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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)

Quantum Logic and the Rise of the Memes

The Clyde Hotel

How does quantum logic differ from classical logic? How do we live in a universe that accommodates both? Is it possible to observe quantum logic at work in our macroscopic world? Surprisingly a little bit of quantum logic can disentangle some of our clumsy everyday conceptualisations of biology, language and culture. Speaker: Chris Guest - President of Vic Skeptics Where: The Clyde Hotel (upstairs in function room) - bring your appetite, there is a good menu: https://www.theclydehotel.com.au When: Thursday 22nd August - 6pm, though a few of us will be there earlier (say 5pm) to take advantage of the $8.50 pints (from 4-6pm) - note that if you mention the Meetup you will get $8.50 pints anyway I am told :) Agenda: 5.45 - 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[masked]. 6.50 - Introduction - Adam Ford 7.00 - Talk: Quantum Logic and the Rise of the Memes by Chris Guest Chris Guest is a software developer who gets himself involved in critical thinking, machine learning and bioinformatics. He is skeptical and an aspiring authorling. Classical Logic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_logic Quantum Logic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_logic https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_logic#Differences_with_classical_logic Reserach gate CL vs QL: https://www.researchgate.net/post/Quantum_logic_versus_classical_logic

Science, Technology & the Future Conference

Melbourne

Event planning in progress - it will be a 2 day event, probably at RMIT. Themes: - Artificial Intelligence & Machine Understanding* - Ethics & philosophy of mind - Human augmentation - Historical view on societal collapse - Existential Risks, Global Catastrophic Risks and Risk Management - Risk management. Here is a list of links to previous conferences etc: http://www.singularitysummit.com.au *What is meant by 'Machine Understanding' is not humans understanding machines, but AI that understands, with some subtle difference in it's focus to AGI, and why this might be useful for developing beneficial AI.

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