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AI Will Overtake Humans, If We Let It

We determine our future relationship with artificial intelligence. Either we continue to safeguard human thinking while using AI to enhance human capability, or we buy into the materialist superstition that AI can give us the utopian freedom we deserve and jump into our high-tech armchairs. Read More ›
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Big Tech Is Subtly Controlling Our Lives — and We Need to Fight Back

Big Tech’s influence on culture and society was first predicted nearly 70 years ago by French thinker Jacques Ellul. In his 1954 book “The Technological Society,” Ellul argued that tech would have a tyrannical effect on humankind, and he blamed the problem on “technique” — the methods that bring about “absolute efficiency in every field of human activity.” Read More ›
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Escaping the Truman Show of Our Times

After learning his whole world is an illusion, Truman commits to finding an authentic life, even if he must die trying. If you're going to get back on course, you'll need Truman-like determination, too. Read More ›
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Quantum Computing: What Does it Change?

At COSM 2021, Dr. Julie Love, Director of Quantum Computing Business Development at Microsoft, describes the challenges of quantum computing, exposes some of the myths regarding the technology, and describes the types of applications that quantum computers are best suited to address — including clean combustion, energy, and water, and energy efficiency.

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The Nanotech Revolution

Dr. Jim Tour, Professor of Chemistry at Rice University, gives a riveting tour of how waste products can be converted to graphene, an extremely valuable material with a host of useful applications — from medical applications to new strong and lightweight materials to an energy source for zero CO2 emissions.

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Innovations in Biotech

Matt McIlwain, Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group, moderates a panel on exciting innovations in biotech that are offering new ways to both eliminate diseases and extend life. Panelists include Dr. Steve Meyer, Director of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, and Dr. Jim Tour, Professor of Chemistry at Rice University.

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Take Control of Your Tech Before Metaverse Hits

Facebook’s recent name change to Meta has ushered in the Age of the Metaverse. Big Tech’s focus is shifting to a new frontier, the untamed wilds of the virtual world. Or is it worlds? Read More ›