The Rise of the Citizen Scientist at Humanity Plus Conference at Harvard
The Summer 2010 Humanity+ Conference is emphasizing DIY with the brilliant theme "The Rise of the Citizen Scientist." (Our last magazine edition was organized around the DIY theme, focusing particularly on DIY Bio.)
Humanity+ Executive Director Alex Lighman is encouraging the crowdsourcing approach to problem solving: “Knowledge may be expanding exponentially, but the current rate of civilizational learning and institutional upgrading is still far too slow in the century of peak oil, peak uranium, and ‘peak everything.’ Humanity needs to gather vastly more data as part of ever larger and more widespread scientific experiments, and make science and technology flourish in streets, fields, and homes as well as in university and corporate laboratories.”
Leading lights of the transhumanist world will also be speaking, with Ray Kurzweil delivering the keynote and Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation also delivering a talk. I’m excited that Andrew Hessel — who has been leading the charge for DIY personalized medicine — will be among the speakers.
And yes, it all goes down at Harvard. As David Orban, Chairman of Humanity+ says: "The questions concerning the rapidly changing human condition, and our accelerating capacity to radically benefit from the positive use of technology are not a niche conversation anymore! We are very excited for the opportunity of presenting a provocative, but well grounded set of speakers to a wide audience at Harvard University."
"Life extension, brain-computer interfaces, robotic limbs, artificial consciousness, our changing relationship with our environment, and how it influences individuals, and society. These are some of the stimulating areas covered of H+ Summit @ Harvard, that has the theme The Rise Of The Citizen Scientist."
2010 Humanity+ Summit. Expect frequent updates.