ABSTRACTS

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In alphabetical order by first name:

Adam Ford

The Mask, the Mirror, and the Moving Image

Moving image is becoming ubiquitous – reaching out from flat screens, moving beyond mere mediums for entertainment and asynchronous communication. We will wear the moving image, we will inhabit it. Without reluctance we don our avatars; multi-casting our our memes across many nodes with more frequency than we do with our mouths.
A picture tells a thousand words – moving images will reflect the ambient colors of our culture, and embody our personal narratives: we will feel naked without them.


Amy Li

Empifi: writing the future of understanding human emotions, and broadcasting empathy

Technology is growing at an exponential speed, but human emotion is still largely a mystery. Empifi is creating the next paradigm shift in understanding human emotions by using biosensors and contextualized data gathering.
 Using wearable devices, we leverage existing sensor technology to passively measure your bio-signals. The devices transmit information to your smartphone so that you can understand how, when and why you were feeling in a certain way. We can then use this information to help you change your emotions, in subtle, unobtrusive ways. Empifi aims to broadcast empathy, remind you all the happy moments in life, and make our world a happier and more loving place. This project is born out of the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program 2012. The program immerses students in an unparalleled learning environment to focus on solving the planet’s most pressing challenges using exponential & accelerating technologies. Students are challenged with 10⁹+ Team Projects, with the mission of positively affecting the lives of a billion people within 10 years.


Andrea Kuszewski

The Power of Science Narrative to Teach, Excite, and Inspire Action

As science communicators, we need to do more than just entertain — we need to inform; to persuade; to inspire action. One of the biggest challenges in selling ideas about radical science and technology is engaging and exciting an audience in a way that is non-threatening, believable, and structured in a way that they can relate to personally. You want to get people on-board and excited about your ideas, but if you take it too far on the awe-spectrum without getting that personal connection, it may seem too much like science fiction, and not like something that is easily adoptable for them, in their lifetime. Good science communication is more than just making science accessible — more than just losing the jargon, and more than just reaching out to new audiences. The best science communication uses facts intertwined with a compelling narrative — a delicate balance of awe and reality — that people can relate to on a personal level. If the story feels personally relevant, and they can see themselves as part of the story, then people will be more willing to not only entertain those ideas, but to take action as well.


Annalee Newitz

Slow Futures: Using History to Write About Tomorrow

One of the problems futurists have conveying their ideas to the public is that they represent the next few decades as a time period when we’ll experience a kind of temporal rupture, where global societies break radically from the past. Because this notion sounds so implausible to many people, futurists’ predictions come across as unreasonable and unfounded. I want to suggest that we write about the future in the context of history, and even geological deep time. While some changes may seem very rapid, they are also part of a very long, slow process that may not be perceptible within a human lifetime. Acknowledging the slowness of the future offers two rhetorical advantages. One, it allows us to explain to people what’s coming next in the context of familiar events that have already happened. And two, the slow future allows us to make claims that are grounded in scientific evidence from the present, rather than creating future scenarios that rely on highly speculative sciences that don’t exist yet. Both of these advantages will help make our writing more plausible to a general audience, as well as audiences of scientists and engineers that many of us hope to influence. We’ll explore the slow future perspective on three major areas of scientific work: synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and space colonization. What does it mean to suggest that the future of these areas of inquiry may unfold over many generations, rather than just one? The answers, I believe, can help us forge better relationships with the scientific community and encourage the public to invest in building a future world even if only their great-grandchildren will ever see it.


Aubrey de Grey

Should we write what we think about how the future could be?

The future and its many narratives, both written and spoken, are is created by people of the present. In many cases, notably the biomedical realm, the intrinsic costs of pioneering technological research mean that the rate of progress is strongly influenced by public enthusiasm for its goals. This creates a dilemma, in that the public are often ambivalent (at best) concerning such goals, even when by any rational standards they should not be. Should those involved in such work therefore understate their goals when writing proposals and addressing a general audience, making them less “scary” and thereby attracting funds to make initial progress? I will discuss various arguments for either answer to this question, with an emphasis on the work of SENS Foundation to postpone the ill-health of old age.


