Who We Are
The Futurism Lab seeks to harness both the diversity and reach of the Nexus community to raise awareness, inspire conversation, and facilitate action with respect to responsibly participating in and guiding the ethical advancement of these profoundly disruptive technologies.
Futurism is a broadly encompassing term referring to the advancement of disruptive technologies across industries. These disruptive, or “exponential technologies”, are rapidly emerging in the fields of genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence, synthetic organisms, nanotechnology, additive manufacturing (“3D printing”), virtual reality, big data, ubiquitous computing, autonomous systems, and cybernetics. They offer incredible potential to bring about material abundance, elimination of disease, radical life extension, drastic reduction in manual labor, restoration of the environment, and new forms of shared human experience. At the same time, they may open a Pandora’s box of threats, such as hostile AI, mass surveillance, runaway robotic self-replication that consumes natural resources, conflict between humans, extensive job destruction, a further exacerbation of the wealth divide, and the loss of unique cultural aspects and ancient wisdom spread throughout the world.
The Futurism Lab at NEXUS seeks to both answer fundamental questions and create interdisciplinary solutions to maximize positive advancement while minimizing the potential for harm. We aim to explore the future of identity and culture while increasing social equality in the face of accelerating technological advancement. Since these developments overlap broad arenas, we aim to collaborate and integrate with other labs and working groups while also accounting for potential environmental impacts these technologies may bring.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Adam schlengerNEXUS Futurism Lab Co-Chair
Orian MarxNEXUS Futurism Lab Co-Chair
Christina BerkleyNEXUS Futurism Lab Co-Chair
Nathan WalworthNEXUS Futurism Lab Co-Chair
The NEXUS Futurism Lab seeks to advance four key areas that are drastically underdeveloped with respect to disruptive technologies in which Nexus can make significant contribution to improving. These are: 1) Lack of awareness, both in the mainstream and in leadership positions in government, business, and activism 2) Lack of diversity within the communities conducting the research and development work 3) Lack of ethical consensus as to the development and deployment of these technologies 4) Lack of well-informed governance over the development and deployment of these technologies.
- Salon discussion series focused upon a variety of potentially disruptive technologies and their impact on the economy, society, and the environment.
- Delegations to organizations, governments, or scientific laboratories to introduce Nexus members to emerging trends in Futurism.
- Expert speakers and panels at Nexus summit events.
- Conference call discussions between Nexus members and experts working directly with disruptive technologies.
If you are interested in anything Futurism, we’d love to hear from you. Whether you are looking to get more involved or willing to support our mission through a grant or sponsorship, please reach out! To learn more about the NEXUS Lab on Futurism, please contact the team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.