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
Tel: 020 78 87 80 00

The Founders Arms
52 Hopton Street
London SE1 9JH
Tel: 020 7928 1899

Please visit the H+art website for further information.


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