TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, but it is much more than that. It’s tag line is Ideas Worth Spreading, and its conferences feature some of the world’s best and most thought provoking speakers. Their site showcases 1500+ videos of talks on a wide array of topics, including many that will affect our future.
The World Future Society is where futurists exchange ideas about what could, may or will happen. Their annual conference is filled with interesting people, fascinating presentations and great conversation. Their Futurist magazine is a treasure trove of forward thinking.
Gapminder uses amazing data visualizations to show how the world is changing.
Humanity+ is an organization of forward thinkers who believe that we humans are outgrowing our biological bodies and can make them better through technology. From their website: “the world’s leading nonprofit for the ethical use of technology to extend human capabilities.” Check out their menu under “Projects” for mind-boggling articles and videos on where our species is headed.
“The Lifeboat Foundation is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization dedicated to encouraging scientific advancements while helping humanity survive existential risks and possible misuse of increasingly powerful technologies, including genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and robotics/AI, as we move towards the Singularity.”
“Singularity University utilizes accelerating technologies to address humanity’s hardest problems.” “Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.”
“The Millennium Project is an independent non-profit global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities. The Millennium Project manages a coherent and cumulative process that collects and assesses judgments from over 3,500 people since the beginning of the project selected by its 49 Nodes around the world. The work is distilled in its annual “State of the Future”, “Futures Research Methodology” series, special studies, and integrated into a Global Futures Intelligence System.”
“Foresight Institute is a leading think tank and public interest organization focused on transformative future technologies. Founded in 1986, its mission is to discover and promote the upsides, and help avoid the dangers, of nanotechnology, AI, biotech, and similar life-changing developments.”
“The Future of Humanity Institute is a leading research centre looking at big-picture questions for human civilization. The last few centuries have seen tremendous change, and this century might transform the human condition in even more fundamental ways. Using the tools of mathematics, philosophy, and science, we explore the risks and opportunities that will arise from technological change, weigh ethical dilemmas, and evaluate global priorities. Our goal is to clarify the choices that will shape humanity’s long-term future.”
“SENS Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that is transforming the way the world researches and treats age-related disease.
The research we fund at universities around the world and at our own Research Center uses regenerative medicine to repair the damage underlying the diseases of aging. Our goal is to help build the industry that will cure these diseases.”
“Methuselah Foundation is a non-profit medical charity dedicated to extending healthy human life…”
“Our Mission: Significantly extend the healthy lifespan of humanity.”
“Instead of accepting the physical and mental losses associated with aging we look for answers and solutions. Not for one disease but for the general loss of functionality and productivity that we all experience.”