James Hughes (sociologist)

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James Hughes
James Hughes.jpg
Hughes in San Francisco, 2012
Born
James J. Hughes

(1961-05-27) May 27, 1961 (age 59)
Columbus, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
EducationPh.D., M.A. (Univ. of Chicago), B.A. (Oberlin College)
Known forWork in Sociology, Executive Director at Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), Director of Institutional Research & Planning at Trinity College
Notable work
Wrote Citizen Cyborg
Spouse(s)Monica Bock
Websitehttp://ieet.org

James J. Hughes (born May 27, 1961) is an American sociologist and bioethicist. He is the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies[1] and teaches health policy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in the United States.[2][3] He is the author of Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future[4] and is currently writing a book about moral bioenhancement tentatively titled Cyborg Buddha: Using Neurotechnology to Become Better People.[5]

Biography[edit]

Hughes holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago, where he served as the assistant director of research for the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.[3] Before graduate school he was temporarily ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1984 while working as a volunteer in Sri Lanka for the development organization Sarvodaya from 1983 to 1985.[citation needed]

Hughes served as executive director of the World Transhumanist Association from 2004 to 2006 and currently serves as executive director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, which he founded with Nick Bostrom. He also produces the syndicated weekly public affairs radio talk show program Changesurfer Radio and contributed to the Cyborg Democracy blog.[6][7] Hughes' book Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future was published by Westview Press in November 2004.[4]

Rejecting bioconservatism and libertarian transhumanism, Hughes argues for democratic transhumanism, a radical form of techno-progressivism[8] that asserts that the best possible "posthuman future" is achievable only by ensuring that human enhancement technologies[9] are safe, made available to everyone, and respect the right of individuals to control their own bodies.[10]

Hughes sits on the academic advisory council of the Christian Transhumanist Association.[11]

Works[edit]

  • "Embracing Change with All Four Arms: A Post-Humanist Defense of Genetic Engineering". Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 6(4), 94-101
  • Hughes, James (2002). "Politics of Transhumanism". 2001 Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science
  • Hughes, James (2002). "Democratic Transhumanism 2.0". Transhumanity blog
  • Hughes, James (2002–2004). Changesurfing Archived Betterhumans column
  • Hughes, James (2004). Book: Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future. Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-4198-1
  • A collection of interviews and presentations at Science, Technology & the Future.[12]
  • LaGrandeur, Kevin, Hughes, James J. (Eds.) (2017). Surviving the Machine Age: Intelligent Technology and the Transformation of Human Work. ISBN 9783319511641
  • Up and coming book: Cyborg Buddha: Using Neurotechnology to Become Better People.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "James Hughes". ieet.org. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  2. ^ Ford, Alyssa (May–June 2005). "Humanity: The Remix". Utne Magazine. Archived from the original on 2006-03-13. Retrieved 2007-03-03.
  3. ^ a b Sirius, R. U. (2005). "NeoFiles, Vol. 1, No. 9: Transhumanism's Left Hand Man". Archived from the original on October 15, 2004. Retrieved 2006-08-11. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ a b Hughes, James (2004). Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future. Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-4198-1.
  5. ^ a b "IEET Cyborg Buddha Project". ieet.org. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  6. ^ "Changesurfer Radio with Dr. J".
  7. ^ "Cyborg Democracy".
  8. ^ "Overview of Biopolitics". ieet.org. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  9. ^ "Cyborg Buddha: James Hughes on Transhuman Enlightenment". Future Thinkers Podcast. 2016-04-14. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  10. ^ Hughes, James (2002). "Democratic Transhumanism 2.0". Retrieved 2006-08-11. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  11. ^ "Academic Advisory Council". www.christiantranshumanism.org. Retrieved 2017-06-03.
  12. ^ "Media series with James Hughes | Science, Technology & the Future". www.scifuture.org. Retrieved 2016-07-08.

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