BPF Co-Founder John Smart's talk, at World Future 2012 in Toronto.
BPF Advisory Board
Brain Preservation Foundation (BPF) advisors are accomplished, high-integrity professionals who are publicly committed to the need for a thorough scientific evaluation of the state of the art of brain preservation technology. Many are constructive skeptics who see the potential value of the technology, yet who recognize there are many complex questions relating to its further development and social diffusion. They help BPF, a nonprofit charitable organization, to execute its mission, and to achieve the highest standards of professionalism, service, effectiveness, ethics, integrity, and transparency. They advise BPF on its Prize structure, competitor support and outreach, communications and public profile, fundraising, policy positions, and other issues relevant to assessing and advancing brain preservation technology. Each honors BPF greatly with their service, and may leave our advisory board at any time. While each BPF advisor may choose to advise on any topic, advisors are loosely grouped into the following functional areas.
Science and Technology
These distinguished individuals give BPF their advice and opinions on scientific and technical questions related to our mission, our support and outreach to competing scientific teams, and issues of usefulness, verification, falsifiability and professional credibility with respect to competition goals and procedures. Each typically has an advanced degree and a current affiliation with a university or research laboratory.
Cognitive Science and Psychology
Susan Blackmore, Ph.D., writer, lecturer, psychologist, skeptic, author, Consciousness: An Introduction (2011)
Jim Blascovich, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Research Center for Virtual Environments & Behavior, UCSB
Michael Cerullo, M.D., Psychiatrist, Cincinnati Inst. for Cog. Sci.; Author, Uploading and Branching Identity, M&M, 2014.
Michael Shermer, Ph.D., Author, Founder, Skeptics Society, Editor, Skeptic magazine
Peter Thomas, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Holiner Group; Practitioner in adolescent, adult, and couples therapy.
Daniel Berleant, Ph.D., Author, Professor, Information Science, UALR, and Joint UALR/UAMS Bioinformatics Program.
Ben Goertzel, Ph.D., Author, Researcher in Artificial Intelligence; CSO, Aidyia Holdings, CEO, Novamente
Dileep George, Ph.D., Comp. Neuroscientist, Past HTM Developer, Numenta; Co-Founder, Vicarious Systems
Bruce Katz, Ph.D. Author, Adj. Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Drexel U., Chief Scientist, Coldlight
Juergen Schmidhuber, Ph.D., Author, Scientific Dir of Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, Professor of AI, USI, Deep Learning expert.
David Dalrymple, M.S., Research Affiliate, MIT Media Lab, Director, Project Nemaload, C. elegans emulation.
Chris Eliasmith, Ph.D., Author, Prof., Director, CTN, Lab head, Computational Neuroscience Research Group, Waterloo
John-Dylan Haynes, Ph.D., Prof., Theory & Analysis of Large-Scale Brain Signals, Bernstein Ctr. Comp. Neurosci, Berlin
Randal Koene, Ph.D., Co-Founder, CarbonCopies
Sebastian Seung, Ph.D., Author, Professor of Computational Neuroscience, Dept. of Brain and Cog. Sciences, MIT
Olaf Sporns, Ph.D., Author, Prof. Computational Neuroscience, Indiana U., Investigator, Human Connectome Project
Robert A. Freitas Jr., J.D., Author of Nanomedicine; Senior Res. Fellow, Inst. for Molecular Manufacturing
Steve Harris, M.D., Scientific Advisory Board, Life Extension Foundation
Eugen Leitl, M.S., System Administrator/Developer at InfoChem GmbH
Microscopy and Imaging
Andrew Bleloch, Ph.D., Past PI, SuperSTEM Microscope, Dir. Microscopy, Halcyon Molecular, Inc.
Ken Hayworth, Ph.D., Developer, ATLUM Project; Senior Scientist, Janelia Farm
Todd Huffman, M.S., CEO, 3Scan, Knife Edge Scanning Microscopy
Molecular Biology and Genetics
João de Magalhães, Ph.D., Director, Integrative Genomics of Aging Group, University of Liverpool
Adam Marblestone, Ph.D., Director of Scientific Architecting, Synthetic Neurobiology Group, MIT
Gregory Stock, Ph.D., Author, CEO, Signum Biosciences, Founder, Program on Medicine, Tech and Society, UCLA
Robert L. Blum, M.D., Ph.D., Independent Scholar, Affiliate, Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation, Stanford U.
L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D., Lecturer, UCLA, Co-Founder, Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group
Nicolás F. Lori, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, IBILI, Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Erik Viirre, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Surgery and Otoneurology and Cognitive Science, UCSD
David Eagleman, Ph.D., Author, Director, Laboratory for Perception and Action, Baylor College of Medicine
Shella Keilholz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University School of Medicine
Stephen Macknik, Ph.D., Author, Director, Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience, Barrow Neurological Institute
Susana Martinez-Conde, Ph.D., Author, Director, Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience, Barrow Neurological Institute
Read Montague, Ph.D., Author, Director, Human Neuroimaging Lab and Computational Psychiatry Unit, Virginia Tech
Peter Passaro, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Neural Dynamics and Consciousness Lab, University of Sussex
Thomas Ramsøy, Ph.D., Blogger, Prof., Decision Neurosciences Resrch Group, Copenhagen Bus. Sch. and DRCMR
Business and Fundraising
These philanthropic individuals help BPF with nonprofit business and strategy and with Prize or endowment fundraising activities.
