With mere hours left until the end of this year, we wondered if you might lean in and help us reach our program goals for 2023. There’s no doubt that 2022 has been a tumultuous one, with many highs, but also a fair few tricky patches. For everyone in our community who has already given to our cause, and enabled us to do the work that we believe is much needed in this world; supporting the beneficial development of high-impact technologies that are too ambitious for legacy funders to finance – we thank you with all our heart. Creating flourishing futures for all is what drives us. Needless to say, we are intent on making 2023 even better than 2022! Have you seen our 2023 Program yet? We’re excited for it. So, before you raise you glass to the year that has been, please do consider using your last few hours to donate to Foresight Institute’s plans. Foresight Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your donation is tax-deductible in the US as permitted by law. We appreciate our incredibly talented Foresight Community, and look forward to working closely with you in the new year!
We’ve just released our plan for upcoming workshops in 2023. Next year will be filled with gatherings meant to inspire collaboration across technical fields. We look forward to seeing you!
Existential Hope Day, as satellite to EAG SF, February 27, 2023, in SF
Whole Brain Emulation Workshop, as satellite to EAG London, chaired by Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute, May 22 – 23, 2023, in the UK
Longevity Frontiers Workshop, chaired by Sonia Arrison, 100 Plus Capital, April 17 & 18, 2023, in SF
Spacetech Workshop, chaired by Creon Levit, Planet Labs, June 5 – 6, 2023 in SF
Cryptography, Security, AI Workshop, chaired by Mark S. Miller, Agoric, July 10 – 11, 2023, in SF
Molecular Systems Design Workshop, chaired by Ben Reinhardt, Speculative Technologies, Adam Marblestone, Convergent Research, September 11 – 12, 2023 in SF
Science and Technology are rapidly unlocking unfathomable opportunities for our future. Much of our attention is focused on the threats to human existence. Little is focused on ideas about what to aim for instead. But we cannot create what we cannot imagine. Let’s map both risks and possibilities which lie before us in biotechnology, nanotechnology, neurotechnology, computing, AI, and space technologies.
Would you like to be one of those who make this workshop possible? Given the current economic situation, we are looking for 20k in sponsorship for Existential Hope Day!
Watch our end-of-year gathering for a wrap-up of what 2022 brought for us, and detailed information on what 2023 has in store for the Foresight community!
We’ve just wrapped up our Vision Weekend US! Held across the Internet Archive, The Bird’s Nest
This gathering united bio, nano, neuro, computing, and space technologies toward futures of existential hope in 7 parallel tracks, tackling DeSci, molecular design, epigenetic reprogramming, charter cities, world-building, chemputing, WBEs, fusion, funding 2.0 & more, along with the Feynman Prize Award ceremony! In the after hours, we had a cyber-future themed dinner & drinks, live cello, and a ukelele performance.
Thank you to all who attended including speakers and fellows, and an extra special thank you to our sponsors who made this gathering possible: Protocol Labs, Deep Genomics, LatchBio, Bacalhau, TomorrowBio, Internet Archive, 100 Plus Capital, Filecoin Foundation, Equator Therapeutics, VitaDAO, and quadraScope
Recordings of presentations and fireside chats coming soon! In the meantime, you can check out the recordings of the talks from Vision Weekend France here.
What is the future of parabiosis as a treatment for neurodegenerative disorders? Our Biotech & Health Extension Group was so pleased to be joined by Tony Wyss-Coray, whose lab studies brain aging and neurodegeneration with a focus on age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. of Stanford University. Watch Tony cover the topic in this seminar!
Can we rejuvenate our cells by introducing specific epitranscriptomically modified mRNAs? Diana Guallar from the Center for Research in Molecular Medicine & Chronic Diseases joined our Biotech & Health Extension group to discuss the role that epitranscriptomics play in aging and rejuvenation.
What does the future of BCIs hold? Our Neurotech group was pleased to welcome Sumner Norman to explore the groundbreaking advances that have led to the development of commercial BCIs, and what we can expect next. Give it a watch!
Sonia is a longevity investor via her company 100+ Capital, a women’s investor group called Portfolia, and advises BioVerge here in Silicon Valley. She also spends time helping the Alliance for Longevity Initiatives (A4LI), and is a Foresight collaborator. Watch her career counseling session for a taste of her professional wisdom!
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The Foresight Fellowship is a one-year program committed to giving change-makers the support to accelerate their bold ideas into the future. Our mission is to catalyze collaboration among leading young scientists, engineers, and innovators who work to advance technologies for the benefit of life.
These are updates from our past and current fellows!
Jonathan Barnes’ group at WashU recently published a manuscript in the journal ACS Central Science, where they describe how they broke the record for the number of linearly interlocked molecular rings in a single molecule — resembling a sort of molecular chain, if you will. You can check out the paper here (and in the attached PDF), and also Jonathan’s Twitter thread for a description of the work.
We’ve welcomed our latest Fellowship cohort! Everyone give a big round of applause to our lovely Fellows of 2023! We’re excited to help these fellows gain professional exposure, receive travel funding for workshops & events, and 1-1 mentor introductions to relevant funders, senior scientists, and previous fellows!
We wish our fellows every success in the future – and look forward to collaborating with them as alumni in the future!
Learn more about the 2023 cohort here, and make sure to keep an eye on our social media and newsletter for updates about what our fellows are working on.