H+ Summit
POST-PANDEMIC: A World Free of Disease and Destruction
Professional TitleWebsiteTalk TitleAbstractDay: 7 or 8Time ZoneScheduled
Dr. Ben GoertzelLINKCEO & Chief ScientistSingularityNETThe Elimination of Death and Disease is Fairly NearAll that stands between human society as it exists today and a world of currently-unimaginable joy, abundance and creativity is the solution of a few "minor engineering challenges" in areas such as AGI, nanotechnology, stem cell biology, biosimulation and quantum computing. In this talk I will review some science and technology work that is delivering real practical value today and some that is envisioned for the near future—all pushing straight toward the goal of eliminating death and disease. AGI for precision medicine—currently in use in the context of COVID-19, age-associated disease, cancer and other diseases. AGI for transfer learning among clinical trials and between model organisms and humans, and for guiding stem cell differentiation and transdifferentiation. Nanotech solutions for repairing the extracellular matrix that corrupts as the human body ages. AI-guided simulation models for epidemiology and physiology. Quantum machine learning and reasoning, used to guide quantum-computational biosimulations. All these are either here or coming soon, and while the biggest challenge may be to make sure they are used for broad benefit rather than to advance the narrow interests of elites, there are technologies such as open source and decentralized networks that can help overcome this obstacle as well.
Nell WatsonLINKChair ECPAIS Transparency Experts GroupECPAIS Transparency Experts Focus GroupWhisking and Genetic VariationsThis talk advances a concept of genetic issues concerning how has better genes to fight off viruses and who does not. This issue has contributed towards disproportionately greater harm from COVID-19 amongst certain groups. Potential methods by which these inequities may be redressed will also be discussed, some of which may be effective without any genetic modification per se.7 or 8UKAnytime
Dr. Max MoreLINKAmbassador & President Emeritus, AlcorAlcor Life Extension FoundationBeyond the UBI: Universal Distributed CapitalismThe universal basic income (UBI) appeals to many people. It appears to be a simple and relatively easy way to guarantee a minimum income to everyone. The proposal can mean simply giving everyone a fixed amount of money on a regular basis or the “negative income tax” favored by Nobel economist Milton Friedman. It appeals to some transhumanists who look ahead to a hoped-for day when AI-driven corporations produce tremendous value with little to no human input. Whether or not UBI is workable today, some believe it will be in this future. The UBI as typically promoted is unworkable (especially today) and undesirable. An alternative offers an approach that we can start implementing immediately and that can evolve to fit the future of AI production. Rather than forcibly taking and distributing it instead encourages stock ownership by all by educating people about the long-term benefits (and risks) of investing. It could take the form of a required and protected amount of savings (something like a 401k). If shares in AI-driven corporations are to be simply given to everyone, it should be done once and not repeatedly to greatly reduce disincentives to be productive.
Dr . Jose CordeiroLINKFounding ED, Ibero-American Futurists NetworkRIBERThe Death of DeathIs death inevitable? Is aging a disease? Is it curable? The history of humanity has been shaped by the fatal fact of aging and death. Religions, borders and progress are born from the atavistic fear of death. Until very recently, that fear and that desire for survival only found consolation in religious paradigms. Thanks to exponential advances in artificial intelligence, tissue regeneration, stem cell treatments, organ printing, cryopreservation, gene modifications and immunotherapies, we will solve the problem of the aging of the human body by 2045. We are between the last human mortal generation and the first immortal generation.8Spain
Dr. Natasha Vita-MoreLINKAuthor & Speaker,
Executive Director, Humanity+
Digital UniversityRadical Life x Manifest: Augment and Liberate!Genetic Liability or Genetic Liberty? That is the question. To survive humans need augments and enhancements, but first we need to protect our most precious asset—the brain. Protecting the brain requires a healthy body. This talk proposes that for longevity, we must first identify aging as a disease, agree that augmentation is essential, and that human life is not restricted to any one form or environment. The need to augment with AI, repair with nanorobots, enhance through genetic liberty, and to build environments that support health and longevity are fundamental to the Radical Life Extension Manifest.7 and 8PDT/PSTAnytime
Ryan O'SheaLINKFounderFuture GrindPreparing for a Future of Human AugmentationThe Human Augmentation Institute was founded to uphold bodily autonomy and ensure that any efforts in human augmentation are done ethically, safely, and responsibly. But what does this mean, and why is it important? Join HAI co-founder and Future Grind podcast host Ryan O'Shea in a discussion of the ethical issues surrounding topics such as bodily autonomy, informed consent, universal healthcare, and more. We’ll explore questions that test existing ethical frameworks, and will seek to anticipate and prepare for the challenges and opportunities presented by the future of human augmentation.7ESTAnytime 11:00 AM - 9PM
Dr. Anders SandbergLINKSenor Research FellowFuture of Humanity InstituteWill there ever be a last pandemic?Disease, epidemics and pandemics have been with us since before our species evolved: they are a part of life for every species in Earth's biosphere. Humanity is unique in that we are aware of the problem and try to take steps to change it. Long-term, is it possible to "win" the war against disease, or will it be with us forever? My argument is that although we may eventually master biology and perhaps achieve post-biological life, the fundamental problem of selfish, evolving replicators may turn out to be perennial even if we prevent it from ever becoming existential. 7Sweden
Alishba ImranLINKCo-FounderXVoltaGlobal Energy Storage: A Proposed Fix to the Current ProblemTo meet the target of 45% of power generated from renewable sources by 2030, we’ll need almost 20x our global energy storage capacity from today. Current methods to store renewables are not sufficient enough since renewables such as solar and wind have variable outputs. In her talk, Alishba sheds light on this problem, current solutions and why they alone aren’t enough. She talks about her project to accelerate promising energy storage methods by using novel machine learning models to decrease testing times of energy storage devices by 96% from an average of 3 months to 3.5 days. 7Toronto
David ErnstLINKFounderLiquid DemocracyLiquid Democracy: Democracy for the 21st CenturyAround the globe, democratic governments struggle to respond to our increasingly changing world. In the decades and centuries since our democratic norms were established, most of our technology has radically improved, yet our representative systems themselves are still stuck in quill & horseback era thinking. This talk is about Liquid Democracy, a representative system designed for our modern, digitally-connected age. It offers radically more trust, responsiveness, and authentic representation. Come find out why forward-looking thinkers around the world look to it as one of the most powerful levers for the next decades.
