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  • 2017 Foresight Vision Weekend

    December 2-3, Gray Area & The Laundry, SF

    Video of our 2016 annual gathering above


    This two-day, high-interaction gathering is described as


    "This is mind candy for my soul"

    Steve Jurvetson
    "A milestone in our journey to better understand our future"

    Robin Hanson

    "It was a unique and exhilarating experience to actually be with a large group of people who have sophisticated, enlightened, and thoughtful ideas about the future"

    Ray Kurzweil

    "Had a great time and was exposed to fascinating ideas, and, more importantly, fascinating sources of ideas"

    Vernor Vinge



  • Think

    Existential Hope: Setting humanity onto positive paths

    Brain Emulation: Is copying humans the safest path to AI?

    Longevity Regulation: Let’s classify aging as a disease—officially

    Space Development: Is asteroid mining the path to a space economy?

    Cybersecurity: the most undervalued catastrophic risk?

    The Human Healthspan: Are there shortcuts to longevity?

    X-risks: The agony of choice—so much to do, so little time

    Tech Unemployment: Strategies beyond UBI

    AI Safety: An argument against - or for - open source everything?

    Omnipotent blockchains? Hype vs. reality

    Can current democracy be saved? Should it?

    Making truth cool again via prediction markets

    Settling into the Future: Communes, Seasteading, New cities

    Molecular Machines: Which pathway is fastest?

    Timeframes for Artificial General Intelligence: 7 Years or 70?

    Space Settlement: Mars vs Moon vs L-5

    Saving privacy via sousveillance, encrypted monitoring

    Science Fiction: Milking the best visions for the future

  • Speaker Visions

    Updated frequently - for a more detailed profile see slider below

    Sonia Arrison

    Unsugarcoat Media,

    Thiel Foundation

    "Scientific advances that allow for the true repair of human bodies will usher in a cultural revolution more significant than any other before."

    Aubrey De Grey

    SENS Research Foundation

    "In 2030 we will have reached escape velocity for longevity, looking back melancholically but pitiful at the time when aging was a fatal disease."

    Mark S. Miller

    Foresight Institute

    "If we do not change direction, computer insecurity will drive civilization over a cliff. If we do reduce the risks of cooperation, we will get a more cooperative world."

    David Eagleman

    The Brain with David Eeagleman, Neosensory

    Matt Bell


    Joon Yun

    Palo Alto Investors,

    The Longevity Prize

    Melanie Swan

    Institute for Blockchain Studies

    Kevin Perrott

    The Buck Institute

    Zooko Wilcox


    Max More


    "We’ll look back 50 to 100 years from now and say, “What were people thinking? People who were very nearly viable, just barely dysfunctional, were put in an oven or buried under the ground, when they could have been put into cryopreservation."

  • Sonia Arrison

    Sonia Arrison is a best-selling author and analyst who has studied the impact of new technologies on society for the better part of two decades. She is co-founder of Unsugarcoat Media, as well as a founder, academic advisor, and trustee at Singularity University in Mountain View, California. Her research focuses on exponentially growing technologies and their impact on society. Her most recent book, 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith, addresses the social, economic, and cultural impacts of radical human longevity. It was a national best-seller and listed as one of the “Best Books of 2012” by the Financial Times. She is also a Board Member at the Thiel Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia, and author of two previous books (Western Visions and Digital Dialog). She was previously a Director and Senior Fellow in Tech Studies at the Pacific Research Institute, a columnist at TechNewsWorld, and hosted a radio show called “digital dialogue” on the Voice America network.

    Max More

    Dr. Max More is the President of Alcor Life Extension Foundation. He is an internationally acclaimed strategic futurist who writes, speaks, and organizes events about the fundamental challenges of emerging technologies. Max is concerned that our rapidly developing technological capabilities are racing far ahead of our standard ways of thinking about future possibilities. His work aims to improve our ability to anticipate, adapt to, and shape the future for the better. In developing, communicating, and implementing better ways of foreseeing possible futures and of making decisions under growing uncertainty, Max takes a highly interdisciplinary approach. Drawing on philosophy, economics, cognitive and social psychology, management theory, and other fields, he develops solutions and strategies for minimizing the dangers of progress and maximizing the benefits. Dr. More co-founded and until 2007 acted as Chairman of Extropy Institute, a diverse network of innovative thinkers committed to creating solutions to enduring human problems. He authored the Principles of Extropy, which form the core of a transhumanist perspective.

    Melanie Swan

    Melanie Swan is a Philosopher and Economic Theorist at the New School for Social Research in New York, NY. She is the founder of several startups including the Institute for Blockchain Studies, DIYgenomics, GroupPurchase, and the MS Futures Group. Ms. Swan's educational background includes an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Contemporary Continental Philosophy from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University London and Université Paris 8, and a BA in French and Economics from Georgetown University. She is a faculty member at Singularity University and theUniversity of the Commons, an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and an invited contributor to the Edge's Annual Essay Question.

    Zooko Wilcox

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ZCash. Zooko has more than 20 years of experience in open, decentralized systems, cryptography and information security, and startups. He is recognized for his work on DigiCash, Mojo Nation, ZRTP, “Zooko's Triangle”, Tahoe-LAFS, BLAKE2, and SPHINCS. He is also the Founder of Least Authority. He sometimes blogs about health science. He tweets a lot.

