Natasha Vita-More: Body by design – An iteration for life
Natasha Vita-More is a designer and author of “Body by Design”, an innovative platform diverse body and substrate autonomous person. She is currently a Professor at the University of Advancing Technology. Her research covers emerging science and technology of human enhancement design. She is co-editor and contributing author of The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Future Human (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). Her writings have been published in numerous books and academic journals such as Technoetic Arts, Evolution haute couture, Metaverse Creativity, New Realities: Being Syncretic, Beyond Darwin, and D’ARS and has received Special Recognition at Women in Video and has exhibited at London Contemporary Art Museum, Niet Normal, and the Moscow Film Festival. Dr. Vita-More has been called an “early adapter of revolutionary changes” by Wired magazine and a “role model for superlongevity” by the Village Voice. She has been featured in The New York Times, Flaunt, Marie Claire, London Observer, U.S. News & World Report and has appeared in numerous televised documentaries. She is Chair of Humanity+, Fellow of Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, and Founder of H+Lab.
Catherine Kerr: Mindfulness Starts With the Body – A View from the Brain
Director of Translational Neuroscience, Contemplative Studies Initiative Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Family Medicine. Why does mindfulness meditation begin by focusing on the breath? Does mindfulness-based somatic awareness (cultivated through attention to breath, body sensations) change the brain? Catherine Kerr received a B.A. from Amherst College, and a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. Before arriving at Brown, she was at Harvard Medical School where her original focus was on developing innovative approaches for investigating placebo effects. Currently, her work focuses on using Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and other tools to investigate brain mechanisms underlying body-based attention and healing in mindfulness and other mind-body practices such as Tai Chi.
Max More – Transhumanism and the Singularity
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.
Kevin Warwick – Cyborg Interfaces
In this talk Kevin Warwick, professor of Cybernetics at Reading University presents his talk on Cyborgs at TEDxOxford on 26th September 2011. He presents ideas on bringing back sight to the blind, allowing humans to see with sonar, and communicating with thought alone by combining artificial components with humans.
TEDxOxford is a conference run entirely by students of Oxford University for young people. To find out more about TEDxOxford see http://www.tedxoxford.co.uk/
Miguel Nicolelis: Brain-to-brain communication has arrived. How we did it.
You may remember neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis — he built the brain-controlled exoskeleton that allowed a paralyzed man to kick the first ball of the 2014 World Cup. What’s he working on now? Building ways for two minds (rats and monkeys, for now) to send messages brain to brain. Watch to the end for an experiment that, as he says, will go to “the limit of your imagination.”
Aubrey de Grey: Seeking immortality
Cambridge researcher Aubrey de Grey argues that aging is merely a disease — and a curable one at that. Humans age in seven basic ways, he says, all of which can be averted. Aubrey claims he has drawn a roadmap to defeat biological aging. He provocatively proposes that the first human beings who will live to 1,000 years old have already been born. With his astonishingly long beard, wiry frame and penchant for bold and cutting proclamations, de Grey is a magnet for controversy. A computer scientist, self-taught biogerontologist and researcher, he has co-authored journal articles with some of the most respected scientists in the field.
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