Foresight Salon 05/11/17

Building Better Futures on the Blockchain

Blockchain, blockchain, everywhere – when and where does its use actually make sense ? Join us for free when we attempt to distinguish blind hype from revolutionary use cases, speculate what we can realistically hope for in a best case deployment scenario, and how to avoid harmful adaptation and regulation of this promising technology.  Apart from blockchain’s currencies, we discuss its interaction with other disruptive technologies like AI, its power as social force, and its ecosystem as role model for security.

After the panel and Q&A, you are invited to join the speakers’ breakout sessions on their topic of expertise. 

Our panelists

Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director at Hyperledger

Steve Omohundro, Director at Possibility Research, Author at Self-Aware Systems

Mark S. Miller, Senior Fellow at Foresight Institute

Event info

Where: WeWork SOMA, 156 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94105

When: 05/11/17, 6.00 PM – 8.30 PM

The event is free, tickets can be secured via the link below. No tickets will be sold on the door.

No entry without valid ID because there will be an open beer tab.

Foresight Institute members are welcome to join for the speakers dinner at a nearby restaurant afterward.

Tickets can soon be secured here



The Great Debates 

On November 19, 2016 we brought together leading minds to fight it out what the future should look like. Find below the video summary of the event and the videos of the individual debates.

Summary of the event

Tomorrow And The Day After

Long-term thinking, X-Risk, Moore’s Law

Bryan Johnson, Founder of Kernel, Braintree and the O/S Fund
Richard Titus, Senior Vice President at Samsung Electronics
Julia Bossmann, President of Foresight Institute
Nichol Bradford, Co-Founder of the Transformative Technology Lab
Ryan Bethencourt, Program Director & Venture Partner at IndieBio
Moderator: James Norris, Founder of Self Spark, Bay Area Futurists Organizer
Intro: Allison Duettmann, Foresight Institute

Drop Everything to Work on AI

Safety First?, Approaches, Predictions

Peter Voss, Head of AGI Innovations Inc
Steve Omohundro, President, Possibility Research
Monica Anderson, Director of Research at Syntience Inc
Michael Andregg, Co-Founder and CSO at Fathom Computing
Moderator: David Yanofsky, Reporter at Quartz
Intro: Allison Duettmann, Foresight Institute

Life: Longer And Better

Longevity, Bio & Nanotechnology, Neuroscience

Dr. Joon Yun, President of Palo Alto Investors, founder of The Palo Alto Prize
Dr. David Eagleman, Neuroscientist at Stanford, author of PBS series The Brain with David Eagleman
Dr. Ralph Merkle, Co-founder of Nanofactory Collaboration, Faculty at Singularity University, Director of Alcor
Joe Betts-Lacroix, Co-Founder at Vium
Tanya Jones, Co-Founder and CEO of Arigos Biomedical
Moderator: Christine Peterson, Co-founder, former President of Foresight Institute
Intro: Allison Duettmann, Foresight Institute

Goodbye Nation- States

Blockchain, Alternative Societies, Universal Basic Income

Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger at the Linux Foundation
Simone Syed, Founder and Managing Partner at Velorum Capital, Co-Founder of BIL Conference
Jim O’Neill, Co-Founder of the Thiel Fellowship and Managing Director at Mithril
Danielle Fong, Co-Founder & Chief Scientist at LightSail Energy
Moderator: Riva Melissa-Tez, Managing Partner at Permutation Ventures
Intro: Allison Duettmann, Foresight Institute

Life: Longer And Better Panel 

More photos and notes can be found on the event Facebook page.