[Movie Trailer] Neo – Official GIC 2016 Announcement Trailer

Neo is a feature length narrative/documentary that plays between reality and story. It tries to give an outlook how humanity will evolve and how self guided human evolution and genetic enhancements will shape our future. The documantary tries to show the potential of humananity.

Here is the trailer:

And here is a bit more information about the project:

Behavioral Economics – The science of predicting economic decisions

“Behavioral economics, along with the related sub-field behavioral finance, studies the effects of psychological, social, cognitive, and emotional factors on the economic decisions of individuals and institutions and the consequences for market prices, returns, and resource allocation.” — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_economics

This wonderful video series by Learn Liberty gives a nice introduction to behavioral economics.

Robin Hanson – The Next Great Era: Envisioning A Robot Society

Have you ever asked yourself how a Robot Society would look like? A Society in which artificial people would exist and people would be emulated on computers.

Robin Hanson a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and a researcher at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University envisions such a future in his TEDx Talk. He is a supporter of futarchy — a society where policy decisions are made based on open prediction markets.

He has also written a book about this topic:
The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth

Which got great reviews:
This hellish cyberworld is quite cool to think about in a dystopian Matrixy way. … brilliantly weird extrapolations
Steven Poole
The Guardian

What is remarkable … is not just the detail … but the way he situates it within a perceptive analysis of our human past and present.
Daniel Levitin
Wall Street Journal

Crammed full of such fascinating visions of an imagined future
Sarah O’Connor
Financial Times

Ray Kurzweil: Get ready for hybrid thinking

Hyprid thinking is the idea to augment ones brain using an artificial extension to ones Cortex. The technology is still in its early development stage but would change the way we thing and our mental capacity drastically. In this video futurist and Director of Engineering at Google Ray Kurzweil speaks about this technology that could change humanity.

Climate change could be stopped or postponed using Geoengineering

Geoengineering could stop climate change and it is quite certain that it would work, as we already have data from the impact of volcano eruptions and their influence on the climate. The Talk also points out why Geoengineering is a taboo at the moment. Whether you endorse such measures or not this is quite interesting.