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Adam A. Ford

Future Day each year gives us an ongoing opportunity to focus our energy on inventing the future we want— Adam A. Ford

Aubrey de Grey

Celebrating the future is about celebrating a better world: a world in which everyone’s life is easier and their health is maintained longer. It’ll be a life where there’s more time for leisure – for enriching each other’s lives rather than just running to stand still. In other words, more holiday time! So a holiday is absolutely the appropriate way to help us focus on it and make it a reality soon.— Aubrey de Grey

Ben Goertzel

The human animal evolved to survive and flourish in a world that didn’t change very much or very rapidly. But thanks to our own wonderful intellectual and cultural advancement, we find ourselves instead in a world of accelerating change. To deal with this situation effectively, we need to re-focus our minds, individually and collectively, on the future rather than the past. We need to embrace the wild uncertainty and promise of the future with both rationality and imagination. And we need to do it now! Future Day is one step — maybe an important one — in the process of humanity reorienting itself toward accelerating change and future-awareness. After all, we already have a heck of a lot of holidays focusing on the past — it’s about time for one that focuses on the future!!— Ben Goertzel

Carl Sagan

What about … whether we are capable of creating intelligences smarter than ourselves? Computers routinely do mathematics that no unaided human can manage, outperform world champions in checkers and grand masters in chess, speak and understand English and other languages, write presentable short stories and musical compositions, learn from their mistakes, and competently pilot ships, airplanes, and spacecraft. Their abilities steadily improve. They’re getting smaller, faster, and cheaper. Each year, the tide of scientific advance laps a little further ashore on the island of human intellectual uniqueness with its embattled castaways. If, at so early a stage in our technological evolution, we have been able to go so far in creating intelligence out of silicon and metal, what will be possible in the following decades and centuries? What happens when smart machines are able to manufacture smarter machines?— Carl Sagan, ‘Pale Blue Dot’ Chapter 3: The Great Demotions

Christine Peterson

So few of us actively try to envision the future and change it for the better. Even small tweaks, such as coming up with a new way to explain a coming technology to the public, can have big positive consequences. Let’s use Future Day as an opportunity to promote the big goals, like extending the human healthspan, spreading freedom, and healing our environment.— Christine Peterson, Chairman, Personalized Life Extension 2012, Co-founder, Foresight Institute

David Orban

We are all time-travelers, and the future is our destination. Let’s celebrate it with anticipation, and delight!— David Orban

David Pearce, Founder WTA

Mastery of our own genetic source code means we may be heading for a Triple S civilization – superintelligence, superlongevity and superhappiness. To suppose we can glimpse the nature of post-human life is probably naive. But I believe that phasing out the biology of experience below ‘hedonic zero’ is a precondition of any civilization worthy of the name.— David Pearce, Founder WTA

Howard Bloom

Future Day is designed to center the impossible in the public mind once a year as a temptation too delicious to resist.— Howard Bloom

America has lost its sense of a future. It has lost its vision of frontiers just around the corner, frontiers available to those who discipline themselves, persist, and dream. The future determines the present. Our aspirations are the foundation for our achievements, achievements that sometimes defy belief.— Howard Bloom

Jerome C. Glenn, CEO The Millennium Project

Humanity needs ways to think together about the future. Future Day could evolve to become one of those ways.— Jerome C. Glenn, CEO The Millennium Project

John Smart

Humanity is on the edge of understanding that our future will be astoundingly different from the world we’ve lived in these last several generations. Accelerating technological change is all around us, and transformative solutions are near at hand for all our problems, if only we have the courage to see them. Future Day helps us to foresee our personal potentials, and acknowledge that we have the power to pull together and push our global system to a whole new level of collective intelligence, resiliency, diversity, creativity, and adventure. Want to help build a more foresighted culture? Don’t wait for permission, start celebrating it now!— John Smart, Founder of Acceleration Watch

José Cordeiro, MBA, PhD

Future Day is an idea whose time has come. And as Victor Hugo said: there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come!— José Cordeiro, MBA, PhD, http://www.cordeiro.org

