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Freshly Squeezed with Colin McEnroe

4/12/2013
Are You Ready for 2033?
April 24, 2013 • 7pm
The Future’s So Bright, You Gotta Wear Shades.
OK, so you never did get that jetpack. Still, you’re stepping into a future of dazzling innovation and peril.  What’s coming -- and soon -- is a world in which people can reasonably expect to live to 120, in which humans will voluntarily undergo amputations and implantations to get better arms, legs, ears and eyes. A world in which skin -- prone to wrinkling, injury and cancers -- will be replaced by a self-repairing biosynthetic fabric containing nanorobots.  Artificial intelligence will accelerate, gradually approaching the so-called “singularity” when a machine will have some awareness of itself. How will we hold onto ourselves?  What are the challenges to our inner life as our outer world transforms itself? How do we avoid becoming a society of genetically modified haves and have-nots? How will other institutions -- in religion, philosophy, and the arts -- respond to scientifically driven change? Join us for a lively onstage conversation featuring James J. Hughes, futurist, sociologist and bioethicist on the faculty of Trinity College; Gualberto Ruano, scientist, inventor and Hartford Hospital's director of genetics; and UConn Philosophy Professor Michael Lynch whose upcoming book from W. W. Norton is Prisoners of Babel: Knowledge in the Datasphere.  Get your tickets today.