Program for 1st Annual Workshop
on Geoethical Nanotechnology

July 20, 2005

Terasem flag


July 19th

All Day   Arrivals from Burlington Airport.
Rent a car or Ask Terasem for a Pickup
Noon - 4 PM   Optional Hikes On the Green Mountains' Long Trail
(Part of the Appalachian Trail)
Meet in Lobby of Middlebury Inn at 11:45 AM
6-10 PM   Welcome Reception/Dinner at Middlebury Inn
Morgan Tavern Room (Reception)
Founders Room (Dinner)

July 20th

7:00 AM
Meet in Middlebury Inn Lobby
7:10 AM
Shuttles Leave for Terasem Retreat
7:30 AM
Breakfast Buffet
8:00 AM
Welcome and Workshop Introduction
Martine Rothblatt, Workshop Chair & Terasem President
Introduction of Amara Angelica, the Workshop's Webcaster, Transcriber, Online Archiver & Realtime CyberQuestion Selector

Topic A: What's the Problem with Unconstrained Nanotechnology?

8:10 AM   Astrobiology: What Are the Characteristics of Life
    Barry Blumberg, M.D., Ph.D., Nobel Laureate in Medicine, Founding Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute, Moffett Field, CA
    Author, Hepatitis B: The Hunt for a Killer Virus
    PowerPoint   PDF Transcript
8:30 AM   Proactionary Nano-Policy: Managing Massive Decisions for Tiny Technologies
    Max More, Ph.D., Chairman, Extropy Institute; Director of Content Solutions, ManyWorlds Inc.
8:50 AM   Group Discussion & Selected CyberQuestion(s)
9:10 AM   Break and Informal Discussions

Topic B: Defining Geoethics

9:30 AM   The Ethics of Evolution, and the Evolution of Ethics
    Walter Anderson, Ph.D., President of World Academy of Art and Science
    Author, Evolution Isn't What It Used to Be; To Govern Evolution
    PDF Transcript
9:50 AM   Diagramming Sentences of Value: Evolving Human Rights and the Terms of Geoethical Nanotechnology
    Wrye Sententia, Ph.D., Director, Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics
    PowerPoint   PDF Transcript
10:10 AM   Group Discussion & Selected CyberQuestion(s)
10:30 AM   Break and Informal Discussions

Topic C: Implications of Geoethical Nanotechnology for Cultural Diversity

10:50 AM   A Moral Audit of Nanotechnology's Ability to Address Basic Human Needs
    Prof. Len Doyal, Queen Mary College, University of London
    Author, A Theory of Human Needs
    PDF Paper
11:10 AM   Global Design
    Natasha Vita-More, President, Extropy Institute
    PowerPoint   PDF Transcript
11:30 AM   Group Discussion & Selected CyberQuestion(s)

Topic D: Implications of Geoethical Nanotechnology for World Unity

11:50 AM   Keynote Address: How We Can Manage Our Way Through the Intertwined Promise and Peril of Accelerating Change
    Ray Kurzweil, President, Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.
    Author, Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever; The Singularity is Near (Fall 2005); The Age of Spiritual Machines; The Age of Intelligent Machines; The 10% Solution For a Healthy Life
12:30 PM   Lunch

Topic E: How Are Threats to Human Longevity Impacted By Geoethical Nanotechnology?

1:30 PM   Can Nanotechnology Solve the Problems of Poor Women in Developing Countries?
    Martine Rothblatt, Chairman, Unither Telemedicine Services Corp
    Author, Unzipped Genes: Taking Charge of Baby-Making in the New Millennium
    PowerPoint   PDF Transcript
1:50 PM   Group Discussion & Selected CyberQuestion(s)
2:10 PM   Break and Informal Discussions

Topic F: How Are Threats to Terran Society Impacted By Geoethical Nanotechnology?

2:30 PM   The Physics of Immortality, Threats to Terran Society, & Self-Replicating Nanotechnology
    Prof. Frank Tipler
    Author, The Physics of Immortality
2:50 PM   Group Discussion & Selected CyberQuestion(s)
3:10 PM   Break and Informal Discussions

Topic G: Steps for Implementing Geoethical Nanotechnology

3:30 PM   The Risk/Benefit Yardsticks Were Just Moved…Off the Field: How Technological Convergence Renders Current Risk Assessment Models Obsolete, and What to Do About It?
    Douglas Mulhall
    Author, The Calcium Bomb; Our Molecular Future
    PowerPoint   PDF Transcript
3:50 PM   Democratic Transhumanism
    James Hughes, Ph.D., Executive Director, World Transhumanist Association, Lecturer, Trinity College
    Author, Citizen Cyborg
4:10 PM   Group Discussion & Selected CyberQuestion(s)
4:30 PM   Break and Informal Discussions

Topic H: Alternative Models for Managing Self-Replicating Nanotechnology

4:50 PM
  Multi-Stakeholder Engagement in the Process of Developing Effective Policy and Administrative Structures for Global Geoethical Implementation of an Exponential, General-Purpose, Atomically Precise Manufacturing System
    Mike Treder, Executive Director, Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
5:10 PM   Alternative Models for Managing Self-Replicating Nanotechnology, Including Analysis of Foresight Institute Guidelines Applied to Land, Sea & Space-Based Scenarios In Which Self-Replicating Nanotechnology Is Necessary
    Martine Rothblatt, CEO, United Therapeutics Corp
    Author, Your Life or Mine: Using Geoethics to Resolve the Conflict Between Private and Public Interests in Xenotransplantation
    PowerPoint   PDF Transcript
5:30 PM   Group Discussion & Selected CyberQuestion(s)
5:50 PM   Shuttle Arrives from Middlebury Inn with guests of presenters who did not attend Workshop
6:00 PM   Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM   Concluding Dinner
7-10 PM   Celtic-Inspired Music by Atlantic Crossing
10 PM   Shuttles Leave Back to Middlebury Inn