Leonardo da Vinci

There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, ’tis for some other.’— Leonardo da Vinci

Lincoln Cannon, director MTA

Future Day reminds us to celebrate potential, that thinking about or even working toward potential is not enough, that we should enjoy our journeys, our aspirations and anticipations, as much as our destinations!— Lincoln Cannon, director MTA

Martine Rothblatt

There are never too many reasons, or days, to celebrate, nor too few to regret.— Martine Rothblatt

Natasha Vita-More

A Day for Imagination— Natasha Vita-More, Co-Editor of The Transhumanist Reader

Imagination is the dramatic script of vibrant dreams, and the logical contemplation of what is yet to come. Integrating imagination with accomplishment is a tough challenge, but one which often results in unfathomable reward. Future Day is a day for imagination and a day to remember the triumphs of the past, the works in progress, and the potential for the future. It is also a day to challenge ourselves, our communities, our governmental structures, our international organizations, and our global sensibility. It is a day for each person to reflect upon his or her own micro condition and the macro condition of the world. Let us grow neuromolecular wings for deeper perceptions in our flight in conquering disease and fosting a world of diversity and compassion.— Natasha Vita-More, Co-Editor of The Transhumanist Reader

Ramez Naam

Future day reminds us that the future keeps on coming, whether we’re ready for it or not. Those who fail to consider the future are doomed to be surprised by it.— Ramez Naam

Ray Kurzweil

The past is over; the present is fleeting; we live in the future.— Ray Kurzweil

Ray Solomonoff

What seems most certain is that the future of man — both scientific and social — will be far more exciting than the wildest eras of the past.— Ray Solomonoff

Robert Tercek

Humanity bounds along like an overgrown adolescent: awkward, immature and prone to passionate outbursts and careless destruction. But there’s no doubt that this adolescent is growing up fast. Gradually we’re learning new habits, more rigorous reasoning, better manners and now we find ourselves on the very brink of mastering more complex knowledge. As much as we’d like to leave behind our childish tribal beliefs and superstitions, they remain a part of us, just as youthful fantasy and fairy tales still burn bright in the imagination of every individual adult. The promise and peril of humanity’s teenage years lies ahead of us. There’s no doubt that we are in for a fascinating spectacle as humanity passes from one awkward stage of development to the next. Together let’s take one day to celebrate our collective future. Let’s take this moment to laugh and enjoy the coming chaos, confusion, breakthroughs, brilliance, and breathtaking transformations that lie ahead of us.— Robert Tercek

Rod Furlan

On Future Day we celebrate all the great things to come. It is a day to rejoice over all the thrilling discoveries yet to be made, all the beauty yet to be found and to reflect on the full extent of Humanity’s unlimited potential.— Rod Furlan, Singularity University

Russell Blackford

We need to think carefully and deliberately about the human future. In doing so, we should be aware of the pace of change, which is markedly faster than at any previous time in history (and the pace of change is itself accelerating). But this can also inspire a sense of vertigo and fear – leading to societal panic and an authoritarian backlash. We need a reality check all round, assessing the possible benefits of change, avoiding moral panics, but also responding meaningfully to grim realities such as global warming. This is a difficult balancing act, but there is no substitute for it.— Russell Blackford

Sonia Arrison

Future Day is important since it reminds us that a great future does not create itself. In order to realize our hopes and dreams, we have to actively work to make them happen. One of my dreams is to see a day when disease, and the suffering associated with it, is
obliterated.
— Sonia Arrison, Author of 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith

Vernor Vinge

Before the invention of writing, almost every insight was happening for the first time (at least to the knowledge of the small groups of humans involved). When you are at the beginning, everything is new. In our era, almost everything we do in the arts is done with awareness of what has been done before. In the early post–human era, things will be new again because anything that requires greater than human ability has not already been done by Homer or da Vinci or Shakespeare— Vernor Vinge

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