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DW Intro LonFut Radical Abundance

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"

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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  1. 1. 1 Radical Abundance: How a revolution in nanotechnology will change civilization Thursday 30 May, Dr K. Eric Drexler www.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFut London Futurists
  2. 2. 2 www.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFut London Futurists David Wood Chair, London Futurists @dw2
  3. 3. 3 www.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFut London Futurists Serious analysis of Radical scenarios for The next 3-40 years Potential downsides and potential upsides
  4. 4. 4 www.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFut Serious analysis of radical scenarios for the next 3-40 years Potential downsides and potential upsides Humanity+ Humanity 1.0
  5. 5. 5 Humanity+ 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 approach Humanity constrained • Scarcity mentality • Profit motive central • Look back to “golden age” • Fear progress • Avoid “playing God” • Aim to be “well” • Expect personal decay • Defeatist approach http://humanityplus.org/
  6. 6. 6 www.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFut Serious analysis of radical scenarios for the next 3-40 years Humanity+ Humanity 1.0 The individual ? Researcher Communicator Advocate Critic Engineer Entrepreneur Activist VisionaryArtist
  7. 7. 7 The future of transport: Preparing for driverless vehicles? Sat 6 July, 2pm – Nathan Koren Humanity+ UK Facebook group: UKH+ Supported by www.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFut London Futurists
  8. 8. 8 2045: Conscious avatars or wishful thinking? Sat 22 June, 2pm – David Wood+ #LonFut Dr. Marvin Minsky Ray Kurzweil Dr. Natasha Vita-More Sir Roger Penrose Dr. George Church Dr. James Martin Dr. David Hanson Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro Dr. Peter H. Diamandis Dr. Theodore Berger Dr. Martine Rothblatt Dmitry Itskov… http://www.gf2045.com/ www.meetup.com/London-Futurists London Futurists Humanity+ UK Facebook group: UKH+ Supported by Immortality by 2045? Human-like Robots? Mind/brain insight?
  9. 9. 9 The future is not what is used to be Thu 6 June, 7pm - José Luis Cordeiro Humanity+ UK Facebook group: UKH+ Supported by www.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 the environment and for personalised medicine • The surprising future of technological convergence – “Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno” (NBIC) • Changing the meaning of humanity: prospects for indefinite healthy lifespans, artificial brains, and sentient robots • Practical progress at Singularity University: improving the world, a billion people at a time • The four types of futurist - which are you? London Futurists
  10. 10. 10 Human Enhancement: The Future of Technology and Technology of the Future Fri 7 June, 9am-5pm – José Luis Cordeiro and Rohit Talwar www.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFut http://fastfuture.eventbrite.co.uk/
  11. 11. 11 3rd-7th Sept – Queens’ College Cambridge www.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFut http://www.sens.org/outreach/conferences/sens6 SENS Lecture: Decoding the genotype, reinventing the phenotype Dr George Church Rejuvenation rate as the new driver of global economic growth Dr. Alexander Zhavoronkov SENS6 organiser, SENS Chief Science Officer and Co-founder Dr Aubrey de Grey
  12. 12. 12 Marlborough Arms 36 Torrington Place Pub
  13. 13. 13 Radical Abundance: How a revolution in nanotechnology will change civilization Thursday 30 May, Dr K. Eric Drexler www.meetup.com/London-Futurists #LonFut London Futurists

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