Science Week @ The Cathedral
A CONVERSATION on THE TRANSHUMAN FUTURE

Transhumanism, abbreviated as H+ or h+, is an international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as study the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies. They predict that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label "posthuman".

Image: Imaginary Foundation

Location: St Paul’s Cathedral cnr Flinders/Swanston St Melbourne
Time: 6.00pm Thursday 16th August

Entry is free with the request for a gold coin donation to cover costs. Each speaker will have approx 10 minutes to speak, and then five minutes to reply to each other and then open for Q/A.
The atmosphere is intended to be ‘appreciative’ while clearly indicating differences.

“The vision of a transhuman future affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. The transhuman future also projects a cosmic horizon of post-human beings with godlike capacities where super intelligence saturates the whole universe. All this naturally provokes different responses: some eager to pursue, some cautious, some dismissive.

This encompassing narrative has many parallels (and differences) with a Christian narrative of the cosmos. This cathedral conversation aims at mutual understanding and critical engagement between the transhuman future, the sociology of technology and a Christian perspective.”

Rev. Dr. Stephen Ames – a lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science at The University of Melbourne and a priest at St.Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne. He has a PhD in physics and a PhD in philosophy of science both from Unimelb. For the last ten years he has been the main lecturer in ‘God and the Natural Sciences’ a second and third year subject at the university. Stephen’s research interests are firstly in exploring the intersection between physics and metaphysic via two routes: Fisher Information and the work of physicist, V.J.Stenger, and secondly, in examining the competing understandings of the human person at the intersection of science, philosophy and theology.

 

Randal Koene will be speaking at the Singularity Summit in Melbourne later in the week.
Randal is a Dutch neuroscientist and neuroengineer, and co-founder of carboncopies.org, the outreach and roadmapping organization for Advancing Substrate-Independent Minds (ASIM). Between 2008 and 2010, Koene was Director of the Department of Neuroengineering at Tecnalia, the third largest private research organization in Europe. Koene earned his Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience at the Department of Psychology at McGill University, and his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Information Theory at Delft University of Technology.

 

Dr Michael Arnold‘s current research projects look at the appropriation of technologies in a domestic environments, the implications of communications technologies for communities of various kinds, social networking applications across the Asia-Pacific region, medical applications of information and communication technologies, and educational applications of technologies.
Two courses: Beyond the Spin: Technoscientific Failure, and Cybersociety



 

Looking for something?

Use the form below to search the site:

Still not finding what you're looking for? Drop a comment on a post or contact us so we can
take care of it!