Humanity+ @Melbourne

Humanity+ – Future Science and Technology – 5-6 May 2012 – Melbourne

Join the conversation on Humanity+ Summit on 5-6th of May to explore the possibilities about how future science and technology will transform us. Register Now!

What excites you about the future?
What frightens you?
How might the future change the way we live?
And how might we change the way we live in the future?

Speakers include bio-gerontologist Aubrey de Grey, media artist Natasha Vita-More, performance artist Selarc, futurist Stuart Candy and many more.




News: Aubrey de Grey speaking at next H+@Melbourne Conf 2012

Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation will be speaking at the next Humanity+ Summit @Melbourne (to be held on 4-6 May 2012).
De Grey’s research focuses on whether regenerative medicine can thwart the aging process. He works on the development of what he calls “Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence” (SENS), a tissue-repair strategy intended to rejuvenate the human body and allow an indefinite lifespan. To this end, he has identified seven types of molecular and cellular damage caused by essential metabolic processes. SENS is a proposed panel of therapies designed to repair this damage.

DNA sequencing Technologies and the $1000 Genome – ICT for Life Sciences Lecture

DNA sequencing has been one of the major advances in science over the last 30 years. It has increased our knowledge and understanding about the behaviour of the building blocks of life and why some people develop certain diseases and other do not. This has given medical researchers and the medical profession the ability to treat diseases. The Human Genome Project to sequence the human genome cost $3 billion. High throughput sequencing has reduced this cost substantially. However, the cost to sequence the genome to change healthcare practice on a large scale remains high. One technique that is being developed, the DNA transistor, offers the real prospect of reducing the cost of sequencing to $1,000 for an individual. Dr Stefan Harrer, of IBM’s Systems Biology and Functional Genomics Group, will discuss his research in the development of a DNA transistor. The DNA nanopore sequencing technique has the advantage of being a real-time single molecule DNA sequencing method with little to no sample preparation and inherently low cost. Hear Dr Harrer describe how he and his team are addressing the challenges of developing this next-generation sequencing technology.

Stefan Harrer recieved the B.Sc., Diploma, and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science with special focus on medical engineering, nanotechnology and nanoelectronics from the Technical University of Munich.



Melbourne Law School Theatre
Ground Floor, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, ( map )
Carlton South, Victoria Austrlia

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This is an ICT 4 Life Sciences Event
ICT for Life Sciences

Abstract – “LOGICS” – By Colin Kline

A link to the paper can be found here.

This presentation aims to be a super-condensed summarial survey of :
Boolean Logic, Fuzzy Logic, Probability Logic, Pascalian Logic, Deduction, Induction, Hypothesis selection.

It will be assumed most of the audience will have undertaken secondary schooling to at least Y12 level, and that some may have had tertiary schooling, including a little of: psychology, science, maths, physics, statistics. Or instead, be well read citizens.

In any of these cases, the audience will at least know the word, “Logic”, and hopefully have met Boolean Logic (using Yes / No, True / False), together with varieties of the 3part Syllogism, and those contradictions that are to be avoided.

But how many of this audience knows that there exist many other kinds of logic, each of them with their respective merits, each of them applicable (or not applicable) in various kinds of situations ?

Colin Kline’s Bio

H+ Conf @ Parsons (OS)

April 12, 2011 (New York, NY) – Humanity+, the world’s leading nonprofit organization advocating the ethical use of technology to expand human capabilities, today announced its first conference in partnership with Parsons The New School for Design, a leading art and design school in New York City dedicated to the advancement of design thinking and education. Transhumanism Meets Design explores the role of design in transcending and transforming human potential, and will take place at The New School May 14–15, 2011. This groundbreaking conference features lectures and panels that bring together and explore the nexus of emerging technology, transdisciplinary design, culture, media theory, and biotechnology.

Transhumanism aims to elevant the human condition. Design is a process for problem solving. At Transhumanism Meets Design, these two domains will join forces as leading transhumanists, cyberneticists, life extensionists, singularity advocates, artificial intelligence experts, human enhancement specialists, inventors, ethicists, and philosophers gather to explore human futures, ask questions, construct ideas, and peer over the edge into the unknown.

“Translating this narrative calls for a transdisciplinarity that brings emerging technologies and creative insights to the forefront. Transhumanist aesthetics pioneers how we will design our existence and future identity,” said Natasha Vita-More, vice chair of Humanity+, who co-chairs the conference with Ed Keller, associate dean of Distributed Learning and Technology at Parsons. “We live in an era of unprecedented interest in design,” said Keller. “Recognizing that the body could be the next frontier, we are challenging designers to use the research tools developed to enhance products to engage and extend the human body.”

