LAZY READERS----May!! (And "Humans 2.0" Discussion)

  • May 23, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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For the nosy person who doesn't have time to read it all, but wants to know it all... 

LAZY READERS---MAY!!!!!!

Friday, May 23rd, 2014 @ Price Chopper in Lenexa, KS, 7:00 p.m.

Plus Bonus half-hour discussion: 

WILL THERE BE "HUMANS 2.0"?

Agree or disagree?  According to BBC program, Humans 2.0:

• “It will be possible to download our thoughts and store our minds in machines.”  Agree or disagree?

• “Biology and technology will combine to create a human version 2.0.  When the power of computers equals the power of the human brain, it will change who we are; it will create a new kind of human.”

• Kurzweil:  “We will understand the brain at the same time that power of computers reaches the power of the brain.” 

• Hazor De Garis:  “Kurzweil is dangerously naïve.  We are on the road, not to immortality, but to oblivion.”

• When future technologies create computers that are billions of times more powerful than the human brain, these “artilects” will be like gods and then the question will become:  “How will they feel about us?”  Prof. De Garis says we can expect them to treat us as we treat mosquitos.

Mike Arbach will present the best 15 minutes from the BBC program Humans 2.0.  He will defend most of the above statements.  Fred Heeren will argue against them.  And you?  How will you argue, for or against each of these ideas?

Then:  Our regular LAZY READERS:

Bring whatever you've been reading, and come to discuss that and what everyone else is reading. Subjects can include just about anything: fiction or non-fiction; history, science, humor, psychology, religion, philosophy; books or blogs or articles, etc. Come to talk or come to listen. No pressure, just friendly fun.

RSVP now. (It helps us know how to set up.)

We 'll give anyone who wants 3-5 minutes to explain what they've been reading, and another 3-5 minutes for everyone to ask questions and discuss. We always learn a ton. Come make new friends and learn something new about what they’ve been reading.

Come at 6:45 to grab a salad bar or café supper downstairs or just chat before getting started.

Afterwards: Meet at the nearby Blue Moose for more conversation.

---Brianna

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  • Twyla D.

    Well, those dozen naked boys who said they weren't coming to my house, decided to show up so I had to leave willy nilly to let them in. Great weekend! Can't say 'I wish you'd been here' because I don't. Just too much fun all for me, me me! Maybe next time. Cheers!

    May 26

  • Fred

    Lazy Readers night always offers variety, but this one should be magnasupervarietacious.

    May 22

  • Liz Schumacher C.

    Made me think about brain vs. mind and what a "human" is.

    2 · May 24

  • Mike

    Sorry guys, I had flat tire on my way, will be late. if you see this please tell Fred.

    May 23

  • James S.

    NO CAN DO!!! I took too long to git petrol... I'll just have to wait until human 2.1...

    1 · May 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds fun! Count me in.

    1 · May 17

  • Twyla D.

    Will bring my current read and share. Looking forward to it.

    1 · May 10

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