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Natasha Vita-More

PDr. Vita-More is recognized for her work concerning the impacts of technology and the human future. The scope of her work covers science, technology, and sociopolitical issues. Her personal aim is to accelerate regenerative generations, promote the mindset of ageless thinking, and innovate lifespans beyond biological limitations.

She has been called “an early adapter of revolutionary changes” (Wired) and a “role model for superlongevity” (Village Voice), and featured in over two dozen televised documentaries on emerging technology, human enhancement, and life extension. Her pioneering writing on “Ageless Thinking”, her innovation “Primo Posthuman” a cross platform whole body prosthetic, and her current work on the “Regenerative Generation” have vigorously established a strong incentive to many. Her multi-media and narrative have received Special Recognition at Women in Video, exhibition at the US Film Festival, Filmex LA, London Contemporary Art Museum, Memphis Museum, Niet Normal in Germany, the Moscow Film Festival, and GOGBOT, The Netherlands.

In the field of design, the prototype “Primo Posthuman”, 1997 produced the seminal whole body prosthetic that unmasks the probable outcomes of regenerative biology. The further iteration of this project has resulted in “Platform Diverse Body” (2012) and “Substrate Autonomous Persons” (2012), which offer insight into how technological innovation mitigates physiology.

In the field of science, her research proved to be a scientific breakthrough in long-term memory in the field of cryobiology. Natasha and her team developed what she refers to as the memory project. Working with the C. elegans nematode, a microscope simple animal, this project successfully proved that long-term memory can be retained after croypreservation and vitrification, published in Rejuvenation Research, 2015.

Natasha is Executive Director of Humanity+, Inc., the largest transhumanist organization, Professor at the University of Advancing Technology and has been a visiting lecturer at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, UCLA, and Aalto Universities. She keynotes global conferences, and in Moscow presented her views on a future Super Olympics, in Tokyo on the aging population of the Regenerative Generation, at GF2045 Conference at Lincoln Center, and at TEDx Limassol, TEDxMunich, and Space Sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Paris.

Natasha is co-editor and contributing author of the Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future. Her essays have been published in the journals Nanotechnology Perceptions, Technoetic Arts, Evolution haute couture, Technology Imagination Future, Metaverse Creativity, New Realities: Being Syncretic, Beyond Darwin, AI Society and D’ARS. She is Chairman of Humanity+. Here website: http://www.natashavita-more.com

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AI and Humans: Friend or Foe
Masters&Robots Day 1
Through waves of optimism on the one hand and techno-fear on the other, a cultural and socio-political divided has arisen. Bioethicists and machine-ethicists make public claims that biotechnology and emerging technologies of AI and nanotech should be stopped. With such a divide, a new way of thinking is necessary to mitigate disparity within society and to steer toward academic mindfulness and mainstream awareness. Contrary to journalistic hyperbole and postmodernist hegemony, the aim of transhumanism has been and continues to be to establish a platform for critical thinking and visionary foresight that can and will have significant impact on people. This impact is to educate society and to offer platforms for discussion into the public arena and take the conversation out of the naysayer rhetoric and fear-mongering. The transhumanist agenda seeks to improve the human condition—meaning to improve upon the vulnerability of human biology and the onslaught of disease and aging through the use of ethical technolgoies and evidence-based science. The Proactionary Principle supports the transhumanist approach to seek balanced governance of new technologies. Morphological Freedom supports that transhumanist value of human rights, especially the right to alter one’s biology or to co-exist in multiple substrates, such as the physical world, virtuality, and artificial computational environments. If we continue to use technology to develop ways to live longer, then we are within the scope of an evolutionary leap. The most intriguing aspect of this evolution is reversing aging and extending the human life span. Transhumanism is about improving the human condition, which means the distinct characteristics of being human and human existence, including survival and evolution human nature to become more humane.