Program for 1st Annual Workshop
on Geoethical Nanotechnology

July 20, 2005


 

July 19th

All Day   Arrivals from Burlington Airport.
Rent a car or Ask Terasem for a Pickup
     
Noon - 4 PM   Optional Hikes On the Green Mountains' Long Trail
(Part of the Appalachian Trail)
Meet in Lobby of Middlebury Inn at 11:45 AM
     
6-10 PM   Welcome Reception/Dinner at Middlebury Inn
Morgan Tavern Room (Reception)
Founders Room (Dinner)


July 20th

7:00 AM   Meet in Middlebury Inn Lobby
     
7:10 AM   Shuttles Leave for Terasem Retreat
     
7:30 AM   Breakfast Buffet
     
8:00 AM   Welcome and Workshop Introduction
     
    Martine Rothblatt, Workshop Chair & Terasem President
     
    (Windows Media video 56kpbs) (Windows Media video DSL) (QuickTime video DSL)
     
    Introduction of Amara Angelica, the Workshop's Webcaster, Transcriber, Online Archiver & Realtime CyberQuestion Selector


Topic A: What's the Problem with Unconstrained Nanotechnology?

Windows Media video
8:10 AM   Astrobiology: What Are the Characteristics of Life
     
    Barry Blumberg, M.D., Ph.D., Nobel Laureate in Medicine, Founding Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute, Moffett Field, CA
     
    Author, Hepatitis B: The Hunt for a Killer Virus
     
    (Windows Media video 56kbps) (Windows Media video DSL) (QuickTime video DSL) (PowerPoint) (transcript)
     
8:30 AM   Proactionary Nano-Policy: Managing Massive Decisions for Tiny Technologies
     
    Max More, Ph.D., Chairman, Extropy Institute; Director of Content Solutions, ManyWorlds Inc.
     
    (Windows Media video 56kbps) (Windows Media video DSL) (QuickTime video DSL) (PowerPoint)
     
8:50 AM   Group Discussion & Selected CyberQuestion(s)
     
9:10 AM   Break and Informal Discussions


Topic B: Defining Geoethics

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9:30 AM   The Ethics of Evolution, and the Evolution of Ethics
     
    Walter Anderson, Ph.D., President of World Academy of Art and Science
     
    Author, Evolution Isn't What It Used to Be; To Govern Evolution
     
    (Windows Media video 56kpbs) (Windows Media video DSL) (QuickTime video DSL)
     
9:50 AM   Diagramming Sentences of Value: Evolving Human Rights and the Terms of Geoethical Nanotechnology
     
    Wrye Sententia, Ph.D., Director, Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics
     
    (Windows Media video 56kpbs) (Windows Media video DSL) (QuickTime video DSL) (PowerPoint) (transcript)
     
10:10 AM   Group Discussion & Selected CyberQuestion(s)
     
10:30 AM   Break and Informal Discussions


Topic C: Implications of Geoethical Nanotechnology for Cultural Diversity

10:50 AM   A Moral Audit of Nanotechnology's Ability to Address Basic Human Needs
     
    Prof. Len Doyal, Queen Mary College, University of London
     
    Author, A Theory of Human Needs
     
    (paper)
     
11:10 AM   Global Design
     
    Natasha Vita-More, President, Extropy Institute
     
    (Windows Media video 56kpbs) (Windows Media video DSL) (QuickTime video DSL) (PowerPoint) (transcript)
     
11:30 AM   Group Discussion & Selected CyberQuestion(s)


Topic D: Implications of Geoethical Nanotechnology for World Unity

11:50 AM   Keynote Address: How We Can Manage Our Way Through the Intertwined Promise and Peril of Accelerating Change
     
    Ray Kurzweil, President, Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.
     
    Author, Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever; The Singularity is Near (Fall 2005); The Age of Spiritual Machines; The Age of Intelligent Machines; The 10% Solution For a Healthy Life
     
    (Windows Media video 56kpbs) (Windows Media video DSL) (QuickTime video DSL) (PowerPoint)
     
12:30 PM   Lunch


Topic E: How Are Threats to Human Longevity Impacted By Geoethical Nanotechnology?

1:30 PM   Can Nanotechnology Solve the Problems of Poor Women in Developing Countries?
     
    Martine Rothblatt, Chairman, Unither Telemedicine Services Corp
     
    Author, Unzipped Genes: Taking Charge of Baby-Making in the New Millennium
     
    (Windows Media video 56kpbs) (Windows Media video DSL) (QuickTime video DSL) (PowerPoint) (transcript)
     
1:50 PM   Group Discussion & Selected CyberQuestion(s)
     
2:10 PM   Break and Informal Discussions


Topic F: How Are Threats to Terran Society Impacted By Geoethical Nanotechnology?

2:30 PM   The Physics of Immortality, Threats to Terran Society, & Self-Replicating Nanotechnology
     
    Prof. Frank Tipler
     
    Author, The Physics of Immortality
     
    (Windows Media video 56kpbs) (Windows Media video DSL) (QuickTime video DSL) (PowerPoint)
     
2:50 PM   Group Discussion & Selected CyberQuestion(s)
     
3:10 PM   Break and Informal Discussions


Topic G: Steps for Implementing Geoethical Nanotechnology

3:30 PM   The Risk/Benefit Yardsticks Were Just Moved…Off the Field: How Technological Convergence Renders Current Risk Assessment Models Obsolete, and What to Do About It?
     
    Douglas Mulhall
     
    Author, The Calcium Bomb; Our Molecular Future
     
    (Windows Media video 56kpbs) (Windows Media video DSL) (QuickTime video DSL) (PowerPoint) (transcript)
     
3:50 PM   Democratic Transhumanism
     
    James Hughes, Ph.D., Executive Director, World Transhumanist Association, Lecturer, Trinity College
     
    Author, Citizen Cyborg
     
    (Windows Media video 56kpbs) (Windows Media video DSL) (QuickTime video DSL) (PowerPoint)
     
4:10 PM   Group Discussion & Selected CyberQuestion(s)
     
4:30 PM   Break and Informal Discussions

Topic H: Alternative Models for Managing Self-Replicating Nanotechnology

4:50 PM   Multi-Stakeholder Engagement in the Process of Developing Effective Policy and Administrative Structures for Global Geoethical Implementation of an Exponential, General-Purpose, Atomically Precise Manufacturing System
     
    Mike Treder, Executive Director, Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
     
    (Windows Media video 56kpbs) (Windows Media video DSL) (QuickTime video DSL) (PowerPoint)
     
5:10 PM   Alternative Models for Managing Self-Replicating Nanotechnology, Including Analysis of Foresight Institute Guidelines Applied to Land, Sea & Space-Based Scenarios In Which Self-Replicating Nanotechnology Is Necessary
     
   

Martine Rothblatt, CEO, United Therapeutics Corp

     
    Author, Your Life or Mine: Using Geoethics to Resolve the Conflict Between Private and Public Interests in Xenotransplantation
     
    (Windows Media video 56kpbs) (Windows Media video DSL) (QuickTime video DSL) (PowerPoint) (transcript)
     
5:30 PM   Group Discussion & Selected CyberQuestion(s)
     
5:50 PM   Shuttle Arrives from Middlebury Inn with guests of presenters who did not attend Workshop
     
6:00 PM   Cocktail Reception
     
7:00 PM   Concluding Dinner
     
7-10 PM   Celtic-Inspired Music by Atlantic Crossing
     
10 PM   Shuttles Leave Back to Middlebury Inn
     



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