Foresight Visions, Part 1 — Existential Hope

Phil, Stephen, and PJ welcome Christine Peterson and Allison Duettmann for a two-part discussion on what’s new with the Foresight Institute and what’s going to be happening at the upcoming Foresight Vision Weekend  December 2-3.

What Is the Vision Weekend?

A member-gathering dedicated to taking stock of the most compelling ideas of today, turn them into coherent visions for a better future and get to work on them.

Keynote panels will explore:

Longevity: Reaching Escape Velocity
Blockchains: Master Key To Unlock The Future?
Intelligence: The Brain As Next Frontier?
The Long-Term: So Much To Do, So Little Time

Plus strategy sessions on Lunar Colonies, the Cryptocurrency Landscape, AI & the Future Of Work, Cybersecurity & AI Risks, Artificial General Intelligence Hype Vs. Hope, Floating Seasteads, and the State of Human Cognitive Enhancement

In part one of our discussion, Allison explains why Existential Hope will be a major theme for the Vision Weekend. (Learn more about existential hope here.)

Plus Christine, Phil, and PJ reflect on the imact of past Foresight vision events

SPECIAL OFFER: World Transformed listeners can get a 50% discount off the ticket price for the Vision Weekend (which also requires membership in the Foresight Institute — you can join when you buy your ticket.) Just use the discount code transformed.

About Our Guests:

ChristinePetersonChristine Peterson writes, lectures, and briefs the media on world transforming technologies. She is the Co-Founder and former President of Foresight Institute, the leading nanotech public interest group. Foresight educates the public, technical community, and policymakers on nanotechnology and its long-term effects.

She serves on the Advisory Board of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, and has served on California’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology and the Editorial Advisory Board of NASA’s Nanotech Briefs.

She has directed numerous Foresight Conferences on Molecular Nanotechnology, organized Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes, and chaired Foresight Vision Weekends.

Allison DuettmanAllison Duettmann is interested in applying good philosophy to guide important technologies toward the long-term flourishing of sentient life. She holds a Summa Cum Laude MS in Philosophy & Public Policy from the London School of Economics – in her dissertation she developed a moral framework for Artificial General Intelligence that relies on natural language processing. She has hosted and planned TEDx events, panels, workshops, exhibitions, debates, and conferences for governments, companies, think tanks, NGO’s and the public in Germany, France, Colombia, the UK and the US.

She is the chair of the Foresight Institute’s Vision weekend. She also conducts research, authors reports, and hosts the invitational technical workshops and public events. Her current research focus is Existential (Eggs-istential) Hope and the reduction of Existential Risks, especially macro strategy, AI safety, and cybersecurity. Allison also serves as advisor to the AI & Robotics Board of the Lifeboat Foundation.

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Phil Bowermaster is a nationally recognized author and speaker. He has more than 25 years experience writing about emerging technologies and the future. As co-host of the popular Internet radio series, The World Transformed, Phil has talked with leading scientists and technologists, best-selling authors, philosophers, filmmakers, artists, entrepreneurs and others who are shaping our understanding of the amazing era of transformation in which we live. Phil helps leaders and their organizations develop strategies for managing accelerating change. He shows how imagination, optimism, empathy, and humor can make all the difference in both understanding and making the most of the powerful currents of change we face.