"The Adaptable Human Body: Transhumanism and Bioethics in the 21st Century"


June 27-29, 2003  






Yale University, New Haven, CT USA


Coverage of Transvision 2003

"Alive and Ticking," Hartford Advocate, June 26, 2003

"Making the Future Safe," Reason Magazine, July 1, 2003

"More than Human," TechCentralNews, July 6, 2003.

"Tripping on Transvision," Betterhumans, July 7, 2003.

"Cyborg Liberation Front: Inside the Movement for Posthuman Rights," Village Voice, July 30, 2003.

What will the body be like in 50 years, and how will changes to our bodies change our lived experience? How will we adapt the body to our needs and to the environments in which we live? Will we have conquered sickness, aging and death for all or only for the lucky few? Will people be migrating to silicon platforms, pursuing enhanced biological existence, or both or neither?  This conference, the first Transvision conference to be sponsored by the World Transhumanist Association in North America, seeks to explore the future of the body from the transhumanist perspective. TV03USA is co-sponsored by the Yale Interdisciplinary Bioethics Program's Working Group on
Artificial Intelligence, Nanotechnology and Transhumanism.

Transhumanism is a new approach to bioethics which argues that technology can be used to overcome the limitations of the human body, and that individuals should be allowed to enhance their bodies. This
conference will begin the discussion between the transhumanist movement and communities with which transhumanists have rarely been in dialogue: professional bioethicists, anti-technology activists, and critical social theorists of science and technology.






June 26 Intensive Seminar on Transhumanism

Haldane Paper Award

TV2003USA was co-sponsored by the World Transhumanist Association and the 
Yale Interdisciplinary Bioethics Program Working Research Group on Technology and Ethics.


Media Sponsors




Chair: James Hughes Ph.D., Public Policy Studies, Trinity College, Hartford CT USA and Secretary of the World Transhumanist Association

Gregor Wolbring Ph.D., Dept. Biochemistry, Director of the International Center for Bioethics, Culture and Disability, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Natasha Vita-More
Director of Transhumanist Arts and Culture and President of the Extropy Institute

Douglas Mulhall, author of Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics and Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World

Nick Bostrom Ph.D., Philosophy Dept., Oxford  University and Chair of the World Transhumanist Association

Mark Walker Ph.D., Philosophy Dept., Trinity College, University of Toronto, Canada

Randolfe H. Wicker, 
Human Cloning Foundation