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Our mission is to enhance public understanding of science, technology and potential futures by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. This is a group for anyone interested in science, technology & the future. All are welcome. Looking forward to exploring the profound possibilities of the future with you.

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We are on the cusp of a technological avalanche - with the internet of things we will see the digital frontiers expand further. It is clear that technology is a key driver of innovation. In a changing world maintaining and expanding our capacity to innovate is essential.

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Science & Technology are essential for designing the future. With a philosophy of design guiding our progress in scientific research & technological innovation we can achieve great things! What high-impact technologies will preserve what we value and help to instill resiliency into our society?

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Over the last few decades we have seen unprecedented technological change. Our ability to visualize impacts of technological convergence in the short, medium and long term is detrimental to our survival. With informed estimates of possible futures, we can hope to achieve clearer visions for a better future, let's leverage growth in powerful new technologies to solve global problems.

"The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science." - Albert Einstein

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Upcoming events (2)

AI – Risks, Opportunities and Ethical Issues

Needs a location

"Adam Ford, data professional and futurologist, will assess the prospect of transformative artificial intelligence (AI) in the near and mid-term future, and discuss the ethical importance of building an AI that is smarter and more capable than humanity.
He will explore how AI may outpace human capability in most (or possibly all) areas of economic usefulness – i.e. automated science, engineering and technological development – resulting in explosive progress that is likely to be more significant than the agricultural and industrial revolutions of the past.
Adam will discuss the notion of intelligence, what is missing in AI now, and the importance of ‘understanding’ in biological intelligence. He will address a variety of expert opinions on progress in AI capability and timelines, and make recommendations for achieving good outcomes."

When: October 27 @ 19:30 - 21:00 AEDT
Where: Balwyn Library meeting room, 336 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn,
OR register to join the meeting via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdO-qqj0sHt26vgOS3b2MZ7AR5PGsU0Wi

See event listing on the Victorian Humanists Website.

AI Models & Machine Understanding - James Newton-Thomas

Needs a location

This meeting has been postponed more times than I care to mention.

James Newton-Thomas (Renaissance Labs) will give a talk on AI and Modelling

Agenda:
5.30 - Meet, great, and eat.. pub food - it's actually not bad! Feel free to come early to take advantage of the $8.50 pints from 4.00 onwards (after 6, you can say you are part of the event, and you will still get $8.50 pints for the rest of the night).
6.50 - Introduction - Adam Ford
7.00 - Talk: James Newton-Thomas

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