Tag Archives: The Vital Syllabus

Our make-or-break century

Dear Futurists, “Staying as we are” isn’t a viable option for us humans in the remainder of this century. Nor is there an option to somehow revert to an imagined earlier, simpler form of human civilisation. Fast-changing technology and global … Continue reading

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The noise and the signal

Dear Futurists, Never in human history has there been so much noise. I’m referring, not to auditory bangs and crashes, but to informational noise – to the flurry of ideas that can saturate our minds and leave us psychologically deafened. … Continue reading

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The probability of global catastrophe

Dear Futurists, No-one likes to contemplate the probability of global catastrophe. But that’s what I was asked to do, during a Virtual Enlightenment Salon on Sunday. The subject of the salon was “Reducing Existential Risk from the Russia-Ukraine Conflict”. It … Continue reading

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Assessing the rise of AGI

Dear Futurists, What emotions come to your mind when you think about the potential rise of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)? Are you filled with foreboding, or with excitement? Or maybe the idea strikes you as boring – because you think … Continue reading

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Options for 2022

Dear Futurists, 2022 starts with some good news, and with some options for new projects. 1.) Going mainstream: stopping the aging process Several topics that used to be restricted to fringe meetings – such as those organised by London Futurists … Continue reading

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Accelerating the 2nd Copernican Revolution

Dear Futurists, Before Copernicus, it was generally believed that everything revolved around the Earth. The Sun was, in that conception, just another heavenly sphere (albeit with some special qualities). But then Copernicus boldly placed the Sun at the centre of … Continue reading

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Anticipating new kinds of minds

Dear Futurists, Technology seems to be on a trajectory to change… everything. It’s already changing the human mind, bending and stretching our consciousness in new ways. It’s also giving rise to artificial minds – extensive software systems running on vast … Continue reading

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A Golden Age of Rejuvenation Publishing?

Dear Futurists, We’re living in a time when more and more books are being published about human rejuvenation. These books address the scientific possibilities of reversing aging, and progress made in turning these scientific ideas into therapies that are practical … Continue reading

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