About This Live Webinar
Futurists are a complicated, fascinating group of people. Wikipedia defines Futurists (or Futurologists) as:
"...scientists and social scientists whose specialty is futurology or the attempt to systematically explore predictions and possibilities about the future and how they can emerge from the present, whether that of human society in particular or of life on Earth in general."
But the modern definition of a futurist has expand to include many more disciplines and professions almost to the point of not excluding anyone. Wikipedia also notes the differences between traditional and modern Futurists:
Modern Futurists: “More generally, the label includes such disparate lay, professional, and academic groups as visionaries, foresight consultants, corporate strategists, policy analysts, cultural critics, planners, marketers, forecasters, prediction market developers, roadmappers, operations researchers, investment managers, actuaries, and other risk analyzers, and future-oriented individuals educated in every academic discipline, including anthropology, complexity studies, computer science, economics, engineering, Urban design, evolutionary biology, history, management, mathematics, philosophy, physical sciences, political science, psychology, sociology, systems theory, technology studies, trend analysis, and other disciplines.”
And then there's what we at Tech 2025 call Next-Gen Futurists (the topic of this webinar). While these future-minded individuals are very much into analyzing and talking about the future, Next-Gen Futurists are even more interested in aggressively and actively creating the future. They constantly teach themselves new skills necessary to explore and experiment with various emerging technologies and ideas. They participate in developing and testing technologies. And they incorporate the world of tomorrow into their lives today so that they can experience it and share it with the world. A Next-Gen Futurist is anyone with a thirst for wanting to understand and help shape the future, and who refuses to be bound by conventional rules and norms of the world today.
One such person is Eric Matzner, Silicon-Valley-based entrepreneur, futurist and biohacker who has been featured in The Guardian, Gizmodo, and ABC News. In this presentation and live chat, Charlie and Eric will cover:
- The differences between traditional futurists and Next-Gen futurists;
- How one goes about becoming a futurist and why are they in such demand from big companies today?
- Eric's experience launching a successful biohacking startup in Silicon Valley that seeks to help people to live longer;
- Eric's experience working on developing Elon Musk's Hyperloop (lessons learned, the Musk motivation, and why everyone should push themselves to build something that seems insanely impossible);
- How Silicon Valley views the future versus the rest of the country culturally;
- How people can participate in working with emerging technologies if they aren't technical.
About Eric Matzner
"People are going to upgrade themselves with technology. This is the beginning, the technology of the mind that will do what would have taken [evolution] millions of years... I am trying to make a smarter, better populace to solve all the problems we have created." -- Eric Matzner
Eric Matzner is a futurist, biohacker, entrepreneur, and transhumanist who currently lives in San Francisco and runs the leading nootropics company in the world, Nootroo (which has been featured in numerous media stories on the rise and impact of biohacking and brain drugs). Nootropics are substances that enhance learning and memory while being safe and protective of the brain.
Eric is trying to live indefinitely, to run and at least stay in the same place. His body is less a temple and more a laboratory and workshop for pushing the limits of the brain's cognition, memory and learning ability. He also experiments with cutting edge human lifespan extension and rejuvenation technologies and strives to make continual, incremental improvements towards optimal performance (kaizen). He reads at over 1000 words per minute (using RSVP software), listens to books at between 2-3x, can type over 150 wpm with 100% accuracy (and is ranked in the 99.9 percentile of fastest typers as per typeracer.com) and is always trying to go faster!
Eric has forged his own innovation path and means of defining the technologies of the future as an entrepreneur developing brain-hacking drugs to help human beings to live longer (Nootroo Featured on ABCs Nightline News), by participating in developing emerging tech through working on projects like the Hyperloop project, and by passing his knowledge down to the next generation (How I Taught a 10-Year Old to Love Python and Coding).
How does he do it? How can ordinary people who are working 9-5 jobs, taking care of families, going to school, embrace the spirit of futurism and entrepreneurship to do innovative things that challenge what we are and define what we hope to be? We'll discuss this and more in our one-hour chat. Bring your questions for the Q&A.