Register for the 2018 MTA Conference - Worlds Without Number



The 2018 conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) will be held on Saturday 7 April 2018 from 9:00am to 9:00pm in Provo, Utah, at the Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. The theme of the conference is “Worlds without Number” with a focus on the intersection of transhumanism, religion, and the numerous stories and narratives that humans have recounted to one another from their earliest beginnings. 
Keynote speakers include Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye, a professor of Chinese history with published work on global Mormonism (particularly in China) and Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of BioViva: a biotech corporation targeting cellular aging that develops therapies to regenerate muscle and tissue. The conference will also feature Bryan Johnson, founder of Kernel, OS Fund, and Braintree.

We have many other wonderful speakers you won't want to miss! We hope you will be able to register and bring a guest. This is a great way to make your conference experience even better by sharing what inspires you about Mormon Transhumanism with a family member or a friend.

If you aren't already a member of the MTA, this is also a great time to consider becoming a voting member. As part of a voting membership, you would be entitled to complimentary admission to the conference and 50% off for a guest. The complimentary admission is a great way to offset a significant portion of the regular voting membership cost or the reduced voting membership cost for students, unemployed, retired, or residents of less-developed countries.

Register for the conference today. We look forward to seeing you there!

Keynote Speakers
Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye is a professor of Chinese history at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her first book, China and the True Jesus, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press and tells the story of the True Jesus Church and charismatic Christian modes in China in the twentieth century. Her published research includes work on global Mormonism, particularly in greater China. Dr. Inouye has taught Chinese history and Asian history at California State University Los Angeles and Loyola Marymount University, and American religious history at the University of Hong Kong. In addition to her academic work, Inouye has written numerous essays on Mormonism and her lived experience as a Mormon woman in the twenty-first century.
Elizabeth Parrish is CEO of BioViva, a biotech corporation targeting cellular aging that develops therapies to regenerate muscle and tissue. BioViva believes everyone deserves access to these life saving therapies. Elizabeth is a humanitarian, entrepreneur, innovator, and a leading voice for genetic cures. As a strong proponent of progress and education for the advancement of regenerative medicine modalities, she serves as a motivational speaker to the public at large for the life sciences. She is actively involved in international educational media outreach and is a founding member of the International Longevity Alliance (ILA). She is an affiliated member of the Complex Biological Systems Alliance (CBSA), which is a unique platform for Mensa based, highly gifted persons who advance scientific discourse and discovery. The mission of the CBSA is to further scientific understanding of biological complexity and the nature and origins of human disease. She is the founder of BioTrove Investments LLC and the BioTrove Podcasts which is committed to offering a meaningful way for people to learn about and fund research in regenerative medicine.

Special Guest Speakers
Bryan Johnson is the founder of Kernel, OS Fund, and Braintree. He founded Kernel in 2016, investing $100M of his personal capital to build advanced neural interfaces to treat disease and dysfunction, illuminate the mechanisms of intelligence, and extend cognition. In 2014, Bryan invested $100M to start OS Fund to support inventors and scientists who aim to benefit humanity by rewriting the operating systems of life. His OS Fund investments include endeavors to cure age-related diseases and radically extend healthy human life to 100+, make biology a predictable programming language, digitize analog businesses, replicate the human visual cortex using artificial intelligence, expand humanity’s access to resources, reinvent transportation using autonomous vehicles, and reimagine food using biology, among others. In 2007, Bryan founded Braintree, an online and mobile payments provider. In 2012, Braintree acquired Venmo. Bryan and his team worked tirelessly to build an exceptional company—one that they loved, and one that was worthy of frequent love letters from its customers. In 2013, Braintree was acquired by PayPal for $800M. Bryan is an outdoor-adventure enthusiast (mountains, volcanoes, arctic dog sledding), pilot and author of a children's book, Code 7.

Michaelann Bradley to serve as Mormon Transhumanist Association CEO



Effective immediately, Blaire Ostler will step down as Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) CEO. She will continue to serve on the MTA’s Board of Directors. During Blaire’s leadership as CEO the MTA achieved many milestones:

  • We held our first ever MTA Semi-Annual Social with 93 attendees
  • We ran our highest ever attended Annual Conference with over 100 attendees
  • We initiated the MTA Primers as an introductory study guide to Mormon Transhumanism
  • We organized three MTA Chapters in the U.S. with local Meetups and service projects
  • We reached our highest ever voting membership at 51 members
  • We grew to our highest ever membership with over 728 total members with 96 new members in 2017

The MTA leadership and board of directors thank Blaire for her leadership and look forward to her positive influence with her continued association.


Michaelann Bradley
Michaelann Bradley has accepted an offer from the MTA board of directors to serve as the new CEO. Michaelann Bradley is a nonprofit advocate and community organizer. She fell in love with the Mormon Transhumanist Association in 2013, while also falling in love with her husband and long-time MTA supporter Don Bradley. She has been actively involved ever since, including speaking at four conferences. In her professional life, she is currently the director of United Way's mental health initiatives. In other roles, she has been a fundraiser, marketing director, board chair, event planner, and social media strategist.

