Where Spirituality Meets Rationality
Christine Petersen, Seth Blaustein, Mikey Siegel
It would seem that the two domains are at odds: Spirituality represents the inner world of one's life and deepest values; Rationality is the way we logically navigate with the outer world. But are these apparent opposites at odds? Or are they reconcilable? Our distinguished panel will explore the issue of intersect.
Ask Us Anything About Building a Great Startup
Whurley, Colin Pape, Evan Baehr
If you want to learn how to start a successful organization, you could sign up for business classes taught by people who likely do not run successful businesses. Or you could come here from the masters who have endured the blood, sweat, and tears and built amazing companies. They will share their secrets with you, if you just ask.
Epigenetic Hacking for Optimal Lifestyle
Dr. Daniel Stickler, Mickra Hamilton
Genetics are loaded dice. But epigenetics means we're a lot more malleable than we sometimes think. This panel is about exploring ways not to overcome our genetic limits, but rather express those genes that help us be our best selves.
Epigenetics puts hard science behind what humans have long known – that you can optimize your diet, behavior and environment to move your body and mind to new levels.
Academic Renegades for Radical Free Speech
Bret Weinstein, Thaddeus Russell, Caleb Brown (Moderator)
What was once an institution of open inquiry and higher learning has become a citadel for safe spaces and political taboos.
This panel explores the importance and limits of free expression, not just on campus but in the wider world. Both panelists have bitter experience to draw upon.
Frontiers: Pioneers of Land, Sea, and Space
Joe Quirk, Toni Lane Casserly, Rick Tumlinson
How far can humanity go?
We currently use the sea for shipping and transportation. But what if we could live and work on the sea? We currently see space for exploration. But what if we could colonize the moon or Mars? We currently have most of our laws attached to territories, but what if we could select our governance in the cloud?
Let's explore the next frontiers together.
Robots Will Take Our Jobs (And that's Awesome)
Robin Hanson, Max Borders, Amir Husain
Artificial Intelligence AI is proceeding at a clip. Soon robots will be able to replace humans in certain critical tasks. They will become more flexible and, some say, even sentient. Will this be good, bad, or effing awesome for humanity?
This Sprout workshop explores the promise and peril of the robots, as futurists attempt to limn our relationship to the AI in a coming age of spiritual machines.
Human Fractals: Blockchain, Holochain, and the Future of Decentralization
Arthur Brock, Elizabeth Hunker, Dustin Byington, Nancy Giordano (Moderator)
In 2009 a Copernican-scale change happened in the area of technology. Bitcoin was born. The implications of the technology were staggering, as the Bitcoin blockchain showed that it was possible to use technology to eliminate one of society's central mediating structures: banks.
Since that time, everything is blockchain, as new companies and new tokens are sprouting up to disintermediate, well, everything. But blockchain alternatives like Holochain are coming onto the scene. And some think revolutionary blockchains could soon be disrupted.
Which technology will help us leave big corporations and big governments behind? Which technology will help us become as human fractals?
Improv: How to Think on Your Feet and Improve Group Flow
Alex Baia, Joseph Daily
Planning is necessary, but boring. So much of life is improvisation. You might as well learn how to do it well.
In this Sprout session, you'll get up and move. You'll learn to focus. aAnd you'll learn how to flow with others.
If you like thinking fast and being creative, this improve Sprout is just for you.
Entrepreneurs as Public Servants
Marc Coppola, Tim Chermak, Alex Charfen
Everybody’s quick to honor our teachers, support the troops, or tip their hats to firefighters. Fair enough. These can be challenging and sometimes dangerous jobs; these men and women undoubtedly deserve our admiration and gratitude.
But it’s time to honor the courage of a different kind of public servant: those who fearlessly risk their time and money to move civilization forward. It's not always about getting rich selling software or gadgets. It can be about innovating and building business that help the poor, clean the environment, and pave the way for a better tomorrow.
Immortality & Transhumanism: Deep Dive w/ Natasha Vita-More
Natasha Vita-More, Caleb Brown (Interviewer)
When we start to view aging as a disease instead of an inevitability, we will figure out how to double our lifespans.
When biology, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence start to converge, it will mean enormous things for humanity to upgrade itself.
Join this interview with one of the most controversial figures in transhumanism, or, the idea that we will soon upgrade to humanity 2.0.
Finding Ecstasy in Sex, Work and Life - A Stealing Fireside Chat
The founder of the Human Genome Project helps Exiters level up by orders of magnitude through proven technics to improve productivity, life enjoyment, and sexual satisfaction with the one you love.
The Future Of Government: Beyond Democracy
Robin Hanson, Max Borders, Caleb Brown (Moderator), Jordan Lejuwan
Is democracy all we've got?
Every couple of years, we upgrade our technological operating systems. But we haven't upgraded our social operating systems in about 300 years.
Can we do better? What if the very codes that runs our computers could become the future of our laws and institutions? What if there were more radically participatory systems on the horizon? And what if democracy is not long for this world?
This Sprout explores how we upgrade the very rules we live by.
Privacy and Propaganda: How We Can Rescue Our Online Identities in the Age of Big Data
Colin Pape, Peter Wang, Shannon Ewing (Moderator), Elizabeth Hunker
Google can privilege, sensor, and spy on a vast store of our information, virtually at will.
Facebook has been colluding with politics on both the left and the right to make a buck, and sell our data back to us as propaganda.
Shit's getting creepy.
This Sprout explores the promising future of technologies that will help us have data sovereignty and protect from Big Brothers--public and private.
How the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) Is Revolutionizing More Than Just Money (Sprout Powered by Dash)
Joel Valenzuela, Ben Swann, Allan Demerest
Organizations like Dash are getting rid of fiat money, banks, and firms. Come explore the DAO of Dash and the future of decentralized organizations.