If you’re in Arizona and interested in futures topics, I’d like to invite you to join the WFS Arizona chapter for our August meeting. I’m very excited about this month’s topic and speaker, and I hope you can join us.
On August 26, 2015, our featured presentation topic and speaker will be as follows:
Natasha Vita-More on Transhumanism
If you’re unfamiliar with Natasha’s work, here’s her bio:
Natasha Vita-More, PhD is a designer and author whose research concerns the technological design of human enhancement. Wired magazine called Natasha an “early adopter of revolutionary ideas” and Village Voice claimed she is “a role model for superlongevity”.
Having been published in numerous academic journals, such as Metaverse Creativity and Technoetic Arts – A Journal of speculative Research, New Realities: Being Syncretic, Beyond Darwin, and D’ARS. Vita-More is also a contributing author to chapters of the books AI Society, Anticipating 2025, Intelligence Unbound. Her own book (below) is published by the renown Wiley Blackwell Publishing.
Vita-More received Special Recognition at Women in Video and has exhibited at the London Contemporary Art Museum, Niet Normaal, and the Moscow Film Festival. She is most known for having designed the pioneering whole body prototype known as “Platform Diverse Body” (f/k/a Primo Posthuman) and the networked identity “Substrate Autonomous Identity”. With a background as a fine artist, videographer, and bioartist, her work evolved into the field of design in linking transdisciplinary of multi-media design, science, and technology. Her current work includes scientific research on memory of C. elegans nematode after vitrification.
Vita-More is co-editor and contributing author of The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Future Human. Featured in LAWeekly, The New York Times, and U.S. News & World Report, Vita-More has appeared in over two dozen televised documentaries on the future, including PBS, BBC, TLC, ABC, NBC, and CBS. Dr. Vita-More is a professor at the University of Advancing Technology, Chairman of Humanity+, and a Fellow at Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies.
Join us on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Scottsdale Public Library Civic Center at 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ (we’ll be in the Gold room on the first floor).
To attend our meetings, you don’t have to be a formal WFS member, you just have to be interested.
RSVP at our meetup site here.