26.11.06

ExtroBritannia's December meeting

The next ExtroBritannia get-together is scheduled for Saturday the 9th of December 2006, starting at 1pm in Holborn, London. Everyone welcome.

This month, we're having a pre-Xmas social event, so come along for lunch and transhumanist-related conversation (life-extension, cryonics, the singularity, nanotech, AI, etc, etc) and to meet other people interested in these subjects. This will also be a chance for UKTA directors, members and sympatisers to meet face to face and plan next year's activities.

We will be at the Penderel's Oak from 1pm and will stay until about 5pm. Feel free to show up at any time. If it's your first time at an ExtroBritannia event, look out for a copy of Kurzweil's "The Age of Spiritual Machines" at our table (a picture of the book's cover).

The Penderel's Oak
283-288 High Holborn
London WC1V 7HJ
Tel: 0207 242 5669
Nearest tube: Holborn
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22.10.06

ExtroBritannia's October event

Aubrey de Grey on the Mprize and SENS research

Aubrey gave a great presentation on the updated Mprize (see below). A recording of the event is now available here (11.7Mb mp3 file).


9.10.06

ExtroBritannia's October event

Aubrey de Grey on the Mprize and SENS research

Saturday the 21st of October 2006 at 2pm, Conway Hall (Club Room) in Holborn, London. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

PLEASE NOTE: SATURDAY'S PRESENTATION WILL BE AT CONWAY HALL'S CLUB ROOM (NOT AT CONWAY HALL'S BERTRAND RUSSELL ROOM, AS PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED)

This month, Aubrey de Grey will update us on progress on the Mprize and on new developments in SENS research. From the Mprize's website: "The Mprize is the premiere effort of the Methuselah Foundation and is being offered to the scientific research team which develops the longest living Mus musculus, the breed of mouse most commonly used in scientific research. Developing interventions which work in mice is a critical precursor to the development of human anti-aging techniques, for once it is demonstrated that aging in mice can be effectively delayed or reversed, popular attitudes towards aging as 'inevitable' will no longer be possible. When aging in mice is shown to be 'treatable' the funding necessary for a full-line assault on the aging process will be made available. This is the true power of the Mprize, to demonstrate a proof of principle, and give hope to the world that decline in function and age-related disease are no longer guarantees, for us, or for future generations, if we work together now."

And if you want to meet before the event, we’ll be at the Penderel's Oak from 12.30 for lunch (we also move back to the pub for drinks and conversation after the event). If it is your first time at an ExtroBritannia event, look out for a copy of Kurzweil's "The Singularity is Near" at our table (picture)

CONWAY HALL
25 Red Lion Square,
London WC1R 4RL
tel 020 7242 8032
www.conwayhall.org.uk
Nearest tube: Holborn
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The Penderel's Oak
283-288 High Holborn
London WC1V 7HJ
Tel: 0207 242 5669
Nearest tube: Holborn
MAP

1.9.06

ExtroBritannia's September event

Transhumanism – a new religion?

Meme wars: the battle of the transhumanists. Beyond the religious right and liberal left. Transhumanism as a new metameme for the modern world.

Simon Young, author of Designer Evolution: A Transhumanist Manifesto (New York: Prometheus Books, 2006), and Founder of the World Transhumanist Society, argues that Transhumanists should reject their outdated political baggage – Transhumanism challenges all existing worldviews, political or religious, and is destined to become the dominant new belief system of the Modern World in the 21st century. But does that make it a new religion? Young’s answer may surprise you. Find out why...

Saturday the 30th of September 2006 at 2pm, Conway Hall (Artists’ Room) in Holborn, London. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

CONWAY HALL
25 Red Lion Square,
London WC1R 4RL
tel 020 7242 8032
www.conwayhall.org.uk
Nearest tube: Holborn
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9.8.06

ExtroBritannia's August event (and AGM)

Our next event is scheduled for Saturday the 19th of August 2006 starting at 2pm at Conway Hall (Tower Room 1) in Holborn, London. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

We are also holding our Annual General Meeting, at the same venue, starting at 11am. All members are invited and non-members are welcome.


