Hangout on Air Jan. 12: Ramez Naam, futurists discuss Nexus, Crux, and The Infinite Resource [UPDATE]
Dates: Jan 12, 2014
This London Futurists Hangout on Air will feature a live discussion between Ramez Naam and an international panel of leading futurists: Randal Koene, Michell Zappa, and Giulio Prisco.
The discussion aims to cover:
• The science behind the fiction: which elements are strongly grounded in current research, and which elements are more speculative?
• The philosophy behind the fiction: how should people be responding to the deeply challenging questions that are raised by new technology?
• Finding a clear path through what has been described as “the best of times and the worst of times” — is human innovation sufficient?
• What lies next — new books in context.
Viewers of the live broadcast on Google+ will be able to vote in real time on questions and suggestions to be discussed by the panelists as the Hangout proceeds. Give ‘+1′ votes to the suggestions you most like.
This event will take place between 7pm and 8.30pm UK time (2pm to 3:30pm EST) on Sunday January 12.
You can view the event:
• On Google+, via the page https://plus.google.com/+DavidWood_dw2/posts — where you’ll also be able to vote on questions to be submitted to the panelists
• Via YouTube (the URL will be published here 15 minutes prior to the start of the event).
There is no charge to participate in this discussion.
Note: There is no central physical location for this meetup.However, you may consider meeting with a few friends in the same locality, and watching the event together.
Ramez Naam is arguably one of today’s most interesting and important writers on futurist topics, including both non-fiction and fiction. For example, praise for his Nexus: Mankind gets an upgrade includes:
• ”A superbly plotted high tension technothriller… full of delicious moral ambiguity… a hell of a read.” — Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
• ”A sharp, chilling look at our likely future.” — Charles Stross
• “A lightning bolt of a novel. A sense of awe missing from a lot of current fiction.” — Ars Technica.