- Hi Futurists, Blog post with links: http://www.futuresalon.org/2009/04/future-salon-evo-devo-universe-friday-april-17th.html For many of you Future SalonMessage 1 of 2 , Apr 2, 2009View SourceHi Futurists,
Blog post with links:
For many of you Future Salon regulars John Smart doesn't need an introduction. The Bay Area Future Salon is modeled after John's LA Futurists meetings that he was hosting for many years. Actually he came up from L.A. to kick off the first Future Salon and helped populate it with many of his connections.
Lately he had his head down writing his book. This is why I am extra happy that he takes a brake to introduce his current big picture thinking at our next Future Salon on Friday the 17th of April. (6-7 networking 7-9pm talk/conversation). Free and open to the public please RSVP http://budurl.com/jcp7/d so we know how many people to expect.
P.S. Extra special treat: Iveta and John are having a Post-Talk Party at their place in Mountain View (216 Mountain View Ave) "from 9:30pm to Whenever" for any folks who want to hang out on couches after the Salon and get to know their fellow futurist friends on a more informal basis. We will have drinks and some snacks but people are always welcome to bring more if they would like.
Evo Devo Universe? A Framework for Thinking About the Future
Abstract: Biological systems evolve, and they also develop. These two processes are very different, but they are both necessary for life and intelligence to exist. While evolution ("evo") is famously unpredictable, many aspects of development ("devo") are quite predictable. For example, if you have a sense of what stage a developing system is at in its `replication' cycle (birth, growth, reproduction, aging, or recycling), you have a pretty good idea what stage is coming next. Organic molecules also evolve and replicate/develop. So do stars, and their dependent planets. In fact, that's how our own life-generating solar system came to exist, through a long process of stellar "evolutionary development" (reproduction of progressively more chemically complex solar systems) in our galaxy. Ideas or `memes,' which replicate between human brains, also evolve and develop. So do technologies, which replicate in cultures. There is some evidence that even our universe itself may replicate, evolve, and develop, according to some of the new cosmologists.
So what? What does it mean to speak of a universe that appears to have both evolutionary and developmental purpose (function, or `telos') built into it at every level we observe?.What role does humanity play in a universe where things both evolve and develop? How would you tell the difference between these two processes, in your own life? Why is it important to try? What might an "evo devo" universe tell us about the phenomenon of accelerating biological, cultural, and now technological change? What might it say about the future of human-machine interactions in a world of frail and limited biology and powerful, accelerating technology? Finally, if it turns out that we must evolve tomorrow's most useful computers, not just try to rationally design/develop them, how can we ensure that they will be friendly to humanity? We'll kick around some of these questions because its fun and because we can.
Are you a reader? Here's a 40 page article exploring my take on these fascinating philosophical ideas. The last 20 pages are the really weird stuff, feel free to go straight to those if short on time. http://accelerating.org/downloads/SmartEvoDevoUniv2008.pdf
Interested in joining a scholarly community researching and critiquing hypotheses of evolutionary and developmental process at the universal scale? Check out: http://evodevouniverse.com/
John Smart is an evolutionary developmental systems theorist who studies science and technological culture with an emphasis on accelerating change, computational autonomy (human-independent machine learning) and technology foresight. He directs the Acceleration Studies Foundation (ASF, Accelerating.org) a nonprofit research organization that seeks to help individuals better understand and manage accelerating technological change and improve personal and collective foresight. He is an affiliate of the ECCO research group at VUB, a visiting professor at the University of Advancing Technology, and a co-founder of the Evo Devo Universe research community (Evodevouniverse.com).
John has a BS in business from UC Berkeley, has done graduate work in physiology and medicine at UC San Diego, and post baccalaureate coursework in biological, cognitive, computer and physical sciences at UCLA, UC Berkeley, and UCSD. He studied systems theory at UCSD under the mentorship of James Grier Miller (Living Systems, 1978), who mentored under process philosopher Alfred North Whitehead. Most recently he has an MS in Futures Studies from the University of Houston in 2007.
