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Forum: December 7, 2017

Topic: Future of Technology

For the first time in our group’s history, we will have a December meeting of Columbus Futurists.  On Thursday December 7 at 6:30 PM at the Panera Bread community room (875 Bethel Rd.).  Students in David Staley’s “Future of Technology” seminar at Ohio State will be presenting scenarios they researched this semester.  Their interests ranged from the future of artificial intelligence to geoengineering to “elective prosthetics.” Please join us to learn from the next generation of futurists.

Another great discussion in an exciting agenda emerging for our meetings this year. Hope to see you on the 7th!


Forum: January 18, 2018

Topic: On the Future of the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities received a reprieve earlier in the year, when Congress voted to continue funding (in its “skinny budget,” the Trump administration had planned a zero budget for the NEH).  Academic job listings in the humanities are at their lowest levels in 30 years, and politicians on both side of the aisle say that studying the humanities means unemployablity.

At the same time, a number of denizens of Silicon Valley have been announcing that the tech world needs more people who are steeped in the humanities.  Christian Madsbjerg–himself trained as a humanist–is founder of the management consulting firm ReD Associates, and uses “applied phenomenology” with his global clients.  In an era where artificial intelligence is replacing human intelligence in a number of tasks, will humanistic knowledge prevail as something algorithms will never duplicate?

What is the future of the humanities in the United States?

Another great discussion in an exciting agenda emerging for our meetings this year. Hope to see you on January 18th!

Make note

Scheduled Meetings for 2017-18  (all meetings meet 6:30-8:00pm at the Panera Bread Co. community room, 875 Bethel Road):  (Also be sure to check out – and like –  “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!)

  • December 7, 2017 – Topic: Future of Technology (special December meeting)
  • January 18, 2018 – Topic: On the Future of the Humanities
  • February 22, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • March 22, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • April 26, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • May 24, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • June 21, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • July 26, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • August 23, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • September 20, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • October 25, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • November 15, 2018 – Topic: tbd
  • December 2018 – No meeting
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