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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.


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?


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 (1)

Systems Collapse

The Clyde Hotel

Life and Death as Systems Collapse With talk of an unwanted race between unimaginable global-scale ecological and economic collapse, it can be useful to remind ourselves that systems collapse is a common and familiar occurrence at other scales. While there are various ways systems can collapse, commonalities include difficulty of precise prediction and common involvement of multiple contributing factors. Systems prone to collapse have a web of internal dependencies which are needed to adjust to external variability. Life itself is a classic example. Continued health depends on keeping those internals performing within tolerance limits. Increasing connectedness of man-made systems is pushing them into similar territory. Deaths from "natural causes" provide familiar examples of systems collapse at human scale. They can also inform our understanding of bigger risks. There will also be discussion around systems collapse as global catastrophic risk, the economic implications of automation and AI on the job market, and relevant risk management approaches. 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]. 7.00 - Tony Smith - Life & Death as Systems Collapse 7.45 - Jack Strocci - Economic Systems Collapse - No future work for humans. A 2nd talk - titled 'Our days are numbered: no future of work for humans' - by Jack Strocci Synopsis: All human work is computable, Turing - UTM & computable functions, All work is intelligent action, All Intelligent action is based on a pattern translation model. Pattern translation models are a computable function (Turing) Therefore All work is computable. Tony Smith, expert on emergent phenomenon will give 'Life and Death as Systems Collapse'. Jack Strocci, economist, will talk about economic collapse. Q&A & further discussion after the talk. Where: The Clyde Hotel (upstairs in function room) - bring your appetite, there is a good menu: https://www.theclydehotel.com.au When: 6pm, though a few of us will be there earlier (say 5pm) to take advantage of the $8.50 pints (from 4-6pm) *Please only RSVP if you can make it :)* More details to come. Check this talk by Jarred Diamond 'Why do systems collapse?' Abstract: Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it. https://www.ted.com/talks/jared_diamond_on_why_societies_collapse?language=en Also see Luke Kemp's writing on civilisational collapse: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190218-are-we-on-the-road-to-civilisation-collapse *p.s. the event may be videoed - if you have any issues with being seen or heard on youtube, please let us know.

Past Events

Future Day 2019 - Melbourne - BOOKED OUT

KPMG Australia

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