Polymath technology expert Melanie Swan will give a talk at the 11th Terasem Annual Workshop on Geoethical Nanotechnology, to be held in Second Life on July 20, the anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon.
The purpose of the event is to provide the public with informed perspectives regarding geoethical nanotechnology via expert presentations, challenges and discussions. It also seeks to develop a set of geoethical guidelines that will provide a safe harbor within which curative nanotechnology can develop.
Like other events sponsored by Terasem, the Workshop is professionally organized by Terasem founder Martine Rothblatt and a team led by Loraine Rhodes (in the picture).
11th Annual Workshop on Geoethical Nanotechnology
Terasem Island Conference Center, Second Life
Monday, July 20, 2016
9am – 11am PDT / noon – 2pm EDT / 4pm – 6pm GMT (5pm – 7pm London, 6pm – 8pm Continental Europe)
Melanie Swan is a true polymath and an expert in many fields. Some years ago, she was pioneering advanced data visualization methods in Second Life. More recently, she founded the Institute for Blockchain Studies to examine the theoretical, philosophical and societal implications of blockchain technology, and wrote the book “Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy,” dedicated to advanced future applications of emerging blockchain computing.
Philosophy of Biological Cell Repair informs Geoethical Nanotechnology
Abstract: Cellular repair is an age-old function in biology. This talk examines the cellular process of repair in philosophical terms. Biologically, wound-healing is the primary form of cellular repair, drawing on numerous cell types and the extracellular matrix to perform a variety of operations during the phases of inflammation, proliferation, and maturation. Philosophically, these functions can be discussed from a systems theory perspective, through the concepts pairs of parts-whole, autonomy-dependency, self-other, sickness-wellness, and scarcity-abundance. Understanding cellular repair at the theory level could facilitate the development of nanotechnology solutions that augment biological processes in ways that are congruently geoethical with nature¹s ethos.
Speaker and Affiliation: Melanie Swan, Philosophy and Economic Theory, New School for Social Research, New York.
Updates on the Workshop to follow soon.