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Cyborgs in the City

Saturday 15 July and Sunday 16 July
City University

The world's first 'cyborgs' will meet in London this month, as academics and enthusiasts gather to discuss how technological developments could best be used to overcome the biological limitations (including death, disease and unhappiness) of the human condition.

Transvision MM UK takes place at City University on July 15 and 16. This is an annual gathering of mainly European transhumanists, ready to challenge each other with ideas about:

  • cryonics,
  • sustainable mood enhancement,
  • life extension and food supplements, nanotechnology,
  • mind uploading,
  • genetic engineering,
  • transhuman' music and art,
  • smart drugs, and
  • wearable computers

Highlights of the conference will include a speech by Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at Reading University, talking about My Life as a Cyborg. Also attending the event will be Swedish 'cyborg' KPJ.

Dr Nick Bostrom, a PhD research student at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a co-organiser of the conference, will speak on The ethics of machine intelligence. He said: "What is special about this conference is that it represents a recent grassroots movement of people who are realising that technology might radically alter the human condition within a few decades. We are trying to understand where these developments are taking us, and how they can be turned into something beneficial."

The conference is hosted by the World Transhumanist Association (WTA) and the Alcor UK group.The conference begins at 9am on Saturday 15 July. Registration for academics, students and the public costs £100, or less if accommodation is not required - please telephone Mary Bailey on T: 020 8874 6853 or email marybailey@skynow.net.|   

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Contact Nick Bostrom on tel: 07881 614268, or email n.bostrom@lse.ac.uk| for interviews or to attend some of the sessions.

7 July 2000

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