UNDER THE RADAR: CONTEXT | CONTROVERSIES | COOPERATION
We invite a group of individuals whose thinking we now need more than ever to direct our attention to a crucial idea that is flying under the radar. Ideas are presented and discussed on Saturday and opened up for prototyping on Sunday.
The future is a collaborative effort, and it should be fun: To encourage cooperation at scale, we invite our favorite organizations as advisors into the mix and allow plenty of time to enjoy our beautiful setting, connect with old friends and make ones. If that’s still not enough, there’s always the Patron ticket to join Saturday’s Thank You Gathering for speakers, advisors, and patrons.
| THINKERS – frequently updated|
AUBREY DE GREY | Reaching Escape Velocity for Most People Alive Today |
Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist and the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a biomedical research charity that performs and funds laboratory research dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging.
TOM CHI | Change Catalysts in Climate Destabilization |
Tom Chi co-founded Google X and practices a unique approach to rapid prototyping, visioning, and leadership to jumpstart innovative new ideas. He advocates for using transformative technology to engineer a net-positive relationship between humanity and the environment.
PETER ECKERSLEY | Setting Priorities in Addressing AI Risk |
Peter leads the Partnership’s research practice on topics associated with PAI’s mission, including on best practices for the ethics, safety, fairness, inclusiveness, trust, and robustness for AI research, applications, and services. Prior to joining PAI, Peter was Chief Computer Scientist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
CREON LEVIT | Learning To Learn & My Favorite Discoveries |
Creon Levit worked for 32 years at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley and is now the Director of Research at Planet Labswhere they build, launch, and operate the world’s largest constellation of satellites to make change on Earth visible and actionable.
GAIA DEMPSEY | The Quantum Biology Loophole
Gaia Dempsey is an entrepreneur and pioneer in the field of augmented reality (AR) – she was a cofounder and former managing director at DAQRI. Gaia is the founder and CEO of 7th Future, a consultancy that partners with tech leaders and communities to build global-impact innovation models, with a commitment to openness, integrity, resilience, and long-term thinking.
ZARINAH AGNEW | Experimental Social Science |
Zarinah is a neuroscientist by day, community builder by all other hours. Their academic research focuses on the neural control of complex voluntary movements of the two most dextrous human effectors, the hands and the articulatory system. Their theory of social change and labour of love focuses on the commons, experimenting with collaborative governance and prefigurative politics. Academic science takes place at UCSF, science in the wild through Irrational Labs, rogue science, all day every day.
ANTHONY AGUIRRE | Aggregating Opinions in a Way That Reveals Truth |
Anthony Aguirre is a professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and studies the formation, nature, and evolution of the universe. He is a creator of the science and technology prediction platform Metaculus.com, and is founder (with Max Tegmark) of the Foundational Questions Institute, and The Future of Life Institute.
SONIA ARRISON | Investment as Innovation Vehicle |
Sonia Arrison is a best-selling author, analyst, entrepreneur, and investor. She is the founder of 100 Plus Capital, co-founder of Unsugarcoat Media, and associate founder and advisor to Singularity University in Mountain View, California. Her research focuses on exponentially growing technologies and their impact on society.
CHRISTINE PETERSON | Crowd-sourced Futurism and Action |
Christine Peterson writes, lectures, and briefs the media on coming powerful technologies, especially nanotechnology and life extension. She is Co-Founder and Past President of Foresight. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, and has served on California’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology and the Editorial Advisory Board of NASA’s Nanotech Briefs.
DAVID FRIEDMAN | Lessons from Legal Systems Very Different from Ours|
David D. Friedman is a leading proponent of anarcho-capitalism. While Friedman holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago, he is chiefly known for his scholarly contributions to economics and law. In Law’s Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters, he shows how directing the law to seek economic efficiency can lead to the achievement of justice.
TOM KALIL | Plausible Moonshots And How To Get Them Done |
Tom Kalil is Chief Innovation Officer at Schmidt Futures. In this role, Tom leads initiatives to harness technology for societal challenges, improve science policy, and identify and pursue 21st century moonshots. Prior to Schmidt Futures, Tom served in the White House for two Presidents (Obama and Clinton), helping to design and launch national science and technology initiatives in areas such as nanotechnology, the BRAIN initiative, data science, materials by design, robotics, commercial space, and more.
ROBIN HANSON | Three Books I'd Like to Write |
Robin Hanson is associate professor of economics at George Mason University and research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. Oxford University Press published his books The Age of Em, and The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life. His blog OvercomingBias.com has had eight million visits. He has pioneered prediction markets since 1988 and suggests “futarchy”, a form of governance based on prediction markets.
BREWSTER KAHLE | Decentralizing The Web To Get The Web We Want |
A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. In 2012 he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.
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Allison Duettmann is a researcher and program coordinator at Foresight Institute. Her research focuses on the reduction of existential risks, especially from AI. At Existentialhope.com, she keeps a progress tracker of the most promising work toward positive futures. Allison holds an MS from the London School of Economics, where she developed a moral framework for AGI that relies on NLP.
LOU DE KERHUELVEZ
Lou is the Director of Development at Foresight Institute. There, Lou grows a community dedicated to reflecting on the perils and promises of technologies of fundamental importance for life and the biosphere, focusing in particular on artificial intelligence, biotechnology and cybersecurity. Lou’s research focuses on social technology: alternative governance, justice and economic systems for a more collaborative, sustainable, and global future society.
The choice is yours: either follow your favorite speaker into one of the many parallel sessions to explore yesterday’s ideas in-depth or make your way to the lightning talk room where other participants put their ideas onto our radar. This room is free-style, you have 10 minutes to direct participants’ attention to the thing everyone is missing. Registered participants can sign up to hold a lightning talk via the button below.
In addition to our speakers, we’re glad to have advisers from our favorite non-profits floating through the sessions – feel free to grab them to make your idea reality. See below for a list of organizations we have onboard.