November is coming to an end, and we have a lot we’re excited to share with you! This month has been filled with events and opportunities. Below, we have updates on what we’ve been doing this month, and a ton of ways you can keep collaborating with us and our community into 2023.
In 2022, we hosted 3 workshops, shared our community’s progress at 20+ conferences and 10+ virtual interviews, launched 1 prize, created 5 tech trees, published 1 book, and exhibited 10+ art pieces to inspire positive futures through technology. Finally, our 2023 fellowship applications doubled from 2022, with a focus on early bio, nano, neuro, computing, space tech. Some brilliant candidates are still in their teens or very early careers, and many international candidates are seeking US opportunities.
We’d love to build on this progress in 2023 by continuing to grow our seminars, workshops, prizes, and fellowship but are funding-constrained due to the current economic situation.
Your donations support all of our focus areas. In return, donors receive access to technical groups of their choosing. Our groups are Existential Hope, Molecular Machines, Space Tech, Neurotech and Biotech & Health Extension.
We gratefully receive checks, wire, credit card, stock, or crypto donations via our donation page, or please let us know if you have any questions.
We’ve just wrapped up our Vision Weekend at Chateau du Fey in France!
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, complete with an opera, Feynman Prize award ceremony, and late night castle & forest adventures!
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! And Vision Weekend US is taking place in just 3 days.
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
If you’ve never been to one of our in-person workshops, here’s a taste of what you can expect!
Recordings from our 2022 Designing Molecular Machines Workshop are now public. This two-day workshop invited a select group of specialists in software and simulation to apply their skills to help those tackling the challenges of constructing atomically-precise 3D structures, including pathways using chemistry, applied physics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and engineering. Find the playlist here.
Keynote presentations on open challenges in molecular machines and on advances in software tools were followed by working groups to determine opportunities for progress. This workshop report summarizes the keynotes and resulting project proposals, some of which are now under development.
Join Foresight’s President Allison Duettmann for the Longevity Summit Dec. 6-7, hosted by Longevity SF at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. This summit gathers stellar speakers to share the most cutting edge advancements in the longevity field from the most successful biotech companies, investment firms, and academic institutions. This two day immersive event at the scenic Buck Institute will have ample opportunities for networking and include catered food and drinks.
We’re especially happy to announce that Foresight is an official media partner for this upcoming conference! You can get 15% off the cost of your ticket by using code “Foresight” at check-out.
New seminars out of our Biotech, Space & Molecular Machines groups:
Fifty 50 is a free community of 50 top bio PhDs and postdocs interested in entrepreneurship from the 50 top labs across the US.
Our Fifty 50 researchers are passionate PhD students and Postdocs in a field related to Biology, who want to make big positive impact with their work. 15 amazing startups came out of the last batch. Many of the past Fifty 50 members hadn’t thought about translating their research until a few weeks into the program. The program includes regular community events, small dinners with successful founders, an annual retreat and hands-on support from the Fifty Years team!
If you know an incredible, mission-driven PhD or postdoc who should be part of the community, nominate them here.
Email [email protected] with any questions.
Accelerate your impact on longevity by joining the Longevity Biotech Fellowship (LBF) — a curated non-profit community for entrepreneurs, scientists, operators, and investors to come together to build revolutionary longevity projects.
Onboarding new members with an intensive 3-day retreat [Jan 12 – 16] filled with intimate workshops, mentorship from industry experts, and connections at a beautiful venue in Stinson Beach, California. (optional)
Following the retreat, new members will join the online LBF community and dive deeper with a 12-week introductory program ( ~2 -4 hrs / week) of live talks, workshops, mastermind groups, and socials designed to equip you with the context and opportunities to maximize your impact on longevity.
Apply now for the next cohort of the Longevity Biotech Fellowship here: longbiofellowship.org. Spots are limited so apply early!
Are you a scientist or researcher with longevity content to contribute?
Longevity Wiki is the world’s first open-source educational platform that provides accessible and unbiased information about longevity research.
Create your account and add a new page at: www.longevitywiki.org
As biotechnology continues to develop and the way that science is practiced evolves, so too does the nature of crime. For the Biological Weapons Convention to remain relevant, this side event will host discussions on how a crime science lens can be used to identify new forms of biotechnology misuse with the aim of developing informed strategies to prevent them through an active design process. We will discuss the prospects of the BAKE framework as a hybrid mechanism for the systematic monitoring and review of advancements in science and technology in relation to the Biological Weapons Convention and towards global cyber-biosecurity by design. Tickets here.
Hosted and moderated by Dr. Mariam Elgabry.
Submissions are open until December 31st for the Longevity Hypothesis Prize! This crowdsourced prize series aims to generate proposals, experiments, and collaborations in longevity research.
Incentive: $20k prize money for the first place. Remaining submissions are awarded prize money corresponding to how many points the judges gave you.
Finalists will be invited to present their proposal to the judges. This is helpful for raising awareness for your research.
Excellent proposals will have an opportunity to be shared with the broader community, where they might gather interest for follow-on funding (e.g. through ±250k of financing as a Sponsored Research Agreement by VitaDAO). If you do not win in this cycle, but were close, you may be asked to re-apply.
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!
Peter Scheyer is a U.S. Air Force veteran in cybersecurity, holds an MBA, and as a serial entrepreneur has founded over ten companies. His research into corporations as artificial persons and collective intelligences has been credited as a novel and foundational approach to corporate governance by professionals in the legal, policy, and commercial spheres.
He’s currently working on a legal project for McDermott, Will & Emery studying upcoming AI legislation and its likely impacts on large-scale deployment and design of Artificial Intelligences. He welcomes insights or discussions on the topic, and he’s in the DC area if anyone wants to say hi!
Eleanor ‘Nell’ Watson is an interdisciplinary researcher in emerging technologies such as machine vision and A.I. ethics. Her work primarily focuses on protecting human rights and putting ethics, safety, and values which exalt the human spirit into technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.
She invites readers to consider joining two IEEE Working Groups that she’s presently Chairing, 3152, Standard for the Description of the Natural or Artificial Character of Intelligent Communicators, and 3173, Standard for Endocrine Disrupting Chemical Hazard Labelling.