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Are you through with negative discussions about the future? Let us start afresh!

Future Based veers off the beaten path to make way for an optimistic year filled with podcasts, reflections, meetups, performances, and everything in between.

Future Based:

Are you through with negative discussions about the future? Let us start afresh!

Future Based veers off the beaten path to make way for an optimistic year filled with podcasts, reflections, meetups, performances, and everything in between.

Philosophy as a form of activism

Perhaps it’s something of all times…. to think we are on a turning point, but it seems that there are so many writings on the wall we can’t ignore that indeed we are, due to technology, living on the border of a paradigm shift. In our belief our world perspective will change dramatically in the coming twenty years. It’s just that we sometimes can’t see clearly what is right under our collective nose: our world isn’t only changing, it is changing faster than ever.

Nevertheless, there is a tendency to forget the importance of reflecting on how the world is changing, and in particular what the consequences of these changes might be. In this perspective, we engage philosophy as a form of activism and use it to question the status quo and the established frameworks we tend to believe in so dearly.

Asking questions can provide access into gaining insight. And as paradoxical as it might sound, by allowing for speculative futures and imagining alternatives, we make space for fresh notions of both ourselves and the world: Familiarizing ourselves with the future grants access to a better understanding of the Now. But in many areas, too few questions are asked, or a subject is merely discussed unilaterally. Future Based organizes discussions with experts in their field to ask critical questions. Not to necessarily find straight answers, but to formulate more specific questions, and to foster a deeper understanding of the world we live in. After all, the world is constantly changing.

An interdisciplinary discussion platform.

Why did we opt for an interdisciplinary approach? Interdisciplinary research allows for a synthesis of ideas that integrates characteristics from different disciplines. At Future Based, we believe in interdisciplinary studies—beyond the buzz. We see the crossing of borders between disciplines as highly potent spaces, but we are equally interested in analysing the pitfalls of interdisciplinary projects. It is common to come across a theme that is relevant to, for instance, the fields of literature, art, and history, or a subject of inquiry that concerns both science and mathematics. And yet, it is rare to find models of research that fully incorporate such varying disciplines. The question that remains, is what form of interdisciplinary studies can really intertwine divergent disciplines and allow for a truly reciprocal exchange? What are the difficulties? And how can differences be overcome to make way for common ground between disciplines? Here again, philosophy functions as a tool to think critically about the established frameworks and thought processes that govern different disciplines.

Studying topics thematically is an ideal way to bring a variety of ideas and approaches together, which can result in inspiration, new perspectives and meaningful learning. With this in mind, Future Based has selected a number of themes that can be viewed from different angles, which will form the base of our programme for the years 2019-2021. Various topics that fall within the overarching themes will be discussed from different perspectives in reading groups, performances, exhibitions and meetings.

These topics will be addressed from fields of study that range from the natural sciences and philosophy to art, technology and economics. For each meet-up, a different topic from one of the themes will be highlighted. We will engage in discussions with academics, field specialists and experiential experts. And since Future Based is not location-bound, this can happen literally anywhere.

The main themes of 2019 -2021 are: Ecology, Knowledge, Mind-Body Debate, Object Fetishism and The Others.

Some questions for around the campfire;

Why do we want robots? What about the ethics of new technologies? What is privacy? What is valuable? What is 'art' and what does it tell us about reality? What role does intuition play in science? What is knowledge? And how do we obtain knowledge? What is morality? What does 'evolution' mean? How do new technologies influence our norms of social interaction? What does science say about religion? How does religion deal with science? What is AI and can we speak of cognitive computers? Can we gather new insights into the world through art? Which role does art play in producing knowledge? What is intelligence? And how should we consider the intelligence of animals and plants? Are we hard-wired beings? Does the world really change at a faster pace? What do the terms 'sustainability' and 'innovation' actually mean? What does it mean to be human? What are the consequences of my actions?

Upcoming events (1)

Sixty Minutes Back to the Future: Ethics of human enhancement.

Sixty Minutes Back to the Future: Ethics of human enhancement. Future Based’s ‘Sixty minutes back to the Future’ series is a new series in which we reflect on the bottlenecks and challenges of today’s society, and contemporary issues that have already been addressed by numerous philosophers and scientists: What can we learn about the future by looking at history? The structure of the lectures is as follows: In sixty minutes, an artist, designer, researcher, or scientist talks about her/his field of work and what theories and thinkers have influenced their work. […] We will then reflect on how these theories, ways of thinking, and researches are relevant for understanding the state of today’s society, what we can learn from them about the ‘now,’ and why it is relevant to involve our past in our speculations about the future. The purpose of these webinars: To leave you with a head full of questions and the eagerness to go and conduct research yourselves. Luckily, you will receive access to a document with reading suggestions and relevant texts at the end of the lecture. A note: In these times of challenges of all sorts, we need to lend each other a helping hand. That’s why Future Based organises these webinars on a non-profit basis. This means that ticket sales go directly to the artist, designer or scientist. (Future Based is not subsidized by any means.) Sixty Minutes Back to the Future with biohacker Peter Joosten: Ethics of human enhancement. In this webinar ‘Ethics of human enhancement’ biohacker Peter Joosten explains the different philosophical ideas on improving humans with the use of science and technology. In these 60 minutes, Peter will discuss a couple of scientists, thought leaders and authors and their view on upgrading the human species, and what visions they have for the future of homo sapiens. Philosophers that will be discussed: 1. Professor Annelien Bredenoord (UMC Utrecht) and professor Maartje Schermer (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam). What is the bioethics and medical ethics? What are thought-provoking topics like organoids and algorithms in healthcare? 2. Professor Julian Savulescu (Oxford University) and John Harriss (University of Manchester). Prominent advocates for the use of science and technology to upgrade the human species. What are their arguments? 3. Michael Sandel and Francis Fukuyama. Vocal opponents of the concept of human enhancement and human augmentation. What are their arguments? 4. Kevin Kelly and Koert van Mensvoort. Instead on focusing on individuals, is it possible that technology will connect us all to form a super-organism (Van Mensvoort) or the Technium (Kelly)? Or did this actually already happened? Peter Joosten MSc. is a biohacker and future thinker. He investigates the impact of biohacking, human enhancement and transhumanism in his keynotes, articles and Youtube channel. Peter is the curator of the platform Superhuman Talks where he writes and interviews experts about the coming era of upgraded humans. He wrote the (Dutch) book ‘Biohacking’ about human enhancement and its implication on organizations, education and healthcare. He is a guest lecturer at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (master Human Technology Interaction) and an expert at the Next Nature Academy. He finished his studies Journalism and Innovation Management at the Rijksuniversiteit of Groningen, the Netherlands. Peter was a student in the Biohack Academy 2019 class of the Waag Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In the summer of 2019 he attended the School of Bioethics at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum Athenaeum and the Università Europea di Roma, Italy. In 2020 he studied science journalism in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Practical: When? The 28th of May 20:00 – 21:00 UTC Amsterdam. You will receive a ZOOM link after the purchase of your ticket (registration at Zoom required). Ticketlink: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sixty-minutes-back-to-the-future-ethics-of-human-enhancement-tickets-102552994768

Past events (16)

Sixty Minutes Back to the Future: Aldo Houterman

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