Redesigning Humanity- The New Frontier

Friday, Oct. 2 I will live stream the following panel context of the woodstock film festival: Redesigning Humanity- The New Frontier.
As it looks right now I will be able to interview the panelists … s stay tuned for further information …

The live stream will be here.
Friday, Oct 2nd, 2009
4 pm EST (which means 10 pm MEZ)

It is a topic which has been and will be discussed very diverse. It is full of emotion and controversy. The panel takes place in the context of the movie “2B”. 2B, directed by Richard Kroehling, is a World Premiere future narrative film portraying a decaying world on the cusp of great transformation. Based upon real science and evolving technologies, 2B’s script brings to life the ‘technohuman’ conundrum. Designed to confront the most controversial topic of the 21st century, 2B explores moral and religious questions raised by the biotech revolution, forcing its audience to deeply question their definitions of life itself.

Intro of the panel
In a period of exponential technological change, human life is in the process of being irreversibly transformed: in the next 50 years, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, genetic engineering and other technologies will allow human beings to transcend the limitations of the body. Is this evolution inevitable? Will “humanity” survive? Is the prospect of virtual eternal life something mankind should embrace?

Transhumanism has been described as the world’s most dangerous idea as well as the movement that epitomizes the most daring, courageous, imaginative, and idealistic aspirations of humanity. This panel will look at the perils and promise of a transhuman future.

Panelists:
RAY KURZWEIL is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers and futurists, with a twenty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, PBS included Ray as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America”.
Ray has written five books, four of which have been national best sellers, among them The Age of Spiritual Machines and The Singularity is Near.

MARTINE ROTHBLATT, Ph.D, MBA, is a lawyer, author and entrepreneur. She is the founder of numerous companies, including Sirius Satellite Radio and United Therapeutics.
She has cyberscripted pioneering websites including endracism.org. Her company TERASEM MEDIA AND FILMS produces independent narrative and documentary films that raise public awareness and understanding of innovations in human life extension through the geo-ethical application of cyber consciousness and biotechnologies.

WENDELL WALLACH is a lecturer and consultant at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He is recognized as one of the leaders in the new field of Machine Ethics and the co-author of Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong. The book he is presently writing examines what what humans might become through emerging technologies: Cybersoul: Self-Understanding in the Information Age.

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