World Complexity Science Academy

5th Conference

INVENTING THE FUTURE IN AN AGE CONTINGENCY

Budapest, Hungary – November, 7th-8th, 2014

In an age of contingency, the future seems to be a horizon which moves further and further as one tries to get closer. Risk, contingency, catastrophe and unpredictability turn the “future” into an unusual world in everyday semantics and, for example, in political communication. Inventing the future is becoming more and more strategic in a time where finance is the metaphor for value and wealth construction. The convergence of Robotics, Informatics, Nanotechnologies and Genetics, or the so-called RING Singularity, is simultaneously turning the human being itself into contingency and infinite possibilities (Heidegger’s Gegnet), clarifying, once again, that the future cannot be predicted but can be invented.

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