Humanity+ Conference in San Francisco

1st - 2nd of Dec Pacific Time Zone (PST)

Revolving around the theme “Writing the Future”, the conference will explore the world of media and communicating Transhumanism.

What excites you about the future?
What frightens you?
How might the future change the way we live?
And how might we change the way we live in the future?

This includes work on Scholarship in Writing, Yellow-Dog Journalism, Games/Film Stories, Science Fiction/Fact, H+ Magazine, and Getting Paid! Further discussion on related disciplines like graphic design, documentary and film production, social media, etc will all converge. How will our media help us communicate about the technologies needed to dramatically extend human life? and to enjoy a radically improved and expanded life in a variety of senses as the future unfolds?

Official website: http://2012.humanityplus.org
Tickets: http://humanityplus2012.eventbrite.com/

Conference on Religion and Technology

Sponsored by Franklin & Marshall College Department of Religious Studies

Lancaster PA USA
Saturday, October 27, 2012
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Internet has given rise to much religious imagery. Both dreams of utopia and nightmares of apocalypse abound. It has also shaken up some of our certitudes about the human. Is there even such a thing or are we just underdeveloped machines? What does the expansion of internet technology mean for our experience of time, of space, and of the body? What kind of ethical conundrums arise from our computer-driven technology?

Three scholars—Robert Geraci (Manhattan College, Religious Studies, historian) Thomas Carlson (University of California, Santa Barbara, Religious Studies, philosopher, Katherine Hayles (Duke University, Program in Literature, literary scholar) will describe these new mythologies and address these questions. Three faculty members from F&M will respond to their presentations: Misty Bastian (Anthropology), Stephen Cooper (Religious Studies), Peter Jaros (English).

There will be ample time for audience participation throughout. The day will end with a panel discussion on a specific topic provoked by the conversation of the day.

The conference is free and open to the public.

This event is open to the public.

Free; no tickets required.

Call for Papers: 2013 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

We cordially invite you to submit papers to the 2013 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, which will be held on Friday, April 5th, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Ut. The aim of this conference is to address the many issues and topics that lie at the intersection of technology and religion, their impacts on each other, and on society in general. These papers need not focus only on specifically Mormon religious issues.

Papers should be approximately two to six pages in length. Authors of accepted papers will be given approximately 10 minutes to present the ideas in their papers at the conference. A selection of the best of those papers will subsequently be published in the conference proceedings, which will be made available online and potentially in print form. Therefore, papers should be written with the intent of eventual publication in mind (full citations, references, footnotes, etc.). Authors whose papers are selected for publication will be given an editor to work with, to prepare their final paper for publication.

Among the suggested topics are:

Mormonism
Religion, Anti-Religion and Fundamentalism; Authentic Mormonism; God, Gods and Godhood; Trusting and Being Christ; From the Fullness of Times to the Millennium; Immortality and Eternal Life in Worlds without End

Transhumanism
Transhuman-ism and Trans-humanism; Evolution and the Great Filter Argument; Moore’s Law, Kurzweil’s Law and the Technological Singularity; The Pace of Technological Change; Evolution; The Evolution of Technology; Simulation Argument; Solar Energy; Genome Sequencing; Synthetic Biology; 3D Printing; Genetics and Biotech; Nanotech and Molecular Machines; Robotics and Artificial Intelligence; Substrate Independent Minds; Uploading; Consciousness; Cultural Impact of Technology; Helping humans adapt to the pace of technological change

Transfigurism
Rejecting Fundamentalism; Rejecting Anti-Religiosity; Transfigurist Science; Transfigurist Politics; Transfigurist Art; Promoting Benevolence; Promoting Creativity; Engineering Transfiguration; Engineering Resurrection; Engineering Renewal of this World; Engineering Worlds without End; The Faith Assumption; The Angel Argument; The Benevolence Argument; The Creation Argument; The New God Argument

Please send submissions in RTF, PDF, or MS Word format to admin@transfigurism.org, by email attachment. Include author's full name, contact information, and title.

Some funding is available to reimburse portions of travel for presenters. Please indicate interest in being considered for travel support in the submission email.

For more information, visit the event website at transfigurism-2013.eventbrite.com or the official website of the Mormon Transhumanist Association at transfigurism.org.

Important dates
Conference Paper Deadline: January 12th, 2013 (Extended to January 19th, 2013)
Presentation Notification Date: February 1st, 2013
Conference Presentation: April 5th, 2013
Best Paper Awards: May 1st, 2013
Final Editing of Best Papers: May 1st - September 1st, 2013
Camera Ready for Published Papers: September 1st, 2013

For further conference related questions please contact admin@transfigurism.org. For further publication / formatting questions, please contact the publication editor, James L. Carroll, at james.carroll@transfigurism.org.

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