“Writing the Future” Dec 1-2, 2012 – San Francisco

Join the conversation at Humanity+ @ San Francisco on December 1-2 to explore the possibilities about how science and technology is transforming us.

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?

Speakers include multi-award winning science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson, acclaimed biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Grey, designer and theorist Natasha Vita-More, futurist Jamais Cascio, science fiction author David Brin, philosopher and proactionary principle advocate Max More, national best selling author Sonia Arrison, artificial general intelligence researcher Ben Goertzel, and more.

“Writing the Future” focuses on communicating how emerging and converging sciences and technologies are the tools for designing our future, based on the advances in robotics, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, human enhancement, brain-computer integration, regenerative medicine, and radical life extension.

The conference will explore the world of media as well as tips & tricks in communicating transhumanism. The aim is to encourage more apt communication about the future to promote serious attention to the opportunities and risks we are facing.  Speakers and attendees will discuss topics such as: What are you working on?  How are you going about doing it?  What have you learned?

These topics include scholarship in writing, yellow journalism, research rigor, game story-lines, documentary narratives, science fiction and science fact, H+ Magazine, and some of the concerns authors have about writing: whether or not to self-publish, how to get paid, and how to submit articles and ideas for publication. Related disciplines like graphic design, quantified self, social media apps are also part of the agenda.

Whether writing for entertainment or writing for scholarship, similar questions arise: How do we write the narratives for the time-frame in which we live? How do we balance between drama and a reasonable portrayal of facts? How do we flavor our ideas with enough enticement without going overboard with hyperbole? Alternatively, how do we carefully detect when an author or an essay hits the market on quality and efficacy while others borrow ideas without adequate referencing or acknowledging where their ideas stem from?  When is a work of art original, or are all ideas open for interpretation?

Historically, transhumanists have a solid set of knowledge and skills for discerning fact from sloppy thinking.  Yet all too often, we all find ourselves in a quandary when attempting to get the most recent information and verify that the details and essentials of our writings are as accurate as possible.

Humanity+ @ San Francisco contact information: conference@humanityplus.org

Come and join the chorus of voices, register before November 12th to take advantage of early bird specials.   Humanity+ is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all contributions, including tickets, are tax-deductable.

Join us for this adventurous journey into the future where you can make a difference. This conference will broaden and enhance your insight into the future and the opportunities it presents.