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1999 Foresight Gathering

"Group Genius" Weekend: Foresight for the Next 30 Years

May 21-23, 1999

The meeting is off the record; no media writeups please.

This event has been held. This page is for archival purposes only. Senior Associates have access to the complete Group Genius Website on the password-protected Senior Associates Web site.

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Group Genius Weekend report in Update 37; photos from Gathering




What, Who, When ...

What:

Foresight's 1st Brainstorming-Planning-Actionfest & NanoSchmoozathon
How many revolutions can you cope with?  Here's what's coming -- nanotechnology, radical life extension, cryptomoney, targeted info/bio/warfare, hardware with far more MIPS than we have, and opening the long-promised space frontier.  Most of us will try to live through these changes.  We invite you to trade ideas with some allies -- individuals who can examine these prospects without undergoing mental shutdown.

Who:

200 of the most forward-looking minds on the planet -- leaders and visionaries
in emerging technologies, freedom, and dynamic change

When:

May 21 evening through May 23, 1999
Friday 8-10 PM, Saturday 8 AM - 8 PM, Sunday 8 AM - 6 PM

Where:

Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, the eye of the technological hurricane, and not in some boring hotel, but a unique group-augmentation environment: KnOwhere Palo Alto

How:

Not podium-based talking heads.  We're using a highly-evolved process for group genius -- the DesignShop, a group-achievement process so powerful, so seductive, that it lured two key Foresight leaders away to write a book about it. Purchase the book.   Online version of the book

Why:

For your organization, your career, your family, and your personal future.  For the human species, the space frontier, freedom, and the biosphere.  For moral support in looking fearlessly ahead at a world very different from what we know today.  And, for fun!  (But not for the media -- it's off the record.)

Confirmed participants include:

 
  • Gregory Benford:  physicist, author Deep Time, and science fiction
  • Eric Drexler:  nanotechnologist; author, Engines of Creation, Nanosystems
  • Esther Dyson:  founder, Release 1.0, PC Forum; author, Release 2.0
  • Doug Engelbart:  hypertext pioneer, computer mouse inventor, all-round visionary
  • Dan Fylstra:  software entrepreneur, political activist, founder VisiCorp
  • Dan Gillmor:  technology and business columnist, San Jose Mercury News
  • John Gilmore:  cofounder, Cygnus Support; Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Joanne Jacobs:  member, editorial board, San Jose Mercury News
  • Ray Kurzweil:  pioneer in reading machines, speech recognition
 
  • Doug Lenat:  AI pioneer; founder CYC Project and Cycorp
  • Ralph Merkle:  nanotechnologist; co-inventor, public key cryptography
  • Max More:  president, Extropy Institute
  • Virginia Postrel:  editor, Reason; author, The Future and Its Enemies
  • Eric Raymond:  advocate of Open Source software, author Hacker's Dictionary
  • Vernor Vinge:  visionary fiction author, assoc. prof. SDSU
  • Roy Walford:  gerontologist, Biospheran, author, Maximum Life Span
  • Pierluigi Zappacosta:   cofounder and former Chairman, Logitech

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