RU, you have long been associated with the transhumanism movement; can you tell us how you got hooked and what your personal interest in transhumanism is?
RU: In a sense, I go way back to the 1970s, although I wasn’t familiar with the term transhumanism then. I think the only person using it at that time was a guy named F.M. Esfandiary. I was, if you will, turned on and tuned in by Timothy Leary and his cohort in conscious evolution Robert Anton Wilson. Some of the ideas began to appear in the mid-‘70s, specifically the idea of Space Migration Intelligence Increase Life Extension (SMI2LE) for an expansive human future. And there was Leary’s Future History series from the late ‘70s, which I still think is some kind of slightly off-kilter key to a potential positively mutated humanity. I mean, it’s not the future that has happened and probably won’t be the future that will happen but it’s the future that should happen.