touch.

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