Videos from Global Futures 2045

Sunday, June 23, 2013

For those of us who couldn't make it to the Global Futures 2045 Congress this month, videos of the speakers and activities are now being released online.  Included speakers are Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis and prosthetics pioneer Nigel Ackland.

The second international Global Future 2045 Congress took place on 15-16 June 2013 at the Lincoln Center in New York, and focused on discussion of a new evolutionary strategy for humanity aimed at overcoming the 21st century’s civilization challenges.

The congress also showcased the Avatar science mega-project, aimed at accelerating the creation of technologies enabling a gradual transition from our biological bodies to an increasingly advanced artificial carrier of the human self.

For those of us who couldn't make it to the event, videos of the speakers and activities are now being released online.

Jonathan Granoff spoke about risk mitigation as technology, science, and biology evolve. This video also shows a round table discussion on Interfaith Dialogue about Science, Spirituality, Evolution of Humanity and the Avatar Project

Nigel Ackland told the story of how he lost his arm in an accident and how awkward previous prosthetics were. He said that his new prosthetic had dramatically changed his life as people who used to shy away were now intrigued by his new arm.

Peter Diamandis spoke about the future of humanity, advancements in technology including, theTricorder XPRIZE, the XPRIZE for Literacy - launching this year, Planetary Resources, and the Arkyd Spacecraft.

Ray Kurzweil discusses his observations and predictions of the evolution of technology, biology, and science. (Pretty fascinating information if you've never heard him speak before.)

The 2045 Initiative

Founded by Russian entrepreneur Dmitry Itskov in February 2011 with the participation of leading Russian specialists in the field of neural interfaces, robotics, artificial organs and systems.

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The main goals of the 2045 Initiative: the creation and realization of a new strategy for the development of humanity which meets global civilization challenges; the creation of optimal conditions promoting the spiritual enlightenment of humanity; and the realization of a new futuristic reality based on 5 principles: high spirituality, high culture, high ethics, high science and high technologies.

The main science mega-project of the 2045 Initiative aims to create technologies enabling the transfer of a individual’s personality to a more advanced non-biological carrier, and extending life, including to the point of immortality. We devote particular attention to enabling the fullest possible dialogue between the world’s major spiritual traditions, science and society.

A large-scale transformation of humanity, comparable to some of the major spiritual and sci-tech revolutions in history, will require a new strategy. We believe this to be necessary to overcome existing crises, which threaten our planetary habitat and the continued existence of humanity as a species. With the 2045 Initiative, we hope to realize a new strategy for humanity's development, and in so doing, create a more productive, fulfilling, and satisfying future.

SOURCE  Athena Business

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