Face the Future

Nov 25, 2002 03:00 AM EST

Beyond Bio – Nanotech, Cybernetics, and the Future of the Human Race

This unique event brings together key players in the next great debate: how we confront the technologies of the day after tomorrow—technologies being developed today.

As the federal government massively increases its funding of nanotechnology, and movies like AI and Bicentennial Man focus public attention on the fusion of "mecha" and "orga," the Council for Biotechnology Policy and the Center for Bioethics and Culture have joined forces to open a dialogue.

We have invited leading advocates and critics of these technologies—Christians and others—to engage in roundtable conversation and debate. Our guests include Christine Peterson, president of the Foresight Institute. which is the center of this debate worldwide. We invite you to join us.

Date: September 19-20, 2003

7:00 PM, Friday until 4:00 PM, Saturday

Rates: Online before August 1, 2003, $150

After August 1, 2003, $175

For the student discount rate of $95, contact [email protected]

Location: Waterfront Plaza Hotel, overlooking the beautiful San Francisco Bay on Historic Jack London Square, Oakland, Calif.

Hotel: A limited number of rooms have been reserved at our special conference rate of $160/night.

Hotel reservations 800-729-3938, Group Name: TheCBC or online at Water Front Plaza

Confirmed Speakers include the following:

Nigel M. de S. Cameron Ph.D. — Director of the Wilberforce Forum's Council for Biotechnology Policy (CBP) and Executive Chairman of the Center for Bioethics and Culture

C. Christopher Hook M.D. — Director of Ethics Education at Mayo Clinic and Fellow of the CBP

C. Ben Mitchell Ph.D. — Editor of Ethics and Medicine and Fellow of the CBP

Ted Peters Ph.D. — The Center for Theology and Natural Science

Christine Peterson — The Foresight Institute

The purpose of this conference is to bring together leaders from the scientific, technology and religious communities, to discuss the emerging technologies. We will look at the potential benefits and concerns that these technologies present to society in light of the Judeo-Christian worldview.

By Albert H. Lee