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The World Transformed presents the November Singularity Network video hangout. PJ Manney, Jason Xu, Stephen Gordon, Philippe Van Nedervelde, Nikola Danaylov and others will be on hand to discuss a wide range of topics including accelerating technologies, transhumanism, nanotechnology, biotechnology, anti-aging, robotics, and post-scarcity.
Originally aired June 29, 2011: David Brin, P.J. Manney, and Thomas McCabe talk about how our thinking must change if we are to survive and thrive in a wolrd transformed.
The World Transformed 2, Part 1
Some of it is evolutionary, some of it is cultural, and a small portion of it is original to us as individuals. It is our way of thinking. Our thinking is always subject to scrutiny and inspection, but perhaps never more urgently than now. If profound change truly is upon us… …what assumptions must we avoid? …what new ideas must we be ready to embrace? …what cherished “truths” must we be prepared to put away once and for all? Our panel will explore the role that education, imagination, and creativity have to play in coming to grips with a world in a state of transformation. Our Panelists David Brin P.J. Manney Thomas McCabe
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Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon present a new series that carries on the exploration begun on FastForward Radio.
The world is changing in ways that are difficult to predict, sometimes even dificult to imagine.
Forget about THE future. Let's talk about YOUR future.
If this truly is the greatest period of transformation in human history, what does that mean to each of us?
How will our lives be different?
What should we each be doing to prepare?
Phil and Stephen discuss the three major drivers of change we all need to be aware of and the one change that is crucial to making the future happen
Let the journey begin. Today is the day.
The World Transformed 2, Part 4
We can only imagine that, some 6 million years ago, when hominids began to stand upright, there was a tremendous controversy amongst the proto- australopithecines as to whether assuming this new posture was “natural.” Weren’t Lucy and her ilk simply violating their most basic nature?
The debate has continued ever since, as humans have learned new skills and augmented their minds and bodies for reasons both aesthetic and practical. Today we live in an age of unprecedented human malleability — pacemakers, nose jobs, laser eye surgery, and other wonders. But that’s nothing compared to where we’re going next. We may soon be able to match the level of change that occurred in the six-million-year ascent from Australopithecus to modern human — only we’ll do it in a single human lifetime, or perhaps a matter of years, or maybe even faster than that.
What might we become?A panel of futurists join us to discuss the prospects for an expanded and improved definition of humanity.
R. U. Sirius
The World Transformed 2 Part 9
A convergence of emerging technologies and emerging possibilities lies at the heart of this, the greatest period of transformation in human history. Our world is changing in ways that are difficult to predict; sometimes even difficult to imagine.
Accelerating technological change may soon alter our world beyond recognition...and maybe that's a good thing.
Philippe Van Nedervelde
The World Transformed 2, Part 10
We know what we are, but not what we may be.
-- William Shakespeare
And I want to know the same thing
Everyone wants to know
How's it going to end?
A few years back, a computer won a chess match against the world's most highly rated player.
More recently, a computer beat a pair of highly skilled human competitors on the game show Jeopardy! IBM, the company responsible for building both of these remarkable machines, announced that Watson, the computer that won on Jeopardy!, is (in effect) going to medical school. Machine intelligence is evolving rapidly.
The questions this raises are both simple and powerful:
How long until machine intelligence reaches the level of human intelligence?
How long, after that, before human / machine intelligence reaches a level far beyond anything seen or imagined before?
A panel of futurists and AI experts join us to discuss the coming intelligence explosion.
The World Transformed 2, Part 7
Throughout human history, material scarcity has been a constant driver of innovation and economic growth. Today the world knows material abundance far beyond what could have been imagined a few centuries ago, even while shortages, poverty and want remain a reality for many.
But that may not always be the case. New technologies suggest that we may be near a turning point in our long struggle with scarcity. In the near future, technology may make it possible for any human being, anywhere, to have access to any materials good he or she might want or need.
At the same time, automation is taking over an increasingly large set of tasks that once belonged to human workers. Historically, automation boosts productivity and reduces the need for human workers. Over the past four decades, our economy has made a massive shift to a highly automated, digitized substrate. As recently as a decade and a half or so ago, economists were still scratching their heads over when the big productivity gains would emerge from this shift. Then about five or six years ago, those productivity numbers started showing up, apparently at the expense of the total number of human beings needed to drive our economy.
Will our future economy be post-employment, post-scarcity, both, or something else?
The digital age has fundamentally transformed humanity's relationship with information. Through the advent of personal computer, Internet, smart phone, and social media technology, we have access to knowledge, to transactions, and to interpersonal communication that far transcends what was possible a few decades ago. The digitization of information has radically transformed almost every aspect of society -- from education to careers, from entertainment to personal relationships, rom child rearing to high finance.
And yet the truly radical digital transformation has yet to come. Information was made digital through systems that arrange and precisely order patterns of electrons. What are the implications of coming systems that can can arrange and precisely order patterns of molecules?
Nanotechnology promises to migrate the benefits of the digital age from information to material goods. The possibilities raised by this migration are enormous -- both the benefits and risks. The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology says:
The next Industrial Revolution is right around the corner. Fourth generation nanotechnology — molecular manufacturing — will radically transform the world, and the people, of the early 21st century. Although nanotechnology carries great promise, unwise or malicious use could seriously threaten the survival of the human race.
A panel of nanotechnology experts outline the opportunities, benefits, and risks that nanotechnology represents.
J. Storrs Hall
The World Transformed 2, Part 1
Some of it is evolutionary, some of it is cultural, and a small portion of it is original to us as individuals.
It is our way of thinking.
Our thinking is always subject to scrutiny and inspection, but perhaps never more urgently than now. If profound change truly is upon us…
…what assumptions must we avoid?
…what new ideas must we be ready to embrace?
…what cherished “truths” must we be prepared to put away once and for all?
Our panel will explore the role that education, imagination, and creativity have to play in coming to grips with a world in a state of transformation.
The World Transformed 2, Part 2 Over the ages, humanity has faced its share of adversaries: ignorance, poverty, disease, predation to name just a few. No enemy has been more persistent than our own individual temporal finiteness. Our mortality has been such a relentless foe that many have attempted to make their peace, claiming that the temporary and transitory nature of our existence is what makes it truly meaningful. Death is a part of life, they explain. To which some of us reply: I think not. A panel of life extension experts explore the possibility of radically extending human lifespan. Are there alternatives to mortality as we have known it? Our Panelists: Aubrey de Grey Gregory Benford Maria Konovalenko Terry Grossman
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