Welcome to Forum on the Future of Morality

On October 27-28th, 2022, at the Lubrański Academy (Lubrańskiego 1 Street, Poznań), the Future of Morality Forum will be held.

According to transhumanists, within a few decades, mankind will be capable of overcoming its physical and mental limitations, including death. Progress in many areas of human activity is to lead to the creation of the immortal “superhuman”. Transhumanistic movement is supported by some main figures of big business, including Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk.

Regardless of the activity of transhumanistic movement, robotics, bionics, artificial intelligence and advances in genetics will probably lead to technological improvements, increasing human capabilities. The phenomena associated with this, as well as the main ideas of transhumanism, raise some important ethical and moral questions. At the Future of Morality Forum, we invite some of the most influential researchers of transhumanism (philosophers, anthropologists, theologians, and others) of our time to face these ethical and moral dilemmas.

On the first day of our debate (2022.10.27), addressing CONTEMPORARY MORAL CHALLENGES we will address the following questions: Who gets to be transhuman? How might humanity change if some of the transhumanists’ aspirations were made available to people on a global scale? Will bioenhancement create a new class divide, where an elite class emerges through both physical and mental upgrades? Is accusing transhumanism of sharing traits with eugenics justified? Can technological progress be a catalyst for positive human development?

On the second day of our debate (2022.10.28), entitled FROM TRANSHUMANISM TO POSTUMANISM, we will address the following questions, among many others: Who (or what) is a posthuman, metahuman, or transhuman? What might a technohuman civilization look like? What moral changes might “the metaformative turn” aimed at ontohacking (do-it-yourself biology) impose? Might humankind’s extinction be a real danger in the culmination of the Algoricene? What is the religious dimension of posthumanism?

Featuring: David Pearce (BTLC Reasearch, Humanity+, Lifeboat Foundation), prof. Steve Fuller (Univ. of Warwick), dr. Francesca Ferrando (Univ. of New York), dr. Michael Klenk (Delft University), prof. Alcibiades Malapi-Nelson (Humber College), prof. Nidesh Lawtoo (KU Leuven), prof. Maurizio Balisteri (Univ. of Turin), prof. Agnieszka Lekka-Kowalik (KUL), prof. Anna Bugajska (Ignatianum), prof. Aleksandra Łukaszewicz-Alcaraz (Akademia Sztuki w Szczecinie), prof. Piotr Duchliński (Ignatianum), fr.. prof. Piotr Mazurkiewicz (PAN, UKSW), prof. Teresa Grabińska (AWL), fr.. prof. Tomasz Kraj (UPJPII). Opening speech by AMU Rector prof. Bogumiła Kaniewska and Justyna Orłowska – GovTech Plenipotentiary of Polish Prime Minister.

The event will be accompanied by the concert „St. Mary’s Hymns” by prof. Zbigniew Kozub. The concert will take place in Archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, (17, Ostrów Tumski Street, Poznań) on 27th october at 8 PM and also the vernissage of prof. Katarzyna Dreszer, featuring an exhibition of graphic works entitled “Trans-formation” in which a series of thirteen triptychs and three diptychs made in digital technology will be presented. 

Debates and lectures will be translated from English to Polish.