Erik Baard researched and reported on the United Nations and American society for Japanese media and was a staff reporter covering the energy industry for Dow Jones Newswires, with contributions to the Wall Street Journal. He has written forPopular Science, the New York Times, the Times of London, the New York Times Magazine, the Village Voice, SPACE.com, Wired News, Space News, Chief Executive Magazine, the Industry Standard, Praxis Post, other technology publications.
Julian Barbour was born in 1937 and grew up in the village of South Newington in North Oxfordshire, England. As a boy he became very interested in astronomy. For this reason, he decided to study mathematics at Cambridge, after which he commenced a PhD in astrophysics in Munich. However, at this time he became deeply interested in foundational issues in physics, above all the nature of time.… read more
Dr. Danny Belkin has been involved in the practical and philosophical aspects of futurism, life extension and biotechnology for several years. During his undergraduate studies he wrote an academic paper discussing the field of programmed cell death research, which sparked his interest in the subject of societal cellular behavior, consciousness, evolution, and how these subjects relate to humanity’s present and future.… read more
James John Bell has been a professional in the environmental movement since 1992. He has participated in many environmental victories from working on campaigns that got the US to adopt nuclear test moratorium legislation in 1992 to directing an award winning campaign that succeeded in forcing congress to adopt a recycling program in 2001.
After getting his BS in Communications from Northern Illinois University he worked as a Technical Director for ABC news. In 1992 he left a career in television news to live for four years with leaders of the Western Shoshone Nation resisting the U.S. federal government and multinational gold mining companies over issues of sovereignty. He brought international attention to the Western Shoshone land rights struggle through creative media strategies and award wining videos.… read more
Daniel Berleant, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Information Science, College of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He also serves in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock/University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Joint Bioinformatics Program. A former Interim Department Chair, he has previously been at Iowa State University (Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with ancillary appointments in the… read more
Bill Bing is a graduate of Dartmouth College (bachelor’s degree in philosophy, 2001) with experience in startup companies and venture capital. He is deeply interested in better understanding consumer behavior and using game mechanics to motivate customers and improve their experiences. Originally from Massachusetts, Bill was an early employee at Upromise, a leading online loyalty program with more than 12 million members and $500 million in… read more
“I know a lot of people. A lot. And I ask a lot of prying questions. But I’ve never run into a more intriguing biography than Howard Bloom’s in all my born days.” — Paul Solman, Business and Economics Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
Howard Bloom has been called “next in a lineage of seminal thinkers that includes Newton, Darwin, Einstein,[and] Freud,” by Britain’s Channel4 TV, “the next Stephen Hawking” by… read more
Professor Nick Bostrom is Director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He previously taught at Yale University in the Department of Philosophy and in the Yale Institute for Social and Policy Studies. He has some 170 publications to his name, including three books: Anthropic Bias (Routledge, 2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (ed., OUP, 2008), and Enhancing Humans (ed., OUP, 2009). His writings have been translated into 19 different… read more
Paul Boutin is a technology writer best known for his work at Slate. He has written for Wired magazine since 1996 and also contributes to BusinessWeek. Gadget fans know him as Engadget’s special correspondent, who uploads real-time reports from behind the velvet ropes at tech industry events.… read more
David Brin is a scientist, futurist and best-selling author. His novels include Earth, Existence, The Postman, and Kiln People, as well as Hugo Award winners Startide Rising and The Uplift War. The Transparent Society won a Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association.