Featured speakers include Howard Bloom, author of Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century, and Vivian Rosenthal, cofounder of New York–based Tronic Studio. Also speaking are artificial intelligence researcher Ben Goertzel, chair of Humanity+; Natasha Vita-More, artist and theorist of transhumanism; strategic philosopher Max More, CEO of Alcor Life Extension Foundation; and neuroscientist Anders Sandberg, a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University.For a full list of confirmed speakers and additional information about the conference, please visit the conference website:

Transhumanism Meets Design is one of the highlights of Parsons Festival 2011, which takes place May 7–23 and features exhibitions, interactive installations, and programs that showcase the full range of art and design thinking at Parsons. For more information, please visit To learn more about Humanity+, please visit

Humanity+ is an international nonprofit membership organization which advocates the ethical use of technology to expand human capacities. Humanity+ supports the development of and access to new technologies that enable everyone to enjoy better minds, better bodies and better lives. In other words, Humanity+ wants people to be better than well. For more information visit

Parsons The New School for Design is a global leader in art and design education. Based in New York City but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of design disciplines. An integral part of The New School, Parsons builds on the university’s legacy of progressive ideals, scholarship, and pedagogy. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century. For more information, please visit

Sean McMullen

Sean McMullenSean Christopher McMullen (born midnight 21 December 1948 in Sale, Victoria) is an Australian science fiction and fantasy author.

Personal website here.

McMullen has a degree in physics and history from Melbourne University (1974), a postgraduate degree in library and information science, and a PhD in Medieval Literature. He was a professional musician in the 1970s, concentrating on singing and guitar playing.

His first novel was originally published in Australia as two separate books, Voices In The Light (1994) and Mirrorsun Rising (1995). They were rewritten and combined for a publication in the US as Souls In The Great Machine (1999), which, in turn, became the first volume of the Greatwinter trilogy, a unique mix of the generally anti-genres Steampunk and Cyberpunk.




The Moonworlds Saga

Other novels


Sean McMullen

  • Call to the Edge (1992)
  • Walking To The Moon (2007)


Short fiction

  • “At the Focus” (1986 with Paul Collins) in Eidolon Spring 1990 (ed. Jeremy G. Byrne)
  • “The Deciad” (1986) in Call to the Edge
  • “The Colors of the Masters” (1988) in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction March 1988 (ed. Edward L. Ferman)
  • While the Gate Is Open” (1990) in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction February 1990 (ed. Edward L. Ferman)
  • Alone in His Chariot” (1991) in Eidolon Summer 1991 (ed. Jeremy G. Byrne)
  • “The Dominant Style” (1991) in Aurealis #4 (ed. Stephen Higgins, Dirk Strasser)
  • “The Eyes of the Green Lancer” (1992) in Call to the Edge
  • “Destroyer of Illusions” (1992) in Call to the Edge
  • “The Porphyric Plague” (1992) in Intimate Armageddons (ed. Bill Congreve)
  • “Pax Romana” (1992) in Call to the Edge
  • “The Devils of Langenhagen” (1992) in Call to the Edge
  • “An Empty Wheelhouse” (1992) in Analog Science Fiction and Fact January 1992 (ed. Stanley Schmidt)
  • “Souls in the Great Machine” (1992) in Universe 2 (ed. Karen Haber, Robert Silverberg)
  • “The Glasken Chronicles” (1992) in Eidolon Autumn 1992 (ed. Jeremy G. Byrne)
  • “Pacing the Nightmare” (1992) in Interzone May 1992 (ed. David Pringle, Lee Montgomerie)
  • “A Greater Vision” (1992) in Analog Science Fiction and Fact October 1992 (ed. Stanley Schmidt)
  • “The Way to Greece” (1993) in Eidolon Winter 1993 (ed. Jeremy G. Byrne, Jonathan Strahan)
  • “Charon’s Anchor” (1993) in Aurealis #12 (ed. Stephen Higgins, Dirk Strasser)
  • “The Miocene Arrow” (1994) in Alien Shores: An Anthology of Australian Science Fiction (ed. Peter McNamara, Margaret Winch)
  • “The Blondefire Genome” (1994) in The Lottery: Nine Science Fiction Stories (ed. Lucy Sussex)
  • “A Ring of Green Fire” (1994) in Interzone November 1994 (ed. David Pringle, Lee Montgomerie)
  • “Lucky Jonglar” (1996) in Dream Weavers (ed. Paul Collins)
  • “The Weakest Link” (1996, written as Roger Wilcox) in Dream Weavers (ed. Paul Collins)
  • “Slow Famine” (1996) in Interzone May 1996 (ed. David Pringle)
  • “Queen of Soulmates” (1998) in Dreaming Down-Under (ed. Jack Dann, Janeen Webb)
  • “Chronicler” (1998) in Fantastic Worlds (ed. Paul Collins)
  • “Rule of the People” (1998) in Aurealis #20/21, (ed. Stephen Higgins, Dirk Strasser)
  • “Souls in the Great machine” (1999) an excerpt in The Centurion’s Empire
  • “New Words of Power” (1999) in Interzone August 1999 (ed. David Pringle)
  • “Colours of the Soul” (2000) in Interzone February 2000 (ed. David Pringle)
  • “Unthinkable” (2000) in Analog Science Fiction and Fact June 2000 (ed. Stanley Schmidt)
  • “Mask of Terminus” (2000) in Analog Science Fiction and Fact October 2000 (ed. Stanley Schmidt)
  • “Voice of Steel” (2001)
  • Tower of Wings” (2001) in Analog Science Fiction and Fact December 2001 (ed. Stanley Schmidt)
  • “SVYAGATOR” (2002) in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #3 (ed. Ian Nichols)
  • Walk to the Full Moon” (2002) in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction December 2002 (ed. Gordon Van Gelder)
  • “The Cascade” (2004) in Agog! Smashing Stories (ed. Cat Sparks)
  • “The Empire of the Willing” (2005) in Future Washington (ed. Ernest Lilley)
  • “The Engines of Arcadia” (2006) in Futureshocks (ed. Lou Anders)
  • “The Twilight Year” (2008) in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction January 2008 (ed. Gordon Van Gelder)
  • “The Constant Past” (2008) in Dreaming Again (ed. Jack Dann)
  • “The Spiral Briar” (2009) in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction April-May 2009 (ed. Gordon Van Gelder)
  • “The Art of the Dragon” (2009) in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction August-September 2009 (ed. Gordon Van Gelder)


