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2017 Foresight Vision Weekend
December 2-3, Gray Area & The Laundry, SF
Reflections by past attendees
"A milestone in our journey to better understand our future"
"It was a unique and exhilarating experience to actually be with a large group of people who have sophisticated, enlightened, and thoughtful ideas about the future"
"Had a great time and was exposed to fascinating ideas, and, more importantly, fascinating sources of ideas"
A member-gathering dedicated to taking stock of the most compelling ideas of today, turn them into coherent visions for a better future and get to work on them.
Curious what to expect? Click here to listen to a sneak peek of the program.
Saturday, Dec 2: Keynote Panels at Gray Area, SF
2665 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
9 am - 8 pm: Industry-leaders deliver food for thought followed by Q&A circles with your favorite speaker. Aftershow-party.
Sunday, Dec 3: Strategy Sessions at The Laundry, SF
3359 26th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
10 am - 6 pm: Sessions to focus on topics of high-importance. Applications are now closed - there will be a sign-up sheet at the event.
Foresight Senior Associates members only. You may sign up for membership during registration.
*We're glad that we're able to offer income support on a small number of tickets by waiving the required Foresight membership fee: Apply here *
Lodging: Please contact email@example.com for assistance with finding lodging.
9 AM: Registration
10 AM: Existential Hope
10.30: Longevity - Reaching Escape Velocity
Sonia Arrison, Aubrey De Grey, Max More, Kevin Perrott compare strategies to extend human healthspans
- Snake oil vs the holy grail - cryonics - overpopulation vs stabilization -
NOON: Blockchains - Master Key To Unlock The Future?
Zooko Wilcox, Nathana Sharma, Mark Miller, Nick Kritikos on how to build better base realities block by block
- Beyond crypto - ICO hype & hope - decentralized governance -
1.30 PM: Lunch on your own
2.30 PM: Intelligence 2.0 - The Brain, AI, and Hybrids
David Eagleman, Robert McIntyre, Randal Koene, Nell Watson on brains, other computers, and the intersection between them
- State of the art - self-directed evolution - AI safety -
4 PM: The Long-Term - So Much To Do, So Little Time
Joon Yun, Thomas Kalil, Melanie Swan, Matt Bell discuss the toolkit to make it through the century and beyond
- X-Risks and X-Hope - prioritization - meta-tools -
6 PM: Bar opens
8 PM: Assemble your group for dinner
Mark Miller, Foresight Institute
Updated frequently - for more detailed speaker profiles see slider below
"Scientific advances that allow for the true repair of human bodies will usher in a cultural revolution more significant than any other before."
Aubrey De Grey
SENS Research Foundation
"In 2030 we will have reached escape velocity for longevity, looking back melancholically but pitiful at the time when aging was a fatal disease."
Mark S. Miller
"If we do not change direction, computer insecurity will drive civilization over a cliff. If we do reduce the risks of cooperation, we will get a more cooperative world."
"In 50 to 100 years we'll say “What were people thinking? People who were nearly viable, barely dysfunctional, were put in an oven or buried under the ground, when they could have been put into cryopreservation."
"Tech used in a wise way. Self sustainable settlement on the moon."
Palo Alto Investors,
Palo Alto Longevity Prize
"The next black swan is global depopulation. Before too long we may not be making enough people."
Eric & Wendy Schmidt Group, UC Berkeley
"How do we more systematically identify and pursue ambitious but achievable goals that become positive, self-fulfilling prophecies?"
The Buck Institute
"Befriending Aging is like Stockholm Syndrome."
The Brain with David Eeagleman, Neosensory
Institute for Blockchain Studies
"Intelligence (machine and formerly human biological) running on idea-tokened smart networks."
"Artificial intelligence advancements converging with blockchain technology will usher in a new era of network global governance by autonomous agents."
"21st-century technology needs-21st century governance on startup nano-nations-- immediately!"
"AGI will help us address so many of our challenges—aging, disease, poverty, etc—that looking back we’ll wonder why we were to slow to develop it."
About Foresight Institute
Foresight Institute is a non-profit dedicated to the beneficial development of technologies of fundamental importance for the human future, from molecular machines and longevity to cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. As well as awarding the Feynman Prizes and granting Foresight Fellowships, we host invitational research workshops at the intersection of scientific disciplines, and salons on high-interest topics open to the public.
Allison Duettmann, Chair
Christine Peterson, Facilitation
Marcia Seidler, Event Organization
Steve Burgess, President
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Building Better Futures On Blockchains
Blockchain as social force, source for truth, and role model
Christopher Allen, Principal Architect at Blockstream
Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director at Hyperledger
Mark S. Miller, Senior Fellow at Foresight Institute
Steve Omohundro, Director at Possibility Research
Moderated by Allison Duettmann, Foresight Institute
Drop Everything, Work On AI?
AI: Promises, perils, panic
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
Oshionera Agabi, Founder and CEO, Koniku
Moderator: David Yanofsky, Reporter at Quartz
Introduction: Allison Duettmann, Foresight Institute
Tomorrow And The Day After
Carving a path for humanity from here to there
Bryan Johnson, Founder of Kernel, Braintree and the O/S Fund
Richard Titus, Senior Vice President at Samsung Electronics
Julia Bossmann, 2016 President of Foresight Institute
Nichol Bradford, Co-Founder, Transformative Technology Lab
Ryan Bethencourt, Program Director & Venture Partner at IndieBio
Moderator: James Norris, Founder, Self Spark, Bay Area Futurists
Intro: Allison Duettmann, Foresight Institute
Life: Longer And Better
Taking evolution into our own hands
Joon Yun, President, Palo Alto Investors, founder The Palo Alto Prize
David Eagleman, Neuroscientist at Stanford, creator of PBS series The Brain with David Eagleman
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 of Foresight Institute
Intro: Allison Duettmann, Foresight Institute