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This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the TransVision conference series—international summits held to bring together leading experts in all fields of science and technology to discuss forthcoming advances and what the future may bring to humanity; this, of course, includes life extension technologies.

The very first event in the series was held all the way back in 1998 in the Netherlands; this year’s edition, organized primarily by HumanityPlus, will take place in Madrid, Spain on October 19-21, and it will feature many great speakers, among whom are many gerontologists and other experts in the field of life extension.

The most intriguing guest of the event is probably Sophia—a humanoid robot who’s decisely impressive though still well within the boundaries of the uncanny valley. The human guests include Chair of London Futurists David Wood, Executive Director of HumanityPlus Natasha Vita-More, World Academy of Art and Science fellow José Luis Cordeiro, who will also chair the conference, and many more names in the world of transhumanism.

Attendees will also have an occasion to meet big names from the field of aging research and life extension, such as Dr. Aubrey de Grey from SENS Research Foundation, Dr. João Pedro Magalhães from the University of Liverpool, Didier Coeurnelle from HEALES, founder of Forever Healthy Foundation Michael Greve, Executive Director of Russian cryonics company KrioRus Valerija Pride, Project Director Alba Ramón of the Spanish Sociedad Crionica, and many others.

TransVision 2018 will discuss artificial intelligence, bitcoin and blockchain, longevity and aging research, exponential technologies, and even a two-part introductory course on transhumanism. Radical life extension and rejuvenation will be discussed on Saturday, October 20; a full schedule can be found here. The event is a great occasion to familiarize yourself with, and deepen your understanding of, not only longevity science but also the many other young sciences and technologies that are becoming more and more prominent and will indubitably play a crucial role in the years to come.

As chair José Luis Cordeiro states on the event’s website, “Madrid will become the meeting point for this futurist celebration, where different groups from all over the world will meet to connect and work together closely. The aim is to combine international meetings with local audiences and help promote futurist research and development in Spain and around the world. In partnership with pioneering sponsors, we will do our best in scientific propagation to make society aware of the new economy and the opportunities that will present themselves over the next two decades.”

If you have the chance to attend the event, we recommend that you consider the possibility; you’ll also have the chance to meet our board director EIena Milova, who will be among the speakers, and learn more about LEAF and its activities.

If you’d like to get yourself a ticket to the event, you can do so here.

About the author

Nicola Bagalà

Nicola is a bit of a jack of all trades—a holder of an M.Sc. in mathematics; an amateur programmer; a hobbyist at novel writing, piano and art; and, of course, a passionate life extensionist. After his interest in the science of undoing aging arose in 2011, he gradually shifted from quiet supporter to active advocate in 2015, first launching his advocacy blog Rejuvenaction before eventually joining LEAF. These years in the field sparked an interest in molecular biology, which he actively studies. Other subjects he loves to discuss to no end are cosmology, artificial intelligence, and many others—far too many for a currently normal lifespan, which is one of the reasons he’s into life extension.
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