David BrinLINKAuthor, ScientistBrinThe Near and Far Beyond: A context for our Climb from Cave to StarsAbout 40,000 years ago - in the first a series of self-reprogrammings, humans appear to have upgraded their cultural operating systems, enabling them to think, compete and cooperate in new ways. These upgrades often involved new modes of communication and initial outcomes were never pretty. But each wave eventually allowed us to expand horizons of possibility and inclusion. Now those horizons peer outward and ahead, in part via science fiction. And, noticing ow alone we seem to be, we wonder just how much of a fluke all this has been... and whether the process can be extended.
Dr. Kat CotterLINKAnti-Aging PractitionerProtect Against These 5 and Stay AliveIn this talk, I will cover the 5 most important practices to protect health right now. These practices concern the immune system and include protection against infectious disease and other pandemics by supercharging the immune system to stay healthy. I will explain ways to remove potential threats of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and accidental death; safety precautions of self-defense for everyday mishaps; and protection of our most precious organ—brain health. In conclusion, I suggest that each of us take charge of our health because, as we have all learned, in a major pandemic we may not be able to count on our government or anyone else to save us. While there are many forms of preparedness, my talk addresses the single most important practice of health that concerns the immune system and overall health which is our best defense.7 or 8Any time
Didier CoeurnelleLINKVice PresidentTechnoprogTechnoprogressive and Ecological Ideas for a Viridian FutureA technoprogressive future will be possible in the decades ahead given an indefinite sustainable relationship between humans and the environment. The change necessary requires broad technological progress and profound societal shifts. To this end, deepening our humanity by improving ourselves is an asset. A "viridian" option, which is to say, one that is ecological, technological, and non-destructive to humanity, presupposes radical transitions. Transhumanists consider that it is essential to change our behavior collectively and individually in order to stop global warming, the loss of biodiversity, and the consumption of non-renewable resources. The talk will approach the best ways to organize collective research, reflections and decisions to produce renewable energy, limit pollution, and use geoengineering. It will also explore ways to expand education and to develop neuroscience to make us more ecologically responsible.
Michael MasucciLINKMedia Producer, CuratorEZTV Online MuseumBrain Bursts of Arts & Sciences (or why STEAM is better than STEM)Imagination is a playground in which both scientists as well as artists create. In the previous half-century, the rapid development and adoption of digital imaging, including VR, AR, MRI, and holography has revolutionized the depiction of some of humanity’s most ambitious and profound concepts. It is through arts-based practices (along with the language of mathematics), that science illustrates, simulates and visualizes itself. Through a survey of both historical examples, and current exemplary collaborative projects, this presentation will put forward a call for thinkers throughout the creative spectrum, to build on-going relationships and projects, within the Humanity+ and allied communities.7PSTAnytime
Maria Entraigues-AbramsonLINKGlobal Outreach CoordinatorSENS Research FoundationThe pandemic and the longevity field - Setback or catalyst?Today we wait in anticipation for scientific researchers, medical doctors, and new technology innovators, who labor at a pace that is both record-breaking and rapid, yet frustratingly slow, to bring us a way out: a drug, a vaccine—a hope. Through daily updates on the sick and the dead, there remains one constant that is the greatest predictor of death from this plague—age. The co-presence of multiple medical conditions like chronic lung diseases, damaged kidneys and hearts, high blood pressure, and diabetes are all aspects of aging that predispose patients to death from COVID-19. Yet, the medical field does not identify aging as a medical problem. What does this mean for the fast-growing longevity industry and those who donate and invest in its future? In my talk, I will discuss the timely issue of whether this pandemic will be a setback taking aging research off the radar and delay progress by a decade; or, if it will be a catalyst for new understanding to help the world evolve.
Zoltan IstvanLINKFuturist, AuthorSaving Lives: A Transhumanist Approach to PandemicsTBD
David WoodLINKFuturist, AuthorLondon FuturistsPractical steps to improve the public perception of the futureThe public is losing faith in experts. This talk draws on three decades of personal experience of anticipating both the downsides and upsides of technology and innovation. It offers pragmatic suggestions for how everyone can improve their foresight skills. It highlights why previous foresight activities have had only limited success in readying society for oncoming risks and opportunities. It goes on to identify key changes that can make the biggest difference regarding our collective readiness for near-future risks and opportunities that have an even larger scale.7 or 8UKAnytime
David KelleyLINKFounder#IAmTranshumanIAmTranshuman and the Psychology of AbundanceThis presentation is about living the Psychology of Abundance now and the fact that it is a choice we can collectively make, from the example of how IAmTranshuman became a thing to the kinds of things you can do to help make Superabundance in our society a reality. Society is all about psychology, and it is this “psychology” that we can change one person at a time. IAmTranshuman is about Psychology of Abundance, and the Psychology of Abundance is what will help us overcome existential risk and bring a brighter world about.

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Betelhem DessieLINKFounder & CEO
Anyone Can Code
Beyond ScarcityTBD