Ethics Board Nominations for Public Comment

There are a number of reasons the IAmTranshuman project needs an ethics review board, but the major reason is to oversee the micro-grant program and other operations and to ensure we are doing the right thing.  As a Transhumanist Organization ethics should be above reproach.  One of the key issues is we don’t want even ethics board members that are part of the same organization if at all possible.  Here are some of the submissions for public comment:

David Wood

One of the pioneers of the smartphone industry. He is now a futurist activist, consultant, speaker, and writer.

As Chair of London Futurists, David has organized over 200 public meetings since March 2008 on futurist, transhumanist, technoprogressive, and singularitarian topics. Membership of London Futurists now approaches 8,000.

As Executive Director of the transhumanist think tank Transpolitica, David is presently working on a “technoprogressive roadmap” of goals for the UK to keep in mind for accomplishment by 2035. These goals envision the possibility of profound increases in human wellbeing.

Read more on his profile:

https://iamtranshuman.org/2019/11/08/david-wood/

Tom Ross

A producer, creative consultant, and author yet feels odd referring to himself in the third person. My political experience includes a 2001 testimony before a U.S. House Subcommittee on Media and Information Technology Policy (The Anti-Spam Bill). In 2002 the Governor of California appointed me to a Department of Consumer Affairs board. I became the National Creative Director for Entercom, the 2nd largest radio group in the U.S. and built one of the first and biggest Visual Production operations in the industry. I designed a system to find, test and scale the best ideas from the quietest corners in hundreds of stations. In 2013, I shared this system in a TEDx Talk called “Open Source Mode”.  I’ve also produced creative assets for namedrops like IBM, Microsoft, and Styx and have Creative Consulted for good works like the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute and Sir Bob Geldof’s youbloom.com.  My novel, US6 is designed to illuminate and entertain a future Artificial yet Self-Aware Superintelligence while enlisting it and Human readers into the fight against Modern Slavery. I’m an INTJ, Existential Intelligence Type, Vegan, GenX Mensa member with Scorpio Rising, Transhumanist.

https://iamtranshuman.org/2019/11/06/tom-ross/

Marty Resnick

Why #IAmTranshuman (ist)?

I became a Transhuman, or as I call it an “Architected Human” in December 2018. At that time, I received life-extending and saving, technologies including a mechanical heart valve and pacemaker. This life-changing event introduced me to the concept of Transhumanism which is now a key part of my research, writing, and focus, at work and in my personal life.

I believe true societal transformation will be the result of Human Transformation and Ethical Transhumanism will drive that transformation.

Marty Resnick is a Storyteller, Futurist, Analyst, Strategist, Photographer, and “Architect-ed Human”. Currently, Marty is a Sr. Director Analyst at Gartner covering emerging technologies, human augmentation, innovation and foresight. Marty also hosts a podcast called “Continuous Foresight”.

https://iamtranshuman.org/2019/12/11/martyresnick/

Taha Ghassan

Why are you transhuman (ist)?

I am a transhumanist because I believe it’s the way to bring full human potential and to evolve

Live in a world where I can spend learning with no limitations

Taha is a programmer, biohacker and IT specialist with a passion for technology to improve his life and defeat death.

https://iamtranshuman.org/2019/12/20/taha-ghassan/

Commentary

All of these guys would be great but there are a couple of issues with this list.  David Wood and Tom are both part of the USTP so ideally only one of them can be accepted.  That said David, Marty and Taha are all also members of Humanity+ so really limiting it to one of them is ideal.  Marty has said he has no affiliation and ideally it is a 3-person review board so there are no ties, therefore IAmTranshuman organization members believe the best combination as it stands now is David, Marty, and Taha or one other person not a member of this current list.   This is not to say that any of the applicants are not great but there is a need to limit implied control over the ethics review board. Let us know what you think of these volunteers and if you would like to volunteer.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. David Wood says:

    I’m not sure why you would think I’m some kind of representative of the USTP. Yes, I do belong to that community, like I belong to many others, but I’m not in any way part of their decision-making team.

    To be clear, I’m happy to assist the deliberations of the IAmTranshuman group, but not if my presence would somehow prevent other well-qualified individuals from taking part.

    // David W.

    1. David Kelley says:

      You are by far the most qualified. The issue is not that you’re a representative but that we wanted to limit the review board membership to people that were members of only one of a given organization. That is proving hard but of everyone that submitted you’re the top of the list.

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