THE HUMANITY+ MANAGEMENT TEAM:
Natasha Vita-More, Chair
Natasha Vita-More, Ph.D. is a Professor at the University of Advancing Technology, and co-editor and contributing author of The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Technology of the Future Human. She is founder of esDESign firm whose clients include over the years Mitsubishi, 20th Century Fox, Telluride Film Festival, Larry Flint Productions, FilmEx International, and Olympics Festival. She is a Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and Hybrid Reality Inst., former Advisor to the Policy, Law & Ethics track at the Singularity University. Her PhD unpacks the technology, science and design of human enhancement. She is a frequent guest speaker on topics concerning the future in the international arena. She is best known as designer of “Primo Posthuman”. 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 and Treasurer
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
David 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.
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