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EMERGE: Artists + Scientists Redesign the Future

Here at Prevail, we care deeply about the future. And a big part of caring about the future is caring about our collective images of the future, the questions that we ask about it, and the tools that we use. Which is why I’m proud to announce the EMERGE Event, at Arizona State University March 1st-3rd.

What is EMERGE? An unparalleled campus–wide event uniting artists, engineers, bio scientists, social scientists, story–tellers and designers to build, draw, write and rethink the future of the human species and the environments that we share.

Who will be there? Global leaders from industry and creative practice will join distinguished ASU faculty and talented students along with present a line-up of world class keynote speakers for the conference-closing Keynotes Session (March 3, open to the public with RSVP) including noted writers, designers and futurists such as Stewart Brand (The Whole Earth Discipline), Bruce Sterling (The Difference Engine, Beyond the Beyond), Sherry Turkle (Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other), Bruce Mau (Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, Massive Change Network), Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, Reamde) and ASU President Michael Crow.

What will we be doing? MAKING THE FUTURE.

If you’re in the Phoenix area in early March, please come by. Particularly for the Digital Culture festival which will be open to the public on March 3rd.

A few good people

The Prevail Project is looking for a few good people to accelerate the impact of this organization.
Moderators: People who can spark conversations in our groups with their own postings, as well as welcoming new members to the site, guiding them to groups they may be interested in, and encouraging them to join conversations.
Video editors and curators: People interested in scouring the net for videos and graphics that capture the spirit of Prevailing.
Virality mavens: You have connections? We want to link up to your network to help the Prevail Project go viral.
Authors: Those interested in contributing “featured posts” to the site.

To apply, please contact us at, with a brief description of your qualifications and how you want to help.

Brains, Minds, and Machines @ MIT May 3-5

The granddaddies of artificial intelligence are holding a conference on reinvigorating the field, bringing together the best thinkers in computer science, cognitive science, neuroscience, and the social sciences for three days.

Key question: Over the past 50 years, research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) has led to the current development of remarkably successful applications such as Deep Blue, Google search, Kinect, Shazam, Watson, and MobilEye. While each of these systems performs at human level or better in a narrow domain, none can be said to be intelligent. The main thesis to be discussed in the panels is

a) that a new effort in curiosity-driven research is needed in order to understand intelligence and the brain

b) that this new basic research endeavor should tightly combine computer science, cognitive science, neuroscience, and social sciences, and

c) that it should also integrate different facets of intelligence such as vision, planning, language, and social intelligence.

Registration is still open, so if you’re in the Boston area, and you don’t have anything better to do (and really, whatever you’re doing is more important than panels with Chomsky, Minsky, Pinker et al?) go and check it out.

Brain Science Events: (Outsight News) Enhancing Decision Making

First two events in The Brain Science Project: 

  • On, April 20th, 2010, Richard Wise, Professor of Neurology at Imperial College will look at how advances in brain scanning may change our future – will we make better decisions?  Will cognitive enhancers become a workplace staple?
  • On May 11, 2010, features neuromarketing pioneer Professor Gemma Calvert.  Seats are limited for these lunchtime event.

To get involved, please see and go to latest news.

Synthetic Aesthetics

Submit applications BEFORE March 31, 2010 – 

Synthetic Aesthetics seeks participants for a project on synthetic biology, design and aesthetics. The project will provide funding to bring together scientists and engineers working in synthetic biology with artists, designers and other creative practitioners.  Resources will be made available for twelve funded “embedded residencies’ in which six artists and designers will spend two weeks in laboratories, and six scientists and engineers will spend two weeks in artistic studios and design workspaces (institutions or independent studios.                                                                                                                        

Read more about it on

Design And Research In Artifical And Natural Sciences

June 29th-July 2nd, 2010 – Orlando, Florida

Interactive Technologies Conference

August 18-20, 2010

Abstracts for presentations from knowledgeable professionals in industry, government, military, public education and academia are solicited to provide presentations which would be part of a comprehensive conference program on the latest interactive technologies as they are being applied to training, education and job performance improvement, including ways to implement technology, descriptions of education and technical skills applications, e-Learning, enterprise management, and instructional systems design, together with Knowledge Management Systems.  Topic of interest include:

 Mobile Computing, Handhelds & PDAs, Knowledge Management Systems, Gaming and Simulation for Training and Job Performance Improvement, New Technologies & the Marketplace, Instructional Systems Design