Ben Goertzel

Beyond Language: How Minds Will Communicate Once Advanced Transhumanist Technologies are Commonplace

The invention of spoken, and then written, language was one of the major breakthroughs in the evolution of modern human mind and culture. But just as the current “natural human mind” is not the end-all of intelligence, the current form of “natural language” is not the end-all of communication. Communication among advanced AGI systems, or among humans with advanced brain implants, could proceed according to very different principles. Rather than exchanging linear sequences of words drawn from a culturally common vocabulary, minds will be able to exchange networks of ideas/percepts/actions, using AI helper programs to reduce ambiguity and confusion as needed. A specific design for this sort of communication mechanism, called Psynese, has been worked out in the context of the OpenCog AGI software framework, for the purpose of communication between advanced OpenCog systems. The constructed human language Lojban also has potential to be grown into a communication system of this nature. To minds capable of communicating by exchanging mind-stuff more directly, communication using 21st century style “natural language” will seem terribly primitive — much the way we now view communication using gestures, grunts and groans. A final question is: How could we plain old legacy humans communicate more creatively and effectively NOW, using ideas inspired by this likely future mode of communication?


Brad Templeton

Building a new Economics of Information

The future will run on information, and with 3-D printing and eventual
nanoforges, information may be the core source of value. But the 20th
century regime of copyright and patent is showing serious cracks and
failing in many aspects. This talk will examine a wide variety of
proposals for alternatives to copyright and the consequences of this new
world, and propose a novel solution.


Brandon Whale

Entering The Transhuman Times

Sparking curiosity, engagement, and funding from fresh minds is an urgent challenge facing the transhumanist community. The Transhuman Times is a next-generation news website, offering an accessible, unapologetic, and inspiring outlook on the way emerging technologies will change everything we know, including ourselves. I will discuss the challenges and rewards I have encountered in providing exclusive content and provocative forums for discussing our path to the future.


Christine Peterson

Inspiring the Future: Nanotechnology & Longevity

To get where we want to go faster, we’ll need to bring as much of the public along with us as possible. Fortunately they want to come—they just don’t realize it yet. To build the powerful research effort needed for a true nanotech revolution, we want to trigger major enthusiasm for the long-term goals it will bring. The great news is that this is not hard, because we can promise—and eventually, deliver—what virtually every human on the planet today wants: absolutely excellent health. It’s a fallacy that the general public is not interested in extreme longevity—they just have trouble picturing healthy longevity. It’s our job to bring this picture to life for them, using any and all media. Today, the great majority of those able to vividly envision a greatly different world learned this skill through reading pro-future “hard” science fiction. For those generations who read, we need to bring back this kind of story; for the younger generations who find it difficult to read, let’s implement these same themes in the media they use. Let’s find, fund, and encourage the Heinleins of today to portray the future we want to happen. They in turn will inspire the researchers and entrepreneurs needed to build nanotechnology, safe artificial intelligence, space colonies, and clean molecular nanotechnologies, in a world of freedom, liberty, and abundance for all.


David Bolinsky

Caves of Ideas Synopsis

Humans have spent the better part of 30,000 years inventing visual communication. From the earliest scratched and painted petroglyphs adorning cliffs and caverns wherever modern humans have roamed, to the vast and awe-inspiring panoramas found in caves in Spain and southern France, humans have given great thought and have expended bounteous creativity in the service of showing others the fruits of their thoughts and imaginations. The clans who depicted the subjects of their hunts in the Chauvet Pont d’arc thirty millennia ago, brought more than life to the concept of visualization. Of necessity, they invented the methods of drawing itself- of depicting contour, color, likeness and movement. They created the tools and media required to fix their visions to a flinty canvas, lit only by flames. These paintings fired my imagination fifty years ago. They propelled me into my profession as, first, a medical illustrator and then as an animator, as intent on inventing new visual tools to illuminate our age as were our early cousins theirs. My subjects are the latest ideas in science and technology. My canvas is the interactive screen and my audience is, potentially, over three hundred million students worldwide. Join me.


