What:Foresight's Annual Brainstorming-Planning-Actionfest & Nanoschmoozathon Huge revolutions in technology are expected to show up in the next 5-to-30 years come hear what they are, how they'll change your life, and how to influence them.
Who: 200 of those most able to see what's ahead and consider what to do about it. As a group we have technical skill, entrepreneurial drive, financial resources, experience in effecting change, and the sheer pigheaded determination to make a difference.
When: April 26 evening through April 28, 2002. We'll start with a reception at 7 PM Friday and wrap up at about 5 PM Sunday.
Fred Turner: poet laureate of nanotechnology; aesthetic theoretician
Debate of the Decade "BioFuture vs. MachineFuture"
Greg Stock vs. Ray Kurzweil
BioFuture Over the next few decades, Gregory Stock foresees a rapid improvement in our ability to identify, screen, and manipulate genes. He believes that people will want to protect their future children from diseases, help them live longer, and influence their looks and abilities, and that neither governments nor religious groups will be able to stop this and other reworkings of human biology. As for our increasingly intelligent computer technology, in his view we will by and large be wearing rather than implanting it.
MachineFuture Ray Kurzweil's view is that by 2030, advances in nanotechnology will enable the routine integration of machine-based computation into the human brain, enabling full immersion virtual reality and a direct interface to forms of nonbiological intelligence. By 2040, the nonbiological portion will be far more powerful than the biological portion: we will have become cyborgs.
Greg and Ray both have radical views of humanity's coming decades, but these views differ even more radically. Which will it be: BioFuture or MachineFuture? Join us and find out!
Audio Files Now Available for Selected Talks
For the first time since the launch of the Senior Associates Gatherings, presentation files are being released. We've selected several of our favorites for your listening pleasure: