We wish to extend our most sincere thanks for your participation in the 4th Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons, held on December 10th, 2008, in the Space Coast, Florida Office of Terasem Movement, Inc. Your participation of presenting, listening via conference call, or blogging (view Michael Anissimov’s blog entry of the event at www.acceleratingfuture.com) was invaluable and much appreciated.

We enjoyed the opportunity to share this educational experience with you. Please follow our websites at www.terasemcentral.org and www.terasemjournals.org as we develop the themes that were collectively identified at this historic 4th Annual Colloquium.


Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D.
Founder & President
Terasem Movement, Inc.

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Welcome to the 4th Annual Colloquium
on the Law of Futuristic Persons
December 10, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Steven Mann

9:00 – 9:10AM – Welcome by Conference Convener 

Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D. 
President, Terasem Movement, Inc., Satellite Beach, FL

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Part A.  Legal Status of People In and Revived from Biostasis

9:10 – 9:30AM "Arguments Supporting the Legal Rights of People In and Revived from Biostasis"

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John P. Dedon, Esq.  
Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, PC
Fairfax, Virginia

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9:50 – 10:10AM – “Cryo-Documentation: Vital Statistics"

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Loraine J. Rhodes, CLA
Terasem Movement, Inc.
Space Coast, FL

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Part B.  When, If Ever, Can Human Rights Apply to a Person of Computerized Substrate

10:50 – 11:10AM – “The Legal Aspects of 'Forever for All'"   


R. Michael Perry, Ph.D.
Author: Forever for All: Moral Philosophy, Cryonics, and the Scientific Prospects for Immortality; and Toward Self-Optimization of Machine Intelligence
Scottsdale, Arizona

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11:30 – 11:50AM - A reading from his new book: "Moral Machines, Teaching Robots Right from Wrong ”

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Wendell Wallach, Author, Lecturer
Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
New Haven, CT

1:00 – 1:20PM – Keynote Address: “Case Study: The Human Rights Travails of Prof. Steven Mann as a Partial Cyborg in 2008"

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Prof. Steven Mann, Ph.D., Inventor & Author
University of Toronto

 Part C. The Legal Obligations of Creators of People Via Ectogenesis or Chimeric Non-Human DNA

1:40 – 2:00PM – "Model Code for Artificial Persons "

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Prof. Gene Natale, J.D.
Keiser University
Melbourne, FL

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Part D.  Is Corporate Personhood A Good Enough Legal Identity for
Cyber-Conscious Beings?

2:40 – 3:00PM – "Palling Around: The Personhood Analysis List (PAL)"

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Wesley M. Du Charme, Ph.D.,  
President, Decision Time Tools, Inc.
Rathdrum, Idaho

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3:20 – 3:40PM – "The Ethics of Cryonics: Why the Future Probably Needs You"

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Rudi Hoffman, CFP
CEO Hoffman Planning
Port Orange, FL

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4:00 – 4:20PM - "Make Up Your Mind: The Legal Identity of Transbemans with More than One Presense"

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Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D.
Chairman & CEO
United Therapeutics Corporation
Founder - Terasem Movement, Inc.

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