Global Future 2045 Congress Program Announced

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Topics for the two-day conference at New York’s Alice Tully Hall June 15 – 16, 2013 include: Human-Like Androids, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Bionic Prostheses, Engineering Memory, Consciousness through Spiritual Practice, Mind Theory and more.

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Dmitry Itskov, founder of the 2045 Initiative, today announced the preliminary program for the two-day Global Future 2045 congress (GF2045) event at New York’s Alice Tully Hall on June 15 – 16, 2013. Global Future 2045 is premised on the notion that, in order for civilization to move to a higher stage of development, humanity vitally needs a scientific revolution and significant spiritual changes that will be inseparably linked, supporting and supplementing each other.

“I am thrilled to see the Congress come together so cohesively around a diverse set of topics all devoted to a central mission,” commented Mr. Itskov. “The Congress will be a first in terms of bringing together the world’s leading scientists, technologists and spiritual leaders who are all helping to bring the strategies for the further self-directed evolution of humanity.“

Also to be unveiled at the conference, and recently announced, is the Dmitry Avatar-A head which is an exact robotic replica of the head of Mr. Dmitry Itskov himself that was created by award-winning roboticist Dr. David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics. Hanson is best known for his robotic androids of Albert Einstein and Philip K. Dick, and the latter will also be exhibited at the GF2045 congress.

The Congress Program is as follows:
Day One – Saturday, June 15, 2013
8.00 — 9.00 Registration
9.00 — 9.15                 Dmitry Itskov — On The Path to A New Evolutionary Strategy
9.15 — 10.15         Dr. James Martin — The Transformation of Humankind. Extreme Paradigm Shifts Are Ahead of Us
10.15 — 10.40        Dr. Akop Nazaretyan — The Mid-21st Puzzle: On the Cosmic Perspective of Mind
10.40 — 11.10        Dr. Alexander Panov — Technological Singularity and the Penrose Theorem on Artificial Intelligence
11.10 — 11.50        Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, MD — Intelligent Self-directed Evolution Guides Mankind's Metamorphosis Into An Immortal Planetary Meta-intelligence
11:50 — 12:10    Coffee break
12.10 — 12.40        Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro — The Future Life Supported by Robotic Avatars
12.40 — 13.30        Roundtable on Life-extension of the Brain in a Full-body Prosthesis with Biological Blood Substitutes and Brain-Computer Interfaces with Optional Neuroprostheses — Dr. Alexander Kaplan moderates Dr. Mikhail Lebedev and Dr. Theodore Berger
13.30 — 13.45        Nigel Ackland — From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary
13.45 — 14.10        Dr. Jose Carmena & Dr. Michel Maharbiz — Brain Control of Prosthetic Devices: The Road Ahead
14:10 — 15:25    Lunch
15.25 — 15.55        Dr. David Hanson & Dr. Ben Goertzel — Anthroids (Humanlike Robots) for Telepresence, Mind Uploading and General Intelligence
15.55 — 16.15        Dr. Marvin Minsky — [Presentation Title To Be Announced]
16.15 — 16.40        Dr. Martine Rothblatt — The Goal of Technology is the End of Death
16.40 — 17.05        Dr. Anders Sandberg — Making Minds Morally: the Research Ethics of Brain Emulation
17.05 — 17.30        Dr. Natasha Vita-More — Substrate Autonomous, Networked Avatar Bodies by Design

Day Two – Sunday, June 16, 2013
8.00 — 9.00 Registration
9.00 — 9.25                 Dr. David Dubrovsky — Human Nature, The Anthropological Crises and the Global Future
9.25 — 10.20         Ray Kurzweil — Immortality By 2045
10.20 — 10.50        Dr. Theodore Berger — Engineering Memories: A Cognitive Neural Prosthesis for Restoring and Enhancing Memory Function
10.50 — 11.20        Dr. Ed Boyden — Tools for Analyzing and Engineering the Brain
11.20 — 11.50        Dr. George Church — Bionanotech for Extending Moore's Law, the BRAIN Project I/O & Human Genome Engineering
11:50 — 12:10    Coffee Break
12.10 — 12.50        Dr. Randal Koene — Whole Brain Emulation: Reverse Engineering A Mind
12.50 — 13.15        Dr. Ken Hayworth — Preserving and Mapping the Brain’s Connectome
13.15 — 13.40        Dr. Witali L. Dunin-Barkowski — Current State of Russian Project on Brain Reverse-engineering REBRAIN 2045
13:40 — 14:55    Lunch
14.55 — 15.25        Dr. Stuart Hameroff, MD & Sir Roger Penrose — How Human Consciousness Could Be Uploaded Via Quantum Teleportation
15.25 — 16.05        Dr. Amit Goswami — Consciousness and the Quantum: Science, Psychology and Spirituality
16.05 — 16.50        Swami Vishnudevananda Giri Ji Maharaj — Mankind's Desirable Future According to Vedic Culture and Cybernetic Technologies. The Evolution of Consciousness in Vedanta Philosophy
16:50 — 17:10    Coffee break
17.10 — 18.40        Roundtable: Interfaith Dialogue on Science — Dr. William Bushell moderates Phakyab Rinpoche, Swami Vishnudevananda Giri Ji Maharaj, Rabbi Dr. Alan Brill, Mahayogi 'Pilot' Baba, and Archbishop (Ret.) Lazar Puhalo.
18.40 -- 18.50         Closing Remarks

Organized annually by the 2045 Initiative, GF2045 will be attended by visionaries and world-class practitioners in science, technology and ethics, as well as educators, futurists, philosophers and spiritual leaders. The Second International Global Future 2045 Congress is open to the public. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.GF2045.com

NOTE TO MEDIA: Credentialed members of the press wishing to cover the Global Future 2045 congress in New York must pre-register at http://www.GF2045.com. For interviews, contact: Connie Connors, PR(at)2045(dot)com, or Connors.connie(at)gmail(dot)com. 212-219-9188. Skype: connie.connors4. For general information on the congress, group ticket sales and sponsorship, contact: info(at)GF2045(dot)com.

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