David A. Dalrymple

Project Nemaload

Transhumanists are familiar with the concept of “uploading”: transferring a mind from a biological implementation to a digital one. To most people, uploading still sounds like science fiction, but technical capabilities are rapidly catching up. Given recent advances in optogenetics, optoelectronics, and computational modeling, it has become feasible to upload the simplest nervous system known to science, that of the nematode worm C. elegans. Building an “upload machine” for an engineered strain of this species is my current project. The project also has an explicit publicity mission, with three high-level goals. First: to encourage mainstream thinkers to take uploading seriously, and begin discussions regarding the ethical and societal implications of human uploading in advance of its arrival. Second: to challenge dominant paradigms in neuroscience and inspire other projects to build upon this foundation. Finally: to educate science enthusiasts about the mathematical, physical, and biological ideas that underlie real-world uploading. In this talk, I will give a brief overview of the project, then discuss my efforts to write on it in the service of these goals.


David Asprey

Augmented authoring – Biohacking technologies to Improve People who Write

Technology is changing the very activity of writing. There are external technologies, like AI-driven software for voice recognition, but the real act of writing still happens between the ears. This talk covers a variety of human performance-enhancing technologies available to aid writers in creating better content faster. These technologies were used by the presenter as he created The Bulletproof Executive blog. We will focus on cognitive enhancing technologies, including neurofeedback, software, biofeedback, pharmaceutical, auditory, visual, and more invasive methods, as well as ways to train creativity – or even configure it using external hardware. The talk will close with a discussion of achievable but not yet available technologies to enhance the performance of writers, authors, and other creative professionals.


David Brin

The rise of Science-Renunciation: Can we push ahead when change terrifies half our fellow citizens?

Some assume the Singularity will be smooth sailing. But suppose we successfully navigate the shoals of AI transition and satisfy the needs of safety, diversity, accountability and wisdom. Even so, history shows we cannot count on enthusiasm from all our neighbors. Already, there is a deep divide between future-zealots and nostalgists. We might well draw lessons from the rise and fall of other enlightenments… and from the daunting, apparently empty universe. An exercise in Big Picture perspective from author and astronomer David Brin.


David Orban

The Challenge of Positive Storytelling for a Future Network Society: Better learning and transmedia storytelling can support our strained capacity to absorb the implications of rapidly emerging technologies

Since prehistoric times storytelling has been a fundamental means for human society to cope with the world. The interpretation of phenomena, and it’s impact on individuals and groups, are transformed by it’s representation. If we want to be able to efficiently absorb the implications of technological change, are our current tools for perceiving and learning about the world enough? Or should they be complemented by radical reinterpretations of how stories can be told? Next generation technologies (i.e. energy generation, manufacturing, food production, finance and learning) will rapidly transform society, and set up the foundation for new forms of social organization. If we want to plan for the transformation to be as devoid of conflict as possible, and achieve positive outcomes, then we have to embrace at the widest possible levels of innovative tools such as role-playing, policy-making, forecasting, and, in general, future-oriented storytelling. Our current assumptions of what it means to be a positively contributing member of society, how free we are to act, plan, and dream are going to be quickly upended by the uneven adoption and implementation of the changes around us. An open, transparent, rational dialog about these roles, degrees of freedoms, and opportunities can be achieved and is a fundamental component of what is going to shape our societies, and our lives as individuals.


David Pearce

Prophetic Narratives: Will Humanity’s Successors Also Be Our Decendants?

