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Foresight Institute is a non-profit organization focused on emerging world-shaping technologies. It was founded in 1986 on a vision of coming revolutions in technology that will bring extraordinary opportunities, as well as unprecedented challenges. Foresight’s mission is to steer towards positive futures, futures of Existential Hope.
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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News and Updates
CONGRATULATIONS to our fellow Grigory Tikhomirov (Greg Ti) who was awarded the 2019 Robert Dirks Molecular Programming Prize, which recognizes exceptional early-career achievement by a researcher working in molecular programming.
"The 2019 Robert Dirks Molecular Programming Prize was awarded to Dr. Grigory Tikhomirov of the California Institute of Technology for his work engineering hierarchical, disordered, and reconfigurable programmable nanostructures, demonstrating principles for scaling up structural complexity, trading off deterministic control for structural diversity, and implementing autonomous structural reconfiguration. Greg performed this research as a postdoctoral scholar under the supervision of Dr. Lulu Qian at the California Institute of Technology."
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“we are still losing 500,000 a week silently and forever to aging. Until there is progress, urgency makes sense.” -- Dr. Joon Yun
We’re striving to build a continuous community around progress in longevity -- and had a wonderful time doing so last Thursday.
The goal of the evening was to update each other on new longevity projects and find opportunities for collaboration.
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Truly excellent talk on tackling climate destabilization -- by Tom Chi at "Healing the Planet", Foresight's most recent technical competition.
Apply to the next technical competition in September:
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Foresight Institute updated their cover photo.
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Allison Dman's talk at the Partnership on AI's Positive Futures for AI workshop.
How should you think about the future? We'll give you five highlights:
- Deep time perspectives will help you get context
- Be open to things getting weird
- Build on the hidden values of existing systems
- Look for solutions between existing options, in technical advances, and future game-changers
- Aim for depessimizing instead of optimizing
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Your daily does of #ExistentialHope with Brewster Kahle!
Excited to share that Brewster and the wonderful Internet Archive team are organizing a Decentralized Web Camp this summer to explore some of the themes Brewster mentions in this video, and much more!
Here is their invite for you:
On July 18-21th, there will be a special gathering of pioneers building decentralized technologies and principles for an open, private, secure Web. Builders and Dreamers, join us for a meaningful long weekend to explore concepts around decentralization and community.
We are joined by thought leaders from supporting technologies and organizations: Internet Archive, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Ethereum Foundation, Mozilla, W3C, Matrix, Holo, IPFS, Beaker Browser, Web Torrent, Jolocom, Bloom, Scuttlebutt, People’s Open Project, Toronto Mesh, Wolk, Aether, Earth Species Project and more.
We will be camping on a private farm surrounded by 700 acres of pristine coastal land with miles of beaches, forests, and streams.
Save the Date: July 18-21th
Based on communal principles, much of the weekend’s programming will be community-created and self-organized. There will be hacking, lightning talks, workshops and celebration through music and art!
There will be a hacker space for building decentralized infrastructure and community-first dapps. The farm will be wired with a mesh network to experiment with off-line tech. Come build interesting applications for decentralization around: decentralized identity, file-sharing, local mesh networks, databases, mapping, and social media.
Additional activities include workshops on:
Building mesh networks
Renewable energy and solar kits
Permaculture & regenerative agriculture
Seed & Crop Diversity
Whatever you’d like to share! (Let us know here if you want to lead a workshop or give a lightning talk)
Join us for a mind-expanding and heart warming weekend! Limited pre-set camping spots available.
Register here as soon as possible:
Learn more about the event: dwebcamp.org/what-to-expect/
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