What is ThinkH+?
A virtual think tank about transhumanism
Scientific and technological developments are advancing at an unprecedented pace. The impossible is receding. In a world where we are able to isolate, modify and re-implant gene sequences, who knows what we will be able to do next?
However, with these exciting prospects comes responsibility. We must imperatively think ahead to ensure that tomorrow’s developments are subject to the right kind(s) of supervision and regulation, that the playing field is designed and maintained to ensure that the downsides of these innovations are understood and responsibly and thoughtfully supervised and, if necessary, regulated. ThinkH+ proposes to address this need for thoughtful responsibility.
ThinkH+ is a web-based virtual think tank and resource center, a forum for the public, thought leaders, business executives, policy makers and regulators to explore the realities of augmented humanity biotechnologies and, more broadly, of transhumanism, and to consider and design responsible ethical and regulatory environments.
A source of information
ThinkH+ will strive to be the premier source of information about biotechnologies, transhumanism and their ethical, social, policy and regulatory implications, including for businesses engaging in the field.
Our content will be created by academics, lawyers, industry insiders, policy makers and other relevant thought leaders and will take a variety of forms, including but not limited to articles, videos and interviews. A dedicated wiki will also allow for a collaborative effort to adequately define frequently used terms. As our objective is to become the reference point for anything and everything transhumanism-related, our intention is also to organize, manage and host links to other relevant and complementary specialized websites.
A community of leaders
ThinkH+ aspires to regroup and network thought leaders from around the world, to host and foster individual and collective reflection on the regulation and ethics of biotechnologies and transhumanism.
ThinkH+ will serve as a launching point for conferences, both on and offline, the establishment of ad hoc working groups, and such other worthy initiatives as our participants will initiate.
We are currently looking for thought leaders, academics, dreamers, doers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, lawyers and others who would like to publish, blog, think and exchange in this emerging and imperative field. Interested? Contact us.
Lorenzo oversees the development of partnerships between ThinkH+ and stakeholders of transhumanism. He also coordinates our editorial teams. Lorenzo first became interested in transhumanism and human augmentation when he studied it in a philosophy class at La Sorbonne. He graduated from Paris IV - La Sorbonne University and SciencesPo Law School, and passed the Paris bar exam. He is currently training as a lawyer.
Sofia Norten is a masters student in International Public Management at SciencesPo Paris School of International Affairs. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University. Having worked at a Washington D.C. based think tank, she is particularly interested in exploring the idea of – and implementing -- a virtual think tank.
Hugo Ruggieri holds two masters degrees in law from Sciences Po Paris and Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris 1 University, specializing in intellectual property and new technologies, and passed the Paris bar. Hugo is also a freelance web-developer and will be supervising the development of the website and the organization of various events. Hugo is an avid science-fiction reader and has been passionate about augmented humanity since he began playing the Deus Ex video game series.
2016/17 Clinical Team
Crina Gealatu is a law school student at Sciences Po Paris. She has also studied law at the Universty of Bucharest and Harvard Law School, where she discovered the passionate and engaging world of think tanks, as well as the impact they can have. Through ThinkH+ she hopes to draw more attention on the important subject of transhumanity.
Laura Acero is a master student in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at SciencesPo. She is a Colombian lawyer, graduated from the Rosario University in Bogotá, with experience in the international cooperation field. She finds the think tank to be inspirational, and she would like to explore the correlation between CSR and augmented humanity.
Romana Březovská is a masters student in International Public Management at Sciences Po and also in International Relations at Charles University in Prague. With interests including the power of human mind, CSR and good governance, Romana is keen to learn about the implications of transhumanist ideas being put into practice.
Tom Février is an authors' editor at ThinkH+. He currently pursues a BA in social sciences at SciencesPo Paris and a BS in computer science at University Pierre and Marie Curie. As a sci-fi enthusiast and self-proclaimed geek, Tom's interest lies in examining the implications of the technological revolution on our society, especially when it comes to artificial intelligence and human enhancement.
Charles Manoury is a European governance student at the Catholic University of Paris. He studied European Law in Paris II Panthéon Assas University and the Utrecht University of Law Economics and Governance, Netherlands. He is focused on the mapping of the current legislations regarding those issues and the contact with public and private actors related to transhumanism.
