Brian Wang of Nextbigfuture Will Give the Keynote Speech on May 19

Brian Wang of Nextbigfuture will give the keynote speech at the May 19 Monte Jade Asian American event at the Marriott San Jose Cupertino, 19429 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

I will highlight scientific and technological advances that solve meaningful problems and disrupt life as we know it.

The major sections are:

Living longer and healthier
Saving the planet
Pushing the limits – Changing cities and going to space

Live longer and healthier

Fixing obesity
antiaging
Cancer free

Saving the planet

Planting trees
Ocean solution
Factory produced food

Pushing the limits – Changing cities and going to space

SpaceX fully reusable
Satellites -Starlink
Self-driving cars and trucks
Anyplace in an hour

25 thoughts on “Brian Wang of Nextbigfuture Will Give the Keynote Speech on May 19”

  1. What I note from the graph is that almost all the difference comes from the
    eradication of pneumonia, tubercolosis, and gastro infections. So, antibiotics,
    better food, and better living conditions. We would also be a lot richer if population
    had stayed the same of 1900.

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  2. By the illuminists. I was referring to the theory of
    the whole Middle Ages as a Dark Age when any innovation smelled of witchcraft. One of the most
    striking examples of this mindset is given by the
    supernova that gave origin to the Crab Nebula.
    It exploded around 1000, dont remember the exact date, and was visible for weeks in plain daylight.
    Yet no one in Europe mentioned it, since it went
    against the aristotelian principle, adopted by the
    Church, of an immutable sky. This is almost Orwellian mind control.
    In fact this theory is not true, there were a lot of improvements, even if slow and not appariscent.
    The ancient Romans, for instance, could never have made a steam engine, not even if given the project, because they were unable to make close fitting metal surfaces (cylinders and pistons) with tolerances of few micrometers. The ships of Columbus were a lot more efficient than Roman ships, the clothing of Reinassance was alot better than ancient clothing, weapons and armor were a lot more refined etc. etc.
    Of course, if compared to what has been done lately, nobody can say that they were ten centuries of blazing progress.

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  3. The blame was put on the Church.

    By whom? The story I’ve always heard was that the blame was put on the Goths and Vandals and so forth who rode in from the north and burned the place.
    The Church was credited with saving what little learning remained.

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  4. That’s five doublings. Google says 1750 population of Qing China was 225 million, so not even three doublings in 270 years. In the same time the US had over eight doublings, so you might catch up yet.

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  5. Not really a dark ages thing. The existence of a so-called “dark age” does nothing to stop the isolated farming villages from ploughing the fields and gathering nuts in the forest. In fact the greater isolationism would probably put MORE pressure on the development of the local resources.

    The “dark age myth” kind of depends on what the story of the dark ages that you, personally, learned was.

    The disproving the dark ages story starts with a definition that Europe (sometimes they strawman this out to the whole world, but I think that’s ridiculous, nobody is arguing that) was in complete collapse from about 470 AD to 1470 AD.

    And this is quite straightforwardly wrong.

    But the dark ages story I learned in school was a lot more limited and un-disproved. That following the collapse of the (western) Roman empire trade broke down over what used to be the Western Roman empire, large numbers of non-Roman groups moved in and took control, cities were vastly depopulated, levels of industrial production collapsed, and a lot of the education and learning was limited to out-of-the-way locations such as Irish monasteries (curiously enough my history teacher was actually an Irish monk).

    This lasted, not for a thousand years, but for a couple of hundred. But the numbers were back to Roman levels by the year 1000 at the absolute latest. Probably much earlier, but the last bit to be restored was the widespread gathering and recording of such numbers, so it’s difficult to tell.

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  6. I completely agree that the engineering of the world has been a work in progress for millennia.

    I think that if you want to help people see that we live in an engineered world then it is easier to point to life now and in 1900 instead of life now versus say 1000.

    Other ways in which we can engineer our world: desalination plants so that we (e.g. us Californians) aren’t wholly dependent on rainfall.

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  8. I tend to think of China that same way. It, in many ways possibly far older than Europe from a man-conquering-nature perspective, once must have been quite wild indeed. One can only imagine.  

    However in the last 250 years, its population doubled, redoubled and doubled again. And again. Every square inch of accessible and arable land has multiple times been reframed for agriculture, animal husbandry and where possible, small-scale manufacturing.  

    Hence why I agree with your comment.

    Just saying,
    GoatGuy ✓

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  9. Congrats Brian! I’ve been following your site for 13 years now, and it’s truly one of the best resources for techie and futurist folks. I look forward to watching a video of your talk!

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  10. The same applies to all the other civilized places, Europe, the Middle East, India, all of East Asia. But it also applies, in an even less obvious ways, to the so-called “unspoiled” areas of America, Australia, Subsaharan Africa etc.

    Although it seemed untouched, the forest cover was significantly altered by deliberate fires (to promote grassland herds which are easier to catch), the forests themselves tended much as the European ones were, the very mix of animals themselves altered with larger predators killed off (in self defense and to reduce competition for the prey animals), as well as changes in prey animals (both deliberate and accidental).

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  11. I like your comment, but I disagree with one thing.
    Engineering our world didn’t start 4 generations ago.
    Even 3 or 4 hundred years ago, very few people were living in a non-engineered environment. This is, even more than our own situation, highly transparent to us, but it is very real.
    Picture a traditional European rural scene. All natural? Not at all. Those fields were cleared a thousand years, or 3 thousand years previously. The soil has been modified and tended by generation after generation. The very rock content of the fields changed as a thousand years of ploughmen picked up the rocks they turned up and put it on the field boundary to make walls. The vegetation has been subject to millenia of artificial selection to optimise it for farming purposes. The forests? Often deliberately planted. Or tended for centuries, with some trees selected, some removed. There were deliberate programs to encourage useful trees for food production, wood production etc. It is said that you can’t really film a “realistic” medieval forest scene any more, because modern forests are far more wild that what they used to be.

    The grassland “moors” of Britain were originally forest, and cleared for agriculture and grazing back in the Bronze age.

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  12. Good stuff and unfortunately I don’t have time for much thought or comments now but one thing you should consider is “Saving the planet” is as much about saving the human race vs the obvious literal interpretation. How about “Biosphere health”?

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  13. I freely offer some overarching thoughts:

    1. We are living in the world that the last four generations engineered for us. Examples include: Antibiotics, Air conditioning, Air travel, etc etc etc.
    2. The consequences of the engineered world we live in are transparent to us and can be difficult to see. You can see how things are different if you compare death rates per 1000 people in 1900 versus the here and now. Things are different because previous generations engineered the world they lived in for the better.
    3. Don’t lose sight of the fact that we too can engineer the future. It seems nowadays that we accept the status quo instead of asking how we can remake something such that everybody wins. An example would be people who embrace zero sum energy scarcity instead of asking how we can make cheap, clean power (e.g. Gen IV fission).
    4. So what are some areas where we are engineering our future? What will the consequences be?

    Proof that we live in a world that is the fruit of the hard work of previous generations:

    http://static2.businessinsider.com/image/4fe65ccc69bedd0b1b000000-960/death-rates-1900-and-2010.png

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