Speaking 5/27 on human enhancement at Stanford

This Saturday, 5/27, I’m speaking at Stanford’s Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights Conference. The panel I’m on is at 4:30, so even geeks with late-night schedules should be able to drag themselves out of bed for the event. I’m particularly excited because I’m speaking on a topic I feel very passionately about: using new technologies to liberate women from traditional forms of reproduction. It’s sure to be controversial, and I’m joined by two other panelists who are speaking on equally-fascinating topics. Here’s the lineup:

Panel Title: Feminism, Germinal Choice, and Procreative Liberty

Nanette Elster, “Barriers to Procreative Liberty: Legal, Ethical and Racial Issues”

Annalee Newitz, “Feminists for Genetic Engineering”

Kerry Lynn Macintosh, “Illegal Beings: Human Clones and the Law” 

Hope to see some folks there! Should make for an interesting late afternoon.

7 thoughts on “Speaking 5/27 on human enhancement at Stanford

  1. All I know is that it’s fairly expensive, but that lots of women are doing it these days. Did you see the article in the NY Times magazine a few weeks ago about women who chose to use a sperm donor rather than wait around for a guy to show up? Several of the women in that article had also done egg banking. I love technology. Personally, I’m waiting for an artificial womb and men who can breast feed. Then maybe I’ll consider breeding.

  2. oh annalee, that sounds so awesome. I wish I could make it, but I’ve got plans and I don’t think I can bear to trek out to Stanford on the weekend after working there all week long! podcast?

  3. I think there will be a podcast or vodcast or other downloadable file thingie. I’ll post it if so!

  4. Artificial wombs sound like a very good idea, but I would think better synthetic breast milk would be preferable to male breast feeding. Really, how many men (not counting transexuals) do you know who would be willing to develop breasts?

  5. Sure, synthetic breast milk sounds good too! But you’d be surprised how many men would be willing to get pregnant and breast feed. Certainly not all of them — and not all women want to do it either — but many fathers I know openly envy their children’s mothers’ ability to breast feed.