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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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12.12.18

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12.10.18

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We cannot thank all Vision Weekend participants enough. It’s humbling to be part of a community that takes prototyping better futures seriously and cares about action rather than signaling. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Our deepest gratitude to the amazing humans who contributed to this weekend of building grand visions for the future. Special thanks to GIl Penchina for hosting us at his Clock Tower and The Laundry and Internet Archive for being such amazing collaborators.

foresight.org/vision-weekend-2018/We cannot thank all Vision Weekend participants enough. It’s humbling to be part of a community that takes prototyping better futures seriously and cares about action rather than signaling. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Our deepest gratitude to the amazing humans who contributed to this weekend of building grand visions for the future. Special thanks to GIl Penchina for hosting us at his Clock Tower and The Laundry and Internet Archive for being such amazing collaborators. https://foresight.org/vision-weekend-2018/
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We cannot thank all Vision Weekend participants enough. It’s humbling to be part of a community that takes prototyping better futures seriously and cares about action rather than signaling. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Our deepest gratitude to the amazing humans who contributed to this weekend of building grand visions for the future. Special thanks to GIl Penchina for hosting us at his Clock Tower and The Laundry and Internet Archive for being such amazing collaborators.

https://foresight.org/vision-weekend-2018/

11.29.18

Foresight Institute

Vision Weekend 2018 has 10 tickets left and the preliminary program is out!

If you want to come prepared:
1) Pick your ideal tracks
2) Think of your vision for and contribution to a 30-year future of Existential Hope
3) Generate questions that you want your speakers to make predictions on!

Can't wait to see you in two days!

Full speaker & technology tracks here: foresight.org/vision-weekend-2018/

If you want to snag the last tickets, feel free to use LOU for a 50% discount (or follow this link: visionweekend2018.eventbrite.com?discount=LOU) apply for last minute income-support: goo.gl/sNkfmx
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Vision Weekend 2018 has 10 tickets left and the preliminary program is out!

If you want to come prepared:
1) Pick your ideal tracks
2) Think of your vision for and contribution to a 30-year future of Existential Hope
3) Generate questions that you want your speakers to make predictions on!

Cant wait to see you in two days!

Full speaker & technology tracks here: https://foresight.org/vision-weekend-2018/

If you want to snag the last tickets, feel free to use LOU for a 50% discount (or follow this link: https://visionweekend2018.eventbrite.com?discount=LOU) apply for last minute income-support: https://goo.gl/sNkfmx

11.28.18

Foresight Institute

Vision Weekend 2018: We're almost sold out!!!
If you’d like to come, apply for income-support as soon as possible if you have limited funds, or grab a ticket right away. Here’s a slideshow of all speakers - we're so thrilled that this incredible group will dedicate their weekend to do the intimate and fast-paced program that’s on our plate. Detailed program info and tickets here: foresight.org/vision-weekend-2018/
Income-support application here: goo.gl/sNkfmx

See you in three days!
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Vision Weekend 2018: Were almost sold out!!! 
If you’d like to come, apply for income-support as soon as possible if you have limited funds, or grab a ticket right away. Here’s a slideshow of all speakers - were so thrilled that this incredible group will dedicate their weekend to do the intimate and fast-paced program that’s on our plate. Detailed program info and tickets here: https://foresight.org/vision-weekend-2018/
Income-support application here: https://goo.gl/sNkfmx

See you in three days!

 

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11.26.18

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Vision Weekend 2018 is in 5 days! We're already 2/3 sold out and tickets are going fast, so if you'd like to apply for income-support, please do so now (link below). This weekend is focused on reconnecting with old friends, making new ones and generating futures that are neither impossible nor boring. Here's what to expect in detail:

ENVISIONING A GRAND FUTURE:
Saturday, Dec 1, 9 am - 6 pm @The Laundry

Come prepared, pick the technology track you’d like to steer and join intimate strategy groups to advance your track toward grand futures. Tracks include AI, cyberspace, blockchains, health technologies, bio & nanotechnologies, neurotechnologies, and space technologies – all chaired by technology experts. Each technology track envisions three different scenarios – Dystopia, Utopia, and Existential Hope Scenario – to develop a 30-year technology strategy.

First, you’ll envision a dystopian, and a utopian scenario for your technology track, including effects on society, politics, economics, and ecology.

Armed with the dystopian and utopian corner scenarios, you’ll generate a third scenario, an Existential Hope scenario, that navigates away from dystopia toward utopia.

To turn the Existential Hope scenario into a realistic future strategy, you’ll answer:

Crucial Considerations: Why is this scenario desirable? What agreements/ disagreements and controversies exist in your group? What black swans may influence your scenarios?
Action Plan: What is your proposal to steer your technology track toward Existential Hope? Who needs to be engaged and how? What milestones, costs, and bottlenecks may we expect?
Betting on Goals: What desirable goals may we achieve in the next year, 5, 15, 30 years?
Yes, we have a lot on our plate! Check out slide 1 below for a sneak peek of what each technology track will create on Saturday. Don’t worry, each step has as much guidance as you need and your track chairs are there to steer the ship – if you let them!

