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THE SURVIVORS CLUB
Each second of the day, someone in America faces a crisis, whether it's a car accident, violent crime, serious illness, or financial trouble. Given the inevitability of adversity, we all wonder: Who beats the odds and who surrenders? Why do some people bound back and others give up? How can I become the kind of person who survives and thrives?
The fascinating, hopeful answers to these questions are found in THE SURVIVORS CLUB. In the tradition of Freakonomics and The Tipping Point, this book reveals the hidden side of survival by combining astonishing true stories, gripping scientific research, and the author's adventures inside the U.S. military's elite survival schools and the government's airplane crash evacuation course.
This innovative book, inspired by material from FACT’s Human Futures program and informed by an inquiry into the future of humanity, combines scholarly essays, images, interviews, design products, artifacts, and creative writing in order to portray how the culture of technological innovation is made and remade through bioculturally diverse forms of consumption. Human Futures addresses biological developments such as cloning, genetic modification, stem cell research alongside issues like the ethics and aesthetics of human enhancement and the future of biological migration. The result is an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in the clash of art, technology, and science and its impact on our very human future.
Fukuyama (The End of History and the Last Man; Trust) is no stranger to controversial theses, and here he advances two: that there are sound nonreligious reasons to put limits on biotechnology, and that such limits can be enforced. Fukuyama argues that “the most significant threat” from biotechnology is “the possibility that it will alter human nature and thereby move us into a ‘posthuman’ stage of history.” The most obvious way that might happen is through the achievement of genetically engineered “designer babies,” but he presents other, imminent routes as well: research on the genetic basis of behavior; neuropharmacology, which has already begun to reshape human behavior through drugs like Prozac and Ritalin; and the prolongation of life, to the extent that society might come “to resemble a giant nursing home.” Fukuyama then draws on Aristotle and the concept of “natural right” to argue against unfettered development of biotechnology. His claim is that a substantive human nature exists, that basic ethical principles and political rights such as equality are based on judgments about that nature, and therefore that human dignity itself could be lost if human nature is altered.
“Paths to 2025: visions, nightmares, roadblocks, and plans”
“Transhumanism for 2025: health, spirituality, politics, and transcendence”
Subject to ticket availability, people can choose to attend either, or both, of these two events, depending on their interests and their other commitments.
The schedule for each day
Each day will be structured along the following lines:
09.15: Registration, refreshments, and networking
09.45: Three opening talks
11.15: Break for networking and refreshments
11.45 Two further talks
12.45: Lunch break
14.15: Two further talks
15.15: Break for networking and refreshments
15.45: Final session (two more talks, and/or panel discussion)
17.00: End of day.
This envisages up to nine speakers per day, with each speaker having around 18 minutes to make their key points, followed by 10–12 minutes of audience interaction.
Some sessions may instead involve panel discussions and greater audience interaction.
Speakers at Anticipating 2025 will include the following (for more information, see the Speakers page):
Never before has human life been able to change itself, to reach into its own genetic structure and rearrange its molecular basis -- now it can. We are about to enter the transitional period between the human and posthuman eras -- the transhuman age. In Last Flesh, poet, philosopher and media critic Christopher Dewdney takes a personal look at this transitional era -- its culture, media and technology. | The goal of transhumanism is to surpass our human limitations, and already this new era is being heralded by an unprecedented expansion of human capabilities. Genetic engineering, artificial intelligence and neuroscience are about to give humans the keys to their own destiny. Voice-recognition, as well as computer-assisted literature and art, will provide a new cultural richness. Nano-technology, robotics and physics will produce astounding new advances in engineering. Last Flesh explores the impact, both social and moral, of these innovations.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Tue, 2011-03-29 07:05
Eythor Bender of Berkeley Bionics brings onstage two amazing exoskeletons, HULC and eLEGS -- robotic add-ons that could one day allow a human to carry 200 pounds without tiring, or allow a wheelchair user to stand and walk. It's a powerful onstage demo, with implications for human potential of all kinds.