George Dvorsky


George Dvorsky

George P. Dvorsky (born on May 11, 1970) is an agenda-driven futurist, the executive editor of the "Betterhumans" online community, and author of the "Sentient Developments" blog. Dvorsky is a co-founder and president of the Toronto Transhumanist Association, has served on the board of directors for the World Transhumanist Association, and currently serves on the board of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.cite paper| author = Humphrey, Stephen| title = No Death, Please, I'm Bionic: Cyborg-Obsessed Transhumanists Push Bioethical Limits While Fending Off Foes From All Sides| date= 2004 | url = http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2004-08-12/news_story.php| accessdate=2007-03-03] cite paper| author = Mayer, Andre| title = The Great Byte Hope| date= 2005 | url = http://www.thismagazine.ca/issues/2005/01/greatbytehope.php| accessdate=2007-03-03] He is currently working as the Director of Operations for Commune Media Inc, a Toronto-based advertising and marketing agency.

Primarily concerned with the ethical and sociological impacts of emerging technologies, specifically, "human enhancement" technologies; Dvorsky seeks to promote open discussion for the purposes of education and foresight. He writes and speaks on a wide range of topics, including technoscience, ethics, existential risks, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and futurology, from a democratic transhumanist perspective.

George Dvorsky presented an argument for non-human animal biological uplift at the IEET Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights conference at Stanford University in May 2006;cite paper| author = Dvorsky, George| title = IEET Monograph Series: All Together Now: Developmental and ethical considerations for biologically uplifting non human animals| date= 2006 | url = http://ieet.org/writings/AllTogetherNow.pdf| accessdate=2007-02-09] cite paper| author = Bailey, Ronald| title = The Right to Human Enhancement: And also uplifting animals and the rapture of the nerds| date= 2006 | url = http://www.reason.com/news/show/116489.html| accessdate=2007-03-03] and wrote the first published article in defence of the Ashley Treatment in November 2006,cite paper| author = Dvorsky, George| title = Helping families care for the helpless| date= 2006 | url = http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/809/| accessdate=2007-02-09] and subsequently the only bioethicist cited by Ashley X's parents in their defense.cite paper| author = Dvorsky, George| title = The "Ashley Treatment": Towards a Better Quality of Life for "Pillow Angels"| date= 2007 | url = http://ashleytreatment.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!E25811FD0AF7C45C!1837.entry| accessdate=2007-02-09]

Dvorsky is an outspoken secular, liberal Buddhist; [cite website|title=Sentient Developments: Buddhism|url=http://sentientdevelopments.blogspot.com/search/label/buddhism] technogaian environmentalist;cite paper| author = Dvorsky, George| title = Technophiles and Greens of the World, Unite!| date= 2003 | url = http://archives.betterhumans.com/Columns/Column/tabid/79/Column/305/Default.aspx| accessdate=2007-03-19] ethical vegetarian;cite paper| author = Dvorsky, George| title = Ethical eats| date= 2006 | url = http://sentientdevelopments.blogspot.com/2006/05/ethical-eats.html| accessdate=2007-03-19] and animal rights activist.cite paper| author = Dvorsky, George| title = The myth of our exalted human place| date= 2006 | url = http://sentientdevelopments.blogspot.com/2006/04/myth-of-our-exalted-human-place_25.html| accessdate=2007-03-19]

Dvorsky claims to have coined the following neologisms:cite paper| author = Dvorsky, George| title = I, neologist nuisance| date= 2006 | url = http://sentientdevelopments.blogspot.com/2006/10/i-neologist-nuisance.html| accessdate=2007-09-25]

*Astrosociobiology, the speculative scientific study of extraterrestrial civilizations and their possible social characteristics and developmental tendencies;cite paper| author = Dvorksy, George | title = Astrosociobiology article on Wikipedia deleted| date= 2007 | url = http://sentientdevelopments.blogspot.com/2007/12/astrosociobiology-article-on-wikipedia.html| accessdate=2008-04-13]
*Postgenderism, a social philosophy which seeks the voluntary elimination of gender in the human species through the application of advanced biotechnology and assisted reproductive technologies;cite paper| author = Dvorsky, George| title = Postgenderism: Beyond the Gender Binary| date = 2008 | url = http://sentientdevelopments.blogspot.com/2008/03/postgenderism-beyond-gender-binary.html| accessdate=2008-04-13]
*Techlepathy, neurotechnologically-assisted telepathy.cite paper| author = Dvorksy, George | title = Evolving Towards Telepathy| date= 2004 | url = http://archives.betterhumans.com/Columns/Column/tabid/79/Column/267/Default.aspx| accessdate=2007-02-09]

"Betterhumans"

"Betterhumans" is an editorial production company and Internet social network service. "Betterhumans" is a wholly owned publication of Commune Media Inc. and was founded in Toronto, Canada, by media strategist Simon Smith in 2002. "Betterhumans" is dedicated to the discussion and promotion of futurology and "human enhancement".cite news| author = Hughes, James| title = "Changesurfer Radio: An interview with Simon Smith, editor of Betterhumans.com"| date= 2005 | url = http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=8460| accessdate=2007-02-01]

References

External links

* [http://sentientdevelopments.blogspot.com/ Sentient Developments] George Dvorsky's blog
* [http://archives.betterhumans.com/Columns/tabid/60/Columnist/George%20Dvorsky/Default.aspx Transitory Human] Dvorsky's archived "Betterhumans" column
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV5ddXLW7KM "Will death die?"] Dvorsky as a guest on "The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos"
* [http://www.betterhumans.com/ Betterhumans]
* [http://archives.betterhumans.com/AboutUs/tabid/65/Default.aspx Media coverage of Betterhumans]


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