[ExI] Tomorrow's technologies emerging today. ExtroBritannia's May event.
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Wed Apr 16 13:11:09 UTC 2008
Tomorrow's technologies emerging today - nanotechnology and stem cell
rejuvenation: seizing the opportunity despite the scaremongers
The next ExtroBritannia event is scheduled for Saturday the 10th of
May 2008, 2pm-4pm. Venue: Room 538 (fifth floor), Birkbeck College,
Torrington Square, London WC1E 7HX. The event is free and everyone's
Come to hear and discuss the exciting possible near-term developments
with some key 21st century technologies. This is not science fiction -
it could be science fact, well within our lifetimes. Nanotech means
manipulating substances at the level of individual molecules, creating
materials and compounds with remarkable properties. Stem cell therapy
has the potential to cure cruel degenerative diseases like Parkinsons
and Motor Neurone Disease. Both technologies deserve to be progressed
carefully and thoughtfully, but also quickly and seriously. In each
case, misguided interventions such as the opposition to the Human
Fertilisation & Embryology bill threaten to frustrate progress and
prolong disease and impoverishment. The speakers describe how we can
seize and guide the opportunity despite the scaremongers.
The meeting is sponsored by the UKTA, the United Kingdom Transhumanist
Association. There is no charge to attend.
Julian Snape: "Latest developments with nanotechnology"
Darren Reynolds: "Reasons to support and improve the Human
Fertilisation & Embryology bill"
Birkbeck College - Room 539, 5th floor, Main Building, Torrington
Square (which is a pedestrian-only square), London WC1E 7HX - MAP
The nearest tube station is Russell Square. Come out of the tube
station and turn left, to walk west along Bernard St. Cross over
Herbrand St then Woburn Place and keep walking westwards, on the north
side of the square. Cross Bedford Way, and turn right into Thornhaugh
St, then immediately left to enter Torrington Square through the
pedestrian-only courtyard outside SOAS (the School of Oriental and
African Studies). Veer right and you'll see the main entrance to
Birkbeck College on the left as you walk up Torrington Square. Take
the lift to the 5th floor and follow the signs to room 539.
Discussion is likely to continue after the event in a nearby pub, for
those who are able to stay. There's also the option of joining some of
the UKTA regulars for drinks/lunch beforehand, starting c. 12.30, in
"The Friend At Hand" pub which is situated behind Russell Square tube
station on Herbrand Street. If it's your first ExtroBritannia look out
for a copy of Ending Aging on display on our table.
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