Sustainable Futures, Strategies and Technologies.

Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Thursday, July 8, 2010
End July 10, 2010

Economic, digital, and cultural globalization is accelerating, as are the perils and possibilities of our new interconnected age. As our knowledge increases, our time horizons are shortening. Much of what ten years ago was called the distant future is now the present.

To help you embrace the opportunities and challenges ahead, the World Future Society invites you to attend WorldFuture 2010. Don’t miss the opportunity to be on hand for keynote presentations by:

Ray Kurzweil
Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes, Inc. magazine, which ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.”

He is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, and he’s been inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame. He has received 19 honorary doctorates and honors and has written six books, four of which have been national best sellers. The Age of Spiritual Machines has been translated into 9 languages and was the number-one best-selling science book on Amazon.com. His latest book, The Singularity Is Near, was a New York Times best seller, and has been the number-one book on Amazon in both science and philosophy.

Wendell Wallach
Wallach is a consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He was a founder and president of two computer consulting companies—Farpoint Solutions and Omnia Consulting Inc.—serving PepsiCo International, United Aircraft, and the State of Connecticut among other clients.

Wallach is currently writing a book on the societal, ethical, and public policy challenges arising from technologies that enhance human faculties. He co-authored (with Colin Allen) Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong (Oxford University Press 2008).

Another book in progress is Cyber’s Soul: Self-Understanding in the Information Age, which explores the ways in which cognitive science, new technologies, and introspective practices are altering our understanding of human decision making and ethics.

Karen Moloney
Moloney, director of Moloney Minds, is a consultant and writer on the changing nature of work. She is a chartered psychologist, consultant, writer, and speaker. Her work over the past couple of years has included advising companies on attracting and retaining top talent, the building of emotional capital within organizations, developing of competency frameworks as a culture change tool, and creating career and personal development opportunities to retain individuals.

Stephen Aguilar-Millan, director of research at the European Futures Observatory.

Janna Quitney Anderson, director, Imagining the Internet Center, Elon University.

Tim Brennan, executive director, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

Lawson Brigham, professor, Geography and Artic Policy, University of Alaska–Fairbanks; former chair of the Arctic Council’s Marine Shipping Assessment.

This year’s World Future Society conference in Boston promises to be a world-class “think-fest,” with attendees arriving from across the globe to demonstrate hard-won knowledge and new thinking. Presenters will examine all the major trends and developments influencing our future in the fields of technology, government, the environment, values and spirituality, education, futures methodologies, and health.

Since 1971, the annual conference of the World Future Society has served as the premier event for the world’s most important thinkers, leaders, and visionaries to explore the future. Previous conference attendees have included such luminaries as technology forecaster and author Alvin Toffler, former Tennessee Senator and U.S. Vice President Al Gore, former U.S. President Gerald Ford, scientist and inventor Buckminster Fuller, the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, former U.S. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, legendary behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner, economist Aurelio Peccei, author Hazel Henderson, political scientist and futurist Bertrand de Jouvenel, age-wave expert Ken Dychtwald among thousands of others. Now you can take part in this prestigious international event. Space is limited, so don’t let this opportunity to explore our global future pass you by!

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