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Discuss The Story "Manna" And Imaginary Futuristic Technology

Hey Everyone!


For the first hour or so, we will be discussing the short story Manna. It is one of the best stories I've ever read. It takes you on a journey to our near future and shows the drastic effects technology can have. It really gets you thinking! It takes about an hour to read but it is definitely worth it. 

(free to read) link: http://marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm



An important part of being a futurist is using our imagination. As many of us get older, we spend a lot less time imagining the impossible. Someone living 1,000 years ago would call you insane if you told them that in the future they would be able to talk to anyone in the world, at any time. We have no idea what our world will look like in 1,000 years. We may discover new laws of physics or develop insane new technology that allow us to do things that right now, seem impossible. 

To help break down our inherent belief that some futuristic technologies are "impossible," we will spend the second hour engaging in a thought experiment where we discuss the most ridiculous impossible or possible futuristic technologies. Let's stretch out those imagination muscles! The more ridiculous the better. Here’s a few:

Gadget to have a conversation with animals.

Shoes that allow you to jump to the clouds.

A full body suit that lets you fly.

A device that lets you replicate anything of any size, I’m talking planet replicators.


Anything! Try to think of 3 things but the more the better.



Thanks everyone, I'm looking forward to meeting you!






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  • Eddie

    Wow amazing conversation! Everything from consciousness to virtual reality to the Singularity. One of the best conversations I've had in awhile! Looking forward to our discussion next month! Thanks for coming!

    March 22, 2014

  • Arthur

    That was a great conversation. Thanks Eddie! Blake (and others), here's my Twitter: https://twitter.com/arthurdschwartz

    March 20, 2014

  • Arthur

    I'll only have a chance to do a fast read of Manna.

    March 19, 2014

    • Eddie

      No big deal. Excited to hear your insight on the topic!

      March 19, 2014

  • Neal

    Is there parking near by?

    March 19, 2014

    • Eddie

      Hey, I plan on driving but am not sure if there is parking right next to the restaurant or if I'll have to walk a little ways

      March 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fascinating read. Took only about an hour to read as well. Look forward to discussing. Interesting that the author is the founder of howstuffworks.com

    March 11, 2014

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