to Content
Header Image

Future Scenarios: how long can we plan ahead?

-
Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Panel
english language
Director, Future of Humanity Institute; Director, Progamme on the Impacts of Future Technology; Professor, Oxford Martin School & Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford
Right Livelihood Award Laureate; Executive Director, ETC Group, Ottawa
President Emeritus, Jacobs University Bremen

Nick BOSTROM

Director, Future of Humanity Institute; Director, Progamme on the Impacts of Future Technology; Professor, Oxford Martin School & Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford

 Nick Bostrom is Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University and founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and of the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology within the Oxford Martin School. He is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (Routledge, 2002 and 2010), Global Catastrophic Risks (ed., OUP, 2008 and 2011), and Human Enhancement (ed., OUP, 2009), and has a forthcoming book on Superintelligence. He previously taught at Yale, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the British Academy. Bostrom has a background in physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy.
 He is best known for his work in five areas: (i) the concept of existential risk; (ii) the simulation argument; (iii) anthropics (developing the first mathematically explicit theory of observation selection effects);
 (iv) transhumanism, including related issues in bioethics and on consequences of future technologies; and (v) foundations and practical implications of consequentialism (e.g., Astronomical Waste, Infinite Ethics, Technological Revolutions). He is currently working on a book on the possibility of an intelligence explosion and on the existential risks and strategic issues related to the prospect of machine superintelligence.
 In 2009, he was awarded the Eugene R. Gannon Award (one person selected annually worldwide from the fields of philosophy, mathematics, the arts and other humanities, and the natural sciences). He has been listed in the FP 100 Global Thinkers list, the Foreign Policy Magazine's list of the world's top 100 minds. His writings have been translated into more than 21 languages, and there have been some 80 translations or reprints of his works. He has done more than 470 interviews for TV, film, radio, and print media, and he has addressed academic and popular audiences around the world.

Pat Roy MOONEY

Right Livelihood Award Laureate; Executive Director, ETC Group, Ottawa

 Pat Mooney, a Canadian, is the co-founder and executive director of ETC group -- an international civil society organization headquartered in Canada with offices in Ethiopia, Mexico, Philippines and USA. ETC group has consultative status with ECOSOC, FAO, UNCTAD, UNEP, UNFCCC, IPCC and the UN Biodiversity Convention. Since 1977, ETC group has focused on the role of new technologies on the lives and livelihoods of marginalized peoples around the world. Pat Mooney has almost half a century of experience working in international civil society, first addressing aid and development issues and then focusing on food, agriculture and commodity trade. He received The Right Livelihood Award (the "Alternative Nobel Prize") in the Swedish Parliament in 1985 and the Pearson Peace Prize from Canada's Governor General in 1998. He has also received the American "Giraffe Award" given to people "who stick their necks out."
 The author or co-author of several books on the politics of biotechnology and biodiversity, Pat Mooney is widely regarded as an authority on issues of global governance, corporate concentration, and intellectual property monopoly. Although much of ETC's work continues to emphasize plant genetic resources and agricultural biodiversity, the work expanded in the early 1980s to include biotechnology. In the late 1990s, the work expanded further to encompass a succession of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, synthetic biology, geoengineering, and new developments in genomics and neurosciences.
 Currently, the organization is closely involved in preparations for this year's Rio+20 Conference. Mooney and ETC group contribute their experience in helping to reform the UN/FAO Committee on World Food Security which is now a model of intergovernmental and multi-agency collaboration on food issues and includes a novel and highly successful interactive relationship between governments, civil society and UN secretariats. ETC group is proposing the UN CFS model for any new institutional initiatives that may arise from the Rio +20 process. Based upon Mr. Mooney s and ETC s experience, the organization is also advancing proposals for the development of a UN Office for Technology Assessment or another technology assessment facility within the UN system that might ultimately evolve into an International Convention for the Evaluation of New Technologies (ICENT).

Dr. Joachim TREUSCH

President Emeritus, Jacobs University Bremen

Professur in Frankfurt Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Physik in Dortmund Präsident der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft Vorstandsmitglied der Kernforschungsanlage Jülich (KFA) Vorsitzender der Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren Präsident der Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte Vorsitzender des Vorstands der Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH Vorsitzender des Deutschen Verbandes Technisch-Wissenschaftlicher Vereine Vorsitzender des Lenkungsausschusses "Wissenschaft im Dialog"
1970
1971
1984-1986
seit 1987
1993-1997
1995-1996
1990-2006
1999-2003
2000-2006

Technology Forum

show timetable
Kategorie: all Breakout Plenary Social

23.08.2012

08:00 - 10:30 Technology Brunch hosted by Standortagentur Tirol Social
11:00 - 11:10 Welcome statement Plenary
11:10 - 11:30 Opening of the Alpbach Technology Forum 2012 Plenary
11:30 - 12:15 Opening Speeches Plenary
12:15 - 13:05 Powering the Future Plenary
13:25 - 14:55 Global Earth Research – Research for the Future of the Globe in cooperation with the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers Plenary
14:55 - 15:45 The Fight against Cancer – Breakthroughs and Expectations Plenary
18:00 - 19:30 The global Competition for Production and Research – who will determine the Future? Plenary
19:30 - 21:30 Career Lounge – Evening event with a buffet dinner for students, graduate scientists and young professionals, hosted by the organisers of the Alpbach Technology Forum and Siemens AG Österreich Social
19:30 - 21:30 Evening Reception hosted by Forschung Austria Social

24.08.2012

07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 12: Cyber-security as a critical factory of stability Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 05: The Location of future Production Sites – Decision Criteria, Opportunities and Risks Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 02: Ambient Assisted Living Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 11: Medical technology: challenges and opportunities Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 04: Demographics and Human Resources as an Opportunity for Innovation Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 07: Key Elements of successful Innovation Cultures Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 06: Supporting Careers in Science Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 13: Modern Technologies and their Role in Democratic Processes Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 08: Learning through innovative Education Networks Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and Technology for Kids Breakout
07:00 - 16:00 Junior Alpbach – Science and Technology for Young People Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 03: Smart City – Human beings at the Focus of Attention Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 09: Wanted: young, technologically savvy, curious Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 01: Key Technologies – a Future for Europe’s Youth Breakout
07:00 - 13:30 Working Group 10: Smart Governance for smart Specialisation Breakout
07:45 - 13:00 Special Event: RTI Internationalisation in Austria and the EU Breakout
14:00 - 15:15 Individualisation – the Basis for Education and Innovation Plenary
15:30 - 17:30 Pathways to the Nobel Prize – Laureates in Conversation with Austrian Junior Scientists in cooperation with the Foundation Lindau Nobelprizewinners Meetings at Lake Constance Plenary

25.08.2012

07:00 - 08:30 Emerging Technologies that will change our Lives – a Selection of EU “Flagship Projects” Plenary
08:45 - 10:00 Future Scenarios: how long can we plan ahead? Plenary
10:00 - 11:05 The physics of football Plenary
11:05 - 11:15 Closing Statement Plenary
11:20 - 12:00 Snack Reception Social