Future Day offers a world of powerful ideas, a unique networking opportunity, and a load of fun.
The event kicks off at 10.30am and will go all day.
Address – 110 Grey St East Melbourne
10.30 – Welcome & Introduction
11.00 – Dr Mirella Dottori – Stem Cells [Stem Cells Australia, Group Leader, Stem Cell Lab. Centre for Neural Engineering, University of Melbourne] Video on Stem Cell Discovery – Melb Uni – Making Life – Catalyst
12.00 – Colin Kline – Futurology(ists, isms), Future Studies, How Well Have They … Performed, Are Performing, And Can
Ever Perform? << Link to Abstract >>
13.00 – Lunch & Networking
14.00 – Peter Hayward – (Program Director, Strategic Foresight Swinburne) – Strategic Foresight – finding personal agency in the face of massive uncertainly
15.00 – Andrew Dun – Technological Determinism [One of Andrew’s key interests is the ethical significance of consciousness – Andrew defends the view that the relationship between physical and conscious properties is one of symmetrical representation, rather than supervenience.
16.00 – Patrick Robotham – xRisk – how much attention should we give the risk of extinction?
17.00 – James Fodor – Whole Brain Emulation & Computational Neuroscience Synopsis Within a few decades, I believe it will be possible to construct working simulations of an entire human brain. In this talk I will explain why I believe this, with reference to recent work in Computational Neuroscience, extrapolations of Moore’s Law, and other such matters. I will also address some common criticisms leveled against whole brain emulation, and briefly discuss some of the many ways I believe this technology will drastically change the face of society in the near future.
I’ll basically be presenting selected material from this publication, with some updates and additions of my own.
Join us for the free Future Day event!
Deliberative Design and Continuous Innovation
What kind of change can we expect from advances in technology? Many reputable experts forecast dramatic impacts on the way we live – however the future is not laid out neatly in front of us like a buffet – but we can make informed choices, innovate, and work accordingly towards increasing the likelihood of beneficial outcomes.
Civilization has come very far, we are at an awkward stage in history, one that has not yet been written - though with a little more clarity of focus on that which really matters we can achieve a better future.
Is it about a nerd fetish for pop scifi? No, not really, but if anyone wants to come dressed as their favourite scifi hero, thats fine too!
It’s always good to have more reasons to celebrate! And what could be more important to celebrate than the amazing possibilities offered by the future?
The past has a tendency to dominate human thinking — all too often we let our lives be driven by habit, cringe at the prospect of change, and grow too comfortable with status quo, like frogs in a pot slowly coming to boil.
History is an invaluable resource of examples of what to do and what not to do. Things go best when we accept the past, learn from it, and move on.
Since March 1st 2012 Future Day has gone global with events being held many countries and online! The last two years have seen Future Day events in Australia, China, the US, Europe, Central and South America, Africa, Second Life and more.
So why Future Day? Humans love rituals. Holidays provide a fantastic way of channeling peoples’ attention and energy. Another reason to celebrate Future Day each year is to smuggle into people’s lives an ongoing opportunity for focus on inventing the future. Future Day is a way of focusing and celebrating the energy that more and more people around the world are directing toward creating a radically better future.
Lets create the context in which our intended futures thrive – and not just stumble into some default unintentional future.
“What seems most certain is that the future of man — both scientific and social — will be far more exciting than the wildest eras of the past.” — Ray Solomonoff
Unitarian Hall 110 Grey St East Melbourne near Fitzroy Gardens. Parking at rear of building.