In this Hope Drop we are joined by special guest David Leigh, a molecular scientist at the University of Manchester and a pioneer in the field of Nanotechnology. David shares his journey in the field, and his vision of existential hope, given all the possibilities that can come from emerging nanotechnological findings.
Find inspiration and uncover the possibilities of the future in this podcast episode, and through this AI artwork inspired by his hopeful vision of what could be.
David is a molecular scientist at the University of Manchester and a pioneer in the field of Nanotechnology.
Don’t miss this chance to learn from a leading expert and be inspired by the possibilities of the future!
Such a scenario is the vision of a positive future as envisioned by David Leigh, which is the basis for this art piece.
About the art
This piece was created by Aron Mill, using DALL-E, a machine learning model created by OpenAI to produce images from language descriptions. Aron is a researcher at the Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED). Through his work he aims to contribute to civilizational resilience against Global Catastrophic Risks. He is interested in flourishing future scenarios in which we have traversed the precipice of existential risks and recently began exploring these themes through art and hopeful narratives.
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, so let’s map both risks and possibilities which lie before us.
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Exit the Void is part of Rebuilding Meaning, an ambitious cultural project to align tech, organizations and markets with meaning. Learn more about it at www.rebuildingmeaning.org
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