Natasha Vita-More

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Natasha Vita-More
Natasha Vita

(1950-02-22) February 22, 1950 (age 74)
EducationPhD in Science and Technology, Media Art and Design
OccupationStrategic designer
Known forPrimo Posthuman, Transhumanist
SpouseMax More

Natasha Vita-More (born February 22, 1950) is a strategic designer in the area of human enhancement and life extension. Her interests are located within the ethical uses of science and technology and socio-political implications of revolutionary advances impacting humanity's future.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Vita-More was born in Bronxville, New York. Vita-More studied at Accademia di Belle Arti in Ravenna, Italy (1977) after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art (1973). Returning to the United States, she started a commercial design firm in Telluride, Colorado (1972-1980). She completed Paralegal Certification from Blackstone School of Law in 1992. She earned a Master of Science in Future Studies at the University of Houston (2006) and a Master of Philosophy from University of Plymouth, UK. Faculty of Technology, School of Computers, Communications and Electronics, School of Communications and Media Studies M.Phil., Thesis: "Life Expansion" on the science and technology of longevity.[citation needed] Vita-More received a Ph.D in Media Art and Design from the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom. Her Ph.D thesis focused on human enhancement and radical life extension.[2]


Vita-More is currently executive director of Humanity+ Inc.[3] From 2012 – 2014 she was a visiting Scholar, 21st Century Medicine.[4] Since 2012, she has been an instructor at the for-profit University of Advancing Technology and a former chair of its Graduate Program.[5]

Between 1987 and 1993 she was a producer of Transcentury Update.[6] Between 2001 and 2004, she was the president of the Extropy Institute.[7]


In 1982, Vita-More wrote the Transhumanist Manifesto, which was on board the Cassini-Huygens Saturn mission.[8] It discussed the possibility for overcoming disease and extending lifespans and later she founded an organization Transhumanist Arts and Culture.[9][10]

In 1997 she designed the first whole-body prosthetic, entitled Primo Posthuman, which depicted how a human might look in the future with technological enhancements such as color-changing skin.[11] "Posthumans", as written by Vita-More in one of her academic papers, "will be almost entirely augmented — human minds in artificial, eternally upgradable bodies".[1] Her art has been exhibited at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Russia, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art,[12] and the Telluride Film Festival.[13]

She authored Create / Recreate: the 3rd Millennial Culture on the emerging cybernetic culture and the future of humanism and the arts and sciences.[14] She is also author of Transhumanism: What is it? concerning the basic questions of the Transhumanist philosophical, ethical and cultural worldview.

She is the co-editor and contributing author of The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future.[15]

Her project "Primo 3M+ 2001" future physique 3D design for superlongevity in a tongue-in-cheek is based on nanotechnology and AI.[16]

In 2014 she was the entrepreneur and scientific Lead, together with Daniel Barranco from the Department of Cryobiology of the Spanish University of Seville, for the first time, proved that the use of cryonic technologies does not destroy the long-term memory of the simplest multi-cellular organisms.[17]

In 2019, Aging Analytics named Vita-More one of the Top-50 Women Longevity Leaders.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Vita-More was born in Bronxville, New York. As of 2020, she lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.[19]

Her husband is philosopher and futurist Max More.


  1. ^ a b Wilson, Cintra (21 October 2007). "Droid Rage". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  2. ^ "Life Expansion: Toward an Artistic, Design-Based Theory of the Transhuman / Posthuman". Archived from the original on 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  3. ^ "Management - Humanity+". Humanity+. Archived from the original on 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  4. ^ Hansell, Gregory R. (2011-01-25). H+/-: Transhumanism and Its Critics. Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 9781456815677.
  5. ^ "Natasha Vita-More | Plymouth University -". Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  6. ^ "Nanomedicine Art Gallery - Natasha Vita-More". Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  7. ^ "Extropy Institute Resources". Archived from the original on 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  8. ^ Ventura, Tim. "Natasha Vita-More on Transhumanism in Space" (PDF). American Gravity. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  9. ^ Boran, Marie. "In a future brave new world will it be possible to live forever?". The Irish Times. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  10. ^ "the h i s t o r y".
  11. ^ "The Posthuman Future". WNYC. New York Public Radio. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Memphis Brooks Museum". Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  13. ^ "Telluride Film Festival". Telluride Film Festival. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  14. ^ "The Politics of Transhumanism 2.0". Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  15. ^ The transhumanist reader : classical and contemporary essays on the science, technology, and philosophy of the human future. More, Max, 1964-, Vita-More, Natasha, 1950-. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. 2013. ISBN 9781118555965. OCLC 829706585.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  16. ^ "Nanomedicine Art Gallery - Image 171". Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  17. ^ Vita-More, Natasha; Barranco, Daniel (2015). "Persistence of Long-Term Memory in Vitrified and Revived Caenorhabditis elegans". Rejuvenation Research. 18 (5): 458–463. doi:10.1089/rej.2014.1636. ISSN 1549-1684. PMC 4620520. PMID 25867710.
  18. ^ "Top-50 Women Longevity Leaders" (PDF). Aging Analytics. p. 88. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  19. ^ "Natasha Vita-More CV" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2024-02-17.

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