Science fiction, tech, and video games encourage one another; what was as soon as science fiction is turning into technological truth. Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, has typically stated that “we’re residing in science fiction.” And that’s the subject of the newest VR occasion by GamesBeat and Oculus, “Science fiction, tech, and games”, developing February 17, 10-11 a.m. PT.
On this hour-long dialog, laptop scientist and completed science fiction author Ramez Naam, Tim Chang, companion at Silicon Valley enterprise capital fund Mayfield, and GamesBeat’s Dean Takahashi, will discuss in regards to the inescapable connection between science fiction and technological truth, and the way it can foreshadow the long run.
Earlier than he began writing novels, Naam spent 13 years at Microsoft, main groups engaged on machine studying, neural networks, info retrieval, and web scale programs. That distinctive background positions him as a bridge between science fiction and expertise, serving to him create visions of the long run tied to what’s technologically potential now.
His concepts at the moment are extra related than ever, given the advances in AI and different digital applied sciences which have the potential to push us nearer to a post-human future. Naam speaks to that future, in addition to the potential dangers that firms driving towards it might not see.
His Nexus trilogy, set in 2040, can be placing in its skill to foresee the political ramifications of expertise. Within the sequence, a mind-altering drug known as Nexus immerses customers in an augmented model of actuality. The creator of Nexus is a brain-hacking civil libertarian who believes that it’ll free humanity and permit folks to maneuver on to a post-human future, the place their minds can stay on, impartial of their our bodies.
However within the novel, the U.S. authorities sees Nexus as an unlawful drug, one thing that may drive a wedge between people and enhanced people. The governement desires to stamp it out, and crush terrorists who plan to make use of it to disrupt society. Chinese language researchers conduct horrifying experiments that use Nexus to mix humanity and AI. Freedom-minded hackers are caught within the center.
Along with the Nexus sequence, he’s penned two non-fiction books: The Infinite Useful resource: The Energy of Concepts on a Finite Planet, and Greater than Human: Embracing the Promise of Organic Enhancement. Naam’s books have earned the Prometheus Award, the Endeavour Award, the Philip Okay. Dick Award, been listed as an NPR Finest Ebook of the Yr, and have been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke award.
Naam occurs to be good pals with enterprise capitalist Tim Chang. Chang’s focus is discovering startups that match right into a imaginative and prescient of what the long run might be. As he stated at a latest GamesBeat occasion, when folks brainstorm concepts to think about that future, they both find yourself as storylines or companies, or each — with the 2 actually influencing one another. He’s been twice named to the Forbes Midas checklist of High Tech Buyers and obtained the Gamification Summit award for Particular Achievement. His enterprise capital expertise contains main investments at Norwest Enterprise Companions and Gabriel Enterprise Companions, and he’s funded recreation firms equivalent to Ngmoco and Playdom. His operational expertise contains working in product administration and engineering throughout Asia for Gateway, Inc., and Normal Motors.
And naturally, our moderator is GamesBeat’s personal lead author, Dean Takahashi, who has spent 24 years masking video games.
The occasion will embody stay Q&As, alternatives to work together and socialize with fellow attendees, and extra. In case you have an Oculus headset, you’ll be capable to use the Oculus Venus app to view the panel in VR. It’s also possible to benefit from the dialog in our Zoom Webinar.
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