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FROM ROADMAP TO REALITY:
Sunday, Dec 2, 9 am – 6 pm Internet Archive

Saturday is filled to the brim with technology tracks: AI, cyberspace, blockchains, bio & nanotechnologies, neurotech, health technologies, and spacetechnologies – you won’t be able to catch them all in one day. That’s what Sunday is for: We’ll unite as a big group to mix all technology tracks together!

First, track chairs will present the Dystopia, Utopia, and Existential Hope scenario for their tracks and lay out their 30-year technology strategy.

We’ll allow ample time for those future strategies to be challenged by synthesists, moderator, and audience.

Finally, we’ll compare scenarios among different tracks to determine how different technology strategies contradict, weaken, or accelerate each other. As one group, we will revisit Saturday’s questions:

Crucial Considerations: Do other tracks challenge the consistency of your scenario? Do other tracks enhance or weaken your technology strategy? Do other tracks strengthen the agreements/disagreements, and controversies in your group? Do other tracks have black swans that may affect yours?
Action Plan: How do other tracks influence your action recommendations? Who to engage? Timeline, milestones, and bottlenecks?
Betting on Goals: Do other tracks influence your technology goals for 1, 5, 15 years? The steps we ought to take moving forward?
Discovering the main interdependencies between the tracks will allow us to update the generated strategies for each technology track (see second slide below). We’ll close with promising avenues to align forces – until we regather in 2020 to compare progress?

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If this sounds interesting already, check out the speaker line-up here: foresight.org/vision-weekend-2018/

Apply for income-support, bringing the total cost to attend down to $98 for the whole weekend! goo.gl/sNkfmx
... See MoreSee Less

Vision Weekend 2018 is in 5 days! Were already 2/3 sold out and tickets are going fast, so if youd like to apply for  income-support, please do so now (link below). This weekend is focused on reconnecting with old friends, making new ones and generating futures that are neither impossible nor boring. Heres what to expect in detail:

ENVISIONING A GRAND FUTURE: 
Saturday, Dec 1, 9 am - 6 pm @The Laundry

Come prepared, pick the technology track you’d like to steer and join intimate strategy groups to advance your track toward grand futures. Tracks include AI, cyberspace, blockchains, health technologies, bio & nanotechnologies, neurotechnologies, and space technologies – all chaired by technology experts. Each technology track envisions three different scenarios – Dystopia, Utopia, and Existential Hope Scenario – to develop a 30-year technology strategy.

First, you’ll envision a dystopian, and a utopian scenario for your technology track, including effects on society, politics, economics, and ecology.

Armed with the dystopian and utopian corner scenarios, you’ll generate a third scenario, an Existential Hope scenario, that navigates away from dystopia toward utopia.

To turn the Existential Hope scenario into a realistic future strategy, you’ll answer:

Crucial Considerations: Why is this scenario desirable? What agreements/ disagreements and controversies exist in your group? What black swans may influence your scenarios?
Action Plan: What is your proposal to steer your technology track toward Existential Hope? Who needs to be engaged and how? What milestones, costs, and bottlenecks may we expect?
Betting on Goals: What desirable goals may we achieve in the next year, 5, 15, 30 years?
Yes, we have a lot on our plate! Check out slide 1 below for a sneak peek of what each technology track will create on Saturday. Don’t worry, each step has as much guidance as you need and your track chairs are there to steer the ship – if you let them!

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

FROM ROADMAP TO REALITY:
Sunday, Dec 2, 9 am – 6 pm Internet Archive

Saturday is filled to the brim with technology tracks: AI, cyberspace, blockchains, bio & nanotechnologies, neurotech, health technologies, and spacetechnologies – you won’t be able to catch them all in one day. That’s what Sunday is for: We’ll unite as a big group to mix all technology tracks together!

First, track chairs will present the Dystopia, Utopia, and Existential Hope scenario for their tracks and lay out their 30-year technology strategy.

We’ll allow ample time for those future strategies to be challenged by synthesists, moderator, and audience.

Finally, we’ll compare scenarios among different tracks to determine how different technology strategies contradict, weaken, or accelerate each other. As one group, we will revisit Saturday’s questions:

Crucial Considerations: Do other tracks challenge the consistency of your scenario? Do other tracks enhance or weaken your technology strategy? Do other tracks strengthen the agreements/disagreements, and controversies in your group? Do other tracks have black swans that may affect yours?
Action Plan: How do other tracks influence your action recommendations? Who to engage? Timeline, milestones, and bottlenecks?
Betting on Goals: Do other tracks influence your technology goals for 1, 5, 15 years? The steps we ought to take moving forward? 
Discovering the main interdependencies between the tracks will allow us to update the generated strategies for each technology track (see second slide below). We’ll close with promising avenues to align forces – until we regather in 2020 to compare progress?

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

If this sounds interesting already, check out the speaker line-up here: https://foresight.org/vision-weekend-2018/

Apply for income-support, bringing the total cost to attend down to $98 for the whole weekend! https://goo.gl/sNkfmx

To give gratitude to this incredible community and with one week to go until Vision Weekend 2018, please find a special limited ticket discount code below, together with a brief summary of what to expect:

This year we’ll plan grand futures for different technology tracks including AI, cyberspace, blockchains, health technologies, bio & nanotechnologies, neurotechnologies, and space technologies. Instead of reacting to the future we’ll have, let’s focus on making the future we want.

