1.) A last-minute surge in interest
Due to a surge in RSVPs over the last 36 hours, the room I had previously booked for this Saturday’s event (i.e. tomorrow) was going to be a squeeze.
On this occasion, I’ve managed to liaise with Birkbeck to switch our booking to a larger lecture room.
We’re now going to be in B35 instead. Like most of our Saturday afternoon bookings these days, it’s on the basement level of Birkbeck’s main building.
Progress depends on unreasonable outsiders and this is a presentation about them.
2.) RAADfest 2017, August 9-13, San Diego, California
On the subject of the positive influence of radical outsiders, let’s talk about RAAD – the Revolution Against Aging and Death.
In the last few days I’ve been in discussion with the organisers of the 2017 RAAD Festival, which is taking place in San Diego, California, from 9-13 August.
I’ll be chairing a review panel at this event, in which I’ll be asking a number of distinguished experts on healthy life extension questions about progress since the inaugural RAADfest twelve months previous:
- What has happened faster than you expected?
- What has happened slower than you expected?
- What took you completely by surprise?
- And in the light of these lessons, what do you recommend is done differently in the next twelve months?
I attended the 2016 RAADfest (in the same venue) and found it to be a remarkable three and a half days. In view of the success of the 2016 festival, the festival this year has been extended an extra day.
The conference describes itself as follows:
Join us for the largest ever gathering of radical life extension enthusiasts to:
- Learn the latest scientific advancements
- Connect with like minded people
- Gain vital insights to extend your health and well-being
- Become a more empowered and effective advocate
- Interact with leaders of radical life extension
- Have a blast celebrating our unlimited future together with music and performances.
RAADfest combines the energy and fun of a festival, the empowerment and interaction of personal development, with cutting edge science presented for a lay audience.
Hear from top scientists, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders addressing every aspect of radical life extension, from nutrition and new gene therapies, to the power of personal intention, the sociology of immortality and advancement in artificial intelligence.
You will also have the opportunity to interact with our experts as well as share your own views.
You can find out more on the conference website. You can use the discount code #FUTURISTS if you register to attend.
Check out these two short preview videos for some idea of what you can expect:
From Ben Goertzel, Chief Scientific Officer of Hanson Robotics and Vice Chair of Humanity+:
From Robert Reis, Professor of Geriatrics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Pharmacology, at University of Arkansas:
3.) From El Mundo today
A friend has just sent me a photo from today’s El Mundo – one of Spain’s leading newspapers.
The photo is a bit fuzzy, but you might notice that it contains details of the speakers for the International Longevity and Cryopreservation Summit happening in Madrid next week, 25-27 May.
The subject I’ll be speaking about there is legal regulations governing the practice of cryonics: what is the present state-of-play, and how might these regulations evolve in the near future (possibly for the worse, hopefully for the better).
I’m told there are still some tickets available. If you want to meet some of the world’s leading thinkers on the subject of longevity and cryopreservation – and if you can’t wait until RAADfest in August – then please do consider making the trip to Madrid.
// David W. Wood
Chair, London Futurists