Robin HansonRobin Hanson (@robinhanson)is an associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University with a doctorate in social science from CalTech, master’s degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has spent nine years as a research programmer, at Lockheed and NASA, has 3500 citations, 60 publications, 700 media mentions, and he blogs at OvercomingBias. Robin is also the author of The Elephant in the Brain – Hidden Motives in Everyday Life and co-authored The Age of Em – Work, Love and Life when Robots Own the World. Hanson is credited with originating the concept of the Policy Analysis Market, a DARPA project to implement a market for betting on future developments in the Middle East. Hanson also created and supports a proposed system of government called futarchy, where policies would be determined by prediction markets. Hanson is a man willing to challenge conventional wisdom/norms and has lately drawn criticism for his unconventional economics positions on sex, gender dynamics and problems with today’s society.

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Jarl Jensen (@jarljensen) is an inventor, entrepreneur and best selling author. He served as President and CEO of EuroMed, Inc. from 2004 to 2009, has nine issued patents, with many more pending for medical devices which…

Glenn Loury - Economist, Professor

Glenn Loury (@glennloury) is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. He has published mainly in the areas of applied microeconomic theory, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics, and the economics of race and inequality and hosts The Glenn Show on Bloggingheads.tv

Glenn has been elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society, Member of the American Philosophical Society, Vice President of the American Economics Association, and President of the Eastern Economics Association. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Scholarship to support his work.

As a prominent social critic and public intellectual, writing mainly on the themes of racial inequality and social policy, Professor Loury has published over 200 essays and reviews in journals of public affairs in the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a contributing editor at The Boston Review, and was for many years a contributing editor at The New Republic.

Professor Loury’s books include One by One, From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America (winner of the American Book Award and the Christianity Today Book Award), The Anatomy of Racial Inequality, Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy: Comparing the US and the UK and, Race, Incarceration and American Values.

Glenn’s a member of the Intellectual Dark Web, a group of prominent public individuals like Sam Harris and Jordan B Peterson focused on truth, transparency and open dialogues in today’s rocky political climate.

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Dr Pippa MalmgrenDr Pippa Malmgren (@DrPippaM) is a futurist trend spotter, public speaker, best selling author and advisor to investors and governments about macroeconomic policy and investment strategy. She is a former Presidential Advisor who served on The National Economic Council in the White House where she was the point person on Enron and Terrorism Risks to the Economy after 911. She was the initial negotiator on Sarbanes Oxley and the Patriot Act and was on the President’s Working Group on Corporate Governance and the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets.

Pippa anticipated the Financial Crisis in 2007, the slowdown in China, Brexit, Trump and the return of inflation. She is ranked in the top 25 Most Influential Economists in the World and one of the top 10 of global experts on Geopolitics and she was ranked in the top 5 on the Most Powerful Women in Finance list, all in 2017.

As an economist, she focuses on how new technologies solve old problems and generate new forms of growth. In 2015 she won the Intelligence Squared Debate on Robotics alongside Walter Isaacson, which was broadcast by the BBC to 80 million homes worldwide, has been published in Wired Magazine, Monocle, The International Economy and other publications and is a regular guest anchor for CNBC, Bloomberg and often on the BBC (radio and TV).

In 2016, her book Signals: How Everyday Signs Can Help Us Navigate the World’s Turbulent Economy became a best-seller on Amazon in four categories after being crowd-funded on Indiegogo. She also wrote Geopolitics for Investors which was commissioned by the CFA:

She is a Non-Executive Board Member of the Department of International Trade in the UK, advising on Brexit. She also serves on the British Ministry of Defence Working Group on Global Strategic Trends and briefs Britain’s top Generals at Sandhurst. She serves on several advisory boards and working groups: She Chairs the Lewis PR Advisory Board (LAB) and is on the Advisory Boards at Real Vision TV, the Ditchley Foundation and Indiana University’s School of Public Policy and Environmental Affairs as well as the Indiana University Manufacturing Initiative.

Pippa founded DRPM Group, an economic advisory firm that helps global firms understand the economic landscape and before that was the Deputy Head of Strategy for UBS and the Chief Currency Strategist for Bankers Trust, ran Bankers Trust’s Asset Management business in Asia from Hong Kong and was named a Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum.

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Steve Burgess - Nanotechnology and the Foresight InstituteSteve Burgess (@steveburgess01) is the president of Foresight Institute, a nonprofit think tank that researches technologies of important to the future of humanity, focusing on nanotechnology, cybersecurity, and AI and rewards grants to lead scientists and safety initia tives.

Steve is a nanotechnology activist, tech writer & speaker, startup mentor, and an internationally recognized computer forensics consultant. Steve helped found the data recovery industry in the 80s, is a pioneer in today’s growing computer forensics and electronic  industry and is active as a digital forensic specialist who oftens testifies as an expert witness in the field.

