What will the future be like?
Right now, the technologies that we use to understand the world are in the process of a major transformation. Almost every field of knowledge is generating vast quantities of data, requiring unprecedented computing power and intelligent algorithms to interpret.
There will be sessions on Biomed, Engineering, Tools for Thinking about the Future, and Intelligent Technology. See the Program for more info.
With the immense promise comes great challenges — the foremost being how to sift through the deluge of data to garner meaningful insights and translate them into practical innovations. Working out how to advance into personalised medicine from the human genome project, or create massive simulations of the cosmos from satellite and telescope data will occupy many. We live in extraordinarily exciting times!
Peter Doherty – (Nobel Laureate) Immunologist; named Australian of the Year in 1997 and is listed as an Australian National Treasure
Lloyd Hollenberg – (Melbourne Uni) Professor of Physics – Recently won numerous awards for his work on quantum sensing and quantum computing
David Pearce – Philosopher and Founder of the World Transhumanist Association who promotes the idea that there exists a strong ethical imperative for humans to work towards the ultimate goal of removing suffering in all sentient life
Marcus Hutter – (ANU) known for ‘Universal Intelligence’ a mathematical formalization of general intelligence
Scott Watkins – (CSIRO)Team Lead of the Organic Photovoltaics project at CSIRO – developing cheaper and faster ways to manufacture flexible solar coatings for many substrates
Tim van Gelder – CEO & Founder of Austhink Consulting – worked on augmenting human rationality though refining computer aided design tools like Argument
Sarah Boyd – Spearheaded the Australian chapter of the Systems Biology Institute – responsible for progressing and overseeing the scientific, educational and outreach programs
Drew Berry – 3D Digital Biomedical Visualization at WEHI – he has won numerous awards for his amazing biomedical animations
Peter Ellerton – director of the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project – His research focuses on the nature and teaching of critical thinking
The Nov 30 – Dec 1st conference takes place in a time of great change, and unprecedented risks to global safety and prosperity. Some of these changes may threaten our survival — but let us take solace that great change brings great opportunities. We have the societal framework to deal with increasingly complex problems, harnessing the accumulated weight of thousands of individuals in fields as narrow as a nanotube and as overlapping as the world wide web. Let us take the opportunity to future-proof our efforts to find solutions.
We invite you to come, share, and learn at Science, Technology & the Future – Secure your Tickets Now!
http://scifuture.org – Nov 30-Dec 1 2013.
Overcoming human limitations using science and technology – reducing the undesirable effects of old age, mitigating impacts of debilitating disease, freeing people from the shackles of un-chosen psychologies.