New Scientist Presents: The Transhumanists' Club
27 July 2017
Frobisher Auditorium 1
Is the golden age of exploration just beginning? Who decides what the future looks like? Do we really need reality anymore? And is it time we let go of our humanity?
New Scientist presents a series of conversations on the themes of the Barbican’s landmark exhibition, Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction. Leading scientific and cultural figures will explore how today’s cutting-edge ideas, discoveries and inventions inspire the literature, art and games of tomorrow – and vice versa.
The series closes with The Transhumanists’ Club, in which geneticist, author and broadcaster Adam Rutherford (presenter of the BBC’s Inside Science) talks to digital anthropologist Beth Singler, who studies the social implications of almost-human machines, and award-winning writer Joanna Kavenna (author of A Field Guide To Reality). From artificial intelligence to genetic engineering, we’ll soon be able to remake ourselves. Do such technologies endanger our humanity, or enhance it?