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Humanity Transformed

We can only imagine that, some 6 million years ago, when hominids began to stand upright, there was a tremendous controversy amongst the proto- australopithecines as to whether assuming this new posture was “natural.” Weren’t Lucy and her ilk simply violating their most basic nature?

The debate has continued ever since, as humans have learned new skills and augmented their minds and bodies for reasons both aesthetic and practical. Today we live in an age of unprecedented human malleability — pacemakers, nose jobs, laser eye surgery, and other wonders. But that’s nothing compared to where we’re going next. We may soon be able to match the  level of change that occurred  in the six-million-year ascent from Australopithecus to modern human — only we’ll do it in a single human lifetime, or perhaps a matter of years, or maybe even faster than that.

What might we become?A panel of futurists join us to discuss the prospects for an expanded and improved definition of humanity.

Join us:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
7 PM PDT / 10 PM EDT

Our Panelists:


George Dvorsky

Canadian futurist and ethicist, George Dvorsky has written and spoken extensively about the impacts of cutting-edge science and technology—particularly as they pertain to the improvement of human performance and experience. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and is the program director for their Rights of …

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R.U. Sirius

R.U. Sirius is a US writer, editor, talk show host, musician, and cyberculture icon, best known as cofounder and original Editor-In-Chief of Mondo 2000 Magazine from 1989-1993. He is the former editor of the transhumanist magazine, H+. R.U. was a regular columnist for Wired News and San Francisco Examiner, and contributing writer for Wired and Artforum International. …

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Sonia Arrison

Sonia Arrison is an author and policy analyst who has studied the impact of new technologies on society for more than a decade. A Senior Fellow at the California-based Pacific Research Institute(PRI) and a columnist for TechNewsWorld, she is author of two previous books (Western Visions and Digital Dialog) as well as numerous PRI studies on technology issues. A frequent media …

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