Max More and Natasha Vita-More on The Transhumanist Reader
A video of the talk given at Borderlands Bookstore pre-H+ Conference event in San Francisco: http://2012.humanityplus.org/program/bookstore-event/
Natasha Vita-More is a transhumanist, media artist and designer, with a fine arts background, known for designing “Primo Posthuman.” This future human prototype incorporates biotechnology, robotics, information technology, nanotechnology, cognitive and neuroscience for human enhancement and extreme life extension.Natasha Vita-More is a university lecturer and the Creative Director of H+ Lab for scientific and artistic design collaborations. Vita-More is currently a Visiting Scholar at Twenty-First Century Medicine, Advisor to the Singularity University, Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Humanity+. She is a PhD candidate at the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth. Her thesis concerns human enhancement and extreme life extension. She holds a B.F.A., University of Memphis; filmmaker-in-residence, University of Colorado; M.Sc., University of Houston; M.Phil., University of Plymouth.
Max More is a philosopher and futurist who writes, speaks, and consults on advanced decision-making about emerging technologies. Born in Bristol, England, More has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St Anne’s College, Oxford University (1987). His 1995 University of Southern California doctoral dissertation “The Diachronic Self: Identity, Continuity, and Transformation” examined several issues that concern transhumanists, including the nature of death, and what it is about each individual that continues despite great change over time.
Founder of the Extropy Institute, Max More has written many articles espousing the philosophy of transhumanism and the transhumanist philosophy of extropy, most importantly his Principles of Extropy (currently version 3.11). In a 1990 essay “Transhumanism: Toward a Futurist Philosophy”, he introduced the term “transhumanism” in its modern sense. More is also noted for his writings about the impact of new and emerging technologies on businesses and other organizations. His “Proactionary Principle” is intended as a balanced guide to the risks and benefits of technological innovation. At the start of 2011, Max More became president and CEO of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation — the largest provider of cryopreservation services in the world — an organization he first joined in 1986.
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