Affiliation Renewed with Humanity+

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce the renewal of its affiliation with Humanity+. Formerly the World Transhumanist Association, Humanity+ and the Mormon Transhumanist Association first affiliated in 2006. Humanity+ discontinued all affiliations in April 2010, while reassessing its goals and criteria for affiliations. In the renewed affiliation, the Mormon Transhumanist Association and Humanity+ will work together to support discussion and public awareness of emerging technologies, defend the rights of individuals to adopt technologies that expand human capacities, anticipate and propose solutions for the potential consequences of emerging technologies, and actively encourage and support the development of emerging technologies judged to have sufficiently probable positive benefit. Other affiliates with Humanity+ include the Singularity Institute and the Foresight Institute, as identified in the announcement from Humanity+.

Lincoln Cannon to Present on Transfigurism at TransVision 2010

TransVision 2010 is a global transhumanist conference and community convention, organized by Giulio Prisco with the collaboration of the Italian Transhumanist Association (AIT) and an Advisory Board. The event will take place on October 22, 23 and 24, 2010 in Milan, Italy with many options for remote online access. Visit the conference web site for information on registration and remote viewing.

On 23 October at 6pm CEST (10am MDT), Lincoln Cannon will give a remote presentation on Transfigurism.

Transfigurism is a syncretization of Mormonism and Transhumanism. Together, they illustrate the compatibility of religion, science, spirituality and technology in the following ways. Trust in posthuman potential entails that which may qualify as faith in God. Transhumanists share with Mormons the basic assumptions of science. Justification of artificial intelligence justifies evil in a world created by God. Accelerating change parallels Mormon visions of the present and future. Posthuman history would be resurrection gifted to and earned by us.

Lincoln Cannon is a director and president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association and one of the main exponents of modern religious transhumanism.

Humanity+ @ Caltech Conference 12/4-5

Humanity+ has officially opened registration for its next conference, Humanity+ @ Caltech: Redefining Humanity in the Era of Radical Technological Change. Humanity+ @ Caltech will take place on December 4-5 (Saturday/Sunday), at the Beckman Institute at Caltech in Los Angeles, California. Speakers will include many of the top visionaries and leaders of the transhumanist community, as well as new voices from the worlds of science, art, media and business.

The Humanity+ @ Caltech program will be divided into four main sessions, each one of which will cover a key area of transhumanist thought:

    * Re-Imagining Humans: Mind, Media and Methods (Saturday morning)
    * Radically Increasing the Human Healthspan (Saturday afternoon)
    * Redefining Intelligence: Artificial Intelligence, Intelligence Enhancement and Substrate-Independent Minds (Sunday morning)
    * Business and Economy in the Era of Radical Technomorphosis (Sunday afternoon)

Tickets for the conference
 will be $299 per person ($179 for students). If you register before November 1st, you will be eligible for a discounted, Early Registration price of $249 ($149 for students), so register today! There will also be a special banquet for conference attendees after the end of the first day, on Saturday evening. Tickets for the banquet are $39; space is limited, so register soon to ensure your seat. (Breakfast and lunch are included free for both days.)

Humanity+ conferences are open to everyone, but there is a discount for members. If you are a full member of Humanity+, you can get a 10% discount on conference registration, as well as discounts on future conferences. Humanity+ is also launching a new membership program, Plus membership, for transhumanist enthusiasts. Plus members will get a 50% discount on Humanity+ @ Caltech registration, and free or heavily discounted tickets to future conferences. We also expect to announce additional benefits for Plus members over the next year.

If you are already a member of Humanity+, the discount code for conference registration should be emailed to you shortly. If you're not a member of Humanity+, it's not too late to join! Follow this link to join Humanity+ before November 1st, and you can receive all of the benefits of membership, including conference discounts.

If you are too far away or otherwise unable to make it to L.A., don't worry! Humanity+ has chapters all over the world, and many of them hold free local meetups for transhumanists in their area. We've also set up a Twitter feed, so that you can be informed when a Humanity+ meetup is happening near you. If you or your friends are holding a meetup, just email us at info@humanityplus.org to let us know, and we'll help you get the word out.

Humanity+ @ CalTech is hosted by the California Institute of Technology and ab|inventio, the invention factory behind QLess, Whozat, SocialDiligence and MyNew.TV. Sponsorship is also provided by TechZuluand Vokle.

 

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Terryl Givens discusses theosis on Changesurfer Radio

Dr J Hughes chats with Terryl Givens, professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond and a scholar of Mormon theology. They discuss the doctrine of theosis, the Mormon Transhumanist Association, and the Mormon church's position on women, homosexuality and race.

Says Dr Givens, "For Joseph Smith, to become God meant to be infinitely full of empathy and therefore infinitely vulnerable and infinitely susceptible to the pain that all relationships entail. So as long as that exists as a kind of counterweight to the technological dimensions of human advancement and progress then I think Mormonism can be comfortable with many of these Transhumanist notions."

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TransVision 2010

TransVision 2010 is a global transhumanist conference and community convention, organized by several transhumanist activists, groups and organizations, under the executive leadership of the Italian Transhumanist Association (AIT) and with the collaboration of an Advisory Board. The event will take place on October 22, 23 and 24, 2010 in Milan, Italy with many options for remote online access.

While Transvision 2010 is not organized by or connected with Humanity+ (formerly WTA), the organizer of most previous Transvision conferences, we wish to thank the Humanity+ Board for allowing the use of the name.

TransVision 2010 will be a very intense, informative, scientific as well as entertaining tour de force in contemporary transhumanist thinking, activism, science, technology & innovation and grand visionary dreams, with over 40 talks distributed over three days.  Join us to explore the scientific, technological, cultural, artistic and social trends which could change our world beyond recognition and may result in a singularity in only a few decades.

The first day will be mainly dedicated to the philosophical, cultural and social aspects of transhumanism. We will also explore new forms of artistic expressions and design inspired by transhumanist thinking.

The second day will be mainly dedicated to technology: we will cover life extension, biotechnology and genetic engineering, cryonics and brain preservation, whole brain emulation and mind uploading, synthetic biology, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, converging technologies and the technological singularity, and other transhumanist technologies, either already emerging from the research labs and almost ready for operational deployment, or still in a conceptual development phase.

The third day will be dedicated to the big picture, the wonderful cosmic adventures in which the human race is about to embark, leaving our little blue planet and spreading to the stars and beyond together with our AI mind children. We will also cover the metaphysical, spiritual, and even religious impact of transhumanist cosmic visions.

The conference program is packed with very well known and less known, but also outstanding, speakers. The morning sessions are reserved for invited talks, and the afternoon sessions are also open to contributed talks by other participants. The official language of the conference is English. We will also have some talks in Italian, for which simultaneous translation will be provided. Besides the main talks, the conference will feature round tables, debates, satellite meetings and social events. Please contact us for any question that you might have, register now, post a link to your blog, Twitter, Facebook etc., and consider submitting your proposal for a talk.

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