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          Comment on Why Cryonics Makes Sense by Nomoturtle      Cache   Translate Page      
Well yes, that's the readily predictable economic consequence of that scenario, but I was exploring the cultural side of it. The idea of being born to freeze. Freeze rights. That sort of thing.
          Comment on Why Cryonics Makes Sense by chase leffers      Cache   Translate Page      
If the amount of people signing up for cyonics outstipped the capabilities of the companies to provide for their patients, then the cost would go up. Simple supply and demand economics. Now that does mean that poorer people wouldn't be able to have access to cronics, but generally peaking poor people get screwed out of a lot of services already, so what's new?
          Comment on Why Cryonics Makes Sense by chase leffers      Cache   Translate Page      
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          #252 Ralph Merkle: Revolutionizing Democracy Using DAOs (rebroadcast)      Cache   Translate Page      

Legendary scientist and cryptography pioneer Ralph Merkle joined us to discuss his recent paper on DAOs. Merkle examined how the voting mechanisms in today's democracies are flawed and how a decentralized, transparent DAO making decisions using prediction markets could create more efficient democratic systems.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Merkle proofs, Merkle Roots and his early forays into cryptography
  • Blockchains as living organisms
  • Why DAOs will be subject to a Darwinian evolutionary process
  • Why voting is flawed and we need new governance methods to save democracy
  • The concept of a DAO democracy
  • How prediction markets and futarchy would help govern a DAO democracy

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  • DutchX: The open, decentralized trading protocol for ERC20 tokens using the Dutch auction mechanism

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Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sƒbastien Couture & Meher Roy.


          Oct 13, 2018: Imagine Science Film Festival @ The New School at Various locations, see description      Cache   Translate Page      

The 11th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival will take place across New York City from October 12-19, 2018. The Imagine Science Film Festival (ISFF) was created in the hybridization of art and science, mixing subjects, genres, and even fact and fiction.The theme of this year’s festival is SURVIVAL. We invite you to explore those topics that place the planet in crisis: nuclear arms proliferation, climate change, air pollution, dwindling resources, and loss of biodiversity. The festival will traverse the tumultuous natural history and startling feats of adaptation from cell death to immortal cell lines, half-lives to radical life extension, and the birth and death of stars in the cosmos.

Eugene Lang College will host lab workshops, film screenings, panels, and Q & A with filmmakers on October 13-14. Over the course of the week, other events will take place across the city, and we encourage you to review the entire schedule and to reserve tickets via their links to Eventbrite.

Events on The New School campus will be free for New School students with code ISFF11NEW but students must register on ISFF's Eventbrite and present their ID on site at film screenings. Most events at other locations will be available to students at discounts with code ISFF11STUDENT (prices for these venues will range from $8.00-$18.00 per event, excluding the following venues which do not provide discounts: Rubin Museum, AMNH, Caveat, Littlefield, UnionDocs).

Programming on The New School Campus is listed below. Each film screening will be followed by a 30-minute panel discussion with New School faculty, scientists, and filmmakers.

SCIENCE + ART + DESIGN LAB WORKSHOP
Saturday October 13 and Sunday October 14:
Imagine Science Lab Workshop: Survival and Essential Drugs
11:00am-12:30pm
University Center Science Labs, Room 618, 63 5th Avenue
The University Science Labs is hosting a Science+Art+Design Lab workshop focused on the rise of antibiotic resistance in our urban communities. This is a two-day lab, with experimentation and background on day 1 and results on day 2. For more details and required registration, please visit the event page.

FILM SCREENINGS

Saturday, October 13
Short Film Program: Dreaming Into Eternity
1:00pm
UL104, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue
New bids for eternity: cryonics, transhumanism, genetic archives. What future existences lie at the edges of our own mortality? For tickets and more information, register on Eventbrite.

Short Film Program: Life Lines
3:00 PM
UL104, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue
In surveying our physical and mental well-being, we move from the birth of the rabies vaccine in 1885 through our ongoing medical struggles and into more speculative territories. For tickets and more information, register on Eventbrite.

Sunday, October 14
Short Film Program: Climate Flux
1:00 PM
Kellen Auditorium, 1st floor, 66 5th Avenue
Melting ice caps, ocean acidification, drought, massive dust storms. This was the one program we absolutely had to have this year, even before we’d begun to receive all the essential films that make it up. For tickets and more information, register on Eventbrite.

Short Film Program: Interspecies Love Song
3:00 PM
Kellen Auditorium, 1st floor, 66 5th Avenue
This program is a love song to nature, to all that we are losing or have lost to extinction, and to the surprising ties existing between us all. For tickets and more information, register on Eventbrite.

Sponsored by Imagine Science Films and the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at The New School's Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.

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