Augustin Ruggieri is a first-year student at Sciences Po Paris, but has experience working with non-profit organizations, such as the Droit des lycéens association, which fights for the rights of high school students. With a keen interest in the politics of transhumanism, Augustin will put his communication skills to good use as the community and brand manager of ThinkH+.
Sciences Po Law School Clinic
ThinkH+ was born out of the Sciences Po Law School Clinic’s program on Corporate Social Responsibility. Through hands on tutored projects, this program pushes students to study and implement socially responsible and innovative business practices, both at the local and international level; requiring both an academic vision and contacts and work beyond academia in the corporate, NGO and or policy world.
Through the Clinic, student teams partner with different institutions to work on a project related to corporate social responsiblity. ThinkH+ is the result of a project tasked with creating a pluridisciplinary think tank on augmented humanity based at Sciences Po that can not only research the issue but also bring together relevant stakeholders from diverse sectors and countries.
The Sciences Po Law School Clinic is an original educational program hosted by the Sciences Po Law School in Paris. An experiential learning program built around a contextual, interdisciplinary and reflective approach to the contemporary practice of law, it enables students and partner organizations to engage in cutting edge public interest and social innovation projects at the local, national and global scale. The clinic’s pedagogical and public interest mission relies on the active involvement of faculty, students and partner organizations in projects related to current social justice issues.
This ThinkH+ project is initiated and driven by , Chief Ethics Officer at l’Oréal, and tutored by , lawyer and assistant professor.
Emmanuel is the Senior Vice-President and Chief Ethics Officer at L'Oréal. Mr. Lulin spearheaded the development of L’Oréal’s renowned ethics program since 2007 and has since guided its development, an accomplishment for which he received the prestigious 2015 Carol R. Marshall Award for Innovation in Corporate Ethics from the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI). Mr. Lulin is a primary advisor to ThinkH+ and has supported the project since its inception. You can read Mr Lulin's official endorsement here.
Liz is the Founder and CEO of BioViva Sciences USA Inc, a company committed to extending healthy lifespans using gene therapy. She is actively involved in international educational media outreach and sits on the board of the International Longevity Alliance (ILA). She is also the Secretary of the American Longevity Alliance (ALA), a nonprofit trade association that brings together individuals, companies, and organizations who work in advancing the emerging field of cellular and regenerative medicine with the aim to get governments to consider aging a disease.
Hank is founder of transhumanity.net and ImmortalLife.info and the former Managing Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. He is also a renowned writer, editor, speaker and producer on transhumanist and futurist issues. Hank has advised the development of the project and will republish articles on ThinkH+.
Gabriel is our earliest contributor. He is the founder of and main writer for Science for the Massesa blog dedicated to making science accessible to the general public. He is famous for, inter alia, injecting his eyes with a liquid that gives temporary night vision abilities. His first article for TH+ is available here.
Amal is the founder of Dangerous Things, a company that sells the tools to install one’s own Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) implants. He has also authored the book RFID Toys and spoken on the subject of RFID implantation and biohacking at several events, including the International Symposium on Technology and Society, and TEDxSFU. Amal has been helping hobbyists and biohackers explore RFID technology since implanting his first tag in 2005. Amal will be a contributor to ThinkH+.
Aymeric Poulain Maubant
Aymeric Poulain Maubant
Aymeric is an entrepreneur and an academic. He holds a PhD in cognitive sciences and is involved in various activities and networks that aim at discussing artificial intelligence and transhumanism, including developing his company, Nereÿs, or contributing to various blogs and newspapers, such as the HuffPost. Aymeric will be a contributor to ThinkH+.
Hannes is an entrepreneur, tech activist and bodyhacker. He is the Chief Disruption Officer at Epicenter Stockholm, a digital innovation house in Stockholm. In 2014 he founded BioNyfiken, the Swedish association of biohackers and he serves as the Swedish representative of the Singularity University. Hannes is also a well-known international speaker on topics of biohacking and augmented humanity technologies.
Our latest contributions
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