Innovative Ideas for a Better World
What an incredible time to be alive! We have an unprecedented opportunity to use technology to solve humanity’s problems and create a society where everyone flourishes. At a minimum, the world economy ($12,700 per person) can and should meet the basic needs of every person on the planet for water, food, shelter, health, and education. But new positive social technologies should also be able to move everyone up Maslow’s hierarchy. Next generation social technology should create communities with new levels of connectedness that encourage the best of human compassion and kindness, promote collective intelligence, and honor and appreciate each person’s unique gifts and capacity to contribute. We can create a world in which creativity, insight, and joy are everyone’s birthright.
I’m Steve Omohundro and I’ve been a scientist, professor, author, and entrepreneur. I have a Ph.D. in physics but have spent decades studying intelligent systems. I’m passionate about using new technologies to make the world a better place and am currently involved with four organizations:
Social Commenting, LLC creates innovations in social media. Today there are 1.6 billion social media users and by 2030 there will be 7 billion. Social media advertising revenues from now until then will top $2.1 trillion. I’m working with Michael Norwood and a team of collaborators to create and license new inventions that address this enormous market. As a part of this work, I just filed patents on 20 new social media inventions.
Omai Ventures is focused on creating and licensing innovative social and intelligent technologies to improve the world. We’re working on semantic software, digital transactions, collective intelligence, rich interfaces, IP marketplaces, distributed robots, and other innovative areas.
The Center for the Study of Mind is an interdisciplinary think tank I cofounded with Don Kimber, Forrest Bennett, and others to create a new understanding of matter and mind. Current projects include EEG neurofeedback, collective intelligence, retrocausal quantum mechanics, and a unified thermo-bio-econo-neuro systems science.
Self-Aware Systems is a think tank I created to bring positive human values to new intelligent technologies. These systems are likely to be so powerful that we need to think carefully about ensuring they promote the good and prevent the bad. I gave a TEDx talk in Estonia on “Smart Technology for the Greater Good” and a keynote talk at Oxford on “Autonomous Technology for the Greater Human Good”. I’ve done interviews about these issues with the Boston Globe and USA Today and James Barrat’s excellent upcoming book is based in part on my work. Many more of my talks and papers on positive intelligent technologies are available at selfawaresystems.com.
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