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Sophia the Robot attending 2018 Revolution Against Aging and Death (RAADfest) Conference

By Newton Lee

It was certainly a big and pleasant surprise to meet Sophia the Robot and its chief scientist Dr. Ben Goertzel from Hanson Robotics at the 2018 RAADfest Conference in San Diego, California.

Sophia the Robot and its chief scientist Dr. Ben Goertzel from Hanson Robotics

RADDfest (which stands for Revolution Against Aging and Death) is an annual conference where practical and cutting-edge methods to reverse aging are presented for all interest levels, from beginner to expert. The 2018 event was held in San Diego from September 20th to 23rd.

Presented by the non-profit Coalition for Radical Life Extension, RAADfest 2018 brought together top scientists, doctors, life hackers, entrepreneurs, and coaches who are passionate about a future free of aging and death. “We are entering the dawn of the era of true age reversal,” says James Strole, Director of the Coalition for Radical Life Extension. “Now more than ever, it is vital that we stay informed and active in pursuing unlimited life spans so that, together, we can help ensure that our revolution is a success.”

RAADfest 2018 speakers included many who’s who in science and technology:

Ray Kurzweil (Google and Singularity University), Dr. Neil Riordan (MediStem Panama), Jim Mellon (Juvenescence), Dr. Greg Fahy (21st Century Medicine and California Transhumanist Party), Dr. Aubrey de Grey (SENS Foundation), Liz Parrish (BioViva), Bernadeane (People Unlimited), Bill Falon (Life Extension Foundation), Dr. Jose Luis Cordeiro (The Millennium Project), Maria Entraigues-Abransom (SENS Foundation and California Transhumanist Party), Dr. Terry Grossman (Grossman Wellness Centers), Dr. Ben Goertzel (Hanson Robotics), Dr. Bill Andews (Sierra Sciences), Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj (Maharaj Institute of Immune Regenerative Medicine), Dr. Andrew Petersen (Hexagon Therapies), Charlie Kam (California Transhumanist Party), Gennady Stolyarov (U.S. Transhumanist Party), Randal Koene (Carboncopies Foundation), Dr. Natasha Vita-More (Humanity+), Dr. Joel Osorio (RegenerAge Clinic), Dr. Michael Borkin (Sabre Sciences), David-Dorian Ross (TaijiFit), Dr. Jeffry Life (The Life Center for Healthy Aging), Joseph Cohen (SelfHacked), Suzanne Somers (Writer), Dr. Brad Thompson (Wyvern Pharmaceuticals), and Dr. Marco Ruggiero (Diagnostic Radiology).

Below are some highlights captured in photos (panels, speakers, and a slide on quantum biology). More information is available on and the forthcoming academic book The Transhumanism Handbook (Springer, 2019).

RAADfest 2018 Panel Discussion

James Strole and Bernadeane at RAADfest 2018

Gennady Stolyarov (U.S. Transhumanist Party)

quantum biology