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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
Stay in touch:
Foresight Info and Events: foresight.org/
Collaborate toward positive futures: www.existentialhope.com/
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
Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive) and John Gilmore (Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)) moderated by Brad Templeton (Foresight Institute, Singularity University) on the future of Cyberspace, at Vision Weekend.Cyberspace Track Summary: Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive), John Gilmore (EFF). Moderator Brad Templeton. Vision Weekend 2018 is Foresight Institute’s annua... ... See MoreSee Less
The Future of Life Institute, the Partnership on AI, 7th Future, and Foresight Institute are joining forces to steer the future of advanced AI towards positive outcomes at the Augmented Intelligence Summit(AIS) in Scotts Valley, CA, March 28 - 31.
Over four days, a multidisciplinary group of AI researchers, entrepreneurs and designers will stretch their creative abilities to the fullest to address the economy, education, work, and political structures through the lens of advanced AI.
Allison Duettmann and Lou Viquerat de Kerhuelvez (Foresight Institute) will be hosting a session involving two teams and an ordeal of existential risks assaults to test the robustness of safe AI development scenarios.
What to expect?
> Presentations on the state of AI and its trajectory
> Immersive exercises at the summit relating to a fictional future world with advanced AI that is both plausible and aspirational
> Using your creativity and problem-solving abilities to address the societal challenges, opportunities, needs, and planning that must be done around advanced AI
AIS utilizes a range of collaborative design tools and immersive exercises, including:
> Scenario simulations, red-teaming/blue-teaming competitions
> World building and collaborative strategic planning exercises
> Presentations on models of economic, social and complex systems to inform our work
> The Summit’s high-level goals are about steering the impact of advanced AI towards positive outcomes for society. Systems-literacy, long-term thinking, and decision making are the critical skills this Summit will catalyze towards achieving these goals
Apply to attend, and learn more:
> Event website here with more information: futureoflife.org/augmented-intelligence-summit-2019-2/
> To attend the Augmented Intelligence Summit, visit the application form: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeaITXa1gZ9682a679n9ZJ-UPDA7Zl-o-M30DlCh9FAzYQcdQ/viewform
Anthony Aguirre Future of Life Institute | UC Santa Cruz
Shahar Avin | Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
Meia Chita-Tegmark Future of Life Institute | Tufts
Ariel Conn | Future of Life Institute
Gaia Dempsey | 7th Future
Allison Duettmann | Foresight Institute
Peter Eckersley | Partnership on AI
Marc Fleurbaey | Princeton
David Haussler UC Santa Cruz | QB3
David Krakauer | Santa Fe Institute
Michael Page | OpenAI
Marie-Therese Png Oxford | DeepMind
Stuart Russell UC Berkeley | CHAI
Max Tegmark Future of Life Institute | MIT ... See MoreSee Less
Toshi Anders Hoo
In this video, Anders Sandberg KTH (Future of Humanity Institute (Oxford University)), Mary Lou Jepsen (Openwater), Zarinah Agnew (The Embassy Network, Social Observatory) and Daniel Barcay (Planet Labs) join forces to map the space of both peril and promise of neurotechnology in an effort to paint brighter, high-level, long term visions for the future of this technology.
Moderator Lou de Kerhuelvez Viquerat de Kerhuelvez (Foresight Institute)
youtu.be/jxOie8d3pe8Neurotech Track Summary: Anders Sandberg (Future of Humanity Institute), Mary Lou Jepsen (Openwater), Zarinah Agnew (Social Observatory, Embassy Network). Mo... ... See MoreSee Less
Foresight Institute is looking to partner with a venue that could host our monthly salon series. ✨
About 50 to 100 people, about once a month. Steering the discussion about humanity's greatest challenges. 🤖
We have a truly incredible community of visionary speakers, scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs and other futurist trailblazers. ☄️
If you or some humans you know steward such a place and could be interested - please get in touch via direct messages. 🚀
To learn more about our Strengthening Civilization Salon Series - check out our event page. All salons videos are available on our YouTube channel youtube.com/c/ForesightInstitute
Topics we have discussed to date:
Longevity Myth Busting FAQ with Aubrey de Grey
Innovative Governance with Mark Lutter and Mwiya Musokotwane
The Hedonistic Imperative with David Pearce
The Fermi Paradox and the Far Future with Anders Sandberg
Civilization: Institutions, Knowledge and the Future with Samo Burja
The trajectory of Civilization: Part 1 - Ethics, Now and Tomorrow and Part 2 - Racing Where?
The Future of Human Biology with David Eagleman and Arvind K Gupta: Roadmap and Ethical Framework
Debunking Social Motives with Robin Hanson
AI & Human Morality with Allison Duettmann
Creating Counterculture with Joon Yun ... See MoreSee Less
A common goal (grand scale) Equality ( outside the box thinking)
Curing diseases, manipulating matter and new chemistry: Existential Hope scenarios for Bio- and Nanotech?
Watch Vision Weekend's Biology and Nanotechnology Track summary: Jun Axup (IndieBio), Jane Frommer
(IBM Research, University of Basel).
Moderator Brad Templeton.
youtu.be/uwHnuJcd_voBiology and Nanotechnology Track Summary: Jun Axup (IndieBio), Jane Frommer (IBM Research, University of Basel). Moderator Brad Templeton. Vision Weekend 201... ... See MoreSee Less