Accelerating technological progress leads some futurists to predict the imminent end of the transhuman era and the dawn of posthuman superintelligence. But what is superintelligence? How does intelligence relate to sentience? What is the Explanatory Gap, Moravec’s Paradox, and the Binding Problem? Will nonbiological machines ever be more than zombies? This talk explores three different narratives for the major evolutionary transition in prospect. In the first narrative, biological humans will rewrite their genetic source code, recursively self-edit their own minds, and bootstrap their way to full-spectrum superintelligence. Mastery of our reward circuitry will deliver life based on information-sensitive gradients of bliss. In the second ‘Kurzweilian’ narrative, cybernetic brain implants will enable humans to fuse our minds with artificial intelligence; and also allow humans to scan, digitize and “upload” ourselves onto less perishable substrates. In digital nirvana, the distinction between biological and non-biological machines will effectively disappear. In the third scenario, most closely associated with mathematician I.J. Good, is a combination of Moore’s law and the advent of recursively self-improving software-based minds will culminate in an ultra-rapid “Intelligence Explosion” and an era of non-biological superintelligence. Posthuman superintelligence may or may not be human-friendly.
How strong is the supporting evidence for each of these prophecies?


Desiree Dudley

Effectively Inspiring An Era of World-Changers

Futurists have long been inspired by the vast potential in emerging technologies. But often those inspired by the grandest visions of the future struggle to convey that vision in a way that convinces others to be inspired. Desiree will discuss examples from her experiences with this year’s pilot of the Futurist Youth Outreach Literature Program and Essay Contest. She will also discuss revitalizing interest and productive action in Nanotechnology. Desiree will also discuss how to understand and maximize factors involved in personal psychology, one-to-one interactions, group dynamics, volunteer inspiration, public speaking, and media relations.


Ernesto Ramirez

Who Are You?

Before you can fully negotiate the future you must understand the here and now. But, how do we develop the expertise to full understand who we are? Maybe it’s through a deep dive into the objective. The Quantified Self movement has unearthed a variety of intriguing methods that may help us understand ourselves and the world we live in. Let’s talk about why living with numbers will help us understand the present and write our future.


Fred Stitt

Rewriting Higher Education: Free and Universal

I will cover the following points: 1) The rise of student-centered online education; 2) New ways of learning to learn, think, and communicate; 3) Time and cost effectiveness of self-directed education; 4) Advanced learning technology and resources; 5) Overcoming traditional academic road blocks of student evaluations, credentialing, and school accreditation; and 6) DIY curricula, crowd-sourcing, wiki: Everyone can become an educator.


George Dvorsky

Covering the Future Beat: Managing Futureshock when Writing for a Mass Audience

Most futurists who write do so for a relatively small audience, the majority of whom are both familiar with and fairly receptive to seemingly radical futuristic ideas. When writing for an audience who has virtually no frame of reference for these ideas, however, reactions tend to enter into the realm of Futureshock — which tend to be characterized by outright dismissal or flat-out condemnation. This talk will address the challenges of writing for a mass audience and offer advice on how to present the material in an accessible and relevant way. Ultimately, the goal for writers covering the future beat should not be persuasion, but rather the matter-of-fact dissemination of all relevant information, accompanied by supplementary analysis and interpretation from the experts.


Jamais Cascio

Bad Futurism

Sometimes the best way to figure out how to do something right is to explore all of the ways to do it wrong. In this talk I explore ten ways to create truly awful future scenarios, and then explain why they’re bad — and how to get it right. From “one change at a time” to scenarios as morality plays. The various ways in which foresight can go awry are often tempting shortcuts for writing about the ideas of future-building, but are ultimately traps for the unwary futurist.


James Hughes

Re-Awakening the Power of the Utopian Imagination through Speculative Fiction

Futurists and Transhumanists have been derided for association with science fiction, and conservatives have warned of the totalitarian implications of utopian speculation. But speculative fiction is the principal arena in which human beings imagine their own future radically transformed by social and technological change, try to anticipate the pitfalls, and motivate themselves to grasp the opportunities. We need to be self-critical of the sandtraps of the utopian imaginary while building on its energies to motivate ourselves and the public to great works. Engaging with culture creators we can push them beyond one dimensional depictions of novel technologies as horrifying hubris to depict more complex futures with both technological benefits and catastrophic risks.