Jose Cordeiro, MBA, Ph.D., Faculty, Singularity University, Chair, Millennium Project - Venezuela Node.
Daniel Crevier, Ph.D., Author, Founder, Coreco, now subsid. of Teledyne Tech
Rudi Hoffman, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CEO of Hoffman Planning
David Kekich, CEO, TransVio Tech Ventures, President, Maximum Life Foundation
John Mauldin, Author, Pres., Millennium Wave Investments, Editor, Thoughts from the Frontline, Mauldin Economics.
John M. Smart, M.S., Prof., Emerging Tech, UAT, President, Acceleration Studies Foundation
Media and Community
These accomplished advisors help with scientific, technical, and social issues around our public message, media relations, educational materials, or community development for the nonprofit.
Marshall Brain, M.S., Author, Founder of How Stuff Works
Michael Chorost, Ph.D., Author, Rebuilt (2006) and World Wide Mind (2011)
Charles B. Olson, M.S., Author, A Possible Cure for Death, Medical Hypotheses 26:77-84
Giulio Prisco, Telepresence developer, teleXLR8, blogger, former manager in the European Space Agency
Robert Tercek, Innovation blogger, Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing, and Commerce
Keith Wiley, PhD., Senior Software Engineer, Atigeo, A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading (2014)
Policy and Legal
These generous legal and policy professionals help BPF with policy positions, legal, or governance issues and activities.
Michael P. Eddy, J.D., Founder, TEDx Del Mar, Director, Patent.org
Linda MacDonald Glenn, J.D., LL.M., Counselor-at-law, Bioethicist, Consultant, Asst. Prof. AMBI, Albany Medical Ctr.
Alan S. Ziegler, J.D., Private Attorney
Philosophy, Ethics, and Society
These leading scholars help BPF consider the philosophical, ethical, and social implications of brain preservation technologies, and help BPF draft positions on these topics.
David Brin, Ph.D., Physicist, futurist, reciprocal transparency advocate, science fiction author and resident contrarian.
David Chalmers, Ph.D., Author, Director, Centre for Consciousness, Australian National U.
Andy Clark, Ph.D., Author, Prof. of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
James Giordano, Ph.D., Chief, Neuroethics Studies Prog, Georgetown UMC;
Peter Hankins, Philosopher, author, Conscious Entities, weblog on human consciousness and cognition.
Robin Hanson, Ph.D., Author, Prof., Economics, George Mason U; Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford
James Hughes, Ph.D., Author, Exec. Director, Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies
Toby Ord, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology at the University of Oxford
Susan Schneider, Author, Asst Prof., Department of Philosophy, faculty, Center for Neuroscience and Society, UPENN
Nicholas Shackel, Ph.D., Sen. Lect. Philos., Cardiff U.; Dist. Resrch Fellow, Uehiro Ctr for Practical Ethics, U. Oxford
Mark Walker, Prof., Dept of Philos., New Mexico State U., Author, Personal Identity and Mind Uploading, JET 22:37-51.
BPF Advisors have their own views and opinions that are not necessarily those of BPF staff, and vice versa. Being a BPF Advisor does not create legal liability, either to or on behalf of BPF, with the exception of those advisors who at any time may also be directors or agents of BPF.
Apply to Be an Advisor
Are you a high-integrity individual with an interest in BPF's mission and an accomplished background in any of the above functional areas? Please contact us, we'd love to hear from you.
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BPF In The News
Dr. Ken Hayworth: What is the Future of Your Mind? [Teaser VIDEO]
Dr. Ken Hayworth, Part 1: Will You Preserve Your Brain? [PART#1 VIDEO]
Dr. Ken Hayworth, Part 2: Will You Upload Your Mind? [PART#2 VIDEO]
Ken Hayworth on brain emulation prospects - Extended online interview
The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer
Neuroscience – and the Future of Humanity – Interview with Ken Hayworth.
Tue, July 31, 2012
Thur, July 26, 2012
Discussion of BPF at the World Future Society conference.
The Strange Neuroscience of Immortality.
BPF is featured on Season 3, Ep 6, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, available via iTunes at this link.
Robin Hanson on why he's supporting the Brain Preservation Foundation.
An Update from Competitors for the Brain Preservation Foundation's Technology Prize.
A Connectome Observatory for Nanoscale Brain Imaging. Ken Hayworth's teleXLR8 talk, Kurzweilai.net article.
The Brain Preservation Technology Prize is mentioned.
Mind's circuit diagram to be revealed by a mammoth map. Article discusses BPF Brain Preservation Technology Prize.
Ken Hayworth gave a talk, A Connectome Observatory for nanoscale brain imaging, in teleXLR8, a 3D video conferencing space.