What will the future look like? Will humans still age? Will we live harmoniously with artificially intelligent machines?
Dr Anders Sandberg features in National Geographic's new series, Year Million, which focuses on humanity's future.
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Since the beginning of history, it has been humanity’s dream to prolong life for as long as possible. We have gone from an average life expectancy of around 20 years to over 80 in many developed nations.
But where to from here?
Exponential growth in technology—coupled with new medical research and development—opens up the possibility of further increasing our lifespan, perhaps even doubling it.
This is what has led the world’s leading experts in life extension—including our own Natasha Vita-More, David Wood, Max More, Aubrey de Grey and José Cordeiro—to gather in Spain for the first International Longevity and Cryopreservation Summit.
Focusing on cryopreservation, life extension and longevity, the summit sees participants coming from as far afield as the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Africa, China, Russia and Venezuela to discuss the latest developments in life extension. It provides experts with a platform to share their knowledge and make society aware of the new economy and coming opportunities presented by advances in life extension and longevity.
The summit has been organised by Fundacion VidaPlus—with the help of leading associations in the areas of longevity, indefinite lifespans, cryopreservation, and other fields of biomedicine.
Madrid – 25th-27th May (English)
Seville – 29th May (Spanish)
Barcelona – 30th May (Spanish)
If you’re in that part of the world (or if you’re looking for an excuse to be!) check out the
The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies. It is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for the various emerging technologies. Speakers include Natasha Vita-More.
Call for abstracts:
The co-sponsors invite submission of abstracts for proposed presentations. Submitters of abstracts need not provide a written paper, although provision will be made for posting and possible post-conference publication of papers for those who are interested.
Although abstracts are invited for any aspect or topic relating to the governance of emerging technologies, some particular themes that will be emphasized at this year’s conference include cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, drones, CRISPR/gene editing, big data, data analytics, transnational coordination, technology unemployment, internet of things, neuroscience, privacy, longevity, bitcoin/blockchain, and digital health.
David Orban will be keynoting Ethereal.
When: May 18
Where: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Ethereal Summit is a culture-focused blockchain event that brings innovators in the fields of governance, impact, sustainability, community building, arts and media together with experts in exponential technologies. We aim to highlight the technologies and innovators that are ushering in the next generation of the internet, and catalyzing our transition into a decentralized world.
More details: http://etherealsummit.com
David Orban will be speaking at TEDxNavesink.
When: May 20th
Where: Asbury Park, NJ, USA
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, live speakers combine with TEDTalks video to spark deep discussion and connection.
Our goal is to bring world-leading TED talks to Monmouth County in an all-day live event that inspires us to learn and think about the future of our home on the shore.
More details: http://tedxnavesink.com
When: 28th May
Where: Paris, France
The French Transhumanist Association is organizing a meeting (in French) on Sunday 28 May at 3 PM in Paris, at the "Dernier bar avant la fin du monde" (Last Bar before the End of the World) in the room Singularity (!). 19 avenue Victoria, 75001 Paris. Theme: Artificial Intelligence.
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When: 19th-21st June
Where: London, UK
CogX is an inaugural event run by CognitionX, in association with The Alan Turing Institute. It will bring together business leaders, government officials and leading academics through talks, panels and breakout sessions, to join forces and produce reports. The CogX AI awards will recognise innovation across over 20 industries and domains, highlighting the greatest contributions from entrepreneurs, to government to investment to ethics.
Our own Calum Chace Author of "The Economic Singularity" & "Surviving AI" is among the speakers.
The event comprises:
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When: 9th-13th August
Where: San Diego, CA
It’s not enough to talk about possibilities. We need to take all possible actions, including improving diet, exercise, and adopting a positive-and-practical attitude. And we need to influence public opinion. There is a big picture message we feel is vital to deliver – that life extension, rather than being a dehumanizing element as Hollywood vampire stories suggest, fact brings out the best in our humanity.
This will be an event you will treasure for life. How many MORE people would have attended Woodstock if they had any inkling of the historical impact it had? Well, we’re going to kick off a movement that could transform the world, and you don’t want to regret missing it.
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When: 15th-18th August
Where: Melbourne, Australia
Continuing the mission of the past AGI conferences, AGI-17 gathers an international group of leading academic and industry researchers involved in scientific and engineering work aimed directly toward the goal of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).
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When: 22nd - 25th August
Where: NYU in New York City
When: 5th-7th September
Where: Porto, Portugal
EPIA is a well-established international conference on Artificial Intelligence, supported by Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence (APPIA). The purpose of the conference is to promote research in AI and scientific exchange among AI researchers, practitioners, scientists, and engineers in related disciplines.
For more information, visit: https://web.fe.up.pt/~epia2017/
RECAP OF SUMMER 2016 EVENTS Future of Mind Symposium In July, Humanity + with The New School’s The Center for Transformative Media put on the Future of Mind symposium.
FUTURE of MIND will feature a series of panels moderated by Dr. Goertzel and Prof. Keller, combining contributions of expert panelists with those of audience members. Brief presentations by panelists will be followed by discussions encouraging participants and audience to develop a day long conversation.
Organized by Ben Goertzel and Ed Keller Link, he content is in-depth and Ben and Ed did an awesome job at organizing moderating this event. As a caution: the video is one camera from stage right so most speakers are a little difficult to see. Regardless, this event was top-notch! As a footnote, this symposium followed teh 9th Annual Conference on Artificial General Intelligence Link Below are a few images of speakers
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HUMAN X DESIGN Conference in New York City is a one-day conference that explores the world of human augmentation with two goals: First, to bring together the top minds to debate, question, and challenge what it means to be human; and second, to create an Ethical Framework that can serve as a way forward for augmentation guidelines. In the shadow of some recent high-profile medical cases being battled in U.S. courts comes the increasingly relevant question: Do we own our bodies? If the answer is yes, then is that right of ownership inalienable to the point that we can augment it without limits? These core questions will be debated in a panel discussion featuring the top thinkers on both sides of the issue. Transhumanist philosopher Dr. Natasha Vita-More and augmentation pioneer and former U.S. Navy engineer Adam Arabian, along with Christian ethicist and moral philosopher E. Christian Brugger and Dr. Steve Mann, victim of the first cyborg hate crime, will delve into the morality and ethics of human augmentation. Their discussion will be a launchpad for the day’s conversations and the larger issues surrounding human rights and augmentation.