Natasha Vita-More

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Natasha Vita-More
Natasha Vita-More (Head shot).jpg
BornNancie Clark
1950 (1950)[1]
EducationPhD in Media Art and Design
OccupationStrategic designer, Author
Known forPrimo Posthuman, Transhumanist
Spouse(s)Max More

Natasha Vita-More is a strategic designer, author, speaker and innovator within the scientific and technological framework 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.[2][3][4]

Early Life and Education[edit]

Vita-More was born in Bronxville, New York in 1950 as Nancie Clark[1] 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); a Master of Philosophy in University of Plymouth, UK. Faculty of Technology, School of Computers, Communications and Electronics, School of Communications and Media Studies MPhil, Thesis: "Designing Transitional Human Futures”. Vita-More received a PhD in Media Art and Design from the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom. Her PhD thesis focused on human enhancement and radical life extension. [5][6]

Career[edit]

Vita-More is currently Executive Director of Humanity+ Inc. and founded H+ Lab.[7] From 2012 – 2014 she was a visiting Scholar, 21st Century Medicine.[8] Since 2012, she has been an instructor at the for-profit University of Advancing Technology, former Chair of its Graduate Program, an advisor to Singularity University and consultant to IBM on the future of human performance.[9] She is also a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies[10] and on the Steering Committee of Coalition for Radical Life Extension. Her research discusses the social and ethical issues resulting from emerging technologies of artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and nanotechnology. She has contributed to numerous international projects, including Abandon Normal Devices festival, and the Sport Accord Convention of 2013, the TOPOS World Wise Web Initiative 2014, Cambridge Union Immortality Debate of 2017.[11][12]

Vita-More has been an advisor to the LifeBoat Foundation[13] a non-profit organization and from 2002 to 2006, a former Senior Associate at the Foresight Institute, an advisor to Alcor Life Extension Foundation, and an Outreach Director of The First Conference on Artificial General Intelligence. Between 1987 and 1993 she was a producer of Transcentury Update.[14] Between 2001 and 2004, she was the president of the Extropy Institute.[15]

New York Times described her as "the first female transhumanist philosopher" and was described as “a superhuman object of desire combining Madonna, Schwarzenegger and Marcel Duchamp” in the Atlantic Monthly.[16][17]

Vita-More is also signed up for cryonic preservation. Moreover, Vita-More says. "Our bodies will be the next fashion statement; we will design them in all sorts of interesting combinations of texture, colors, tones, and luminosity."[18][19]

Work[edit]

In 1982, Vita-More wrote the Transhuman Manifesto, which discussed the possibility for radical life extension in the future and founded an organization Transhumanist Arts and Culture.[20][21]

In 1997 she created an artwork entitled Primo Posthuman, which depicted how a human may look in the future with technological enhancements such as color-changing skin.[22] “Posthumans,” as written by Vita-More in one of her academic papers, “will be almost entirely augmented — human minds in artificial, eternally upgradable bodies.”[4] Her art has been exhibited at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Russia, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art,[23] and the Telluride Film Festival.[24]

She authored Create / Recreate: the 3rd Millennial Culture on the emerging cybernetic culture and the future of humanism and the arts and sciences.[25]

She is the co-editor and a contributing author of The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future.[26]

Her project "Primo 3M+ 2001" future physique 3D design for superlongevity in a tongue-in-cheek is based on nanotechnology and AI.[27]

In 2014, 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.[28]

Personal Life[edit]

Vita-More was born in Eastchester, New York. As of 2018, she lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.[29] She was a close friend of FM-2030 until his death/cryonic suspension in 2000.[30] Today she is married to transhumanist Max More of Alcor.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c LA Weekly Cover Story
  2. ^ http://helldesign.net. "Radical body design "Primo Posthuman" | Kurzweil". www.kurzweilai.net. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  3. ^ "Cyborg Liberation Front". Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  4. ^ a b Wilson, Cintra. "Droid Rage". Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  5. ^ "CV" (PDF). Natasha Vita-More. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  6. ^ http://pearl.plymouth.ac.uk:8080/pearl_xmlui/handle/10026.1/1182
  7. ^ "Management - Humanity+". Humanity+. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  8. ^ Hansell, Gregory R. (2011-01-25). H+/-: Transhumanism and Its Critics. Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 9781456815677.
  9. ^ "Natasha Vita-More | Plymouth University - Academia.edu". plymouth.academia.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  10. ^ "Natasha Vita-More". ieet.org. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  11. ^ Eventbu.com. "Immortality Debate | Cambridge Union | event | Cambridge". Eventbu.com. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  12. ^ Church-Sanders, Rachael. "Minister for Sport and Tourism joins SportAccord". www.majoreventsinternational.com. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  13. ^ "Lifeboat Foundation Bios: Dr. Natasha Vita-More". lifeboat.com. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  14. ^ "Nanomedicine Art Gallery - Natasha Vita-More". foresight.org. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  15. ^ Extropy Institute Resources
  16. ^ Wilson, Cintra (21 October 2007). "Droid Rage". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  17. ^ "Web Citation - 98.11.11". www.theatlantic.com. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  18. ^ "Don't Die, Stay Pretty". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  19. ^ Vice. "The Futurist Who Believes We Can Cheat Death - UNLIMITED by UBS". www.unlimited.world. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  20. ^ Boran, Marie. "In a future brave new world will it be possible to live forever?". The Irish Times. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  21. ^ "the h i s t o r y".
  22. ^ "The Posthuman Future". WNYC. New York Public Radio. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  23. ^ "Memphis Brooks Museum". Brooksmuseum.org. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  24. ^ "Telluride Film Festival". Telluride Film Festival. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  25. ^ "The Politics of Transhumanism 2.0". ieet.org. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ "Nanomedicine Art Gallery - Image 171". foresight.org. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  28. ^ Vita-More, Natasha; Barranco, Daniel (2015). "Persistence of Long-Term Memory in Vitrified and RevivedCaenorhabditis elegans". Rejuvenation Research. 18 (5): 458–463. doi:10.1089/rej.2014.1636. ISSN 1549-1684. PMC 4620520. PMID 25867710.
  29. ^ http://www.natasha.cc/cv.pdf
  30. ^ The Politics of Transhumanism

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