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the future of the Future
Utopia versus The End Of The World As We Know It

Thursday, November 3, 2011
Registration: 18:30-19:00, Conference: 19:00-21:15

Tickets

Location:
Volkskrantgebouw, Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Amsterdam [former building of the Volkskrant]

The conference language is English.


In collaboration with

Gendo


Presentations

Arjen Kamphuis, Co-founder, CTO, Gendo
The Cassandra Syndrome, nobody likes a party pooper.

Anders Sandberg, James Martin Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University
Cognitive biases and what to do about them. The art of usable foresight.



Impressions











..


"The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be."
Paul Valery, French poet

The Future of the Future is an examination of the various future vision
as portrayed by futurists, academics and scenario thinkers.

Many futurists who try to earn a living telling stories about the future
quickly learn that a happy end sells much better than a tale of
troubles. Because of this the scenario's futurists tend to publicly talk
about tend to be wondrous tales of the Startrek/Jetsons world were our
problems have been solved by technology and sensible policies based on
rational thinking.

Telling these tales, and support them with a lot of research data is a
genuinely good way to help non specialists think beyond the usual
limitation of their profession. But there is a danger in the fact that
many futurists need to 'sell' their stories may very well be influencing
their objectivity.

Just as is it easy to tell a very positive story about the future it is
easy to spin a vision were thing end very badly for humanity. Threats
from global warming to peakoil to overpopulation to future wars
involving biological, nuclear or perhaps even nano-weapons could be
quite real. Our more advanced knowledge about the world makes the
original seven biblical plagues seem almost provincial.

Cassadra was cursed by the Greek gods with the combination of accurate
foresight and the fact that no-one would ever believe here visions of
the future. Today is no different. Most people don't like to hear bad
news about their own future let alone pay for hearing it. Acting today
to prevent 'possible' big problems tomorrow as a society is even harder.
This leads to $20 million movie budgets for a movie about meteor-impact
while the global annual budget for preventing actual meteor impacts is
only $1 million per year.

Can we find better methods for forecasting? And will we want to listen
to those forecasts and act on them? This are serious challenges and we
need more brains involved in solving it. May we count on you brain?
Concept: Arjen Kamphuis


Andrea Wiegman, Founder & owner, Second Sight
The work futurists do, humanities great potential.

Arjen Kamphuis
, Co-founder, CTO, Gendo

The Cassandra Syndrome, nobody likes a party pooper.

Anders Sandberg, James Martin Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University
Cognitive biases and what to do about them. The art of usable foresight.



18:30 - 19:00
Registration & welcome drinks

19:00 - 20:00
Introduction by our Moderator
Kwela Sabine Hermanns

Part I:

Andrea Wiegman, Founder & owner, Second Sight
The work futurists do, humanities great potential.

Arjen Kamphuis
, Co-founder, CTO, Gendo

The Cassandra Syndrome, nobody likes a party pooper.

Anders Sandberg, James Martin Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University
Cognitive biases and what to do about them. The art of usable foresight.

20:00 - 20:30
Coffee break with drinks and snacks.

20:30 - 21:15
Part II:
Open discussion



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....Student Ticket: € 10,-
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Gendo

Gendo is a management consultancy firm specialising in technological innovation. At Gendo we find that people and organisations work better when their knowledge is shared. We therefore advise our clients on new ways of working together and the impact of technology on organisations. We do this using a variety of methods, including scenario planning, open innovation, and developing appropriate IT strategies.
http://gendo.nl




Andrea Wiegman
Founder & owner, Second Sight


For more than 14 years, Andrea Wiegman has been collecting and connecting trends as an editor/publisher and forecaster. She founded trend magazines Eye and Second Sight and worked for major publishing companies, including Prometheus / Bert Bakker, VNU Business Publications, Quote, TTG and Springer. During those years she built an inspiring network of trend experts and original thinkers within the Netherlands and beyond. Trained as a historian, Andrea believes that change is part of our life, although the transition period that is currently taking place might be one we won’t easily forget. Impetuous shifts within technology, science, economics etc. are omnipresent: opportunities for new business and challenging lifestyles are everywhere.
www.secondsight.nl



Arjen Kamphuis
Co-founder, CTO, Gendo

Arjen is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Gendo. He studied Science & Policy at Utrecht University and worked for IBM and Twynstra Gudde as IT-architect, trainer and IT-strategy advisor. Since late 2001 Arjen has been self-employed, advising clients on the strategic impact of new technological developments. He is a certified EDP auditor and information security specialist. As a much sought-after international speaker on technology policy issues he gives over 100 keynote talks every year.

Since 2002 he has been involved in formulating public IT-policy in the area of open standards and opensource for the government and public sector. Arjen advises senior managers and administrators of companies and public institutions, members of parliament and the Dutch Cabinet about the opportunities offered by open standards and opensource software for the European knowledge economy and society as a whole.

Besides information technology Arjen also works on scenarioplanning and strategic assesments of emerging technologies sush as bio- and nanotechnology. With clients he investigates the social, economic and geo-political impact of science and technology.
Arjen's collumns and article's can be found on his Gendo blog.
Dutch: www.gendo.nl/blog/arjen
English: www.gendo.nl/blogs/arjen-int




Dr Anders Sandberg
James Martin Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University


Anders Sandberg’s research at the Future of Humanity Institute centres on societal and ethical issues surrounding human enhancement and new technology, as well as estimating the capabilities and underlying science of future technologies. Topics of particular interest include enhancement of cognition, cognitive biases, technology-enabled collective intelligence, neuroethics and public policy. He has worked on this within the EU project ENHANCE, where he also was responsible for public outreach and online presence.
www.fhi.ox.ac.uk



Kwela Sabine Hermanns

Kwela is a highly focussed, process-oriented entrepreneur and innovation specialist with many years of business experience in education, research, training and project management in the creative industries.

She is bi-lingual in English and German, owns a Masters degree in New Media Studies and trained in small business innovation at Copenhagen Business School.

She coaches and trains people and organisations in goal implementation and dynamic change management techniques.

”My own goal is to support inter-disciplinary innovation towards value based and surprising sustainable futures. I combine a highly analytical and strategic mind with a passion for team work, people and relationship buidling.”
www.portaltoyourdreams.com




Volkskrantgebouw
Wibautstraat 150
1091 GR Amsterdam
[
former building of the Volkskrant]

Public transport

www.9292ov.nl

by metro
Metrostop Wibautstraat, exit 'Gijsbrecht van Aemstel'
.
From Centraal Station take metro 51, 53 or 54.
From Amstelstation take metro 51, 53 or 54 direction Centraal Station.

by tram
Tram 3 take Ruyschstraat, exit at tramstop
Wibautstraat. Walk Wibautstraat in direction Amstelstation, you find the Volkskrantgebouw on the right side after 5-10 minutes.

By Car
Take the ring A10. Exit s112. At roundabout Prins Bernhardplein first street to the right is Wibautstraat. After the railway bridge you find the Volkskrantgebouw on your left side. There is parking on the property - contact the reception desk.



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