DW Intro LonFut Radical Abundance

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Chair's introductory remarks at London Futurists meetup on 30th May 2013, setting the scene for presentation by Dr Eric Drexler, "Radical Abundance: How a revolution in nanotechnology will change civilization"

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DW Intro LonFut Radical Abundance

  1. 1. 1Radical Abundance:How a revolution in nanotechnology will change civilizationThursday 30 May, Dr K. Eric Drexlerwww.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFutLondon Futurists
  2. 2. 2www.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFutLondon FuturistsDavid WoodChair, London Futurists@dw2
  3. 3. 3www.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFutLondon FuturistsSerious analysis ofRadical scenarios forThe next 3-40 yearsPotential downsides and potential upsides
  4. 4. 4www.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFutSerious analysis of radical scenarios for the next 3-40 yearsPotential downsides and potential upsidesHumanity+Humanity 1.0
  5. 5. 5Humanity+ vs. Humanity-Humanity enhanced• Abundance mentality• Sharing motive central• Golden age in near future• Embrace progress• Use our power wisely• Aim is “better than well”• Expect personal vitality• Inspirational approachHumanity constrained• Scarcity mentality• Profit motive central• Look back to “golden age”• Fear progress• Avoid “playing God”• Aim to be “well”• Expect personal decay• Defeatist approachhttp://humanityplus.org/
  6. 6. 6www.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFutSerious analysis of radical scenarios for the next 3-40 yearsHumanity+Humanity 1.0Theindividual?ResearcherCommunicator Advocate CriticEngineer Entrepreneur ActivistVisionaryArtist
  7. 7. 7The future of transport:Preparing for driverless vehicles?Sat 6 July, 2pm – Nathan KorenHumanity+ UKFacebook group: UKH+Supported bywww.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFutLondon Futurists
  8. 8. 82045: Conscious avatars or wishful thinking?Sat 22 June, 2pm – David Wood+#LonFutDr. Marvin MinskyRay KurzweilDr. Natasha Vita-MoreSir Roger PenroseDr. George ChurchDr. James MartinDr. David HansonDr. Hiroshi IshiguroDr. Peter H. DiamandisDr. Theodore BergerDr. Martine RothblattDmitry Itskov…http://www.gf2045.com/www.meetup.com/London-FuturistsLondon FuturistsHumanity+ UKFacebook group: UKH+Supported byImmortality by 2045?Human-like Robots?Mind/brain insight?
  9. 9. 9The future is not what is used to beThu 6 June, 7pm - José Luis CordeiroHumanity+ UKFacebook group: UKH+Supported bywww.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFut• Options for dealing with shortages of fuel and energy:“moving from dirty energy to clean energy”• Synthetic biology - radical implications for theenvironment and for personalised medicine• The surprising future of technological convergence –“Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno” (NBIC)• Changing the meaning of humanity: prospects forindefinite healthy lifespans, artificial brains, andsentient robots• Practical progress at Singularity University: improvingthe world, a billion people at a time• The four types of futurist - which are you?London Futurists
  10. 10. 10Human Enhancement: The Future of Technologyand Technology of the FutureFri 7 June, 9am-5pm – José Luis Cordeiro and Rohit Talwarwww.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFuthttp://fastfuture.eventbrite.co.uk/
  11. 11. 113rd-7th Sept – Queens’ College Cambridgewww.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFuthttp://www.sens.org/outreach/conferences/sens6SENS Lecture:Decoding the genotype,reinventing the phenotypeDr George ChurchRejuvenation rate as thenew driver of globaleconomic growthDr. Alexander ZhavoronkovSENS6 organiser,SENS Chief Science Officerand Co-founderDr Aubrey de Grey
  12. 12. 12MarlboroughArms36 TorringtonPlacePub
  13. 13. 13Radical Abundance:How a revolution in nanotechnology will change civilizationThursday 30 May, Dr K. Eric Drexlerwww.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFutLondon Futurists

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