Steve has reported on Japan’s space programs, contributed various Nanotech Glossaries, is the author of “The (Needed) New Economics of Abundance,” contributor to the text, “Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases,” and regularly writes on topics surrounding his passions and expertise at burgessforensics.com

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In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • The science of nanotechnology and progress to date
  • How the boom and bust cycle in nanotech play out
  • Why Steve is passionate about exponential hope
  • How AI will impact the future of jobs and economy, beyond the obvious answers
  • The problem with existential risk and inspiring action
  • Why Foresight Institute focuses on converging exponential technologies
  • The implications of biotech and self enhancement
  • What manufacturing will mean in an era of abundance
  • The wealth divide and what happens next
  • How technological innovation will impact our evolution
  • The reason capitalist incentive structures drive many of our most pressing problems
  • Why changing policy and law is challenging and grass roots movements matter

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Daniel SchmachtenbergerDaniel Schmachtenberger (@theneurohacker) is the co-founder and director of Research and Development at the Neurohacker Collective, where he is focused on developing processes and technologies for advancing medicine and human optimization and hosts a podcast exploring those topics.

Daniel is particularly focused on personalized medicine, adequate approaches to complex illness, and deepening our knowledge of how the human regulatory systems function, how they break down, and how they can be supported to function with greater resilience and blogs at civilizationemerging.com

Growing up home-schooled, Daniel had early exposure to design science (Buckminster Fuller, Jacques Fresco, Permaculture, etc.), systems science and complexity (Fritjof Capra, Stuart Kauffman, etc.), philosophy and psychology (eastern and western approaches), and activism (animal rights, environmental issues, social justice, etc.) His passion has always been at the intersection of these topics – specifically, facilitating the emergence into a mature civilization – that can prevent otherwise impending catastrophes, remediate existing damage, make possible a radically higher quality of life for all sustainably, and support greater realization of our individual and collective potential.

NOTE: Daniel’s company Neurohacker Collective produces Qualia, a top-notch nootropic mental/physical enhancement supplement. You can get 10% off your 1st order of 15% off subscription using code FRINGEFM

 

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roxanne meadowsRoxanne Meadows (@roxmeadows) is the co-founder The Venus Project (@thevenusproject), an ambitious project looking to find alternative solutions to the many problems that confront the world today and ultimately build an experimental city to design the future of humanity. From 1975 to the present, Roxanne has worked with renowned futurist, Jacque Fresco until his death in 2017.

The Venus Project offers society a broader spectrum of choices based on the scientific possibilities directed toward a new era of peace and sustainability for all. Through the global Resourced Based Economy, and many other innovative and environmentally friendly technologies directly applied to the social system, The Venus Project plans to dramatically reduce crime, poverty, hunger, homelessness, and many other pressing problems that are common throughout the world today.

By training Roxanne is a technical illustrator , architect, model creator and scientist. Since 1985 she has worked on models and designs to improve architectural development in the United States, in addition to numerous films and publications.

The Venus Project has been featured in dozens of publications, news outlets and podcasts and Roxanne personally has presented at conferences and seminars in over 25 countries including joint presentation with with Mr Fresco to the United Nations.

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Robin HansonRobin Hanson (@robinhanson)is associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University with a doctorate in social science from CalTech, master’s degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has spent nine years as a research programmer, at Lockheed and NASA, has 3500 citations, 60 publications, 700 media mentions, and he blogs at OvercomingBias.

Robin is also the author of The Elephant in the Brain – Hidden Motives in Everyday Life and co-authored The Age of Em – Work, Love and Life when Robots Own the World.

Hanson is credited with originating the concept of the Policy Analysis Market, a DARPA project to implement a market for betting on future developments in the Middle East. Hanson also created and supports a proposed system of government called futarchy, where policies would be determined by prediction markets.

Hanson is a man willing to challenge conventional wisdom/norms and has lately drawn criticism for his unconventional economics positions on sex, gender dynamics and problems with today’s society.

 

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Dirk Helbing

Prof. Dirk Helbing (@dirkhelbing) is Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation, in ETH Zurich, and the Scientific Coordinator of the FuturICT Flagship Proposal. He is also the Principal Investigator on FutureICT Knowledge Accelerator and Crisis Relief System, a big data computing system, conceived as sort of a crystal ball of the world.

The core of the system is the Living Earth Simulator, a computing machine attempting “to model global-scale systems — economies, governments, cultural trends, epidemics, agriculture, technological developments, and more — using torrential data streams, sophisticated algorithms, and as much hardware as it takes”. The project currently competing for funding from the European Commission of € 1 billion.

He is known for the social force model, in particular its application to self-organising phenomena in pedestrian crowds. Besides the slower-is-faster effect, he introduced the freezing-by-heating effect and the phase diagram of congested traffic states. Helbing also proposed a microscopic foundation of evolutionary game theory and has studied self-organized behavioral conventions. Recent work applies principles of collective intelligence and self-organized control to the optimization of urban and freeway traffic. His current research activities focus on norms and conflict, the role of success-driven motion for the establishment of cooperation among selfish individuals, the science of science, socio-inspired technology and techno-social systems, disaster spreading and crisis management.

Building a Crystal Ball of the World, Unseating Capitalism and Creating a New World Order

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Parag Khanna - Global Strategist and Advisor

Parag Khanna (@paragkhanna) is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a CNN Global Contributor and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a geostrategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a boutique content strategy agency – topics he addressed in his popular TED Talk on How Megacities are Changing the Map of the World.

Parag has (co)authored several books, including:

In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has traveled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

 

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