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04-30-2015, 03:30 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnT1xgZgkpk by Nick Bostrom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Bostrom)


04-30-2015, 06:40 AM
I pinched these videos from TED.com as they give a good overview of where we have come from and where we might be heading...hope you enjoy them.

Navigating our global future (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuWXfjyGhk0) by Ian Golding. (http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/about/director/) 07:06

As globalization and technological advances bring us hurtling towards a new integrated future, Ian
Goldin warns that not all people may benefit equally. But, he says, if we can recognize this danger,
we might yet realize the possibility of improved life for everyone.

The next 5,000 days of the web (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDYCf4ONh5M) by kevin Kelly. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Kelly_(editor)) 19:34

At the 2007 EG conference, Kevin Kelly shares a fun stat: The World Wide Web, as we know it, is only
5,000 days old. Now, Kelly asks, how can we predict what's coming in the next 5,000 days?

The next species of human (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNcLKbJs3xk) by Juan Enriquez (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Enr%C3%ADquez) 18:50

Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on
your ballot — or in the stock exchange. It'll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies
and minds. Our kids are going to be ... different.

We are all cyborgs now (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1KJAXM3xYA) by Amber Case (http://cyborganthropology.com/Amber_Case) 07:53

Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new
version of homo sapiens. We now rely on "external brains" (cell phones and computers) to
communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect
or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.

And now, the real news (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0cphH1jkQI) by Kirk Citron (http://www.kirkcitron.com/a-brief-bio.html) 03:21

How many of today's headlines will matter in 100 years? 1000? Kirk Citron's "Long News" project
collects stories that not only matter today, but will resonate for decades — even centuries — to
come. At TED2010, he highlights recent headlines with the potential to shape our future.

Is China the new idol for emerging economies? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q2aznfmcYU) by Dambisa Moyo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dambisa_Moyo) 16:23

The developed world holds up the ideals of capitalism, democracy and political rights for all. Those in
emerging markets often don't have that luxury. In this powerful talk, economist Dambisa Moyo
makes the case that the west can't afford to rest on its laurels and imagine others will blindly follow.
Instead, a different model, embodied by China, is increasingly appealing. A call for open-minded
political and economic cooperation in the name of transforming the world.

Transition to a world without oil (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8meWY0W40OA) by Rob Hopkins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Hopkins) 16:40

Rob Hopkins reminds us that the oil our world depends on is steadily running out. He proposes a
unique solution to this problem — the Transition response, where we prepare ourselves for life
without oil and sacrifice our luxuries to build systems and communities that are completely
independent of fossil fuels.

Is this our final century? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qF26MbYgOA) by Sir Martin Rees (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Rees,_Baron_Rees_of_Ludlow) 17:26

Speaking as both an astronomer and "a concerned member of the human race," Sir Martin Rees
examines our planet and its future from a cosmic perspective. He urges action to prevent dark
consequences from our scientific and technological development.

5 predictions, from 1984 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc8Ks6KOySg) by Nicholas_Negroponte (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Negroponte) 25:23

With surprising accuracy, Nicholas Negroponte predicts what will happen with CD-ROMs, web
interfaces, service kiosks, the touchscreen interface of the iPhone and his own One Laptop per Child

Back to the future (of 1994) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdg4mU-wuhI) by Danny Hillis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Hillis) 19:10

From deep in the TED archive, Danny Hillis outlines an intriguing theory of how and why
technological change seems to be accelerating, by linking it to the very evolution of life itself. The
presentation techniques he uses may look dated, but the ideas are as relevant as ever.

The future of cars (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKGQ7T7vKyA) by Larry Burns[/i ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Burns) 09:12

General Motors veep Larry Burns previews cool next-gen car design: sleek, customizable (and
computer-enhanced) vehicles that run clean on hydrogen — and pump energy back into the
electrical grid when they're idle.

A roadmap to end aging (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iYpxRXlboQ) by [i]Aubrey_de_Grey ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey_de_Grey) 22:45

Cambridge researcher Aubrey de Grey argues that aging is merely a disease — and a curable one at
that. Humans age in seven basic ways, he says, all of which can be averted.

The Long Now (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq000rAZBMc) by Stewart Brand ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stewart_Brand) 23:23

Stewart Brand works on the Clock of the Long Now, a timepiece that counts down the next 10,000
years. It's a beautiful project that asks us to think about the far, far future. Here, he discusses a tricky
side problem with the Clock: Where can we put it?

What does the future hold? 11 characters offer quirky answers ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlmZkY1uqXM) by Sarah Jones ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Jones_(stage_actress)) 18:36

Sarah Jones changes personas with the simplest of wardrobe swaps. In a laugh-out-loud
improvisation, she invites 11 "friends" from the future on stage—from a fast-talking Latina to an
outspoken police officer—to ask them questions supplied by the TED2014 audience.


04-30-2015, 04:45 PM
For the economists among you and related to the video in the above post, "Is China the new idol for emerging economies?", another video worth watching is "Economist Dambisa Moyo on China's Pursuit of Resources" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf8-5QBbzmU) as this talks of the economic impact of China on the rest of the world.


Michael Sternbach
05-04-2015, 12:40 PM
Maybe computers could help us find the Philosopher's Stone? - Yes, I am kidding. But...