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If we push in the right directions — learning, teaching, arguing, shifting directions, and pushing further — then we may yet steer the technology race toward a future with room enough for our dreams.
—K. Eric Drexler, Engines of Creation
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Our last salon with Ted Nelson - entertaining and enlightening! So many thanks to our host Academia.eduAllison Duettmann discusses Hypertext, web infrastructure, micro-payments and more computer world musings with Xanadu project founder Ted Nelson. This salon ... ... See MoreSee Less
May 17th: Decentralized Approaches to AI with Eric Drexler, Robin Hanson and Mark S. Miller - mailchi.mp/foresight/decentralized-approaches-to-ai ... See MoreSee Less
Full house at Biotech Investing in Longevity last night! We're thrilled about the interest in this space: We had 2x as many applications as we could accommodate and are looking into making this a recurring event to give this community a continuous point of contact.
If you'd like to attend a future meeting, sign up to our mailing list: bit.ly/foresightupdates.
Thank you to our co-hosts Aikora Health, and IndieBio for collaborating on this event.
Thank you to our main sponsor, Forever Labs, Inc for making this event possible, and to Methuselah Fund, and Repair Bio for sponsoring.
Thank you to our fantastic speakers for keeping this crowd strapped to their chairs for 3 hours:
Mark Katakowski, President and CSO of Forever Labs
Reason, CEO of Repair Biotechnologies
Sergio Ruiz, Managing Director of the Methuselah Fund
Doug Ethell, CEO of Leucadia Therapeutics
Vittorio Sebastiano, Scientific Advisory Board Chairman of Turn Biotechnologies
Aubrey de Grey, CSO of SENS Research Foundation
Sonia Arrison Senkut, Author of 100 Plus, Founder of 100 Plus Capital
Sarah Constantin, Founder and Executive Director of The Longevity Research Institute, Founder of Daphnia Labs
Gordon J Lithgow, Professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Mike West, CEO of AgeX Therapeutics ... See MoreSee Less
It was a great event! Thanks for hosting!
A truly excellent event and super useful to the longevity effort!
Excellent group. Great job!
This means nothing without ending Capitalism! Here are the secrets of hidden banking and economic manipulation: voidanoiablog.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/capitalism-is-a-scam-here-is-why/
Your daily dose of Cyber-Existential Hope in this 90-minute video on computer security by Mark S. Miller, a Senior Fellow of Foresight Institute.
"Our civilization today rests on infrastructure that is not only insecure, but insecurable. We cannot eliminate risk, but we can be vastly safer. Qualitative arguments have been made for various security architectures, but without any overall framework for comparing them as alternatives or as complements. We present a visualization of the attack surface as a way to reason about aggregate risk, and show how the composition of several techniques—blockchains, object-capability languages, patterns, protocols, user interfaces, and smart contracts—can produce a multiplicative decrease in risk without loss of functionality."
Presented at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Via Christine PetersonMark S. Miller at UC Santa Cruz, April 2019 Our civilization today rests on infrastructure that is not only insecure, but insecurable.We cannot eliminate ris... ... See MoreSee Less
Very Good post.
How is Christine Peterson not in prison yet?
April Update! New Videos on Longevity w/ Aubrey de Grey, Hypertext and Web w/ Ted Nelson, Molecular Machines w/ Jonathan Barnes - and more positive tech musings mailchi.mp/foresight/april2019update ... See MoreSee Less
Full room and lively discussion at our salon with Ted Nelson!
Thank you all for coming, and thank you to our amazing host Academia.edu for providing such a beautiful space for conversation.
It is amazing for Foresight to be able to count on such a brilliant, committed community to co-create these salons and think deeply about our future.
More on Xanadu, Hypertext, web infrastructure and much more on Ted Nelson's website: ted.hyperland.com/
To be informed about our next events: bit.ly/foresightnews
This salon was part of Foresight Institute's Salon Series on Strengthening Civilization. Find all videos of previous salons here: bit.ly/strengthening-civilization
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Looking forward to see all of you next time! ... See MoreSee Less
We had an inspiring and amazing time at the Augmented Intelligence Summit, which was masterfully organized by 7th Future, in partnership with the Future of Life Institute and the Partnership on AI .
It’s humbling to be part of a community that takes strong steps to steer towards positive AI futures.
Looking much forward to further collaboration on building grand futures together! ... See MoreSee Less
A little gem before our April 16th salon with Ted Nelson: Hypertext and the Other Story of the Computer World (early birds ends tomorrow!).
A Lost Treasure of Xanadu:
"Some years ago I found the cover sheet to a lost Xanadu architecture document, which I turned into this blog post for your amusement. Several people commented to me at the time that they wished they could see the whole document it was attached to. Alas, it appeared to have vanished forever.
Last weekend I found it! I turned up a copy of the complete document while sorting through old crap in preparation for having to move in the next few months. Now that I’ve found it I’m putting it online so it can get hoovered up by the internet hive mind. This is the paradox of the internet — nothing is permanent and nothing ever goes away."
Via Christine Peterson via Chip Morningstar ... See MoreSee Less
Longevity Myth-Busting with Aubrey de Grey and Allison Dman- an FAQ-style salon to answer all your questions on the extension of the healthy human lifespan!
This is the latest episode of Foresight's salon series. Previously on Strengthening Civilization: bit.ly/strengthening-civilizationAllison Duettmann challenges Aubrey De Grey with the top objections against longevity to be debunked and debated before opening up the floor to the public. A... ... See MoreSee Less