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Foresight Institute advances crucial science and technology for the long-term flourishing of life. We believe that, in addition to directly addressing existential risks, one relatively neglected area for impact is to directly support differential technology development in areas that make great futures more likely. We focus on three working groups to advance:
Molecular Machines for atomically precise control of matter
Biotech & Health Extension to reverse aging and improve cognition
Computer Science to secure decentralized human AI cooperation
A group of scientists, funders, and institutional allies who cooperate to advance molecular machines and long-term progress toward atomic precision for applications in energy, medicine, material science, space development.
A group of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs in computer science, ML, cryptocommerce, and related fields who leverage those technologies to improve voluntary cooperation across humans, and ultimately AIs.
David Brin is best-known for shining light on technology, society, and countless challenges confronting our rambunctious civilization. His best-selling novels include "The Postman" (filmed in 1997) plus explorations of our near-future in Earth and Existence. Other novels are translated into 25+ languages. His short stories explore vividly speculative ideas.
Brin’s nonfiction book "The Transparent Society" won the American Library Association’s Freedom of Speech Award for exploring 21st Century concerns about security, secrecy, accountability and privacy. As a scientist, tech-consultant and world-known author, he speaks, advises, and writes widely on topics from national defense and homeland security to astronomy and space exploration, SETI and nanotechnology, future/prediction, creativity, and philanthropy.
Gillian Hadfield is the inaugural Schwartz Reisman Chair in Technology and Society, Professor of Law, and Professor of Strategic Management. She is also Director of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society.
Her research is focused on innovative design for legal and dispute resolution systems in advanced and developing market economies; governance for artificial intelligence (AI); the markets for law, lawyers, and dispute resolution; and contract law and theory.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in Berlin for our first ever event in Europe last week! And for those who were unable to join us, we are happy to say that the conversations are now available to view and share online:
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New seminar summary out with Kate Sills on NFT's and engineering property rights!
In the US legal system, a distinction is made between contract law and property law.
Contract law is extremely permissive: parties can make contracts about pretty much anything that concerns just those parties.
Example: Michael Jordan notably had a “Love of the Game” clause in his NBA contract that allowed him to play basketball outside of the NBA in the off-season, something usually prohibited in player contracts for fear of injury.
Property law is much more limited, in large part due to the fact that property law affects large undefined swaths of people, often everyone not specifically mentioned in the contract.
Kate Sills, AgoricNFTs and Engineering Property RightsKate Sills is a software engineer with an interest in economics and law. She has been a columnist for the Cato Institute and was previously a boar...
Anders Sandberg | Post-Scarcity Civilizations & Cognitive Enhancement
“If we get to a post-scarcity society, with much greater levels of well being and really long lives, settling space, etc., that means we have a lot to look forward to when it comes to the future!”
What is available in the “nearer-term” for life if our immature civilization can make it past the current and upcoming tech/insight/coordination hurdles? In this episode we speak to Anders Sandberg on post-scarcity civilizations, to get a sense of what is possible just past current human horizons in the hope it may inspire us to solve humanity’s current challenges and to unlock this next level.
Anders Sandberg is a Foresight Senior Fellow and a Research Associate at the Future of Humanity Institute from the University of Oxford. Sandberg’s research at FHI centers on management of low-probability high-impact risks, estimating the capabilities of future technologies, and very long-range futures. Topics of particular interest include global catastrophic risk, cognitive biases, cognitive enhancement, collective intelligence, neuroethics, and public policy.