Speaking about her appointment, Michaelann said:

"I can't thank the preceding management team enough for all the groundwork they've laid. The conference gets better every year, and if you haven't seen the newest version of the website and content, I hope you'll check it out soon. I look forward to continue carrying the torch. The MTA means so much to me personally. My relationship to God and to my future posterity has been forever transformed because of the MTA; I've found renewed purpose and inspiration in my life's work. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to lead such a phenomenal organization."

We invite the general MTA membership and MTA friends and colleagues to thank Blaire for her leadership and welcome Michaelann in her new role as we look forward to her guidance and leadership in the association.

2018 Annual Conference: Call for Papers




The Mormon Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce that this year's annual conference will take place on Saturday, 7 April 2018, in Provo, Utah. A conference venue will be announced shortly.

The theme of the conference is “Worlds without Number.” As one of few post-enlightenment religions, Mormonism emerged in a context of exploding human awareness of the surrounding universe, and its canon reflects this. "Worlds without number have I created," wrote Joseph Smith in a revelation on the creation, ". . . and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God" (Moses 1:33, D&C 76:24).

These worlds are reflected not only in the night sky, but also in numerous stories and narratives that humans have recounted to one another from their earliest beginnings. Keenly aware of their own vulnerability and solitude in an ever-expanding universe, they have pondered on the nature of their existence and their relationship to beings both lesser and greater than themselves, adjusting these theologies as they gained greater awareness. Humanity has constantly looked beyond, imagining novel ways of interacting with its environment, new possibilities of being, and summoning its creative powers to articulate these visions in compelling ways.

What stories are we now telling, and what do they say about how we view ourselves and our place in the universe? What stories will we tell, and how will they shape our environment, our future, and the nature of our existence, for good or ill? What stories is it possible to tell, and what innumerable worlds will emerge from them?

PAPER SUBMISSION

We invite you to submit papers for the conference. The aim of this conference is to address the many issues and topics that lie at the intersection of technology and religion, and their impacts on society, and culture including art, music, entertainment, and on society in general. Contributions need not focus only on specifically Mormon religious issues. Papers should be approximately two to seven pages in length and should include full citations, references, footnotes, etc. Presenters are encouraged to make use of multimedia aids, such as slides, to make their presentations more engaging. Potential conference topics include:

Philosophy, Theology and the Sociology of Religion: The secularization hypothesis and its implications for religion and religious organizations; post-secularization; ethics; faith and rationality; religious anthropology; philosophy of religion; scriptural hermeneutics; demythologization; postmodern religion; religious naturalism; social anthropology of technology; sociology of technology; technology and spirituality; feminism and gender issues; technology and gender.

Transhumanism: 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; mind uploading; consciousness; cultural impact of technology; coping with the pace of technological change; neuroscience.

Transfigurism: Human transcendence through ethical and technological advancement; religious transhumanism; 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 New God Argument.

Please send submissions in RTF, PDF, MS Word or Google Doc format to admin@transfigurism.org. 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 official website of the Mormon Transhumanist Association at transfigurism.org. Recordings of presentations from previous years are available on our YouTube channel.

Important dates

  • Conference Paper Submission Deadline: 19 February 2018
  • Presentation Invitation Notification Date: 26 February 2018
  • Conference Date: 7 April 2018

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!

2017 has been a fantastic year for the Mormon Transhumanist Association! I wanted to extend my gratitude for your friendship and participation in the Association. You have certainly impacted my life via conferences, socials, Google Hangouts, local Meetups, and social media. Thank you for being a part of it!

The MTA had great growth in 2017!

-We had our first ever MTA Semi-Annual Social with 93 attendees
-We had our highest ever attended Annual Conference with over 100 attendees
-We introduced the MTA Primers as an introductory study guide to Mormon Transhumanism
-We have 3 MTA Chapters in the U.S. with local Meetups and service projects
-We have our highest ever voting membership at 51 members
-We have our highest ever membership with over 728 total members and 96 new members in 2017

In December 2017 we had 18 new members making it the third highest month of growth in the history of the Association! Thank you for your participation and missionary efforts. The MTA flourishes because of you!

I’m confident that with your help and continued involvement, 2018 will be an even better year. We have a lot of great projects in the works and big plans for this year’s Annual Conference. We have an incredible management team working towards the actualization of the Mormon Transhumanist Affirmation and Transhumanist Declaration. I can say from personal experience it is the membership's collective dedication and involvement that is the engine that makes this Association thrive.  I look forward to sharing the journey with you. The MTA has changed my life, as I trust it has impacted yours. May we live forever!


Sincerely,

Blaire Ostler
CEO and Board Member

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