This Thursday in Vermont I'll be giving a talk on the social and ethical implications of perception shifting in a neurosociety. Hosted by the Terasem Movement, this workshop on Geoethical Nanotechnology is bringing together several others to explore the ethics of neuronanotechnology and future mind-machine interfaces (my powerpoint presentation is available for download on the conference website).
This year's speakers by order of presentation are: Nobel Laureate in Medicine Baruch Blumberg, M.D., Ph.D., Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia,; Prof. Jack Tuszynski, Department of Physics, University of Alberta; Randal Koene, Ph.D., Center for Memory & Brain, Boston University; Ben Goertzel, Ph.D., Biomind LLC; Ray Kurzweil, Kurzweil Technologies; William Sims Bainbridge, Ph.D., National Science Foundation; Marshall Brain, Founder, "How Stuff Works"; Nancy J. Woolf, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, UCLA; Zack Lynch, President, NeuroInsights; and Wrye Sententia, Ph.D., Director, Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics.
Speakers will explore the ethics of neuronanotechnology and future mind-machine interfaces, including preservation of consciousness, implications for a future in which human and digital species merge, and dispersion of consciousness to the cosmos, featuring leading scientists and other experts in these areas. The workshop proceedings are open to the public via real-time conference call and will be archived online for free public access. The public is invited to call a toll-free conference-call dial-in line from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET. Callers from the continental US and Canada can dial 1-800-967-7135; other countries: (00+1) 719-457-2626. Each workshop presentation is designed for a 15-20 minute delivery, followed by a 20 minute formal question and answer period, during which time questions from the worldwide audience will be invited. Presentations will also be available on the workshop's website.