20.7.07

ExtroBritannia's July event: How to win friends and influence politicians.

Saturday the 28th of July, 2pm, at Conway Hall (Artists’ Room), in Holborn, London. Everyone welcome.

What would it mean if mainstream UK political parties absorbed Transhumanist ideas into their values and policy? What if dogmatic inhibition of Transhumanist developments could be transformed into a rational, national and international reach for technological salvation? Imagine what might be achieved in just one decade with Apollo Project-scale, collaborative, multi-national public funding and regulatory reform. Love it or loathe it, politics drives our national agenda, and Darren Reynolds wants to tell us how to get into the driver's seat.

Darren Reynolds is a local government councillor, approved Parliamentary candidate and party conference insider for a mainstream UK political party. He's also one of the original contributors to the Transhumanist Declaration and a sustaining member of the World Transhumanist Association.

We will be at the Penderel's Oak (see below for the address) from 12.30 for lunch and will move to Conway Hall at 2pm. We’ll be back at the Penderel’s post-event for drinks and discussion at approx. 5pm. Feel free to show up at any stage.

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. Here's a picture of the book's cover.


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

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

26.4.07

ExtroBritannia's May event: Paths to life-extension. Scenario planning with Anders Sandberg

The next ExtroBritannia event is scheduled for Sunday the 13th of May at 2pm at Conway Hall (Artists’ Room), in Holborn, London. Everyone welcome.

What would be the social impact of different development paths to life-extension? We could experience a sudden breakthrough, or a slower development. Advancements could be based on complex and expensive medical services, genetic interventions or novel pharmaceutical agents. Do we need a state-sponsored "war on ageing", or will the private sector drive progress in this area? Will life-extension come to be regarded as enhancement, as opposed to therapy? Will there be organised opposition to these developments? Will there be organised support? After an introduction to the basics of scenario planning, Anders Sandberg will lead an informal scenario session exploring these topics.

We will be at the Penderel's Oak from 12.30pm for lunch and conversation and will move to Conway Hall at 2pm. We’ll be back at the Penderel’s post-event for drinks and discussion at approx. 5pm. Feel free to show up at any stage.

If it's your first time at an ExtroBritannia event, look out for a copy of Hans Moravec’s "Mind Children" at our table. Here's a picture of the book's cover.


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

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

10.2.07

ExtroBritannia's February event: the "Holborn Agenda"

The next ExtroBritannia get-together is scheduled for Saturday the 17th of Feb, 12,30pm at the Penderel's Oak, in Holborn, London. Everyone welcome.

This month, we're discussing the mainstreaming of the life-extension meme, how to encourage it and what we can do to accelerate the pace of research in the area (such as Aubrey de Grey's SENS. In other words, how do we "sell" indefinite lifespans to "the masses"? How do we lobby governmental bodies for more investment?

After lunch we'll break up into small groups, in order to brainstorm on the subject. After this, we'll mix-up the groups for further brainstorming and then get back together to see what we've come up with. The goal of the exercise is to sketch the outlines of a workable plan of action: the Holborn Agenda.

We will be at the Penderel's Oak from 12.30pm and will stay until late afternoon. 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. Here's 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
MAP

8.1.07

ExtroBritannia in Cambridge

An informal ExtroBritannia get together will take place next Saturday (13th Jan 07) at the 'Live and Let Live' Pub near the railway station starting at 12:00 noon until whenever the majority of people have departed.

If it is your first time at an ExtroBritannia get together, look for a copy of "Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition" being displayed at our table.

The 'Live and Let Live' Pub (map)