This was originally published by Brighter Brains Institute.
– An All-Day Conference featuring Biohackers, Neuro-Optimists, Extreme Futurists, Philosophers, Immortalist Artists, Steal-the-Singularitarians, etc.
Aubrey de Grey, Rudy Rucker, RU Sirius, Rachel Haywire, Zoltan Istvan, Randal A. Koene, Apneet Jolly, Rich Lee, Shannon Friedman, Paul Spiegel, Anatoly Karlin, Scott Jackisch, Roen Horn, Hank Pellissier, Maitreya One
TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST
The event will be February 1, 2014 (Saturday) from 9:30am-9:30pm at the Conference Center, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., in San Francisco. Fort Mason is a beautiful historic building on the bay waterfront in the Fort Mason complex, adjacent to restaurants, museums, parking. Conference Center holds 280 people, plus it has large extra rooms and a kitchen facility.
Brighter Brains Institute and East Bay Futurists are producing organizations.
SPECIAL PERKS – FREE NOOTROPICS + BULLETPROOF COFFEE ®AVAILABLE + UPGRADED CHOCOLATE
+ RICH LEE PROMISES RFID IMPLANTS AVAILABLE for stoic volunteers + he’s bringing his HALLUCINATION MACHINE
+ HANK PELLISSIER will encourage the mob to select policy for a “NEURO-OPTIMAL UTOPIA” –heated disagreements guaranteed
+ FROM HARLEM – MAITREYA ONE will rap his transhumanist Hip Hop songs
Brain Healthy “ketogenic” food will be available – avocados, hardboiled eggs, walnuts, olives, coconut oil, and maybe grass-fed steak, etc. Biohack and QS research will be featured on display tables, alongside transhumanist t-shirts.
Tickets are on sale from December 1-31 for $40. In January they’ll cost $45, with $49 the at-the-door price.
Tickets can be purchased through EVENTBRITE HERE There are discounts for Seniors, Students, and people who travel more than 100 miles to get there.
Optional Method: PayPal $40 to account # email@example.com – include your name. You will receive a return reply within 24 hours that you can print out as your ticket, plus your name will be added to the guest list. If you don’t use PayPal you can send a check to: Hank Pellissier, 955 Lombard Street, San Francisco CA 94133
Questions? contact firstname.lastname@example.org (3 volunteers with technical skills are needed, if you can help with sound and visual equipment)
AUBREY DE GREY – is an English author and theoretician in the field of gerontology, and the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation. He is editor-in-chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research, author of The Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging (1999) and co-author of Ending Aging (2007). He is known for his view that human beings alive today could live to lifespans far in excess of any authenticated cases.
De Grey’s research focuses on whether regenerative medicine can thwart the aging process. He works on the development of what he calls “Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence” (SENS), a collection of proposed techniques to rejuvenate the human body and stop aging. To this end, he has identified seven types of molecular and cellular damage caused by essential metabolic processes. SENS is a proposed panel of therapies designed to repair this damage.
De Grey is an international adjunct professor of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Aging Association, the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and an advisor to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. He has been interviewed in recent years in a number of news sources, including CBS 60 Minutes, the BBC, The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, The Washington Post, TED, Popular Science, The Colbert Report, Time and the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe. He is also a member of Flooved advisory Board.
RUDY RUCKER Rudy Rucker is a writer and a mathematician who worked for twenty years as a Silicon Valley computer science professor, and published a number of software packages. Rucker is regarded as contemporary master of science-fiction, and received the Philip K. Dick award twice. His thirty published books include both novels and non-fiction books on the fourth dimension, infinity, and the meaning of computation.A founder of the cyberpunk school of science-fiction, Rucker also writes SF in a realistic style known as transrealism. His 2006 Mathematicians in Love was an example of a transreal novel. His early cyberpunk four-book series was republished in 2010 as The Ware Tetralogy .
Rucker’s 2007 novel, Postsingular was something of a return to the cyberpunk style, as was the 2009 sequel, Hylozoic, in which every object on Earth comes to life. Rucker’s autobiography, Nested Scrolls, appeared in 2011.
Recent novels include a novel of the afterlife Jim and the Flims, as well as Turing & Burroughs: A Beatnik SF Novel. Rucker’s Complete Stories can be found online.
