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Foresight Institute is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1986 on a vision of coming revolutions in technology that will bring extraordinary opportunities, as well as unprecedented challenges: “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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What is possible and what is impossible?

Chiara Marletto, Research Fellow at Oxford University demonstrates in her new book “The science of can and can’t” that contemplating what is possible and not can give us a more complete and hopeful picture of the physical world.

In this episode of the podcast Chiara joins Foresight for a discussion about how we can move beyond quantum computation.

Listen to the episode in any of the regular player, or find it here: foresight.org/podcast/
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Anders Sandberg is Foresight’s Research Fellow in Philosophy.

Anders has a background in computer science and neuroscience, but in 2006 joined the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford and is now a Senior Research Fellow there. Anders has been described as "a multifaceted genius—a philosopher, neuroscientist, futurist, mathematician, and computer graphics artist."

A deep futurist philosopher Anders has investigated a wide range of topics, such as the Fermi paradox, transhumanism and the intelligence explosion. He is currently working on a book about the grand futures that are possible for humanity to achieve, if we manage to steer this ship right.

To get a taste of Anders’ work you can watch his previous Foresight sessions:

- Anders Sandberg on Existential Hope: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IonJPbLYv4w&t=5s
- Physics, Ethics & the Cosmos: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzT2qtKDp0c&t=35s
- Dissolving The Fermi Paradox & The Far Future: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynd2z-fayVo
- Existential Hope with Max Tegmark, Eri Gentry, Anders Sandberg, David Eagleman, David Pearce: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT9Wh94gly8&t=3s
- Space: Existential Hope Scenarios: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LY8N_JkTUM&t=1186s

Find him at @anderssandberg on Twitter!
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Anders Sandberg is Foresight’s Research Fellow in Philosophy.

Anders has a background in computer science and neuroscience, but in 2006 joined the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford and is now a Senior Research Fellow there. Anders has been described as a multifaceted genius—a philosopher, neuroscientist, futurist, mathematician, and computer graphics artist. 

A deep futurist philosopher Anders has investigated a wide range of topics, such as the Fermi paradox, transhumanism and the intelligence explosion. He is currently working on a book about the grand futures that are possible for humanity to achieve, if we manage to steer this ship right.

To get a taste of Anders’ work you can watch his previous Foresight sessions:

- Anders Sandberg on Existential Hope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IonJPbLYv4w&t=5s 
- Physics, Ethics & the Cosmos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzT2qtKDp0c&t=35s 
- Dissolving The Fermi Paradox & The Far Future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynd2z-fayVo
- Existential Hope with Max Tegmark, Eri Gentry, Anders Sandberg, David Eagleman, David Pearce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT9Wh94gly8&t=3s 
- Space: Existential Hope Scenarios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LY8N_JkTUM&t=1186s

Find him at @anderssandberg on Twitter!

Don’t forget to listen to our new podcast on Technology and Science for Flourishing Long Term Futures!

Exploring topics such as longevity, quantum computing, cryptocommerce, nanotechnology and more. Guests including Aubrey de Grey, Balaji S. Srinivasan & Scott Aaronson. foresight.org/podcast/

You can join the conversation and support the podcast by becoming a member for only 20$/month! This donation makes you part of the Foresight Institute Community and allows you to access all the sessions in our Existential Hope Group, our monthly cross-group member gatherings, and annual member gatherings. Find out more here: foresight.org/donate/
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Don’t forget to listen to our new podcast on Technology and Science for Flourishing Long Term Futures!
 
Exploring topics such as longevity, quantum computing, cryptocommerce, nanotechnology and more. Guests including Aubrey de Grey, Balaji S. Srinivasan & Scott Aaronson. https://foresight.org/podcast/
 
You can join the conversation and support the podcast by becoming a member for only 20$/month! This donation makes you part of the Foresight Institute Community and allows you to access all the sessions in our Existential Hope Group, our monthly cross-group member gatherings, and annual member gatherings. Find out more here: https://foresight.org/donate/

Mark S. Miller is Foresight’s Research Fellow in Computation.

Mark is Chief Scientist at Agoric, a pioneer of agoric (market-based secure distributed) computing and smart contracts, the main designer of the E and Dr. SES distributed persistent object-capability programming languages, inventor of Miller Columns, an architect of the Xanadu hypertext publishing system, a former Google research scientist, and a representative to the JavaScript standards committee.

To view more of Mark’s work you can find some of his previous Foresight sessions here:

- Civilization as relevant superintelligence: www.youtube.com/watch?v=92YcJAkI0sc&t=1908s
- Intelligent Cooperation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTzIop9CstI&t=363s
- Paretotropism: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HN_xz_-pfg&t=3s
- Voluntary Cooperation vs. Top down Control: www.youtube.com/watch?v=73sXSvUCzpI&t=1s
- Artificial Intelligence - Existential Hope Scenarios: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G4sSaeTp8E&t=988s
- Cryptocommerce & Blockchains: XHope Scenarios: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHQ0U9VvD9A&

Read more about Mark and his work here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_S._Miller

Or find him at @marksammiller on Twitter!
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Mark S. Miller is Foresight’s Research Fellow in Computation.

Mark is Chief Scientist at Agoric, a pioneer of agoric (market-based secure distributed) computing and smart contracts, the main designer of the E and Dr. SES distributed persistent object-capability programming languages, inventor of Miller Columns, an architect of the Xanadu hypertext publishing system, a former Google research scientist, and a representative to the JavaScript standards committee.

To view more of Mark’s work you can find some of his previous Foresight sessions here:

- Civilization as relevant superintelligence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92YcJAkI0sc&t=1908s
- Intelligent Cooperation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTzIop9CstI&t=363s
- Paretotropism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HN_xz_-pfg&t=3s
- Voluntary Cooperation vs. Top down Control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73sXSvUCzpI&t=1s
- Artificial Intelligence - Existential Hope Scenarios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G4sSaeTp8E&t=988s
- Cryptocommerce & Blockchains: XHope Scenarios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHQ0U9VvD9A&

Read more about Mark and his work here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_S._Miller

Or find him at @marksammiller on Twitter!

“Humans play with social rules - that way we can test the boundaries without actually violating the rules.”

Robin Hanson is a pioneer in rigorous futurism, an Economics professor at George Mason University, a Future of Humanity Institute Research Associate, and the founder of OvercomingBias.

In this podcast episode Hanson discusses his book “The Elephant In The Brain”. Hanson argues that our brains are designed to help us get ahead socially, often via deception and self-deception. The less we know about our own ugly motives, the better - and thus we don't like to talk about how selfish we might really be. This is "the elephant in the brain."

Listen in all the regular players or here: foresight.org/podcast/
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