Posted: Mon, May 20, 2013
The Future is Not What it Used to Be, with José Luis Cordeiro
When: Thursday, June 6, 2013, 7:00 PM to
Entrance Fee: £4/person
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Rapidly changing technology is changing how we think about the future - and how we MUST think about the future.
Topics covered in this talk include:
- Options for dealing with shortages of fuel and energy: “moving from dirty energy to clean energy”
- Synthetic biology - radical implications for the environment and for personalised medicine
- The surprising future of technological convergence - “Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno” (NBIC)
- Changing the meaning of humanity: prospects for indefinite healthy lifespans, artificial brains, and sentient robots
- Practical progress at Singularity University: improving the world, a billion people at a time
- The four types of futurist - which are you?
About the speaker:
The speaker at this event is José Luis Cordeiro, chair of the Venezuelan Node of the Millennium Project, Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies in Tokyo, Japan, and Energy Advisor and Faculty at Singularity University in NASA Ames, Silicon Valley, USA. He is also an independent consultant, writer, researcher, professor and “tireless traveler”.
From José Cordeiro’s website:
José Cordeiro is founder and president emeritus of the World Future Society (Venezuela Chapter, Sociedad Mundial del Futuro Venezuela), director of the Single Global Currency Association (SGCA) and the Lifeboat Foundation, cofounder of the Venezuelan Transhumanist Association and of the Internet Society (ISOC, Venezuela Chapter), board advisor to the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN), member of the Academic Committee of the Center for the Dissemination of Economic Knowledge (CEDICE), the World Future Society (WFS) and the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF), former director of the World Transhumanist Association (WTA, Humanity+), the Extropy Institute (ExI), the Club of Rome (Venezuela Chapter, where he was active promoting classical liberal ideas) and of the Association of Venezuelan Exporters (AVEX), where he participated in the original negotiations of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). He has also been advisor to the Venezuelan Business Association (AVE) and other companies and international organizations.
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