Dates: November 21 – 24, 2014
Location: Paris, France
Sponsored by the French Transhumanist Association: Technoprog in partnership with FiXience and ESPCI
The first international symposium on transhumanism in France
Space Sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Paris, France
The conference will aim to reflect the multiple ways in which “human augmentation” can be put to the service of social justice. In almost all international conferences held so far about transhumanism, this question has never been the central issue, hence the importance of this meeting which held over three days in Paris in late 2014.
The U.S. transhumanist current is often criticized in France, even equated with an ultra-liberal movement. The French association Technoprog in turn promotes a more humanistic vision of transhumanism. Technoprog therefore invites experts to tell us how, in their specific approach, a transhumanist evolution and improvements to the biological condition can improve society. How can nanotechnology, biotechnology, information science, robotics, and cognitive science contribute to social improvement? The organizers also want to give a voice to those who point to the risk of transhumanism and human enhancement increasing inequality or exacerbating social imbalances of all kinds.
The conference will be held in English, and French simultaneous translation will be provided to allow the public to follow all the discussions.