Natasha Vita-More, Chair

Natasha Vita-MoreNatasha Vita-More, is a Professor and Program Champion of Graduate Studies, University of Advancing Technology. Her practice-based work unpacks the technology, science and design of human enhancement and the mitigation of aging in advocating radical life extension, a phrase she innovated. She is founder of Concepts, whose clients have included Mitsubishi, 20th Century Fox, Telluride Film Festival, Larry Flint Productions, FilmEx International, and Olympics Festival. She  is a frequent guest speaker on topics concerning the future in the international arena. She is best known as designer of "Primo Posthuman". She is author and co-editor of The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Technology of the Future Human.  Her writings have been published in numerous books, and she has appeared in more than twenty-four televised documentaries. Natasha is featured in The New York Times, Wired, Village Voice, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, U.S. News & World Report, Net Business, and Teleopolis. She was formerly president of Extropy Institute from 2002-2005. As a bit of history, Natasha authored the "Transhuman Statement" (1983), Create/Recreate: the 3rd Millennial Culture (cybernetic culture and the future of transhumanism and the arts and sciences) (1997). In the early 1990s, she hosted the TV show "Transcentury UPdate"

Ben Goertzel, Vice Chair

Ben Goertzel_Ben Goertzel is CEO of AI software company Novamente LLC and bioinformatics company Biomind LLC; leader of the open-source OpenCog Artificial General Intelligence software project; Chief Technology Officer of biopharma firm Genescient Corp.; Director of Engineering of digital media firm Vzillion Inc.; Advisor to the Singularity University and Singularity Institute; Research Professor in the Fujian Key Lab for Brain-Like Intelligent Systems at Xiamen University, China; and general Chair of the Artificial General Intelligence conference series. His research work encompasses artificial general intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive science, data mining, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, virtual worlds and gaming and other areas, He has published a dozen scientific books, over 100 technical papers, and numerous journalistic articles. Before entering the software industry he served as a university faculty in several departments of mathematics, computer science and cognitive science, in the US, Australia and New Zealand. He has three children and too many pets, and in his spare time enjoys creating avant-garde fiction and music, and the outdoors.

David Wood, Secretary

DavidDavid Wood has spent 25 years envisioning, architecting, designing, implementing, and avidly using smart mobile devices. He was co-founder of Symbian, the creator of the world’s first successful smartphone operating system,and served on Symbian’s leadership team from 1996-2009. Subsequently he was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Accenture Mobility, and now acts as independent consultant and writer. As chair of London Futurists, he has organized regular meetings in London since March 2008 on futurist, transhumanist, technoprogressive, and singulariterian topics. His new book, “Smartphones and Beyond” is scheduled for publication in 2014.

Amy Li, Treasurer

AmyLiAmy is a full scholarship graduate from Singularity University, known for empowering future leaders to use technology to positively impact the world. A UX and branding leader and expert for global brands such as Yahoo, AT&T, VW, HTC, and Playstation, built/led UX and creative teams in design agencies and large tech companies. A frequent speaker on UX discipline, innovation and the future of design. Her app Have2P was awarded “App of the Week” in the New York Times, featured in Gizmodo and many major tech blogs, and praised as third on the list of 11 Coolest App ever. A director of Humanity+, an international non-profit advocate using technology to expand human capacities. Her non-profit work was mentioned by TIME magazine, and featured in major Chinese media.

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