What excites you about the future? What frightens you?
How might the future change the way we live?
And how might we change the way we live in the future?
Writing the Future
Of special significance this year is the theme 'Writing the Future'. The aim is to encourage refined communication about the future in creative ways, and thereby promote serious attention to the opportunities and risks we are facing.
Participate, and be well informed about the future and you.
This is an event not to be missed!
The Humanity+ conference in San Francisco takes place on December 1-2, 2012 at Seven Hills Conference Center at San Francisco State University. Tickets are on sale now!
Revolving around the theme “Writing the Future”, the conference will explore the world of media and communicating Transhumanism.
This includes work on Scholarship in Writing, Yellow Journalism, Games/Film Stories, Science Fiction/Fact, H+ Magazine, and Getting Paid! Further discussion on related disciplines like graphic design, documentary and film production, social media, etc will all converge. How will our media help us communicate about the technologies needed to dramatically extend human life? and to enjoy a radically improved and expanded life in a variety of senses as the future unfolds?
There is no doubt that even the most conservative thinkers agree that we have stepped into an era of radical technological change. The good news is that our human diversity continues to spawn inventiveness and novelty.
“The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.” — Albert Einstein (1879–1955)
Let us consider the emulation of one computing platform (a Macintosh) on another platform (a PC). Do we care if we can reproduce and emulate all of the aspects of the Mac platform, such as its precise pattern of electrical consumption, the manner and rate at which a specific Macbook heats up portions of its environment? We really don’t. All we care about is whether the programs that we run on the Mac are also producing the same results when run on a Mac emulator on the PC. In the same sense, there are many levels at which the precise emulation of a brain is quite irrelevant to our intentions. — Randal Koene, Ref