Joseph Jackson

The Right to be an A**Hole. Lifelogging: the future of reputation and forgiveness

With the mainstream adoption of wearable computing devices, such as the soon to be launched Google Glass, life-logging will become prevalent in the coming decade. It will likely integrate with existing social media platforms such as Facebook but will also give rise to new systems. In a world where it is literally impossible to forget, humanity will have to improve it’s ability to forgive. The alternative is an extension of online “mob” behavior that we have already seen when the internet brings out the worst of human nature. We have the opportunity to use lifelogging technology to improve our tolerance of diversity and compassion for our fellows, but this requires careful design choices for our reputation systems. The right architecture can serve to enhance our “emotional intelligence,” while the wrong choices may magnify our worst anti-social tendencies. This talk will examine the future of reputation and surveillance in scenarios portrayed by leading science fiction authors such as David Brin (Transparent Society), Cory Doctorow (Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom) Bruce Sterling (Maneki Neko), and Gary Shteyngart (Super Sad True Love Story).


Keith Henson

A Narrative for Humanity to off Fossil Fuels using Space Power Satellites launched by Laser Powered Rockets

Utility-scale ground solar power has a number of problems: intermittency, large support mass due to gravity and wind, and transmission cost to distant markets. Space-based solar power (SBSP) solves these problems but at the expense of lifting the parts to GEO, currently around $10,000 per kg. Beamed-energy rocket propulsion (lasers), can reduce this cost to under $100/kg at the 500,000-ton-per-year shipment rate by providing substantially higher exhaust velocity than is possible from chemical fuels. The lasers need to be in GEO for a long acceleration path, required to keep laser size within practical bounds. The economic feedback comes from building an initial power satellite with conventional rockets, then using it to power propulsion lasers. The lasers enable cheap transport from Earth to GEO to construct hundreds of power satellites and more propulsion lasers. Power satellites built this way can produce power for half the price of electricity from coal. This positive economic feedback is enough to displace most use of fossil fuel uses in a decade after the first. They would replace fossil fuels with lower-cost direct electric power from space and synthetic liquid fuels made from power satellite electricity, water and carbon, even from CO2 out of air.


Kevin Fischer

Human Cognitive Enhancement Interventions

Cognitive enhancement interventions provide us with powerful tools to aid in writing the future. Through increased understandings of the impact of food, drugs and supplements on our biology, we have a great deal of control for enhancement beyond our baseline. These tools can help achieve small gains for those with above average intelligence, however they can represent enormous increases in the quality of life for people starting with average to below average intelligence. How can we encourage adoption of these tools among the broader population of humanity?


Kim Stanley Robinson

Science as a Utopian Project

I want to explore the relationships between science, science fiction, and society, with a view toward seeing where science fiction might help us to shape our efforts in the present to make a better future.


Linda McDonald Glenn and Jeanann Boyce

Narratives of Life Imitating Art: the Cyborgs (er … wait!) Transhumans Cometh!

A review of how Hollywood has inspired us to expand our notions of humanity and person-hood. We will discuss real life examples of Human Machine mergers and the ethical, legal, and social implications of the transhuman and the worldview of transhumanism.


Louie Helm

The Mainstream Academic Publishing We Need

It may seem obvious to some that progress in fields like AGI and life extension will have the most long-lasting, far-reaching impact of any work that could possibly be engaged in. But what causes this realization? Advocates may have exhausted several months of independent self-study that required evaluating many informal arguments of varying quality. But if we want to attract an increase in research quality and productivity (especially domain experts who don’t have hundreds of hours to study outside their field), we need to formally summarize our best ideas in standard academic style to help erase this enormous barrier to entry. Contributing to this effort by publishing current research in accessible ways in an opportunity that’s open to many and has broad organizational support for those who are motivated.