  • Beyond Our Shores (1990) in Eidolon Winter 1990
  • The High Brick Wall (1990) in Eidolon Spring 1990 (ed. Jeremy G. Byrne)
  • Not In Print but Worth Millions (1991) in Eidolon Winter 1991 (ed. Jeremy G. Byrne)
  • Book Review (1991) in Aurealis #5 (ed. Stephen Higgins, Dirk Strasser)
  • Going Commercial and Becoming Professional (1991) in Eidolon Spring 1991 (ed. Jeremy G. Byrne)
  • Australian SF Art Turns 50 (1992) in Eidolon Summer 1992 (ed. Jonathan Strahan, Jeremy G. Byrne)
  • Far from Void: The History of Australian SF Magazines (1992) in Aurealis #7 (ed. Stephen Higgins, Dirk Strasser)
  • Skirting the Frontier (1992) in Eidolon Autumn 1992 (ed. Jeremy G. Byrne)
  • Showcase or Leading Edge: Australian SF Anthologies 1968-1990 (1992) in Aurealis #9, (ed. Stephen Higgins, Dirk Strasser)
  • From Science Fantasy to Galileo (1992) in Eidolon Spring 1992 (ed. Jeremy G. Byrne, Jonathan Strahan)
  • Australian Content: The State of Quarantine (1993) in Eidolon Summer 1993 (ed. Jeremy G. Byrne, Jonathan Strahan)
  • Australian Content: Suffering for Someone Else’s Art (1993) in Eidolon Autumn 1993 (ed. Jonathan Strahan, Jeremy G. Byrne)
  • Protection, Liberation and the Cold, Dangerous Universe: The Great Australian SF Renaissance (1993) in Aurealis #11, (ed. Stephen Higgins, Dirk Strasser)
  • No Science Fiction Please, We’re Australian (1993) in Eidolon Winter 1993 (ed. Jeremy G. Byrne, Jonathan Strahan)
  • The Quest for Australian Fantasy (1994, with Steven Paulsen) in Aurealis #13, (ed. Stephen Higgins, Dirk Strasser)
  • Australian Content: The Great Transition (1994) in Eidolon Winter 1994 (ed. Jonathan Strahan, Jeremy G. Byrne)
  • The Hunt for Australian Horror Fiction (1994, with Steven Paulsen) in Aurealis #14 (ed. Stephen Higgins, Dirk Strasser)
  • A History of Australian Horror (1995, with Bill Congreve and Steve Paulsen) in Bonescribes: Year’s Best Australian Horror: 1995 (ed. Bill Congreve, Robert Hood)
  • SF in Australia (1995, with Terry Dowling) in Locus January 1995 (ed. Charles N. Brown)
  • Australian Content: Recognition Australian Style (1995) in Eidolon Summer 1995 (ed. Jeremy G. Byrne)
  • Australia: Australian Contemporary Fantasy (1997, with Steven Paulsen)
  • George Turner and the Nova Mob (1997) in Eidolon, Issue 25/26 Spring 1997 (ed. Jonathan Strahan, Jeremy G. Byrne, Richard Scriven)
  • The Road to 1996 (1998, with Terry Dowling) in Nebula Awards 32 (ed. Jack Dann)
  • The British Benchmark (1999) in Interzone August 1999 (ed. David Pringle)
  • Time Travel, Times Scapes, and Timescape (2000, with Russell Blackford, Alison Goodman, Damien Broderick, Aubrey Townsend, Gregory Benford) in The New York Review of Science Fiction August 2000, (ed. Kathryn Cramer, David G. Hartwell, Kevin J. Maroney)
  • 25 (Celebrating 25 Years of Interzone) (2007) in Interzone September-October 2007 (ed. Andrew Hedgecock, Jetse de Vries, Andy Cox)