Dr M A Twyman on "Consciousness and the transhuman"

Many of the long-term futurist scenarios frequently discussed by transhumanists touch upon questions of the nature of sentience. For example: Is uploading feasible, or even possible in principle? How might we assess the degree or type of sentience in a truly alien lifeform? Serious answers to these and other questions require recourse to scientific theories of the nature of consciousness and human sentience. Dr Twyman will briefly review the principal contemporary accounts of consciousness, and then describe their relevance to areas of particular interest to transhumanism, before leading discussion of the kinds of social and research policies which transhumanists should perhaps be advocating.

CONWAY HALL
25 Red Lion Square,
London WC1R 4RL
tel 020 7242 8032
www.conwayhall.org.uk
Nearest tube: Holborn
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26.7.06

August to October 2006 schedule of events

A schedule of events for the next few months, to help planning ahead.

AUGUST - Consciousness

We have earmarked Saturday the 19th of August, 2pm, for a presentation on the subject of consciousness. Amon Twyman will be exploring the possible bases for a consistent "policy" on dealing with non-human entities in an ethical manner, including the various post-human scenarios we've heard described over the years, on the basis our scientific understanding of consciousness.

The venue will *probabibly* be Conway Hall (Artists' Room), but please keep an eye on the blog for confirmation.

SEPTEMBER - Simon Young on Transhumanism

Simon Young, author of "Designer Evolution - a Transhumanist Manifesto" and founder of the World Transhumanist Society will illustrate his vision for the future of the transhumanist movement.

The venue is likely to be Conway Hall. No date has been set yet, but our events are, usually, on a Saturday afternoon, toward the end of the month.

OCTOBER - Aubrey de Grey on the Mathuselah Mouse Prize

On the 21st of October, 2pm, Aubrey de Grey will give us an update on progress at the Mathuselah Mouse Prize. From the prize's website: The MPrize is the premiere effort of the Methuselah Foundation and is being offered to the scientific research team who develops the longest living Mus musculus, the breed of mouse most commonly used in scientific research. Developing interventions which work in mice is a critical precursor to the development of human anti-aging techniques, for once it is demonstrated that aging in mice can be effectively delayed or reversed, popular attitudes towards aging as 'inevitable' will no longer be possible. When aging in mice is shown to be 'treatable' the funding necessary for a full-line assault on the aging process will be made available. This is the true power of the Methuselah Mouse Prize, to demonstrate a proof of principle, and give hope to the world that decline in function and age-related disease are no longer guarantees, for us, or for future generations, if we work together now.

The venue will be the Club Room, at Conway Hall.

14.7.06

ExtroBritannia's July event

Our next event is scheduled for Monday the 24th of July 2006 starting at 7pm at Conway Hall (Bertrand Russell Room) in Holborn, London. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

Natasha Vita-More and Anders Sandbergs: Transhumanism 2.0 - Getting on track

Natasha Vita-More and Anders Sandbergs will discuss the way ahead for transhumanism, from the experience of the Extropy Institute to the promotion of the Proactionary Principle as the concept with the most potential to take us toward transhumanity.

CONWAY HALL
25 Red Lion Square,
London WC1R 4RL
tel 020 7242 8032
www.conwayhall.org.uk
Nearest tube: Holborn
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23.4.06

ExtroBritannia's May event:

Our next event is scheduled for Saturday the 13th of May 2006 at 2,00pm at the Tate Modern, in London. The event is free and everyone's welcome.

Transhumanism, existential art and Russian diamonds

Can early 20th century existentialist artists inform 21st century transhumanist thinking and the accelerating H+ movement? The talk and following discussion will seamlessly enhance through quantum soup, existential ground and shock levels to the post transhuman future where you'll be choosing your favourite art work from the Tates' walls. Will the mystique of the authentic original decrease or increase in value or importance in a world of atom scale nano assemblers?

Artist and illustrator Russell Rukin will explore these issues and explain the relevance of Russian Diamonds at the Tate Modern from 2pm. We'll meet at 12.30pm, at The Founders Arms pub (2 mins from the Tate) for lunch, before we move to the Tate. If it is your first ExtroBritannia, please look for Ray Kurzweils' "The Singularity is Near" on the table. Otherwise we'll see you on the mezzanine bridge overlooking the turbine room, through the entrance facing the millennium bridge.

