WTA Update (27 February 2001)

From: Nick Bostrom (nick@nickbostrom.com)
Date: Thu Mar 01 2001 - 20:29:10 MST

Forwarding the latest update from the World Transhumanist Association...

WTA Update
27 February 2001

Dear WTA member,

The WTA continues its steady growth and is working quietly but (we hope)
usefully to serve its mission (see below). Here are some updates on recent
and upcoming developments:

We have the fourth European transhumanist conference coming up this summer
in Berlin, June 22-24. TransVision 2001 will be organized my the German
group De:Trans. In addition to talks about various topics related to
transhumanism, the organizers promise that there will be plenty of time for
the informal get-togethers that have made the previous Transvisions so
enjoyable. For more information, see the website
http://www.transhumanismus.de/TV2001/berlin.html. If you are interested in
giving a presentation, you should submit an abstract by mid-March.

The Extropy Insitute is gearing up for Extro5 this summer, probably to take
place in San Jose, California, June 15-17. More details on this will soon
be available on their website http://www.extropy.org.

Dr. Mark Walker has been appointed new editor-in-chief of the Journal of
Transhumanism. Mark says he will aim especially to promote the JTH in the
relevant academic communities. Although there have been many submissions in
the last year, they have all failed the peer-review. Recently one paper has
accepted, however, and will be published shortly.

There are many new entries on the Local Groups page
(http://www.transhumanism.com/groups.htm) -- people who want to get in
touch with other transhumanists in order to start organizations or
discussion groups in areas where there currently are none. If you are
interested, check out this page to see if there is somebody in your

The World Transhumanist Association is, as you know, a volunteer network
and we accomplish neither more nor less than what our members do. Our aims
are to encourage research into transhumanism (the issues raised by
anticipated future technologies, very broadly conceived), to promote
informed media coverage and constructive debate, and to improve networking
within the transhumanist community. If you want to take part, don't
hesitate to suggest your own initiative. Anything from putting up a link to
the WTA from your own website (or suggesting to relevant sites on the web
that they do so) to volunteering to help out with running the WTA can be
very valuable. In particular, we are now looking for one or two individuals
who have the capability of taking independent initiatives to take on
prominent roles in the WTA, for example as projects leader or membership
officer. The scope of these positions would depend on the interests and
skills of the interested person; a time commitment of maybe an hour or two
a week would probably be sufficient. If you are interested, please do get
in touch!

Nick Bostrom and David Pearce

Nick Bostrom
Department of Philosophy
Yale University
Homepage: http://www.nickbostrom.com

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