Ditmar Awards

1991 Best Australian Short Fiction – While the Gate is Open

1992 Best Short Fiction – Alone in His Chariot; William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism – Going Commercial

1993 William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism – Australian SF Art Turns 50

1996 Best Australian Long Fiction – Mirrorsun Rising; William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism – The Hunt for Australian Horror Fiction (together with Steven Paulsen and Bill Congreve)

1998 William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism – Fantasy in Australia (together with Steven Paulsen)

2000 William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism – Strange Constellations (together with Van Ikin and Russell Blackford)

Aurealis Awards

1998 Best Novel – The Centurion’s Empire

2001 Best Novel – The Miocene Arrow

2003 Best Short Story -Walk to the Moon

Analog Reader’s Award

2002 Best Novellette – Tower of Wings

Nova Fantastyka Reader’s Award

2003 Best Foreign Story – Voice of Steel


  1. ^ “Short Stories by Sean McMullen”. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
  2. ^ McMullen was “Assistant Editor” along with another Australian SF writer, Steven Paulsen.


Festivale Online Magazine, Summer 2008-09, ISSN 1328-8008

External links

Meredith Doig

Meredith DoigPresident of the Rationalist Society of Australia (“We’re in favour of science and evidence as opposed to superstition and bigotry”).
Background in blue chip corporate business; board director of companies in commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors; consultant in governance and management.
Known as an effective moderator and speaker.

Current Activity

Director at University of Ballarat Council
President at Rationalist Society of Australia
Facilitator at Australian Institute of Company Directors

Strategic Advisor at Finsbury Green
Founding Chairman at Australian Friends of AUW
Director at Asian University for Women Support Foundation
Senior Moderator at The Cranlana Programme
Principal at Midlothian Consulting

Past Activity

Secretary and Treasurer at Rationalist Society of Australia
Director at Bakers Delight Holdings
Chair at MUSUL

Director at Port of Melbourne Corporation
Councillor at University of Melbourne
Deputy Chair at V/Line Passenger Corporation
Managing Director at Potentia Australia
General Manager at Zeal Consulting
Chief Manager at ANZ Bank


RMIT University
Monash University

University of Melbourne
Fintona Girls’ School

Rationalist Society of AustraliaThe Rationalist Society of Australia was formed in 1908 to promote the adoption of ethical principles based on shared human values rather than religious doctrine. It defends freedom of thought and conscience, advocates separation of church and state, endorses and supports science and the scientific method, and works for the secularization of education systems.




The Summit will be held on June the 25th, 26th 2011.
The agenda is also available in this google calendar. Here’s the public XML link, the iCAL link, and the HTML link.


*This will most likely change slightly, though the days will stay the same. Registrants will be emailed closer to the  conference dates.

