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The Future: The Future of Humans and Technology

The Future: The Future of Humans and Technology

Seventy Arc Fusion leaders joined us for an amazing evening of talks, music, and a dinner produced by “underground dinner” impresario Michael Hebb with guest chef Adina Niemerow, holistic chef and author of “Super Cleanse”.

The group broke up into five separate rooms to hold “Jeffersonian Dinners” to discuss the question “What technologies, policies and discoveries give you hope or worry you about where humans will be in 100 years?”

Arc Fusion Dinner
San Francisco
April 21, 2015

The Future
of Humans and Technology

Seventy Arc Fusion leaders joined us for an amazing evening of talks, music, and a dinner produced by “underground dinner” impresario Michael Hebb with guest chef Adina Niemerow, holistic chef and author of “Super Cleanse”. The group broke up into five separate rooms to hold “Jeffersonian Dinners” to discuss the question “What technologies, policies and discoveries give you hope or worry you about where humans will be in 100 years?”

What people said

David Ewing Duncan

Arc wants to change how we think about the future, when not only health, IT and science will fuse, but also commerce, policy, law, and the media – and how we live.

David Ewing Duncan
Arc Co-Founder
Dean Ornish

We have the earth-shattering technology in our hands — but even its inventors worry about its awesome power to alter our genetic future.

Dean Ornish
Physician and Author

The government needs brilliant minds reinventing it with the same urgency they use to create apps and nano-bots. How the tech world stole America’s biggest thinkers.

Vinod Khosla
Khosla Ventures

Table Discussion and Ideas

Our dinner guests split up into five tables where everyone answered a table talk question guided by a table talk leader:

What technologies, policies and discoveries give you hope or worry you about
where humans will be in 100 years?

To answer this question yourself, and participate in the evenings' polls, click here.
Thanks to our table talk scribes who recorded the conversations at their table each in their own unique style

Table 1

Kevin Kelly
Table Talk Leader

Scribe: Christine Mason

Key takeaways: 

In the future our "almost pathological individuality" will give rise to a “neo-collectivism". It will be immoral to withhold data that, when aggregated, can help find cures and solutions to human suffering. Therefore, we will increasingly give up our individual privacy, first through data, and then through our thoughts themselves: because the pace of change depends on it (and therefore lives do too). It is these social interactions and shifts in cultural expectation that will have the biggest impact: more than politics or technology.

Table 2

Taylor Milsal
Table Talk Leader

Scribe: Abraham Mertens

Key Takeaways:

  • One fear is that someone in power thinks they know best – and there is an imposition of Utopia
  • Another fear – that we will destroy the environment
  • We may be losing our "humanness"
  • Environmental and political issues.
  • Politics could render tech useless.
  • Hope: Marriage of science and data
  • A poem:

Hope, grasping high on a stem

Falls to ground, moving forward.

Table 3

Jordon Shlain
Table Talk Leader

Scribe: Lindy Fishburne

Key Takeaways:

  • Concept of narrative and story is most important in the future, true wisdom not just data
  • Story will always be about healing (which is why Ted Talks have risen in popularity, the ‘campfire’ effect)
  • Future will be transcending to a more quantum and connected space
  • Our survival depends on the rise of feminine power — a reason for hope
  • Biggest risk is politics overriding technology

Table 4

Tamsin Smith
Table Talk Leader

Scribe: Kyle Sleeper

Key Takeaways:

  • EQ of the past was more than the EQ of the present, and it raises questions for the future
  • Alienation that comes from technology
  • Lack of collaboration with an excess of opinion
  • Economic paralysis that will cease the flow of funding to innovation
  • We may need a truly catastrophic event to reorganize the current state of the world
  • Fear of the future is often the biggest impediment to recognizing its hints and maximizing our response

Table 5

Zack Lynch
Table Talk Leader

Scribe: Rodrigo Martinez

Key Takeaways:

Rodrigo, being an IDEO designer and having a creative mind, chose to display his notes in a picture-chart format – see his images below! 
 

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Co-Sponsors

Thanks to Trefethen Wines and Tcho Chocolate