Dr. Miriam J.S. Leis is a strategic foresight researcher from Germany specializing in the interrelation of emerging technologies, society, politics, and future studies. She has been involved in many foresight projects for business, policy makers, and the European Commission especially focusing on topics related to education, health, innovation policy, and emerging technologies. She has worked for nearly one year for an Indian company in Mumbai.
Avinash K Singh is a scientific researcher working in the areas of Neural Engineering especially focused around Brain-Computer Interface and Human-Agent Teaming with exposure of Virtual/Augmented Reality at University of Technology Sydney, Australia. He is a founder of India Future Society, an active board member and advisor of the International Longevity Alliance, Transhumanism Australia, Ethics Board of IEEE. He is associated with several H+ and technological groups across the globe.
He has earned his academic degrees in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Signal Processing, Machine Learning, and Neuroscience. His other interests include enhancing the human condition, mind uploading, and gene editing.
Siddartha Verma is a MS student at School of Physics, The University of Western Australia (2011-2013) and has completed his Bachelors in Technology degree in Instrumentation from CUSAT, India (2006-2010). He has been a Visiting Researcher at Stanford in Gravity Probe-B experiment for three months in 2010.
Apart from that, he has summer project experience from places like Indian Institute of Astrophysics (2008), UWA (2010) and has also been a Winter School Student for an Astroparticle course conducted by TIFR and Bose Institute (2010). In summer 2009 he was selected as a Vacation Student’s Programme student in IUCAA, Pune.
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Ilia Stambler is a researcher at the Department of Science, Technology and Society of Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He worked as a scientific writer at the Biophysical Schottenstein Center for the Research and Technology of the Cellome, Bar-Ilan University. He studied biomedical engineering in Moscow Polytechnical Institute, biology at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and has an MA in English literature from Bar-Ilan University. Ilia received his PhD degree at the Department of Science, Technology and Society, at Bar-Ilan University. His thesis subject, and his main interest, is the History of Life-extensionism in the 20th Century.
He is a longevity activist and coordinator at the International Longevity Alliance
Jameson N. Rohrer (MLIS & B.S. in History) is a graduate student at San Jose State University, a transhumanist, technologist, and lonegevity enthusiast from the United States, who specializes in assimilating information about the coming singularity, emerging technologies, the role of libraries in the development of information infrastructure, societal progress, and ethical problems of integrating technologies into the human body. He has been involved with various transhumanist groups, and will becoming a permanent member of Humanity+ and also Alcor Life Extension Foundation in 2014. He also intends to attend the Singularity University in 2015. He was over nine years of experience in in libraries, information environments, and providing the means for anyone to seek out the reading material relating to the subjects encapsulated by transhumanism. Currently working for the Evansville Vanderburgh Central Library. (June 2013)
B.J. Murphy is a socialist and Transhumanist activist within the East Coast region of the U.S. He writes for both Transhumanity.net and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), and is currently a co-editor for the online newspaper Fight Back! News. He’s worked with the asteroid mining company Planetary Resources as a member of their Planetary Community Vanguards, helping campaign funding for open-source space exploration via the ARKYD-100 Space Telescope.
Clyde DeSouza is an Author and Creative Technology Evangelist. He explores technologies such as Augmented Reality, Real-time Game engines and Stereoscopic 3D and their influence on human perception.
Raised in different parts of the world, he is at ease in multicultural environments and loves interacting with people of diverse backgrounds, believing that holding on to tradition is over-rated, and a border-less, technology driven world is the future.
His book Think in 3D, has been peer recommended as essential reading for Directors. Clyde’s coining of new terminology in 3D has made it’s way into the 3D Encyclopedic Dictionary.
His “Think in 3D” masterclasses are an on-going success in Asia and Europe. Recent projects include the setup of Advanced Media and Technology Labs for Government and Educational Media institutions to foster collaboration, and sustain employee motivation. These Collaborative Environments help in seeding ideas and in furthering the knowledge capital of developing countries in the MiddleEast and SouthEast Asia.
His second book: “Memories With Maya” is a fiction novel in the hard science/tech-noir genre. The story explores the impact Augmented Intelligence will have in human personal relationships and in society. His aim in writing the book is to bring the ethos of Transhumanism via story.
Dirk Bruere attended Nottingham University and later what is now Westminster University, and has a BSc in Physics. Subsequently pursued a career in electronics and computer research and is the technical director of Logical Automation Ltd, a company specializing in high end audio visual technology.
A founder member of Zero State (ZS) with a seat on the coordinating body (Sansad) and a member of the Futurists Board of the Lifeboat Foundation.
