DISRUPTING DEATH: TECHNOLOGY & THE FUTURE OF DYING DISMANTLED
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Is death, as we know it, being dismantled? Would you want your consciousness uploaded to the cloud? Could you be cryogenically frozen for a later decade? Death stalks us all throughout life. We’re painfully aware that our time on earth is short, but the 2020s bring potential new answers to the problem of death. Leading futurist David Wood guides us through a visionary look at our own mortality, dismantling surprising ways to avoid shuffling off this mortal coil.
Thanks to remarkable technologies that are being conceived and created, now may be the time to tackle death as never before. Beyond the old question of whether God created humanity in His image or humanity created gods in our image, it’s time to ask what will happen to humanity once technology gives us the power of Gods over life, death, and resurrection. And what should we be doing, here and now, in anticipation of that profound future transition?
This DSMNTL talk shares a radical futurist perspective on eight ways people are trying to put death in its place: acceptance, traditional faith in resurrection, psychic connectivity, rejuvenation biotechnology, becoming a cyborg, cryonic preservation, digital afterlife, and technological resurrection. You’ll hear how the relationship between science and religion could be about to enter a dramatic new phase. But beware: you might even make a life-changing death-defying decision once you hear what’s on offer.
David W. Wood, D.Sc., was one of the pioneers of the smartphone industry. He is now a futurist consultant, speaker and author of 9 books. His software for UI and application frameworks has been included on 500 million smartphones from companies such as Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, and Samsung. As Chair of London Futurists, David has organised over 200 public meetings since March 2008 on futurist and technoprogressive topics. Membership of London Futurists now exceeds 8,000.
Presented by DSMNTL Ideas.
This is an 18+ event.