Priorities: the Humanity+ agenda

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Introduction to the Humanity+ UK2010 event on April 24th 2010

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http://humanityplus-uk.com – Sat 24th April 2010 David Wood - Principal, Delta Wisdom Twitter: @dw2 Blog: http://dw2blog.com

Priorities for the coming decade:20 items that deserve a larger amount of attention, analysis, resourcing, and funding : 

Priorities for the coming decade:20 items that deserve a larger amount of attention, analysis, resourcing, and funding David Wood - Principal, Delta Wisdom Twitter: @dw2 Blog: http://dw2blog.com “The Humanity+ Agenda” Responses to major challenges

Major challenges ahead : 

Major challenges ahead Ecological and environmental disaster Runaway climate change; unsustainable lifestyles Economic disintegration Threat of global market instability & failure Extremist terrorism Easier access to various WMD (e.g. nuclear) Awareness of shortage of peak experience Individuals seek autonomy & transformation Radically uncertain future Accelerating change & disruption; cutbacks needed

Responses to major challenges : 

Responses to major challenges Health Education Technology Society Humanity

Health+ : 

Health+ Preventive medicine The costs of prevention will in many cases be much less than the cost of cures Better than well Super-healthy people contribute more to society Anti-aging treatments Important special case of above priorities Aging – the accumulation of bodily damage – lies at the heart of many diseases Healthy centenarians will provide wisdom & zest

Education+ : 

Education+ Improved reasoning skills Training in overcoming biases, in all their forms Freedom from fundamentalism Diminishing the hold of dogma, whether from “scripture” or “tradition” or “prophets” Education about accelerating technology So people become fully aware of the opportunities, risks, context, and options Cognitive enhancement & intelligence augmentation To help everyone to become smarter and more sociable (both individually and collectively) Artificial general intelligence Important special case of above priority

Technology+ : 

Technology+ Robotics supporting humans Providing unmatched strength, precision, and diligence Nanotechnology The use of atom-level engineering to create highly useful new materials, compounds, and tools Synthetic biology Techniques of software and manufacturing applied to biology, with huge benefits for health (& more) Large-scale clean energy Whether solar, nuclear, or whatever Next generation ICT Informatics, software, communications, networking Improved performance, reliability, security, usability

Society+ : 

Society+ Patent system reform To address aspects of IP law where innovation and collaboration are being hindered rather than helped Smart market regulation To handle pressures where social forces lead to market failures rather than genuinely useful products Expansion of collaborative voluntary enterprise (the domain of not-for-profit contribution) Since not all good is driven by financial motivation Vibrant democratic involvement and oversight Inclusive open discussion on managing the future

Humanity+ : 

Humanity+ Expansion of human autonomy Supporting greater choice and experience In both virtual and physical reality New measures of human accomplishment An attractive vision that supersedes economic measures such as GDP Geo-engineering capability To equip us with tools to wisely restructure the planet (and more) “We are as gods and HAVE to get good at it”

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Preventive medicine Better than well Anti-aging treatments Improved reasoning skills Freedomfrom fundamentalism Education aboutaccelerating technology Cognitive enhancement& intelligence augmentation Artificial general intelligence Robotics supporting humans Nanotechnology Synthetic biology Large-scale clean energy Next generation ICT Patent system reform Smart market regulation Collaborative voluntary enterprise Vibrant democratic involvement Expansion of human autonomy New measures ofhuman accomplishment Geo-engineering capability

Beware six dangerous temptations : 

Beware six dangerous temptations Inevitability / Over-optimism There are no “cosmic laws of progress” (or similar) Over-reliance on free-market economics There are many instances of market failures Nature (“red in tooth and claw”) Evolution is impressive, but is far from optimal Risk aversion (“the precautionary principle”) Doing nothing is at least as risky as seeking changes Religion Beware obsession with “revealed truth” / “final truth” Humanism No more final than “simianism” or “mammalism”

How to handle the temptations : 

How to handle the temptations Health Education Technology Society Humanity

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http://humanityplus-uk.com – Sat 24th April 2010 1 day. 2 panel sessions. 10 speakers. Hundreds of conversations. What challenges and opportunities does the human race face in this age of unprecedented change? How can we help shape the future, spread the benefits and mitigate the risks of the coming technological revolutions? Join us for one day in London’s Conway Hall, during which our speakers will help us all to start to answering these questions

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http://humanityplus-uk.com – Sat 24th April 2010 1 day. 2 panel sessions. 10 speakers. Hundreds of conversations. What challenges and opportunities does the human race face in this age of unprecedented change? How can we help shape the future, spread the benefits and mitigate the risks of the coming technological revolutions? Join us for one day in London’s Conway Hall, during which our speakers will help us all to start to answering these questions

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