IDENTITY IN THE NBCIS ERA: CONFERENCE OF PHILOSOPHER AND POLITICAL SCIENTIST JEAN-MICHEL BESNIER
Flux Laboratory is taking part in the Week of Democracy 2017; for this edition, we have collaborated with Kavecs collective* and are proud to welcome philosopher and political scientist Jean-Michel Besnier to address the theme of transhumanism - key aspect in discussions concerning the future of democracy.
Jean-Michel Besnier holds a PHD in political sciences, is a professor emeritus at university Paris-Sorbonne and has joined several ethical commities (INRA, IFREMER, CNRS). He currently leads the research pole “Connected health and augmented human” at the institute for communications’ technology in CNRS.
His current research concern predominantly the philosophical and ethical impact of of science and technology on our individual and collective minds.
Occidental culture had since ancient Greece focused on the question: “What is humankind?”. Nowadays however, new technologies force us to ask ourselves another question: “What do we want to do with humankind?”. The reason behind this is that we now have access to means of creating humans, of repairing them, of augmenting their skills and capabilities. In short, technology allows us not to depend only on our human nature.
The american programme NBCIs will be the conference’s red thread: the programme defines the development promises made by the convergence of the technologies the acronym stands for (nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, information technologies and cognitive sciences).
How should we apprehend the annoucement of possible immortality, or the emergence of posthumans?
The objective of the conference will be to prompt reflection about how to control the future of humanity.
*On Tuesday September 19th at 6pm, The Kavecs collective, will present in the courtyard of Geneva’s City Hall a performance inspired by this topic. More information here.
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