The venues:

Tate Modern
Bankside
London
SE1 9TG
Tel: 020 78 87 80 00
www.tate.org.uk/modern
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The Founders Arms
52 Hopton Street
London SE1 9JH
Tel: 020 7928 1899
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Please visit the H+art website for further information.

17.4.06

ExtroBritannia's April event:

The next ExtroBritannia get-together is scheduled for Saturday the 22nd of April 2006 starting at 12,30 in Holborn, London. The event is free and everyone's welcome.

Global warming - from a transhumanist perspective

This month we are having an informal discussion on the thorny issue of global warming from a transhumanist perspective. Is it something we don't need to worry about, as the technological developments we forecast for the next fifty years will render it obsolete as an existential risk? Or is it something that could slow down or prevent the same technological advances from taking place?

We will be at the Penderel's Oak (see below for the address) from 12,30 for lunch and an informal chat. The climate change discussion will start at approx 2pm and, once that's concluded, we'll stay for drinks until about 5pm. Feel free to show up at any time.

If it's your first time at an ExtroBritannia event, look out for a copy of Kurzweil's "The Singularity is Near" at our table (click here to see what it looks like).

Penderel's Oak
283-288 High Holborn
London WC1V 7HJ
Tel: 0207 242 5669
Nearest tube: Holborn
MAP

3.3.06

ExtroBritannia's March event:

James Hughes on "The Politics of Human Enhancement"

This month, we’ll look at "The Politics of Human Enhancement" with James Hughes, Executive Director of the World Transhumanist Association and its affiliated Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and author of Citizen Cyborg.

"Religious conservatives are joining with Greens, feminists and the disabled to enact global bans on human enhancement technologies. Demographers are warning policy makers that life extension technologies will wreck pensions. Drug warriors scramble to keep up with the proliferation of new psychopharmaceuticals, while drug regulators try to figure out how to assure the safety of gene therapies and implantable devices. In this new biopolitical landscape what strategic course should transhumanists set? How can we unite our libertarians and leftists, our seculars and spirituals, our life extenders, wire-heads and Singularitarians, around a common agenda to defend everyone's rights to safe and universally accessible enhancement technologies? Dr. Hughes will lay out an agenda for transhumanist activism that can unite a broad, majoritarian coalition around the right to control our own bodies and minds, and achieve longer, happier, healthier lives for everyone."

Friday the 17th of March 2006 starting at 7pm at Conway Hall (Club Room) in Holborn, London.

The event is free and everyone is welcome.

CONWAY HALL
25 Red Lion Square,
London WC1R 4RL
tel 020 7242 8032
www.conwayhall.org.uk
Nearest tube: Holborn
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16.2.06

ExtroBritannia's February event:

Anders Sandberg on "Memory enhancement: what, how and why."


"Memory is one of the most accessible neuropsychological functions: today we have a fairly detailed knowledge of how it works from the biochemical level to the behavioral level. Beside traditional mnemonics and external tools it is becoming increasingly possible to improve or modify memory through drugs and genetic modifications. I will give an overview of state of the art in memory technology, as well as discuss the current ethical and political issues surrounding these possibilities."

Saturday the 25th of February 2006 starting at 2pm at Conway Hall in Holborn, London.

We will be at the Penderel's Oak from 12.30 for lunch, and at Conway Hall (Artists’ Room) at 2pm (see below for the addresses). We usually move back to the pub for drinks and conversation after the event (at some point between 4 and 5pm). If you are planning to show up at the pub and it is your first time at an ExtroBritannia event, look out for a copy of Kurzweil's "The Age of Spiritual Machines" at our table (picture)

The event is free and everyone is welcome.

CONWAY HALL
25 Red Lion Square,
London WC1R 4RL
tel 020 7242 8032
www.conwayhall.org.uk
Nearest tube: Holborn
MAP

Penderel's Oak
283-288 High Holborn
London WC1V 7HJ
Tel: 0207 242 5669
Nearest tube: Holborn
MAP