2003 USA CONFERENCE
Adaptable Human Body: Transhumanism and Bioethics in the 21st
Yale University, New Haven, CT USA
THURSDAY June 26, 2003
FRIDAY June 27, 2003
"Should Humans Welcome or Resist Becoming Post-Human?"
Welcome: Greg Stock Ph.D.
Resist: George Annas J.D.
SATURDAY June 28, 2003
Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 62
High St., New Haven CT
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
9:00 - 10:00 a.m
Opening Keynote: "Why
Not Re-Invent Humans? Is This The Best We Can Do?"
Greg Pence Ph.D.
10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Stuart Hameroff M.D. "Artificial quantum consciousness: Is it possible,
what would it look like?"
David Calverley J.D. "Artificial Intelligence as a Legal Entity"
Wendell Wallach "Robot Morals: Creating an Artificial Moral Agent
Human Variation and Fairness
in Sports and Games
David Wasserman Ph.D.
Anita Silvers Ph.D.
Miller Brown Ph.D.
Leslie Francis Ph.D., J.D.
Animals, Clones and
Dorothy Wertz Ph.D. "Twenty Arguments on Cloning"
Craig DeLancey Ph.D. "Systematic Biocentric Axiology: Environmental
Ethics as a Foundation for Transhuman Ethics"
Jason Scott Robert Ph.D. "Confusion about crossing species
VIDEO: Cyberman (90 mins)
A video about Steve Mann the Toronto-based
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. (Lunch)
Sandwiches and sodas provided
12:30 - 1:20 p.m.
Development after De Chardin:
The Accelerating Transhumanist Frontier
Moral issues on the Bioethics of the
Steve Mann Ph.D.
Slam! — Will Primo's Adaptable Body Cause TransCultural Collision?
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Barbara Gibson "Identity Experiments: The Connectivity of
Anita Silvers Ph.D. "Disability and Enhancement"
Andrew Ward "Strategies for Workplace Disability Integration: A New
Model of Universal Access"
Nick Bostrom Ph.D. "Our Human and Posthuman Dignity"
J. Hughes Ph.D. "Transhumanism: A New Bioethics Paradigm"
Twyla Gibson Ph.D. "Philosophical Foundations and Methodological
Framework for a Transhumanist Bioethics"
Identity and Rights
Linda MacDonald Glenn J.D. "The Future Boundaries of Personhood:
Evolving Technological, Legal, and Ethical Definitions"
John Alan Cohan J.D. "The Question of Self-Identity and Brain
Susantha Goonatilake Ph.D. "Body, self and environment as constructed and
reconstructed: Insights from Buddhist philosophy
Patrick Hopkins Ph.D. "Barbie Bodies, Bacon Bodies, Plato Bodies,
Nietzsche Bodies: Differing Visions of How Biotechnology Should Be Used
to Transform Human Bodies"
Ian McKenna "Transhuman Identity: Distentio Animi"
Anders Sandberg Ph.D. "Morphological Freedom"
3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Future of Sex and Gender
Alice Dreger Ph.D. "The Once and Future Freak: What the History of the
Medical and Social Treatment of People with Unusual Anatomies Might Tell
Us about the Future of Transhumanism"
J. Hughes Ph.D. "The Future of Sex"
Vanessa Edwards Foster "Trans-enstein vs. Preacher Bob
and the Village Mob": Progress and Pain on the Road to Equality and
How Society Confronts Changing Realities"
Life Extension: The
Rafal Smigrodski M.D., Ph.D. "Emerging Life Extension Therapies"
Aubrey de Grey Ph.D. "Foreseeable, radical life extension: the biology to
inform the philosophy"
Simon Smith "Mainstreaming Transhumanism"
Ben Hijink "Organizing Campus Transhumanist Groups and an
International Facilitation Network"
The Future of the Brain
Ramez Naan "The Wired Brain"
Wrye Sententia "Neurocops: Policing the Borders of Human
5:00 - 6:00 p.m .
WTA/HFI Business Meeting
Jane Holt Video
Reception and Buffet (SOLD OUT)
SUNDAY June 29, 2003
Reproductive Technology and
Rights of Future Generations
William Grey Ph.D. "Design constraints for the Posthuman Future"
George Dvorsky "Reproductive Rights, Designer Babies, and the
Consent of the Unborn"
Dorothy Wertz Ph.D. "Controversial Choices after Prenatal Diagnosis: Has
Autonomy Gone Too Far?"
Moderator and Respondent: Ron Bailey
Mike Treder "Meeting the Challenge: Safe Utilization of Advanced
William Edmundson Ph.D. "Posterity and Embodiment"
Jose Cordeiro "The Global Geopolitics towards Transhumanism and
Visions of the Singularity
Michael Anissimov "Accelerating Progress and the Potential
Consequences of Smarter than Human Intelligence"
Hatuna Pokrovskaia "Ecce Trans-Homo: The Progression of Ethics in
the Technological Revolution"
of Robots, Bodies and Mind
Lanfranco Aceti "Prosthesis' Digital
Aesthetic: The Integrated Technology of Human Extensions "
Anatoly Nichvoloda "System Completion
Visions of the Future
Moderator: John Smart
Andrew Zolli "Demographics of a Future Humanity"
David Donnelly Ph.D. "Ethics of Forecasting: Visions of the Future Human
Eli Yudkowsky "Posthumanity: A Nice Place To Live?"
The Ethics of Life Extension
Kenneth Sills "Why Immortality?"
Evelyn Shuster Ph.D. "To Live Forever: A Blessing or a Curse?"
John Davis Ph.D. "Methuselah's Children: Life-Extension and Fears of
Transhumanism vs. Humanism
Mark Gubrud Ph.D. "A Humanist Response to Transhumanism"
Munawar Anees Ph.D. "Transhumans and humans: Conflict or Convivencia?"
Austin Dacey Ph.D. "Is there "human nature" after 'nature-nurture'? A developmental systems approach"
"The Missing Word"
12:30 - 1p.m
Closing Keynote: "Who's
Afraid of PostHumanity?: The Politics and Ethics of Genetically