Transhumanist Science, Futurist Art, Telepresence and Cosmic Visions of the Future at TransVision 2010
November 2, 2010 by Giulio Prisco from Ray Kurzweil AI site
.The transhumanist conference and community convention TransVision 2010, which took place in Milan October 22 to October 24, 2010, was very intense, informative, and scientific, as well as an entertaining tour de force in contemporary transhumanist thinking, activism, science, technology, and innovation, and grand visionary dreams.
Over 40 talks over the three days explored the scientific, technological, cultural, artistic and social trends that could change our world beyond recognition and may result in a Singularity in only a few decades.
Italian futurist and transhumanist movements
The sociologist Riccardo Campa, founder and President of the Italian Transhumanist Association, offered a sensible analysis of today’s transhumanist community in a wider cultural, societal and political context. In another talk, Campa traced the origins of modern transhumanism to the Italian Futurist movement of the early 20th century
The second half of the first day was dedicated to the current Italian “neo-Futurist” literary and artistic movement (but we should actually not call it “neo” because Futurism is always Neo, by definition). The Italian Futurist artists who made waves last year with celebrations of the first centenary of the publication of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s “Futurist Manifesto” — Graziano Cecchini, Roberto Guerra, Antonio Saccoccio and Vitaliano Teti — showned samples of their work after Campa’s introduction to Futurism. Cecchini summarizes Futurism as “Action, speed, technology, creativity, communication. ‘Futurist Action’ is the only antidote to mental sleepwalking for our society. Thanks to today’s technology, Action can be shared with and communicated to the whole world, at gigabyte speed.”
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