Max More

Archiving the Brain’s Writing: Cryo or Chemo?

Scientific and practical considerations strongly support cryopreservation rather than chemopreservation for the stabilization of critically ill patients. Chemopreservation imposes unknown but probably substantial chemical damage. Infusion of plastic resin into an entire brains takes considerable time, during which extensive damage is likely. Chemical fixation is irreversible by known means. By contrast, cryopreservation seeks to maintain viability of the brain as far downstream as our capabilities and resources permit – an approach that reflects our view of cryonics as an extension of contemporary medicine. Cryopreservation preserves more options in that a cryopreserved brain could be scanned in future, or later chemically fixed, but the reverse is not true of a chemically fixed brain. The cost benefits of chemopreservation over cryopreservation are heavily exaggerated, largely because the standby and treatment procedures would be just as extensive, if not more so, even assuming that highly toxic chemicals could be worked with safely in the field. Chemopreservation is being inherently tied to mind uploading, an association that is likely to limit its acceptance as a form of experimental critical care medicine by apparently requiring acceptance of the idea of substrate independent minds.


Michael Anissimov

Media Performance of Transhumanism

Since 2005 or so, transhumanism and transhumanist ideas have had a rising profile in the media. What have been our greatest successes of the past few years and how can we repeat them? Which memes are getting the most airtime, and which are being ignored? Is more media exposure always better? What can we do to ensure that we and our organizations are media-savvy? How do we leverage technology to maximize the impact of social media? This talk by the media director of the Singularity Institute will examine these questions and come to concrete conclusions.


Natasha Vita-More

H+: BEYOND DATA

H+/transhumanism is all about human enhancement, so much so that its aim is to radically extend life. The Human-machine integration spans centuries of device-making with a goal in mind, and that is to enhance biology. The current hacking/DIY approach to enhancement links to the very core of cybernetics in steering our own future. Yet something is missing in both approaches. On the one hand hacking/DIY offers enormous abandonment of rigid rules, although its methods might be too unpredictable. On the other hand cybernetics offers a well-founded basis for further digitizing our bodies, although mechanistically sequestered to the cyborg. A third approach is needed. This is where H+/transhumanism comes in. Recording biological processes, sensorial tastes, sexual proclivities, intellectual reasoning, and psychological levels offer a peek into a new type of knowledge enhancement. But beyond data, what is there? Bringing knowledge and quality of life together begins to establish an exuberant freedom of expression and a design continuum.


PJ Manney

YOUR Story Will Create the Future

Stories are the common heartbeat of human experience. We all have stories to tell. And I think more of us can tell them. Through empathy with characters, we live lives beyond our own imaginings and share our hopes and dreams. This is the emotional power of story. However, H+ers often get caught up in the technical aspects of our goals. We could do a better job sharing our ideas by learning to engage others at the emotional, visceral level. As a futurist and entertainment industry writer, I have seen the transition from a speculated technology to story many times. What is it about certain futurist writers who transcend our community and reach the mainstream, inspiring others to take their concerns and dreams as their own? What is the empathy engine they use? It’s all about you. Your inner life. Your passions. We need more of the H+ community sharing stories about why we want the future we want. What is the future YOU want? How do you see yourself as a character bringing it about? This is a participatory, community-building talk. Because together, through telling our stories, we can make the future happen.


Ramez Naam

Changing Worlds and Minds with Words

The power of writing is the change it creates in the minds of the readers, and thus the world. But very different strategies apply for alternative topics and types of readers (i.e. fiction vs. non-fiction, entertainment vs. inspiration vs. persuasion). This talk is a break down of ways in which writing can be used to affect others, to make a career for oneself – and give pointed advice to potential writers.