    Kevin Perrott

    Kevin Perrott is a successful serial entrepreneur and owner of Riverside Honda, the largest Honda motorcycle dealership in Canada, who, after becoming a cancer survivor, decided to turn his attention to the study of the underlying causes of cancer and other age-related diseases. Mr. Perrott is the founder and CEO of the Aging Research Network (AgeNet), and co-founder of SENS Research Foundation and LifeStar Institute, all organizations whose mission is to extend the healthy human lifespan. In addition, he is currently a PhD candidate studying the phenomenon of senescence in a collaboration involving the University of Alberta and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

    Mark Miller

    Mark S. Miller is the main designer of the E and Dr. SES distributed object-capability programming languages, inventor of Miller Columns, a pioneer of agoric (market-based secure distributed) computing, an architect of the Xanadu hypertext publishing system, a representative to the EcmaScript committee, and a senior fellow of the ​Foresight Institute.

    Joon Yun

    Dr. Joon Yun is managing partner and president of Palo Alto Investors, LLC, an investment management firm founded in 1989 with $1.8 billion in assets invested in healthcare. Board certified in Radiology, Joon served on the clinical faculty at Stanford from 2000-2006. He received his B.A. from Harvard, M.D. from Duke Medical School, and clinical training at Stanford. Joon has served on several corporate and non-profit ​boards, and has published dozens of patents, scientific articles, and business essays. He is a contributor to ​Forbes, and is the health editor for Evolution magazine. Joon recently agreed to donate a $1million Palo Alto Prize to reverse the aging process.

    Aubrey De Grey

    Dr. de Grey is the biomedical gerontologist who researched the idea for and founded SENS Research Foundation. He received his BA in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Cambridge in 1985 and 2000, respectively. Dr. de Grey is Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organizations.

    David Eagleman

    David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a New York Times bestselling author. He heads the Center for Science and Law, a national non-profit institute, and serves as an adjunct professor at Stanford University. He is best known for his work on sensory substitution, time perception, brain plasticity, synesthesia, and neurolaw. He is the writer and presenter of the international PBS series, The Brain with David Eagleman, a TED speaker, a Guggenheim Fellow, Chief Scientific Advisor for the Mind Science Foundation, and a board member of The Long Now Foundation. He is founder of the company BrainCheck and the cofounder of the company NeoSensory.

    Matt Bell

    The founder of Matterport, Matt is passionate about using technology to merge the physical and digital worlds. The hundreds of thousands of spaces captured using Matterport have now been viewed over a hundred million times.Prior to Matterport, he started Reactrix, a company that created immersive, gesture-controlled interactive projected visual experiences for use in public spaces.

    In his early career, Matt was a researcher at Google working on automated search classification. Matt holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University

  • Info

    A weekend dedicated to take stock of the most compelling ideas of today and turn them into coherent visions for a better future


    Growing out of the enthusiastic response to Foresight's Great Debates, this year our Vision Weekend dedicates two full days to gather 200 future-minded thinkers, makers, and doers—along with the brightest minds in key fields—to debate what humanity’s best path could look like, and what we can do to help steer things in that direction.


    When: December 2-3, 2017


    Where: Saturday keynote panels at Gray Area, SF

    Sunday breakouts at The Laundry, SF


    Who: Foresight Senior Associates and speakers only. You may sign up for Foresight Senior Associate membership during registration.


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    Foresight Institute

    Foresight Institute is a non-profit dedicated to the beneficial development of technologies of fundamental importance for the human future, from molecular machines and longevity to cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. As well as awarding the Feynman Prizes and granting Foresight Fellowships, we host invitational research workshops at the intersection of scientific disciplines, and salons on high-interest topics open to the public.


    Conference Team:


    Allison Duettmann, Facilitation

    Christine Peterson, Facilitation

    Marcia Seidler, Event Organization

    Steve Burgess, President

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    Building Better Futures On Blockchains

    Blockchain as social force, source for truth, and role model

    Christopher Allen, Principal Architect at Blockstream
    Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director at Hyperledger
    Mark S. Miller, Senior Fellow at Foresight Institute
    Steve Omohundro, Director at Possibility Research
    Moderated by Allison Duettmann, Foresight Institute

    Drop Everything, Work On AI?

    AI: Promises, perils, panic

    Peter Voss, Head of AGI Innovations Inc
    Steve Omohundro, President, Possibility Research
    Monica Anderson, Director of Research at Syntience Inc
    Michael Andregg, Co-Founder and CSO at Fathom Computing

    Oshionera Agabi, Founder and CEO, Koniku
    Moderator: David Yanofsky, Reporter at Quartz
    Introduction: Allison Duettmann, Foresight Institute

    Tomorrow And The Day After

    Carving a path for humanity from here to there

    Bryan Johnson, Founder of Kernel, Braintree and the O/S Fund
    Richard Titus, Senior Vice President at Samsung Electronics
    Julia Bossmann, 2016 President of Foresight Institute
    Nichol Bradford, Co-Founder, Transformative Technology Lab
    Ryan Bethencourt, Program Director & Venture Partner at IndieBio
    Moderator: James Norris, Founder, Self Spark, Bay Area Futurists
    Intro: Allison Duettmann, Foresight Institute

    Life: Longer And Better

    Taking evolution into our own hands

    Joon Yun, President, Palo Alto Investors, founder The Palo Alto Prize
    David Eagleman, Neuroscientist at Stanford, creator of PBS series The Brain with David Eagleman
    Ralph Merkle, Co-founder of Nanofactory Collaboration, Faculty at Singularity University, Director of Alcor
    Joe Betts-Lacroix, Co-Founder at Vium
    Tanya Jones, Co-Founder and CEO of Arigos Biomedical
    Moderator: Christine Peterson, Co-founder of Foresight Institute
    Intro: Allison Duettmann, Foresight Institute