SXSW 2022

Neureality: The Building of Our 21st Century Minds


Technology extends our physical and mental influence in the world. Now, we are rapidly developing the ability to augment our brains and minds still further as we create this age of neureality. Brain-computer interfaces, biotechnology, optogenetics, nanotechnology, mind uploads and other emerging technologies are making it possible to take human intelligence into a new realm. But as we do this, what are the risks and ramifications? What will be the impacts on society, humanity and the environment? These and many other thorny issues will be explored in this session by futurist and author, Richard Yonck. The discussion will draw on his recent 2020 book, "Future Minds: The Rise of Intelligence from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe." A Q&A will follow at the end of the session.

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  1. We are rapidly becoming more and differently intelligent. This will transform who we are as a species and our relationship to the rest of the world.
  2. Many different factors could exacerbate the power disparities and conflicts in society. We need to plan ahead to avoid causing greater inequality.
  3. These advances can't be avoided due to the economic factors driving them. We need to consider the trust, privacy and possible mental health issues now



Richard Yonck, Futurist, Intelligent Future Consulting

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Book Reading
  • Track: 2050
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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