Randal Koene

Bringing the unusual concepts of substrate-independent minds to the world

Ideas and proposals are rarely weighed by rational metrics; especially in the media and the public eye. When a concept is brand new, largely unheard of, and not part of every day life then it is only natural that it is viewed with great skepticism.
This can lead to some strange and often contradictory common sense assumptions. For example: Every child should have their teeth straightened – because sometimes nature needs a helping hand. It is not good for someone to die at age 20 – but they should not live to be 500, because that would be “unnatural”. A machine cannot be conscious or have feelings – but there may be angels or ghosts.
Introducing something that seems unusual (even if scientifically rational and eliciting support) demands a lot of communication. Domain experts (such as scientists) want to know that an idea makes physical and technical sense; they want to hear about feasibility, possible problems and applications. The public wants to know about motivations, why this matters to them and what they can expect from you.
I methodically build the case for substrate-independent minds and whole brain emulation. Every occasion to communicate deserves a specific message tailored to a particular audience. Ultimately, communication is personal and involves our rational mind, our feelings and all of our senses. The message can only travel and become familiar if the messenger manages to connect.


Reese Jones

Many Singularities: Data of Change

There are many singularities, not just one. The singularity is a term from math and physics from over 100 years ago, that predicted something as a singularity point and figured out mathematically and conceived in mathematical model. There are singularities also affect you personally. I will touch on how singularities can affect you and how these changes are not just an abstract theory, but something personal. Audience participation is welcome in furthering the conversation. Reese’s ideas can be viewed in a video clip from METal International conference.


RU Sirius

The Question of Content: Upbeat vs. Downbeat

There is always a lot of talk in transhumanist circles about how people in the creative arts tend towards dark or critical works. This, of course, includes creative writing — prominently novels, screenplays and so forth. I will discuss the question of upbeat versus downbeat content and then possibly supplant that discourse with questions regarding bad writing, good writing and great writing.
What place does writing now for the future hold and what place does writing hold in the future? Does the bravura literary performance have a place and does it matter?


Simone Syed

It’s Your Fault the World Thinks You Are Crazy: Practical Applications in Creating the World of Tomorrow

A study in the failure points that have culminated in the great divides between popular culture, true science, and visions of the future.

The exact nature of the content to be delivered will be chosen by crowdsourcing public opinion- please tweet your favorite topics from the list below to @simonesyed. Voting ends on November 25th. Potential topics to be addressed are the following:
• Being A ‘Visionary’ is Not a Good Defense; • Pivoting the idea of ‘Science Communication’; • Your Community Might Be Your Enemy (#justsayin’); • The Value of Understanding Humans; • Social Media is Not Your Friend… Yet; • Face:palm Hollywood; • The Scientific Experience vs. Experiencing Science; • Agenda Pushing = Missed Opportunities; • When moving to Mars seems like Your Only Option- It Might Actually be a Good One; • Cultivating Delicious Young Brains; • The Ego and the Greater Good; • The Future is Real and So Should You; • Actions Speak Louder Than The Written Word; • When a Good Future gets Lost in the Peanut Gallery; • Cult Followings are The New Black; • Your Non-Profit is Destroying the Future; and • How to make ‘All your Future are Belong to Us’ into a Totally Legit Enterprise.
These Humanity+ 2012 potential topics to be addressed may be voted on by tweeting your favorites to @simonesyed


Sonia Arrison

Popularizing H+ issues: one experience

Sonia Arrison is a Special Guest panelist. Sonia will lead the panel “Writing on H+ Issues” into discussion and respond to questions from the audience.


Todd Huffman

Wide and Deep

A convergence of changes in technology, the law, and society are allowing open participation in the creation of previously specialized fields of knowledge creation such as journalism and science. Early results show the potential for mistakes, from unintentional to malicious, but there is evidence these mistakes can be anticipated and controlled. The potential of open participation is still emerging and will continue to grow and dramatically change the landscape of specialized knowledge creation.


Please contact us if you have any inquiries!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Humanity+ @San Francisco conference on 1st-2nd of Dec 2012!