RU SIRIUS – former editor of the popular early ‘90s cyberpunk magazine, Mondo 2000, described by the Washington Post as the “first magazine of the new millennium.” Also editor of Gettingit in the late ‘90’s,H+magazine in 2008-2209, Acceler8or, and presently Steal This Singularity. Author or coauthor of many books, including Mondo 2000: A User’s Guide to the New Edge, Cyberpunk Handbook, How To Mutate & Take Over the World, Design For Dying (with Timothy Leary), 21st Century Revolutionary, The Revolution: Quotations from Party Chairman R.U. Sirius, Counterculture Through The Ages: From Abraham to Acid House, True Mutations: Conversations on the Edge of Science, Technology and Consciousness, and Everybody Must Get Stoned: Rock Stars On Drugs. Sirius’s writing career started in the mid-1980s when he wrote about intelligence-enhancing drugs and nutrients for Omni Newsletter and Whole Earth Review. Since then, he has written on topics ranging from biotechnology to pop music. He has been a Contributing Editor for Wired magazine and a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, Wired News, and Art forum International. His articles have appeared in Time,Boing Boing, San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone,Esquire, Village Voice, Esquire Japan and many other publications. He’s lectured internationally about technology and culture, including the keynote address at the Virtual Reality ’95 Conference in Oslo, Norway. He’s appeared in several films including “Conceiving Ada” with Tilda Swinton and Karen Black. Sirius lives in Mill Valley with his sweetheart Eve Berni and their cat Princess.
RACHEL HAYWIRE – founder/producer of the Extreme Futurist Festival, Humanity + director, author, journalist, poet, musician, model, performance artist, cultural engineer, and a leading voice in digital media. Credited for bringing DIY Transhumanism into the mainstream, she has established a new futurist subculture with the goal of making the artistic world more intelligent and the intelligent world more artistic. A dissident cultural icon and agent provocateur, Rachel spends her time meeting with the most interesting minds of her generation so she can redefine the human species and she makes no apologies for her attitude of total evolution. Her coming-of-age cyber travel memoir is Acidexia.
DR. RANDAL A. KOENE has been focusing on the functional reconstruction of neural tissue since 1994. He introduced the multi-disciplinary field of whole brain emulation and is lead curator of the scientific roadmap with which its technological development is promoted. Working with the VU University Amsterdam, Dr. Koene led the creation ofNETMORPH, a computational framework for the simulated morphological development of large-scale high-resolution neuroanatomically realistic neuronal circuitry.
Dr. Koene is CEO and Founder of the science foundation Carboncopies.org and neural interfaces company NeuraLink Co. He is Science Director of the 2045 Initiative and advises several neurotechnology companies and organizations. In previous roles, Dr. Koene was Director of Analysis at Silicon Valley nanotechnology company Halcyon Molecular (2010-12) and Director of the Department of Neuroengineering at Tecnalia, the third largest private research organization in Europe (2008-10). Dr. Koene was a research professor at Boston University’s Center for Memory and Brain.
He earned his Ph.D. studying memory mechanisms at McGill University, after obtaining an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Information Theory at Delft University of Technology. Dr. Koene’s publications, presentations and interviews are available at http://randalkoene.com.
ZOLTAN ISTVAN – Bestselling visionary author of The Transhumanist Wager, a fictional thriller and #1 on Amazon Philosophy. The critically-acclaimed, highly-controversial novel describes transhumanist Jethro Knights’s unwavering quest for immortality via science and technology. Zoltan – an American-Hungarian – began a solo, multi-year sailing journey around the world at the age of 21 with 500 handpicked books, mostly classics, as his main cargo. He’s explored 100+ countries—many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel—writing, filming, and appearing in dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. His work has been featured by The New York Times Syndicate, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Radio, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Animal Planet, and the Travel Channel. He received awards for his coverage of the war in Kashmir, and gained worldwide attention for pioneering the extreme sport of volcano boarding. Zoltan later became a director for the international conservation group WildAid, leading armed patrol units to stop the billion-dollar illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia. In America, he started various successful businesses, from real estate development to filmmaking to viticulture, joining them under ZI Ventures. He is a philosophy and religious studies graduate of Columbia University and resides in San Francisco with his daughter and physician wife. Zoltan blogs for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today.
APNEET JOLLY – is a Biohacker, Social Butterfly, famed Abdominal Model, and a frequenter of futurist conferences – he attended 26 last year. Jolly will deliver a 50-minute long presentation with up-to-date health advice.
(more biographical info soon)
RICH LEE – is a grinder, tech pirate, Black Hat basement biohacking open source body-modifying entrepreneur who does not take nature’s limitations sitting down. He received a tsunami of press attention recently for being the first person to surgically implant neodymium magnets into his ears; with an apparatus around his neck, Lee utilizes his ear magnets as headphones built into his head. Lee received this unregulated surgery without anesthesia, based on a concept modified from an online Instructable. Like hundreds of other grinders all around the world, he dreams of a future when this–and many other strange physiological adjustments–might be made with the same ease that we now get tattoos or haircuts. He was recently interviewed by Omni.
