Be sure to send in your applications to our upcoming Space Workshop in San Francisco ASAP. Spots are limited, and many have already been taken…! This two-day workshop will allow attendees to explore new opportunities, form lasting collaborations, and drive cooperation toward shared long-term goals.
Confirmed presenters include:
Use the link above to apply to our other upcoming workshops:
Congratulations to Carlos Galicia of the Buck Institute for winning the first Longevity Hypothesis Prize! The Longevity Prize rewards applicants that best answer the question: What is the most promising but underappreciated or obscure area of longevity science we should pursue?
Carlos proposed studying rejuvenation during embryogenesis as a way to combat age-related decline.
Learn more about the Longevity Prize here.
Tune in to the ceremony awarding the first place, second place, third place, and several honorable mentions.
Pictured left to right: Carlos Galicia, Dane Gobel
Thank you to all who joined us for our Longevity Frontiers Workshop on April 17th and 18th at The Institute in San Francisco!
This year, we offered our biggest bounty yet, awarding a total of $6k to three working groups for their incredible ideas:
1st Place: Promote the Use of Biomarkers of Aging in Clinical Trials – Tina Woods, Marielle Van Kooten, Karl Pfleger, Jim O’niell, Greg Fahy, Steve Horvath
2nd Place: Partial Reprogramming Bounceback and Master Regulators of Aging – Yuri Deigin, Alex Pickett, Cosmo Mielke, Alex K. Chen
3rd Place: Constructive Pessimism – Leon Peshkin, Brad English, Raiany Romanni, Kayla Leung, Benjamin Anderson
Our Vision Weekends are the annual member festivals of Foresight Institute. Held in two countries, over two weekends, top talent across biotechnology, nanotechnology, neurotechnology, computing, and space are encouraged to burst their tech silos, and plan for flourishing long-term futures together.
Take advantage of the Early Bird Special and get your tickets for Vision Weekend France or Vision Weekend USA today!
The Feynman Prizes are named in honor of the physicist Richard Feynman. In 1959, Feynman gave a talk titled “There’s Plenty Of Room At The Bottom,” which is considered by many industry advocates to have inspired the field of nanotechnology itself.
With the Feynman Prizes, Foresight Institute wishes to recognize recent and brilliant achievements that contribute deeply to the field of Nanotechnology.
Nominations are now open for this year’s award. Please nominate yourself or someone you think should be awarded here.
Allison Duettmann, Foresight’s CEO, published a Lesswrong sequence on why security, cryptography, and auxiliary approaches are still neglected in AI safety, specific insights those communities can offer for AI safety, and some potential opportunities to bridging the gaps.
Her piece “Our new brains: neurotechnology advances that could change everything” was also recently published on Freethink.
Take a look at Allison’s appearance on CoinDesk TV at Consensus 2023 where she discusses the ethical implications of AI.
Foresight Job Opening
Foresight is looking for an Executive Assistant to join our wonderful team! If you or someone you know might be interested, please reach out to [email protected] More info on the position here.
DWeb Camp 2023: Discovering Flows
Set in the beautiful redwoods near the Mendocino coast of California, DWeb Camp is a five-day retreat for builders and dreamers to connect, learn, share and have fun as we work towards building a better, decentralized web. A web that actualizes the principles of trust, human agency, mutual respect, and ecological awareness.
Whole Brain Emulation & AI Safety with Foresight Institute
To gain an update on the most recent state of WBE (Whole Brain Emulation) technology and its relation to AI safety we are hosting this WBE & AI Safety Meetup on May 24, 6pm at Trajan House in Oxford. RSVP today!
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.
If you’d like to nominate anyone or apply for the 2024 Foresight Fellowship, please do so here.
Patrick Mellor, Living Carbon, made a unified history of CO2 and temperature throughout deep time as a component of the Living Carbon website. Check it out to go on a journey detailing Earth’s 4.54 billion years of existence.
He will also be participating in the Climate Parables event sponsored by the Long Now Foundation in San Francisco on May 12th at 7pm.
Shady El Damaty, co-founder of Holonym, explores the use of Zero Knowledge protocols to ensure privacy and guarantee the reliability of the information. Check out his talk at the 2023 European Blockchain Convention here.
Dr. Mariam Elabry, of Bronic, is hosting an event on the 18th of May in London in collaboration with Foresight.
The event explores the fusion of fashion and art through the lens of biosecurity. Join us for a thought-provoking and inspiring event that explores the intersection of art, science, and activism.
Sign up here and be part of the movement towards a safer, more resilient world: https://partiful.com/e/A8h6dHdEI5pcLmc0ujgy
Jamie Joyce, The Society Library, is now beginning to create a knowledge graph of AI Alignment / Safety/ X-Risk debates. Check out the project here.
The Society Library has been given a $150k matching grant offer, so if you’re interested in supporting this project, please reach out to Jamie.
Patrick Finley recently launched the Collegiate Lander Challenge — a 4 year challenge to student teams to self land liquid rockets. They’re hiring and looking for volunteers. Get in touch ([email protected]). Check out this video to see what the teams in the challenge are capable of.
Guido Putignano, Nucleate, will be hosting the first ever longevity conference in Italy on May 24th. Topics covered will be human augmentation, chronic disease, treatment, and policy. Our very own Niamh Peren will also be speaking. Sign up and learn more.
Left: Our 4th Xhope Salon at the Embassy in San Francsico on April 20th
Right: Stockholm Global Meetup on April 24th
Here is a highlight reel of some of the fantastic presentations we had in our monthly seminar groups during April. Visit our seminar page to dive deeper.
Neuroscientists understand the basic principles of how the brain processes information. But how does it become subjectively aware of at least some of that information? What is consciousness? Graziano’s lab is developing a theoretical and experimental approach to these questions that is called the Attention Schema Theory (AST). The theory seeks to explain how an information-processing machine could act the way people do, insisting it has consciousness, describing consciousness in the ways that we do, and attributing similar properties to others.
Yuri Deigin | Epigenetic Rejuvenation by In Vivo Partial Reprogramming: Past, Present, and Future
In this talk, Yuri discusses the exploration of partial cellular reprogramming as a groundbreaking approach to combating aging and age-related diseases.
Dr. Jonathan McDowell | Through Space and Time – The Big View of Spaceflight History
Dr. Jonathan McDowell, shares his insights and expertise on the evolution of space exploration. In this talk, Dr. McDowell will guide us on a journey through time, uncovering the key milestones, discoveries, and achievements that have shaped humanity’s venture into the cosmos.
Stuart Russell | Human Compatible AI
In this talk, Stuart Russell presents his vision of human-compatible AI, a new framework for designing AI systems that are beneficial for humanity.
Award Ceremony | The Hypothesis Longevity Prize
In this awards ceremony, we announce the first place, second place, and third place of the Hypothesis Prize edition of The Longevity Prize, including several honorable mentions!
David Deutsch | On Beauty, Knowledge, and Progress
Deutsch discusses the intersection of beauty, knowledge, and progress in this episode of Foresight’s Existential Hope Podcast. Deutsch’s innovative work on quantum algorithms and constructor theory is explored, along with his insights on critical thinking, AI alignment, education, and human progress
As an active part of our community of talented scientists and technologists who expand the limit of our civilization’s capabilities, you will be at the forefront of our research, and our intriguing network.