Future Salons have the following structure: 6-7pm is networking with light refreshments proudly sponsored by SAP; 7-9+pm is the presentation followed by questions and discussion.
SAP Labs North America, Building D, Room Southern Cross or Cafeteria depending on number of RSVPs. SAP is located at 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304[map]. Free and open to the public. Please spread the word and invite others, but be sure to RSVP http://budurl.com/jcp7 so we know how many people to expect.
Not to be missed. See you all there, Mark.
- Hi MarkF, & BAFuturists :) I invite everyone who will be viewing this meeting remotely, via ustream.tv (Mark - I m presuming that you will be streaming again,Message 2 of 2 , Apr 14, 2009View SourceHi MarkF, & BAFuturists :)
I invite everyone who will be viewing this meeting remotely, via
ustream.tv (Mark - I'm presuming that you will be streaming again, as
usual - you didn't mention that fact in the below announcement.) to join
in a free (no charge) Voice conference before/during/after the BAFS
I founded & run the BerkeleyTIP global meeting, where attendees
communicate using Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) around the globe.
(BerkeleyTIP is a group about Free (as in Freedom) Software, Hardware &
Culture, TIP = Talks, Installfest, Potluck & Project/Programming Party)
VOIP details (software, technology, howto use) are at:
Last month, I announced the BAFS meeting, & the opportunity to use the
BTIP/Ekiga.net voice meeting system, on the BTIP mailing list. Three
BTIP members got on the VOIP system (myself in Berkeley, Tom in
LosAngeles, & David in SanJose) & communicated in perfect clarity.
Of course, ustream.tv provides text chat, but voice communication is
[Be aware the BTIP VOIP system is merely "beta" capability - BTIP is a
small part time contribution from me to the world, so I make no
guarantees about the reliability or quality of the BTIP/Ekiga.net voice
conference ability/system. But, it has worked fine with people globally
- several in the US, plus Germany, England, & Iran.]
To use the BTIP/Ekiga.net voice conference system, you'll need an
internet connected computer, SIP phone software capability (Most people
use the Ekiga software. (Skype needs a gateway to SIP that we haven't
gotten working yet.)), and a VOIP headset (USB recommended due to better
Connect your SIP phone to:
sip:5012345@... BTIP voip conf #
Everyone is also welcome to join the irc.freenode.net #berkeleytip, or
maybe better, #bafuture, IRC channel. We can communicate there about
helping people get their VOIP setup working
[Also, I invite anyone to join & communicate on the BerkeleyTIP mailing
about any questions or comments relevant to using VOIP, or attending
this BAFS meeting.]
I prefer to attend this John Smart talk in person. But, whether or
not _I'm_ remote or in person for the talk, the BTIP/Ekiga.net system
should be available for BAFS remote attendee's use.
[ Carpool - Would anyone like to carpool (share gas/bridge toll) from or
near Berkeley to this event - located in Palo Alto? If so, please email
me directly, or reply to this list. I can drive or ride. ]
[I've already announced this on the BTIP list:
"Not to be missed. See you all there," as Mark said. :)
Any questions/comments? :)
----- Original message -----
From: "markfinnern" <mark.finnern@...>
Date: Thu, 02 Apr 2009 21:27:34 -0000
Subject: [bafuture] Evo Devo Universe Future Salon with John Smart
Friday April 17th
Blog post with links:
For many of you Future Salon regulars John Smart doesn't need an
introduction. The Bay Area Future Salon is modeled after John's LA
Futurists meetings that he was hosting for many years. Actually he came
up from L.A. to kick off the first Future Salon and helped populate it
with many of his connections.
Lately he had his head down writing his book. This is why I am extra
happy that he takes a brake to introduce his current big picture
thinking at our next Future Salon on Friday the 17th of April. (6-7
networking 7-9pm talk/conversation). Free and open to the public please
RSVP http://budurl.com/jcp7/d so we know how many people to expect.