At our conference he will present: 101 Projekts: Human enhancement and augmentation ideas for the discerning Grinder. 101 projects presently being undertaken by biohackers in the Grinder community will be unveiled by Rich – he will, of course, skip all the ideological mumbo-jumbo and cut straight to the implants and augmentations available today in the Transhuman Underground. Tremble in fear as Rich unveils his plot to murder Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs with the ice-pick of technology! Scream at the terrible and weird social implications wrought by this diverse subculture! Cackle in reverence at the presenter’s ability to see through clothing and lies! A clutch of Grinders and switch-blade surgeons will be in attendance to perform various modification procedures. Whether it is physical, mental, or emotional, we promise this presentation will leave everyone with some kind of scar!
SCOTT JACKISCH – is a blogger at the Oakland Futurist, where he reports on conferences, symposiums, and salons. His self-description is: “I live in Oakland, CA with my girlfriend of many years, Gretchen. I grew up outside of Buffalo, NY, and also lived briefly in New Orleans. I have worked with computers since 1999 and am currently exploring a new avocation as a writer. My interest in futurism started in my youth reading the science fiction Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. Later I admired William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, and Verner Vinge, Charles Stross, and Daniel Suarez are some of my present favorite authors. I got into cognitive science after attending Monica Anderson’s AI Meetup, and then Dana Ream’s Cognitive Science Reading Group. I am very interested in enactivism and embodied cognition. I’m an active Meetup.com participant and I host my own Futurist Meetup. Other groups I am part of are Quantified Self and the Long Now. I have also done work with startups and I’m interested in the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial scene. My presentation at the conference is called: The Year 2013 in Review: Dispatches from the Oakland Futurist Blog
SHANNON FRIEDMAN – Her lecture topic is: “5 Strategies to Optimize Your Mind.” She’ll discuss interventions for anxiety and depression that lead to greater productivity and happiness, that get fast results, and are natural and healthy. In her words: Have you ever considered how much time and energy you spend not solving the right problem? Particularly if you suffer from anxiety and worry, this is probably quite a lot. A part of your mind alerts you over and over again that there is a problem, but instead of solving the problem, you remain confused, distracted, and distressed, with nothing useful to show for it. How would you like to be able to channel all of that energy that your mind spends going in circles into doing something useful? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to use that extra time to optimize your health, make money, or improve your relationships? I will be covering the theory behind what making this change in psychology entails, as well as several different strategies for implementation. Do you have important work to do or a life to pursue, which is passing you by as you surf the Internet mindlessly for hours on end? http://positivevector.com/
Shannon specializes in teaching how to increase work productivity via overcoming anxiety and depression. She is of the school of thought that results are what most matter when it comes to psychological interventions, and that taking data is crucial. Through her studies and personal counseling practice, she has found that there is an incredible amount of low hanging fruit for improving anxiety and depression that the majority of the field of psychology is lagging behind on. See the impressive results she is getting with her clients here: http://www.depressiontoproductivity.com/your-clients-really-improve/.
Paul A. Spiegel, J.D. is researching social, legal and operational issues relating to substrate-independent minds and a potentially immortal humanity. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979 and from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1983, and has attended Harvard Law School, the University of Paris, Sorbonne, and International Christian University in Tokyo. Trained in international business law, he worked on Wall Street, on Montgomery Street and in Tokyo before entering private practice in business and entertainment law in San Francisco. Long an advocate of progressive ideas and legal causes, he has focused on longevity, regenerative medicine and the biology of aging after encountering the work of Dr. Aubrey de Grey in 2005 through a long friendship with John Furber of Legendary Pharmaceuticals. An ardent transhumanist, Mr. Spiegel is a member of Humanity+, Health Extension and carboncopies.org, and is legal counsel for The Bulletproof Executive. ®
HANK PELLISSIER – director of Brighter Brains Institute, a SF Bay think tank dedicated to brain health and enhancement, and OPTIMIZE! (Longevity Coaching). He founded Transhumanity.net & ImmortalLife.info after a year as Managing Director at the Institute for Ethics in Emerging Technology (IEET), where he wrote 7 of the Top 12 articles in 2011, and 4 of the Top 12 in 2012. He’s the author ofBrighter Brains – 225 ways to injure or elevate intelligence, Invent Utopia Now andWhy is the IQ of Ashkenazi Jews so High?, and the editor of Human Destiny is to Eliminate Death. Hank is a writer for GreatSchools.org, he was the “Local Intelligence” columnist for theNew York Times (San Francisco edition), daily columnist for Salon.com (“Naked World), he wrote two columns for SfGate.com (“Urban Animal” and “Odd Barkings”), and he’s written 100+ futurist articles for IEET, H+ Magazine, World Future Society, Acceler8or, and other publications, occasionally under his nom de plume, “Hank Hyena.” He’s also been a performance artist, slam poet, comedy club producer, preschool director, silkscreen artist, and lecturer on brain enhancement. At TRANSHUMAN VISIONS he will maneuver the [contentious] audience into designing a Neuro-Optimal Utopia.
