Management

THE HUMANITY+ MANAGEMENT TEAM:

Natasha Vita-More

Executive Director

Natasha Vita-More, Ph.D. is a Professor at the University of Advancing Technology. Her practice-based work unpacks the technology, science and design of human enhancement and the mitigation of aging. She is a frequent guest speaker on topics concerning the future human. She is best known as designer of “Primo Posthuman” a future body prototype using nanotechnology and AI. She also produced the first scientific breakthrough on cryonic vitrification and long-term memory of C. elegans. She is author and co-editor of The Transhumanist Reader. Her writings have been published in numerous books, and she has appeared in more than twenty-four televised documentaries, and 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.

Ben Goertzel

Chair

Ben Goertzel, PhD 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.

Jose Cordeiro

Vice Chair

José Luis Cordeiro, PhD, is a world citizen in o ur small planet in a big unknown universe. He was born in Latin America, from European parents, was educated in Europe and North America, and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has studied, visited and worked in over 130 countries in 5 continents. Mr. Cordeiro studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA, where he received his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.). His thesis consisted of a dynamic modeling for NASA’s “Freedom” Space Station (the “International” Space Station of today). He started his doctoral degree at MIT, which he continued later in Tokyo, Japan, and finally received his PhD at Universidad Simón Bolívar (USB) in Caracas, Venezuela.

Amy Li

Treasurer

Amy Li is Founder of Dance4Healing, an award winning social venture inspired by her personal stage IV cancer journey. Dance4Healing is an AI-powered live video platform empowering anyone access to creative arts therapy, and building healthy habits in a fun, and supportive way. It has won over 15 awards such as Stanford Medicine X Healthcare Design Award, Stanford Health++ Hackathon Intel Nervana AI Cluster Grand Prize, top 5 finalist for Pfizer’s global mBC Challenge, 2nd prize for Partners Connected Health Fit Mind Challenge sponsored by AARP. Amy is a UX, design and branding expert for global brands such as Yahoo, AT&T, VW and Sony. Her first iPhone App Have2P was independently reviewed and featured as “App of the Week” at New York Times, leading to a major media storm in over 50 publications, such as NBC, Yahoo! News, Gizmodo, Popsugar, praised as third on the list of ”11 Coolest App ever”. Resulted in millions of downloads within 4 weeks, and a successful cross-sale of a whole suite of AT&T R&D apps. Amy graduated from Singularity University, which is known for empowering future leaders to use technology to positively impact the world.

THE HUMANITY+ MEDIA TEAM:

Brent Reitze

Online Manager

Brent Logan Reitze is an Information Technology Systems Engineer and Transhumanist with an ongoing focus on technological advances, particularly man-machine interfaces. He served nine years in the U.S. Army as an Information Technology Specialist, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant, serving Operation Enduring Freedom in Africa, and completing his bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College before being Honorably Discharged. He is now a disabled veteran using his Post-911 GI-Bill to pursue a master’s degree in Cyber-Security. He lives with his wife in Bowie, Maryland.

Ryan O’Shea

Social Media Manager

Ryan O’Shea is an entrepreneur and futurist speaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the host of Future Grind, a podcast and video series that explores the ethics and implications of emerging science and technology. Ryan currently serves as the spokesperson for Grindhouse Wetware, a group specializing in technology to augment human capabilities. In 2017, Ryan co-founded the artificial intelligence startup Behaivior, which uses artificial intelligence and automated just-in-time intervention to solve the problem of addiction. Behaivior was recently named a Top 10 team in the third and final round of the $5 Million IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, and has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and others. Ryan has represented NASA and CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Solar System Ambassador, and serves both as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and an ambassador for Pittsburgh AI. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and currently sits on the boards of numerous non-profits in Western Pennsylvania.

Chris Lawrence

H+ Magazine Manager

Chris has a keen interest in philosophy and has always been driven by big questions, such as: ‘what makes a good life?’ and ‘how should we live our lives?’ This questioning led him to study philosophy at university. While studying, he became increasingly interested in the philosophy of technology—particularly transhumanism and artificial intelligence.

Chris is an aspiring speculative fiction writer and enjoys exploring different ideas and viewpoints through fiction. His writing is heavily influenced by philosophy as well as history and mythology. He has two short stories published and a number of books—for both adults and children—at various stages of completion. Chris enjoys exploring the new storytelling opportunities technology presents and has written the script for an indy VR game and a pilot for a YouTube machinima series.

Chris is just as interested in the past as he is in the future and is currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Ancient History through Maquarie University. When not editing for H+ Magazine, writing or studying ancient history, Chris works as a web developer—building and maintaining websites and web applications.

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