| Monica Bock|
University of Chicago
| May 27Columbus, Ohio|
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies,
Work in Sociology, Executive Director at Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), Director of Institutional Research & Planning at Trinity College
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Wrote Citizen Cyborg
James Hughes (sociologist) Wikipedia
James J. Hughes (born May 27, 1961) is an American sociologist and bioethicist. He is the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and teaches health policy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in the United States. He is the author of Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future and is currently writing a book tentatively titled Cyborg Buddha: Using Neurotechnology to Become Better People.
Hughes holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago, where he served as the assistant director of research for the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Before graduate school he was temporarily ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1984 while working as a volunteer in Sri Lanka for the development organization Sarvodaya from 1983 to 1985.
Hughes served as the executive director of the World Transhumanist Association (which has since changed its name to Humanity+) from 2004 to 2006, and currently serves as the executive director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, which he founded with Nick Bostrom. He also produces the syndicated weekly public affairs radio talk show program Changesurfer Radio and contributed to the Cyborg Democracy blog. Hughes' book Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future was published by Westview Press in November 2004.
Rejecting bioconservatism and libertarian transhumanism, Hughes argues for a third way, "democratic transhumanism", a radical form of techno-progressivism which asserts that the best possible "posthuman future" is achievable only by ensuring that human enhancement technologies are safe, made available to everyone, and respect the right of individuals to control their own bodies.
Hughes is also on the "Academic Advisory Council" of the Christian Transhumanist Association
James Hughes is also an international conference speaker on transhumanist topics. In April 25, 2016, Zoltan Istvan had a transhumanism politics debate with James Hughes at Harvard University. According to a report on Vice motherboard, "For the first time, Hughes and Istvan met on the debate stage, in a small classroom auditorium at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Mass. It wasn’t exactly a clash of ideas so much as a clang. It’s clear that Transhumanists on either side of the political spectrum share a basic tenet of the philosophy, the vague notion of the need to use science and technology to make humanity better, but from there on out, everything else is up for debate." James Hughes spoke on Technoprogressivism at Nigeria ICT Fest 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria, via Skype."Embracing Change with All Four Arms: A Post-Humanist Defense of Genetic Engineering". Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 6(4), 94-101
Hughes, James (2002). "Politics of Transhumanism". 2001 Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science
Hughes, James (2002). "Democratic Transhumanism 2.0". Transhumanity blog
Hughes, James (2002–2004). Changesurfing Archived Betterhumans column
Hughes, James (2004). Book: Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future. Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-4198-1
A collection of interviews and presentations at Science, Technology & the Future.
Up and coming book: Cyborg Buddha: Using Neurotechnology to Become Better People.