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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)

The Past, Present and Future of COVID-19

Online event

Online Event: Registration Essential Here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-past-present-and-future-of-covid-19-tickets-112382940400 - Prior to the event, registrants will receive a link to join it live. Experts from the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity answering your questions. As the world feels the health, economic and social burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic, we wonder where we go from here. It seems like so long ago – 31 December 2019 – when pneumonia of unknown aetiology was first detected in Wuhan, China and reported to the World Health Organisation. Within a matter of weeks, SARS-CoV-2 had made it to every continent on Earth except Antarctica. The outbreak spread accelerated, and the number of cases, deaths and countries impacted rose, causing COVID-19 to be declared a pandemic by the WHO on 11 March 2020. Months later, many parts of the world are still in lockdown. But after “flattening the curve”, as restrictions in Victoria ease, the number of cases has jumped back up. This calls into question the end goal of social distancing measures and whether we are prepared for a potential second wave. At the beginning of the outbreak, because relatively little was known about the SARS-CoV-2 virus, researchers and clinicians looked to knowledge of other respiratory viruses for guidance, especially those that cause influenza, SARS, and MERS. Researchers and clinicians are working around the clock to gain a better understanding of the virus, how it spreads, and how we can fight back (with drugs and/or our immune system). Hosted by the Convergence Science Network

AI Models & Machine Understanding - James Newton-Thomas

The Clyde Hotel

This meeting has been postponed from April to June 4th! 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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