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Futurist Happy Hour

Drive carefully, bike, or walk, we'll meet and discuss the future in a German(ish) pub like the great philosophers of the nineteenth century.

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  • Budi M.

    You and your friends are welcome to join Lucy and I this weekend. Lucy (2014)
    A woman is accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
    http://youtu.be/MVt32qoyhi0

    July 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey All,

    I really enjoyed this meetup, very stimulating discussions! getting to talk about these issues with like minds gives me a lot of motivation to continue developing futurology related content. I wanted to share some links to my podcast that I just launched, "The Fake Future with Lance Robotson" because a few people mentioned to me to follow up on this page about it, so check me out, my podcast can be found at:

    http://thefakefuture.com/

    and if you use the itunes podcast directory you can view my podcast there at this link:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fake-future/id900211169 Again, good meetup, let's do it again soon!

    cheers
    Lance Robotson

    3 · July 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      OH yeah, also, I wrote a long article that i posted on Medium about the subject of immortality and radical life extension that served as the subject matter for my first episode of my podcast and i said i would post that here too:

      https://medium.com/@ro...­

      2 · July 18, 2014

    • Eric O.

      Lance - nice to have met you at the Meetup and seeing you in Ballard was cool. Keep up the great work! Loved your Fake Future blog on Medium - outstanding read.

      July 24, 2014

  • Larry J.

    found that usb dna sequencer link... http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-03/fastest-dna-sequencer

    looks like version 1.0 isn't as cool as their initial claims but is a start...

    (search for release version to get the real skinny on the current version)

    1 · July 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    BTW, other chapters of the book my article was published in will be of great interests to the Futurists.
    EVOLUTION HAUTE COUTURE: ART AND SCIENCE IN THE POST-BIOLOGICAL AGE
    Part 2: Theory. Edited and curated by Dmitry Bulatov

    560 pp. with 293 b/w ill., Kaliningrad: BB NCCA, 2013

    Here is a video and web page about the book,
    http://www.ncca.ru/en/articles.text?filial=4&id=66

    1 · July 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed our discussions last night! Regarding the one on changing human nature (hopefully to be more peaceful), I wrote an article on how I believe neuroengineering will help do this. See, "Better Minds: Cognitive Enhancement in the 21st Century" here: https://gatech.academia.edu/StevePotter .
    It is in both English and Russian, side by side. (it was published in a Russian book on bioart/science)
    If any of you also speak Russian, I would be curious to hear whether the editor, Dmitry Bulatov, did a good job translating it. -Steve Potter
    [masked]

    2 · July 19, 2014

  • Budi M.

    Check this out and tell me what you think:
    http://sifter.org/~simon/AfterLife/index.html

    July 19, 2014

  • Evan W.

    The event tonight was great. It was awesome to talk to all of you.

    2 · July 18, 2014

  • robert

    As they say, Brandyn, "never bet against the house!"...what's the consequence if you're wrong? and the consequence if I'm wrong?

    Like some new world elephant with your chardonnay? I guess it's your privilege!

    July 18, 2014

  • iontom

    For people arriving, I am in the back porch with Star Trek shirt

    July 18, 2014

    • Budi M.

      You're such a nerd. :)

      1 · July 18, 2014

    • Brandyn

      Yes, that's the one. Did you read your second link (which talks about the first) beyond the title? Or more to the point, beyond the first third where it starts: "So, case closed—don’t eat red meat? Sorry, nutritional science isn’t that simple."

      1 · July 18, 2014

  • robert

    Can't make this one, but will soon suggest a most cool venue for all for next one!

    (and for all you current-to-soon-become-former carni's and paleo's who do care about their own hearts, don't forget the latest on l-carnitine!)

    July 18, 2014

  • iontom

    So we're set on Schultzy's for this meetup. However, its not going to be a reoccurring venue and in future dates will have more diet conscious considerations.

    Also, if we overcrowd the place, then yet, we can always uproot and find a nice spot in the grass on campus to wrap up the night.

    July 18, 2014

    • Brandyn

      I hope by "diet conscious" you mean a place with something for everyone, and not a place with nothing that offends anyone? (Or, should I say, warn us if it's the latter so we all get to contribute our lists...)

      July 18, 2014

  • Nass

    I'm new to the area -- what's the parking situation like in that area of town?

    July 18, 2014

    • Evan W.

      There is some street parking, but you will have to pay until 8 p.m.

      July 18, 2014

  • robert

    Really offensive venue!

    Futurists don't eat dead animals-pick another venue if you folks are for real!

    Let's re-think this one!

    July 12, 2014

    • Nass

      It strikes me as ironic (contradictory) that a transhumanist simply replaces some rules of evolution (you cannot live forever) with others (you can live forever and you must not eat animals). This makes the transhumanist movement no better or worse than other "movements."

      2 · July 18, 2014

  • robert

    2-
    Yes! to mindful eating and other consumption! Animal-based foods are proven to be biologically harmful to our human bodies, are unsustainable for the planet, an unnecessarily greedy use of world food and natural resources, kill other sentient beings, and ultimately sully our own good conscience -- for no good reason.