SATURDAY

Join intimate strategy sessions for each technology track with session chairs like Aubrey De Grey, Mary Lou Jepsen, Sonia Arrison, John Gilmore, Brewster Kahle, Anders Sandberg, Anthony Aguirre, Joon Yun, Peter Eckersley and many others (see below for tracks and their chairs). Together, you’ll envision different 30-year scenarios for your focus technology to generate strategies that steer your track away from dystopian scenarios toward scenarios of Existential Hope.

SUNDAY

You won’t be able to catch all tracks, but that’s what Sunday at The Internet Archive is for: Strategists present the 30-year scenarios of their technology tracks, and we’ll mix them together to discuss promising interdependencies and conflicts among them. The focus is on action items for this community: What actions can we take now that are robustly beneficial across a variety of envisioned scenarios? Where can we join forces to make the positive envisioned futures more likely?

A sneak peek of strategists and synthesists thus far:

AI
Peter Ecklesurname
De Kai
Jessica Cussins

Cyberspace
Brewster Kahle
John Gilmore
Danny O'Brien

Bio & Nanotechnology
Jun Axup
Jane Frommer
Eri Gentry

Neurotechnology
Mary Lou Jepsen
Randal Koene
Zarinah Agnew

Longevity
Aubrey de Grey
Sonia Arrison Senkut
Joe Betts-lacroix

Blockchains
Nathana Sharma
Sonya Mann
Tom Ding
Mark S. Miller

Space
Will Marshall
Anders Sandberg
Jessy Kate Schingler
Chris C. Kemp

Synthesists
Anthony Aguirre
Alex Gladstein
Joon Yun
Samo Burja
Brad Templeton
Bryce Hidysmith
Kathryn Myronuk

You’ll have plenty of social time to connect with our excellent speaker line-up in person, catch up with old friends, and make new ones. Foresight Patron members are also invited to join for the private Speaker Gathering on Saturday night.

Here’s the full program and speaker bios: foresight.org/vision-weekend-2018/

To say thank you to this incredible community we offer a limited special discount:
- please use FORESIGHTFRIEND for a limited 50% discount code
- apply for income support, bringing the total cost down to $98: goo.gl/sNkfmx

We hope to see you next week!
... See MoreSee Less

To give gratitude to this incredible community and with one week to go until Vision Weekend 2018, please find a special limited ticket discount code below, together with a brief summary of what to expect:

This year we’ll plan grand futures for different technology tracks including AI, cyberspace, blockchains, health technologies, bio & nanotechnologies, neurotechnologies, and space technologies. Instead of reacting to the future we’ll have, let’s focus on making the future we want.

SATURDAY

Join intimate strategy sessions for each technology track with session chairs like Aubrey De Grey, Mary Lou Jepsen, Sonia Arrison, John Gilmore, Brewster Kahle, Anders Sandberg, Anthony Aguirre, Joon Yun, Peter Eckersley and many others (see below for tracks and their chairs). Together, you’ll envision different 30-year scenarios for your focus technology to generate strategies that steer your track away from dystopian scenarios toward scenarios of Existential Hope.

SUNDAY

You won’t be able to catch all tracks, but that’s what Sunday at The Internet Archive is for: Strategists present the 30-year scenarios of their technology tracks, and we’ll mix them together to discuss promising interdependencies and conflicts among them. The focus is on action items for this community: What actions can we take now that are robustly beneficial across a variety of envisioned scenarios? Where can we join forces to make the positive envisioned futures more likely?

A sneak peek of strategists and synthesists thus far:

AI
Peter Ecklesurname
De Kai
Jessica Cussins

Cyberspace
Brewster Kahle
John Gilmore
Danny OBrien

Bio & Nanotechnology
Jun Axup
Jane Frommer
Eri Gentry

Neurotechnology
Mary Lou Jepsen
Randal Koene
Zarinah Agnew

Longevity
Aubrey de Grey
Sonia Arrison Senkut
Joe Betts-lacroix

Blockchains
Nathana Sharma
Sonya Mann
Tom Ding
Mark S. Miller

Space 
Will Marshall
Anders Sandberg
Jessy Kate Schingler
Chris C. Kemp

Synthesists
Anthony Aguirre
Alex Gladstein
Joon Yun
Samo Burja
Brad Templeton
Bryce Hidysmith
Kathryn Myronuk

You’ll have plenty of social time to connect with our excellent speaker line-up in person, catch up with old friends, and make new ones. Foresight Patron members are also invited to join for the private Speaker Gathering on Saturday night.

Here’s the full program and speaker bios: https://foresight.org/vision-weekend-2018/

To say thank you to this incredible community we offer a limited special discount: 
- please use FORESIGHTFRIEND for a limited 50% discount code
- apply for income support, bringing the total cost down to $98: https://goo.gl/sNkfmx

We hope to see you next week!
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