Future Day offers a world of powerful ideas, a unique networking opportunity, and a load of fun.

Event Schedule

1.00pm Lunch, lightning talks and a whole lot of fun at Fitzroy Gardens near the gazebo/’Old Bandstand’ [map]
5.00pm Main Event at Unitarian Hall (see below for speaker list) (Unitarian Hall, 110 Grey St East Melbourne [map])
8.00pm (approx) Dinner at Gong De Lin (Level 3, 264 Swanston St – Take Lift inside Noodle Kingdom [map] [urban spoon])
9.00pm (approx) Drinks at Rooftop Bar (Rooftop, Curtin House, 252 Swanston St [map] [urban spoon])


5.00 Introduction

5.15 Lyn Allison – “Climate Change & the Future”
Lyn is the Vice President of the Rationalist Society and a former long term Senator for Victoria (Democrats). Among other things, she is very experienced in the area of environmental politics and climate change denialism. I thought the Future Day conference would benefit greatly from her insights into the potential implications of ignoring climate change.

6.00 John Wilkins – “Philosophy and the Future – Can we know the future?”
Has spoken previously at SciFuture and has participated in an interview series – eloquent and insightful – philosopher of science with focus on taxonomy of speciation (I think..)

6.45 Greg Adamson – “Future challenges in technology”
Over the past 30 years the technical community has developed an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the impact of technology on society. Global climate change, the importance of humanitarian technologies, technology for development, privacy and security, and the importance of ethics are all now accepted as part of the technology challenge. Is our job done? In this talk, Dr Greg Adamson (University of Melbourne), President of the IEEE’s Society on Social Implications of Technology, will speak about three important challenges for the next 20 to 50 years: the future of work; autonomous warfare; and, human-machine boundaries.

7.30 Panel “Navigating the Future” – Lyn Allison, John Wilkins, Greg Adamson

8.00 Dinner (see above)

Note, that there may be some sense making bridge talks between the main talks held by Neil Houghton.
Also see pre and post events listed above.

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The past is over; the present is fleeting; we live in the future.

— Ray Kurzweil —

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Over the last few decades we have seen unprecedented technological change. Our ability to visualize impacts of technological convergence in the short, medium and long term is detrimental to our survival. With informed estimates of possible futures, we can hope to achieve clearer visions for a better future, let’s leverage growth in powerful new technologies to solve global problems.

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Why Future Day?

Civilization has come very far, we are at an awkward stage in history, one that has not yet been written - though with a little more clarity of focus on that which really matters we can achieve a better future.

Is it about a nerd fetish for pop scifi? No, not really, but if anyone wants to come dressed as their favourite scifi hero, thats fine too!

It’s always good to have more reasons to celebrate! And what could be more important to celebrate than the amazing possibilities offered by the future?

The past has a tendency to dominate human thinking — all too often we let our lives be driven by habit, cringe at the prospect of change, and grow too comfortable with status quo, like frogs in a pot slowly coming to boil.

History is an invaluable resource of examples of what to do and what not to do. Things go best when we accept the past, learn from it, and move on.

Since March 1st 2012 Future Day has gone global with events being held many countries and online! The last two years have seen Future Day events in Australia, China, the US, Europe, Central and South America, Africa, Second Life and more.

So why Future Day? Humans love rituals. Holidays provide a fantastic way of channeling peoples’ attention and energy. Another reason to celebrate Future Day each year is to smuggle into people’s lives an ongoing opportunity for focus on inventing the future. Future Day is a way of focusing and celebrating the energy that more and more people around the world are directing toward creating a radically better future.

Lets create the context in which our intended futures thrive – and not just stumble into some default unintentional future.

“We all have aspirations, and we know that we are all too often sidetracked in this age of distraction – however, to firmly ritualize our commitment to the future, each year we celebrate the future, and address the glorious problem of arriving at a future that we want. Lurking behind every unfolding minute is the potential for a random tangent with no real benefit for our future selves – so it is Future Day to the rescue! A day to remind us to include more of the future in our attention economies, and help us to procrastinate being distracted by the usual gauntlet of noise we run every other day. We take seriously the premise that our future is very important – the notion that *accelerating technological progress will change the world* deserves a lot more attention than that which can be gleaned from most other days of celebration. So, let us remind ourselves to remember the future – an editable history of a time to come – a future, that without our conscious deliberation and positive action, may not be the future that we intended.” – Adam Ford

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  • Humanity is on the edge of understanding that our future will be astoundingly different from the world we’ve lived in these last several generations. Accelerating technological change is all around us, and transformative solutions are near at hand for all our problems, if only we have the courage to see them. Future Day helps us to foresee our personal potentials, and acknowledge that we have the power to pull together and push our global system to a whole new level of collective intelligence, resiliency, diversity, creativity, and adventure. Want to help build a more foresighted culture? Don’t wait for permission, start celebrating it now!

    — John Smart —
  • “The human animal evolved to survive and flourish in a world that didn’t change very much or very rapidly. But thanks to our own wonderful intellectual and cultural advancement, we find ourselves instead in a world of accelerating change. To deal with this situation effectively, we need to re-focus our minds, individually and collectively, on the future rather than the past. We need to embrace the wild uncertainty and promise of the future with both rationality and imagination. And we need to do it now! Future Day is one step — maybe an important one — in the process of humanity reorienting itself toward accelerating change and future-awareness. After all, we already have a heck of a lot of holidays focusing on the past — it’s about time for one that focuses on the future!!

    — Ben Goertzel —
  • Let’s aim for something better than a default future. The change we can make is in the present – we can work towards achieving our intended futures now by shaping the contexts in which we will be able to solve our most complex problems in this increasingly nonlinear and rapidly changing world.

    — Adam Ford —

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Unitarian Hall 110 Grey St East Melbourne near Fitzroy Gardens. Parking at rear of building.


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