Future Day Melbourne
Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM (AEDT)
5:30pm for drinks, 6:30pm sharp panel start.
Welcome: Adam Ford, Humanity+ Australia and Singularity Summit AU organiser
6:30pm Panel Moderator: Josie Taylor, ABC TV1 730Vic presenter
Alain Moulet, President, Aménagements Vivants, here for Kororoit Symposium: Living Spaces for Change
Cobina Crawford, Swinburne Strategic Foresight MA student who tweets about Occupy Melbourne
Amanda Dodd, Environmental Planner and convenor Friends of Iramoo (Grasslands at VU St. Albans)
Sean McMullen, Governance and IT Continuity at Bureau of Meteorology and author sci/fi and fantasy
8:00pm Skype in Dr Ben Goertzel - CEO of Novamente, founder of Open Cog
8:20pm Future Jam! - Rapid prototyping exercise (extremely participatory)
9:40pm Skype in Natasha Vita-More - designer and Chair of Humanity+
10:00pm Sean McMullen - Presentation
~10:30pmWrap up (Adam Ford and Tony Smith) and Thankyou - Lets make the Future!
Future Day - A Holiday Specifically Devoted to the Future
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?
The future is unknown. With the benefit of hindsight, we often wish we had more foresight. Have you ever wanted to go back in time and fix something? So why do we need a Future Day?
The human species is at a unique stage in history - scientific and technological progress is moving fast and is accelerating dramatically. Ray Kurzweil predicts that technological paradigm shifts will become increasingly common, leading to "technological change so rapid and profound it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history".
But what kind of change can we expect? There are many transformative technologies that look like they will have huge impacts on the way we live. What sort of future do you want? If you think through the possibilities of a particular technology, you can better appreciate the consequences of using it. Future Day is a celebration of imaginative and rational thinking about the future where you can participate. In the words of Howard Bloom, author of Global Brain: “Future Day is designed to center the impossible in the public mind once a year as a temptation too delicious to resist.”
Ben Goertzel, the AI researcher who launched the idea of Future Day, expresses his motivation for conceiving the holiday in terms of the concept of the attention economy. “In the more technologically advanced parts of the world" he notes, "we are entering a regime in which material scarcity is less of a problem than attentional scarcity. We are in a situation where the focusing of attention, individually and collectively, is of prime importance. My hope is that Future Day can serve as a tool for helping humanity focus its attention on figuring out what kind of future it wants, and striving to bring these visions to reality."
“Let’s raise a toast to our power to work toward dramatic new solutions to the problems of today -- and let's have fun in the process. Let's celebrate the amazing opportunities we have right now to work towards a beneficial future!”, says Adam Ford. “Future Day is important since it reminds us that a great future does not create itself. In order to realize our hopes and dreams, we have to actively work to make them happen. One of my dreams is to see a day when disease, and the suffering associated with it, is obliterated.” - Sonia Arrison, author of 100+
Join the conversation on Future Day March 1st to explore the possibilities about how the future is transforming us. You can celebrate Future Day however you like, the ball is in your court — feel free to send a photo of your Future Day gatherings to firstname.lastname@example.org, and your jubilation may wind up being commemorated on the Future Day website, Humanity+ website, and
the Facebook page!
“Future Day is a day for action! If all matter in the universe is comprised of patterns, let’s redesign what doesn’t work and form new methods for approaching the future with fluidity. Let’s grow neuromolecular wings for deeper perceptions in our flight in fostering a world of diversity and compassion.”
- Natasha Vita-More, designer and Chair, Humanity+
When & Where
The goal of H+ is to:
• support discussion and public awareness of emerging technologies,
• to defend the rights of individuals to adopt technologies that expand human capacities,
• to anticipate and propose solutions for the potential consequences of emerging technologies,
• and to actively encourage and support the development of emerging technologies judged to have sufficiently probable positive benefit.