    This clip is an incredible heart-story (prepare to choke up); looking at it through a transhumanist lens, I see the role of possibility of extra-genetic co-evolution among and between earthlings. As transhumanists, we are tasked with preserving the importance of meaning and love across species.

    How Does A Chimp Thank Its Savior After Being Freed? With A Heart-Crushing Hug (3 Minutes In):

    http://www.upworthy.com/how-does-a-chimp-thank-its-savior-after-being-freed-with-a-heart-crushing-hug-3-minutes-in


    (continued)

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Brandyn

    "Why always eat when meeting?"-- so that when all the high and drunk people say nothing of real import, you haven't completely wasted your time. ;) Why always do drugs when meeting? It's as if nobody (sober) actually likes people... But seriously, one thing we can say for sure is the future will apparently have much diversity. That's probably good. My vote is for your sci-fi S&M opium bar that serves dead animals. I bet we can find a quiet corner. And the shackles on the wall may come in handy. But really, I'm fine with whatever... (Oh, wait, do opium and S&M cancel each other out? Hmm.)

    Robert, aside from the culinary multitasking advantage mentioned above, I'm with you on preferring the burbling brook to the bar scene But this is but one event, not a life long lifestyle commitment, and you and I did not create it. I see it as good practice at tactical communication.

    1 · July 15, 2014

  • robert

    My experience has been: too much multi-tasking degrades the throughput; it's not synergistic, and each task is sub-optimal...the biophysics of attention and bandwidth rule!

    Why not a beautiful local park or nearby gardens on a warm summer evening?

    Burbling brook vs cacophony of plates and glasses?

    A picnic with cannabis and wine?

    Why always eat when meeting?

    Just enjoy the conversation!

    1 · July 15, 2014

  • Brandyn

    (Beware, fwiw, besides very mixed reviews, Flowers had three failed health inspections last year.)

    July 15, 2014

    • iontom

      Ew. Well count that out

      July 15, 2014

  • iontom

    Okay, well we something preferably in U district that has drinking for adults but also allows minors. Are you familiar with and interested in Flowers?

    July 14, 2014

  • robert

    It's not about the menu-it's about the mind-set!

    Why not have the event in a more attractive venue?

    Is futurism about eating verses meeting?

    I attend plenty of interesting meet-ups without the drinking/eating chaotic setting that this group seems to want!

    What ever happened to old fashioned H+ coffee-house meet-ups?

    Remember the old H+ Meet-ups at Kaludi's?(sp?)

    Best luck for your meet-up in any event!

    July 14, 2014

  • Nass

    (I'm more of a maybe, regardless of cuisine.)

    July 13, 2014

  • Brandyn

    (P.s., just so you don't think I'm glibly ignoring your position, please see, e.g., http://www.gnolls.org/index/ Happy to chat about it over dinner.)

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Brandyn

    Robert, did you look at the menu? A dozen or so vegetarian items. Seems like they're catering to your particular culinary identity, not discriminating against it. Can you recommend any vegetarian places that serve meat? I would be fine with that too.

    July 12, 2014

  • robert

    3-
    And here is the mother-of-all-documentaries -- powerfully moral advocacy -- whether you are just curious or ready to be convinced, or ready to consider personal veganism:

    http://earthlings.com/

    ..and there is always hope...

    http://www.king5.com/news/editors-pick/Elephant-released-after-50-years-appears-to-cry-266840091.html?google_editors_picks=true

    Thanks for reading!

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • robert

    ok; done with my personal rant!
    But here's the real point in 3 posts...

    1-
    As a futurist, I ask the deeply important question: How do we protect and expand all that is good about what it means to be human?

    Because the root of transhumanism has to recognize the role of earthling evolution in the creation and extension of our human species, please consider becoming vegan. Certainly, if you are not yet vegan, please at least respect those who recognize the moral contradiction of eating dead animals and believing in the moral imperative to advocate the survival of humans through transhumanism.

    You can respect us by changing the venue of this meetup to something less offensive.

    Note: It's easy to become vegan if you like being mindful. It's good for our animal fellows, good for human economic justice, good for the planet's sustainability (the ultimate requirement for human survival and futurism), good for our spirits, and good for our personal biological health.

    (continued...)

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • robert

    Hey Brandyn,
    Glad you're amused!

    Other than sarcasm, I'm curious about your view of futurism and whether it includes human values and aspirations?

    Or is it just one big-valueless techno-ai-mind-fuck in your view?

    How about we all meet in a great local sci-fi S&M bar where everyone can eat dead animals if they like, and each other after!

    And I'm ok going to an establishment that discriminates against gays, women, people of color, as long as "if that's people's preference".

    Anyone for serious humanistic futurism?

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Brandyn

    Funny, here I was thinking futurists don't drink alcohol or eat wheat.

    Anyway, I'm ok with a place that serves live animals if that's people's preference.

    July 12, 2014

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