Mind and Machine: The Future of Thinking

The World Science Festival started in 2008. It "gathers great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that allows a broad general audience to engage with scientific discoveries." The following video is a panel discusses the brings together experts to talk about brain, the mind, consciousness—and how human beings are beginning to inter interface with technology.

WATCH FOR Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017


(From June 2010 Festival)

The Spark of Genius: World Science Festival

Watch for Monday September 11, 2017


(From June 2015 Festival)
(around 39 minutes in, ethical considerations come to the fore) (showing brain activity around 50 min)
We also use Adderall/Modafinil/Ritalin to enhance performance—drugs are for ADHD/sleeping disorders. "Tiger Parents" push their children—good thing? bad thing?

Future Technology



CBS 60 Minutes on AI (2016)


Watch for Wednesday Sept 6, 2017



This is not the best link, but to watch the program at CBS, you have to have an account. The discussion of artificial intelligence was the first segment of CBS 60 Minutes on October 9, 2016. It talks about the computer system Watson that won Jeopardy in 2011. Now Watson has been to medical school and is being used with cancer patients. Segment runs about 30 minutes.

Other Interesting Resources:


A Double Edged Sword—Is Technology Becoming Dangerous?

Elon Musk Wants Satellites To Swarm The Skies

There are currently 1419 active satellites orbiting Earth, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Frankenstein & The Future

Frankenstein Spark Notes Summary
Crash Course Discussion
Is Artificial Intelligence a Frankenstein?
What is consciousness—Ray Kurzweil
Who/What is conscious—Ray Kurzweil
Ted Talk—Ray Kurzweil
Interview with Kurzweil (2012)
Singularity Documentary
Science Makes First Black Hole
Is a "Singularity" Near? (Machine Intelligence)

Life Span: Are we on the verge of living forever?

Living 1000 Years, 2012
BBC — Living 1000 Years, 2004
TED — Living 1000 Years, 2009
CBS — Living 150 Years, 2012
10 Billion people by 2050?




Futurist Ray Kurzweil talking about future—exponential growth




Some Movie Trailers:

2001 A Space Odyssey


I, Robot, 20o4



Are we living in a simulation?

The Truman Show 1998




The Matrix, 1999



What About Dreams?

Inception 2010