a fine idea, just necessitates to look a bit into the future.
I have another question in this compartment:
Why are people celebrated only when they are dead? Somebody dies and the
media goes out of it's way
to eulogize in superlatives. Why did they not do this a dy before the
person departed? Would have been
nice to read about onesself all those ornamental epithetons...
On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 9:20 AM, Richard Ruquist <yann...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Future Day: a new global holiday March 1 February 29, 2012
> *[+]* <http://www.kurzweilai.net/images/future_day.png>Why are nearly all
> our holidays focused on celebrating the past, or the cyclical processes of
> nature? Why not celebrate the amazing future we are collectively creating?
> That’s the concept behind a new global holiday, Future
> Day<http://futureday.org/>(March 1), conceived by AI researcher Dr. Ben
> Goertzel. Future
> Day 2012 gatherings <http://futureday.org/events/> are scheduled in more
> than a dozen cities, as well as in Second
> “Celebrating and honoring the past and the cyclical processes of nature is
> a valuable thing,” says Goertzel. “But in these days of rapid technological
> acceleration, it is our future that needs more attention, not our past. My
> hope is that Future Day can serve as a tool for helping humanity focus its
> attention on figuring out what kind of future it wants, and striving to
> bring these visions to reality.”
> “The past is over; the present is fleeting; we live in the future.” — Ray
> Kurzweil re Future Day
> “Ray Kurzweil* *predicts that technological paradigm shifts will become
> increasingly common, leading to ‘technological change so rapid and profound
> it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history,’” says Goertzel.
> “Future Day is designed to center the impossible in the public mind once a
> year as a temptation too delicious to resist,” says Howard Bloom, author of
> *Global Brain.* “If all matter in the universe is comprised of patterns,
> let’s redesign what doesn’t work and form new methods for approaching the
> future with fluidity,” says designer Natasha Vita-More, Chair,
> *Future Day events so far*
> Melbourne <http://futureday2012.eventbrite.com/>, 5:30 PM (1:30 AM EST)
> to 10:30 PM, moderated by Singularity Summit AU organizer Adam A. Ford and
> Australian ABC TV newscaster Josie Taylor, with Skype call-ins by Goertzel
> and Vita-More.
> Terasem Island, Second Life, 6 PM EST: a public
> where authors Howard Bloom and Martine Rothblatt and blogger Giulio Prisco
> will join Goertzel, Vita-More, and Adam A. Ford.
> Other events: Sydney, Berkeley, Edmonton, Houston, Sao Paulo, **Salt Lake
> City, Brussels, Paris, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Washington DC, and Lehi
> (Utah). See http://futureday.org/events for updates.
> Starting your own event? List it here: i...@futureday.org
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