Founder of The Consensus in 2002CE, a political party with a core philosophy of Transhumanism, which has been revised and relaunched under Zero State. Now currently deputy leader. Other interests include the interface between technology and theology explored in the books TechnoMage and The Praxis, and was co-presenter of a UK radio show, OneTribe. Head of The Praxis, a ZS spiritual organization.
For several years held the position of Branch Master in the World Shorinji Kempo Organization, teaching Zen and martial arts, although is now retired from a teaching role.
Franco regularly writes for the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies. He has a column in H+ Magazine, and also writes for Transhumanity, Immortal Life Magazine and The Rational Argumentator. He is also a staff editor for Transhumanity, and is on the coordinating committee for Zero State. He contributed material to the edited collection Human Destiny is to Eliminate Death: Essays, Rants and Arguments About Immortalism.
Franco is also an Advisor for Lifeboat Foundation, a US organization working to mitigate sources of Existential Risk and Global Catastrophic Risk. Franco occupies positions on their Futurists Board and one of their Scientific Advisory Boards (Life Extension Board). He has also written reports for Lifeboat Foundation, and is one of the top 10 contributors to the LF blog.
Franco is a supporting member of the following organizations: World Future Society, Humanity+, the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, Foresight Institute, Immortality Institute for Unlimited Lifespans, London Futurists, Zero State, British Longevity Society, Mormon Transhumanist Association, Turing Church, Immortalist Society, Healthy Life Extension Society and the Methuselah Foundation.
Christine Gaspar is a registered Nurse, with a background in emergency medicine and trauma. She is currently the President of the Cryonics Society of Canada, where she help advocate for Canadian cryonicists. She has appeared in print and radio interviews, both locally and internationally, speaking about cryonics. She has strong interest in developing support networks for cryonics organizations and helping to strengthen current standby services. She write about topics related to cryonics and transhumanism and am hoping to continue to do so in a regular manner, providing a female perspective. She has a page on Facebook where she has started collecting ideas and writing on these subjects called Transhuman Initiative.
Thomas Damberger, Ph.D., is postdoctoral research associate at the Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany). He studied pedagogy and philosophy and completed his doctorate with a critical work about pedagogical and technological improvement of humans. His main fields of research are the philosophy (and theory) of education, human enhancement, emerging technologies, transhumanism and digital media.
Chris T. Armstrong is a secular transhumanist and self-appointed publicist of all things H+/Singularity related. He has had articles published on Immortal Life, IEET, and Brighter Brains. He is currently writing his first book, At Any Cost: A Guide to The Transhumanist Wager and the Ideas of Zoltan Istvan.
Back in the 20th century, Chris was a student and researcher in Artificial Intelligence (neural modelling), 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/.
Bestselling visionary author Zoltan Istvan, an American-Hungarian, began a solo, multi-year sailing journey around the world at the age of 21. His main cargo was 500 handpicked books, mostly classics. He’s explored over 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 also been featured by The New York Times Syndicate, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Radio, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Animal Planet, and the Travel Channel. In addition to his award-winning coverage of the war in Kashmir, he gained worldwide attention for pioneering and popularizing 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. Back 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 recently published The Transhumanist Wager, a fictional thriller describing apatheist Jethro Knights and his unwavering quest for immortality via science and technology. The controversial novel was recently a #1 bestseller in Philosophy and Sci-Fi Visionary on Amazon. You can find him at:
Amazon: The Transhumanist Wager: http://www.amazon.com/The-Transhumanist-Wager-Zoltan-Istvan/dp/0988616114/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381375210&sr=8-1&keywords=the+transhumanist+wager
Md. Monirul Islam is working as an Assistant Professor of English, Asannagr M. M. T. College, West Bengal and is a research fellow in the University of Kalyani, Department of English. His primary interest is in the area of postcolonial theories. He has published on East-West encounter and its literary representations. Some of the articles recently published are “The East/West Binary in Tagore’s Red Oleander”’, “Modern Short Story and the Oriental Tales” “Derozio: His Indianness and Identity Crisis” and “Swami Vivekananda: East and West”. A related field of interest is the subaltern studies with particular interest in the post-colonial subaltern population(s) in posthuman situation.
Nupur Munshi is a teacher, researcher and writer. She has a Masters in English Literature at The University of Calcutta with Research Studies at the Indian Institute of Psychometry, Kolkata (affiliated to DSIR, Government of India) specializing in Poetry Therapy as a means for Health Promotion. She writes on Literature, Philosophy, Spirituality, Yoga, etc.