Join us January 6 when Robin Hanson previews The Age of Em. His upcoming book and research unveil a world run by robots. Not a science fiction novel, he envisions every aspect of our lives influenced by the spread of robots from the workplace and life extension to personal relationships. His insights on employment challenges are especially noteworthy. Robin will devote extra time for Q&A, due to the subject’s depth and his varied interests (as below). Doors open at 6:30pm.
About Robin in his words:
I am interested in all aspects of the future, including uploading (http://sunsite.unc.edu/jstrout/uploading/MUHomePage.html), nanotech (http://www.foresight.org/), hypertext publishing (http://mason.gmu.edu/~rhanson/findcritics.html), cosmology and the foundations of physics, future economic growth rates (http://mason.gmu.edu/~rhanson/longgrow.html), limits of computation (http://mason.gmu.edu/~rhanson/reverse.html), and the origin of life (http://mason.gmu.edu/~rhanson/greatfilter.html). I'd love to specialize in the economics of science fiction (http://mason.gmu.edu/~rhanson/econofsf.html). Some fun places to discuss such issues are the Polymath (http://mars2.caltech.edu/polymath/) and the Extrop (http://www.extropy.org/)ians (http://www.hotwired.com/Lib/Wired/2.10/features/extropians.html) mailing ([masked]) list (http://www.lucifer.com/exi-lists/) which I have participated in since 1991. (I especially enjoy posts by Hal Finney (http://www.finney.org/~hal/).) I don't sign onto "Extropianism (http://www.mit.edu:8001/people/jpbonsen/extropianism.html)" though; I don't sign onto any "ism". I am, however, a Alcor (http://www.alcor.org/) cryonics customer. For a few hundred dollars a year, I estimate I'm buying a >5% chance of living for thousands of (subjective) years.
Pre-Order The Book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Age-Em-Robots-Earth/dp/0198754620
Speaking Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qcIsjrHENU
About Robin Hanson: http://mason.gmu.edu/~rhanson/home.html#AboutMe
Overcoming Bias (http://www.overcomingbias.com/)
Admission is $5.50 online, $7 cash at door. Light snacks and refreshments included. Several tech/business books from our Promenade Speakers and Focal Press Sponsors plus one pre-order of The Age of Em will be given away at random.
Lead Sponsor: Promenade Speakers Bureau (http://promenadespeakers.com/)