ANATOLY KARLIN – San Francisco-based Russian businessman, writer, thinker, and blogger at http://akarlin.com, where he blogs “about various esoteric and not so esoteric things: Futurism, human biodiversity and psychometrics, transhumanism, China, Russia, the Arctic, geopolitics, cliodynamics, peak oil, climate change, the paleo lifestyle… What passes for “debate” between Team Left and Team Right in most Western countries is stale, banal, and insipid. Both are bursting at the seams with hamsters. I prefer to deal with objective reality, even if it does put me outside all the mainstream ideological groupings. Anything else would just be dishonest…” His conference presentation will be: “Cliodynamics: Moving Psychohistory from Science Fiction to Science”
ROEN HORN – is a philosopher and lecturer on the importance of trying to live forever. He founded the Eternal Life Fan Club in 2012 to encourage fans of eternal life to start being more strategic with regard to this goal. The core principle of the club is to live as though there may be no divine judgment and salvation, but at the same time not live as if you are sure there isn’t one. To this end, one major focus of the club has been on life extension techniques, everything from lengthening telemeres to avoiding risky behaviors. Currently, Roen’s work may be seen in the many memes, quotes, essays, and video blogs that he has created for those who are exploring their own thoughts on this, or who want to share and promote the same things. Like many other fans of eternal life, Roen is in love with life, and is very inspired by the world around him and wants to impart in others the same desire to discover all this world has to offer. In particular, he has become known of late for a very unusual nature video that went viral across the internet. Watch the video that has become the inspiration of thousands, and join in on the discussion of eternal life at www.EternalLifeFanClub.com
Roen will present three 10-minute meme presentations, titled – Eternal Life Internet Memes,Transhumanist Strategies to Live Forever, and the 3rd… ? TBA
MAITREYA ONE – Aka “Tesla” was born In Harlem and raised in the Bronx. His inspiration comes from what he calls the “Streetlight Age” of HipHop, a time before HipHop was coopted by large corporations and the music industry. In the Streetlight Age, HipHop’s vision was bigger than an industrial status symbol. In Tesla’s younger years he worked at a bookstore called East West books, where he learned about the story of Tesla. He was inspired by his story, coming up from humble beginnings himself, and by the way Tesla was ahead of his time. He was also interested in the relationship between science and big business and how big business can get in the way of good science. Tesla adopted the name as a message to scientist to remembers the life of Tesla and act accordingly. Tesla would like to aid in a project called “Timeship,” which would be a biological “Fort Knox” that houses all the major life extension research concurrently. Tesla would also like to start a company that makes wine enhanced with extra resveratrol. He would also like to invest in his own brand of supplements, marketed towards the HipHop community in partnership with life extension science groups, the Super Longevity Worldwide Tour, and a documentary entitled “Freeze Me,” documenting his own cryonics set up.
Christopher Sean Jannette is the 27 year old President of the commercial space startup United Worldbuilders. While serving as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force in Tokyo, Japan; he was awarded the humanitarian medal for his participation in the contingency operations following the 2011 earthquake. During that time he volunteered several months working as the PR and Marketing Director for a 503(c) Nonprofit out of Venus, Florida that studied a hypothesized economic model for a post-scarcity civilization. He holds a degree in Avionics Systems and while working towards a degree in International Relations earned three honors in the fields of social sciences. Currently he is continuing his studies towards an eventual doctorate to further the work towards colonizing and terraforming Mars for a substantial number of people. For his talk at TRANSHUMAN VISIONS he will be discussing the necessity for transhumanity to offshore the biosphere and green the cosmos using technologies such as bioregenerative life support systems and nanotechnology.
Chris T. Armstrong is a secular transhumanist and self-appointed publicist of all things H+/Singularity related. He has had articles published on immortallife.info, IEET.org, BrighterBrains.org, and indiafuturesociety.org. He is currently writing his first book, At Any Cost: A Guide to The Transhumanist Wager and the Ideas of Zoltan Istvan. http://transhumanistwagerguide.com/ Back in the 20th century, Chris was a student and researcher in Artificial Intelligence (neural modeling), Lisp programming and a professional software geek. He is also a percussionist/composer, martial artist, powerlifter, proto Renaissance man, and budding bon vivant. Chris has a BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts in World Music. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two fully-transhuman dogs, Buddy and Beanie. He blogs at http://carmstrong1959blog.wordpress.com/. His dark-ambient, atmospheric, sci-fi soundtrack sounding compositions can be found here: http://www.SpaceageFurnitureMusic.com Also: www.transhumanistwagerguide.com/
TRANSHUMAN VISIONS is lead sponsored by THE BULLETPROOF EXECUTIVE ®. Also sponsored by NaturalStacks ®.
Produced by Hank Pellissier, director of Brighter Brains Institute & Scott Jackisch, director of East Bay Futurists