Saturday 25 June 2011

8.30 am Welcome Registration and Introduction
9.00 Presentation: Slade BeardArchitecting the Future” (Complex Systems)
10.00 Presentation: Tony Smith“The Plurality: Why everything is all over the place”
11.00 Break
11.15 Panel: Chaos, Emergence, Black Swans and the Future
12.00 Presentation: TentativeAdam A. FordSingularity 101
1.00 Break: Lunch, networking
2.00 Presentation: Meredith Doig“Rationalism, Transhumanism & the Singularity”
3.00 Panel: Rationality, long term thinking and technological change
3.45 Break
4.00 Presentation: Colin Kline“Logics”
5.00 Presentation: Hugo de Garis“Topological Quantum Computing – Much More than Moore’s Law”
6.00 Break: Dinner – US Singularity Summit 2010 Video
7.00 Presentation: Binh Nguyen“Evolutionary AI”
8.00 Presentation: Patrick Robotham“Universal AI, AIXI the Markus Hutter approach”
9.00 Panel: Transhumanism and You
9.30 Stumble to the pub

Sunday 26 June 2011

8.45 am Welcome and Introduction
9.00 Presentation: Lev Lafayette“More Human Than Human: The Computation of Moral Reasoning”
10.00 Presentation: Avatar Polymorph“The ethics of boosting animals from sentience to self-aware consciousness”
11.00 Break
11.15 Panel: Augmentation, Transhumanism, and Morality
12.00 Presentation: Hugo de Garis“Nanotechnology,Femtotechnology & Really small stuff – Plenty of room at the bottom”
1.00 Break: Lunch & Video & or Networking
2.00 Presentation: Jeremy Nagel“Open Source Biotech – The opportunities and the perils!”
3.00 Presentation: Jon Oxer “The Maker Revolution – At home manufacturing”
4.00 Break
4.15 Panel: At home with technology
5.00 Presentation: Andy Gelme“Internet of Things – What happens where everything is online?”
6.00 Presentation: Greg Adamson“Technology and social control”Norbert Weiner
7.00 Break: Dinner – US Singularity Summit 2010 Video
8.00 Presentation: Sean McMullen“Doing It Now”
9.00 Panel: Doing it Now
9.30 Stumble to the pub

(Note: Meals/Drinks not included in registration fee, though some complimentary snacks will materialize)


It will be a fantastic opportunity for networking with people who are not ignoring the importance of technological growth, and who are aware of trends of technology moving into almost every endeavor, the impact this has on industry direction/headroom, and the mechanics of which society floats – not to mention the advantages that strategic vision can give.

We hope to see you at the Humanity+ Summit @Melbourne. If this is of interest, please consider registering now as seats are limited – feel free to contact us with any questions you have.

Greg Adamson

Greg Adamson
Greg Adamson

Dr Greg Adamson is a member of the SSIT Board of Governors, chair of SSIT Australia, and an Honorary Fellow at the Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne. His research is focused on barriers to uptake for socially beneficial technologies.

Greg lives a professional life devoted to the pursuit of the research, design, delivery and operation of effective technology.
Greg Adamson’s Specialties:

  • Security/governance
  • Project management
  • Industry analysis
  • eBusiness

Greg Adamson’s Experience



(Non-Profit; Non-Profit Organization Management industry)

January 2010 — Present (7 months)

SSIT Flyer dec 2010 – IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology – CRITIQUING PRIVACY, DEFENDING SURVEILLANCE: A SOCRATIAN DIALOGUE

“Hindrances to Socially Beneficial Technology”

Link to Video of talk

Greg’s paper entitled ‘One hundred reasons socially beneficial technology might not work’ (pdf) deals with the subject in detail.

Last year Greg Adam gave a presentation entitled “Hindrances to Socially Beneficial Technology”.

Abstract: “Technologies service many human needs. Socially beneficial technologies can also assist in resolving some of the world’s most pressing problems: climate change; access to safe drinking water; quality housing; universal health care. Often a technology already exists, awaiting to be applied. In other cases it is within grasp given appropriate prioritisation. This paper considers approximately 100 theories of and approaches to technology innovation and adoption regarding the question, How is the failure of socially beneficial technology explained? Approaches include legal, regulatory, political, philosophical, sociological, usage, psychological, technical, economic, commercial, and marketing…”


Greg Adamson “Hindrances to Socially Beneficial Technology” – SingSum AU 2010 from Adam A. Ford on Vimeo.

Humanity Plus Conference in Melbourne – last weekend in June (25th-26th)

Humanity Plus Summit - 25th and 26th of June 2011About: H+ Conf in Melbourne this year, 2011, on the last weekend in June (25th-26th).

Directions: Melbourne Uni Graduate HouseAddress: 220 Leicester Street, Carlton Victoria 3053 – Google Map


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The goal of the H+ Conference is to support discussion and public awareness of emerging technologies, to defend the right of individuals in free and democratic societies to adopt technologies that expand human capacities, to anticipate and propose solutions for the potential consequences of emerging technologies, and to actively encourage and support the development of emerging technologies judged to have sufficiently probable positive benefit.
Humanity Plus Summit @Melbourne June 25-26 2011