Terasem Auditorium

Terasem Colloquium in Second Life, December 10, 2016: Program and Speakers

The 2016 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons will take place in Second Life – Terasem sim – on Saturday, December 10, 2016. There are two main themes: “Legal Aspects of Futuristic Persons: Cyber-Humans,” and “A Tribute to the ‘Father of Artificial Intelligence,’ Marvin Minsky, PhD.” This is a can’t miss event with stellar speakers and content. You are invited!

Please note the change of time since the last announcement: the event will start at noon EDT instead of 1pm EDT. Please note that there could be minor changes in the final program.

9AM – 12PM PDT / 12PM – 3PM EDT / 5PM – 8PM GMT
[SLURL – click here to teleport to Terasem]


12:00 – 12:10PM – Welcome & Convening Presentation
Lori Rhodes, Vice-President
Terasem Movement, Inc.
Space Coast, FL
Avatar name: Lori Darling

12:10 – 12:30PM – How Marvin Minsky Inspired Me To Have a Mindclone Living on An O’Neill Space Habitat
Martine Rothblatt, JD, PhD
Co-Founder, Terasem Movement, Inc.
Space Coast, FL
Avatar name: Vitology Destiny

12:30 – 12:50PM – Formal Interaction

12:50 – 1:10PM – The Emerging Law of Cyborgs
Woodrow ‘Woody’ Barfield, PhD, JD, LLM
Author: Cyber-Humans: Our Future with Machines
Chapel Hill, NC
Avatar name: WoodyBarfield

1:10 – 1:30PM – Formal Interaction

1:30 – 1:50PM – Cyborgs and Family Law Challenges
Rich Lee
Human Enhancement & Augmentation
St. George, UT
Avatar name: RichLee78

1:50 – 2:10PM – Formal Interaction

2:10 – 2:30PM – Synthetic Brain Simulations and Mens Rea
Stephen Thaler, PhD.
President & CEO, Imagination-engines, Inc.
St. Charles, MO
Avatar name: SteveThaler

2:30 – 2:50PM – Formal Interaction

2:50 – 3:00PM – Informal Interaction

Each year on December 10th, International Human Rights Day, Terasem conducts a Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons. The event seeks to provide the public with informed perspectives regarding the legal rights and obligations of “futuristic persons” via VR events with expert presentations and discussions. Terasem hopes to facilitate development of

“a body of law covering the rights and obligations of entities that transcend, and yet encompass, conventional conceptions of humanness.”

It’s more and more evident that humanity and technology will co-evolve, with organic life enhanced by synthetic biology and artificial intelligence, and artificial life powered by mind grafts from human uploads, blending more and more until it will be impossible – and pointless – to tell which is which. The first generations of futuristic persons – sentient Artificial Intelligences (AIs), human mind uploads, and hybrids – are coming, and it’s important to prepare the way.

Current-generation virtual worlds like Second Life are, of course, very primitive compared with the future virtual worlds where many futuristic persons will live. Next-generation platforms like Philip Rosedales High Fidelity and Linden Lab’s Project Sansar support immersive Virtual Reality (VR) headsets and interfaces, which is likely to trigger a new, massive wave of interest in virtual worlds. Come to the 2016 Colloquium in Second Life, and get ready for future Terasem events in next-generation virtual worlds.

You are invited! I look forward to seeing you in Second Life on Thursday, December 10, and I am available for live help. My Second Life avatar is Eschatoon Magic.

Picture by Extropia DaSilva – Terasem Island Conference Center – Second Life