Russell Blackford PhD LLB, an attorney, science fiction author and critic, philosopher, and public intellectual, lives in Newcastle, Australia, where he is a Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. He holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Newcastle, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Monash University.

Dr. Blackford serves as editor-in-chief of the IEET’s Journal of Evolution and Technology. He writes frequently on issues related to emerging technology, including the ethics and regulation of cloning, stem cell research, and human enhancement. His work has appeared in many magazines and journals, including Australian Law Review, Cosmos, Foundation, Journal of Law and Medicine, Journal of Popular Culture, Journal of Medical Ethics, Meanjin, Monash Bioethics Review, New York Review of Science Fiction, Quadrant, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Studies, and Westerly.

Dr. Blackford blogs at Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.

He did an interview on Atheism, Life Extention and the Singularity

The title of Russell’s presentation at the Singularity Summit 2010: “Survival Beyond the Flesh”