Meetup presentation: technology, intelligence, and the future

Greetings all,

This Tuesday, I would like to try something new. I will give a presentation on a topic of interest to me, and we’ll have a discussion afterwards. I would like your feedback on the format as well as the location of the event.

I will consider some new ideas on our place in the universe by extrapolating some long-range trends into the future. Specifically, there are two trends I will discuss: the expansion of intelligence from the beginning the universe to the information age, and the increasing control that humans have over nature. Here are some keywords on the topics we’ll cover and discuss after the meetup:

Technological evolution, intelligence expansion, natural versus intelligent evolution, science and pseudoscience, accelerating change, costs and benefits of technology, doomsday scenarios, Malthusianism, Kardashev scale, post-humanism, optimism versus pessimism.

We will meet in the second floor community room of the Central Market in Plano.

If you would like to read up on some of the things I will touch upon, check out the following articles:
http://en.wikipedia.o... Note: This is a joint meetup with my Artificial Intelligence meetup group.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    "All you need to do is wait until the hours before your death and then allow someone to chemically preserve or freeze your brain, slice it into nanometer thin wafers, scan it, and upload your mind into a computer."

    The future is coming! The future is coming! ;D­

    April 8, 2010

  • David V.

    Here are the notes I used for the talk:­

    February 4, 2010

  • Rinda G.

    David gave a cogent, well organized presentation of our evolution from the big bang to the present leading into his highly intriguing suggestions about mankind’s future. I’d read his paper­ on the topic prior to coming tonight. It was highly optimistic. Ha! …so much for my ability to “critique” as I was in too much agreement with him. His suggestion, among others, that we will never have a shortage of anything because we’ll be able to replicate all we need using everything around us was an idea I, too, had years ago. David raised futuristic possibilities that I hadn’t even thought about, particularly the idea of all our minds being linked. I found myself thinking of the BORG from Star Trek.
    Sadly, my limited understanding of physics, made it more difficult for me to follow some of the thinking, but I still enjoyed the discussion and hearing others’ ideas and opinions. The ethical issue arose, as well it should, that “because we can, should we?”

    February 3, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tonight (Tues., Feb. 2nd) at 9 pm on PBS, there is a Frontline documentary relevant to this discussion called "Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier".

    February 2, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's too bad I can't go. I will re-read the chapter on "Humans in Universe" in my copy of Buckminster Fuller's CRITICAL PATH, and be with you in thought/spirit.

    February 1, 2010

  • David V.

    February 1, 2010

  • Nathaniel

    AI meetup group name/link?
    This should be interesting, I'm quite the transhumanist. I personally can't wait to seamlessly access my computer, the net, etc... wirelessly with just my mind. I also can't help but wonder what would happen if the population reached the same number as the number of human neurons... and we were linked together similarly though the net.

    January 26, 2010

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