Topic list and syllabus



Please let me know of any topic requests - we can try to incorporate them.

Tu 6:00, 8/23/2016...General course information

     Introductory meeting
     Homework #1, due Tu 8/30/16
     Do I get some sort of bragging rights
         Here is the Website & trailer
     Instructor note: add cones of uncertainty here or later
     Videos: shorts recommended in 201620142013; 2012
     Futurism organization example: Millenium Project
     Transcript
Tu 7:20, 8/23/2016...Trajectories of the future (transcript)
     Reminder: Homework #1 due Tu 8/30/16
Tu 6:00, 8/30/2016...Delphi Method (i) (transcript i)
     HW1 Qs? 
     Homework #2, due Tu 9/6/16
Tu 7:20, 8/30/2016...Delphi Method (ii) (transcript ii, ii cont.)
     Supplementary material: 
        a footnotereal-time Delphi
        including probability in the question posed
        a similar method (ser. #13)
Tu 9/6/2016...Race to the future (ser. #9)
      (note to instructor - can be a 2-session unit illustrating a foresight process)
     Homework #3, due Tu 9/13/16
Tu 6:00, 9/13/2016...Prediction markets (transcript) (ser. #2)
     Sample prediction market contract (ser. #12, directory predictionMarketStatements)

Tu 7:10, 9/13/2016..."How to Really Achieve Your Childhood Dreams" (ser. #3)
     Homework #4, due Tu 9/20/2016
Tu 9/20/2016...Building your personal future workshop (ser. #14)
     Homework #5, due Tu 9/27/2016
Tu 9/27/2016...TRIZ (ser. #2)
      Homework #6, due Tu 10/4/2016
Tu 10/4/2016...Spoil sports of the prediction game
     Homework #7 Extended due date: Thursday 10/13/2016
     #1: Observer Effect (transcript 1(ser. #1) 
     #2: Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle (transcript 2-4 ) (ser. #6) 
     #3: Quantum Tunneling
     #4: Butterfly Effect
Tu 6:00-7:06, 10/11/2016...Spoil sports of the prediction game (transcript 5-7)
     Homework #8, due Tu 10/18/2016
     #5: External perturbations
     #6: Existentialist angst
     #7: The care horizon
Th 7:11-8:35, 10/11/2016...The singularity
     Movie: Transcendent Man (84 min.; transcript) (ser. #15) 
Th 10/18/2016...The singularity (cont.)
     Homework #9, due Th 10/27/2016
     Scheduling student presentations 
     Discuss Transcendant Man
     About the singularity (see lifeExt.xls) (transcript)
Tu 10/25/2016...Robotics
     Homework #10, due Tu 11/1/2016
     Decentralized Societies (with robots)
     Some robot pics and videos
     Robotic Dilemmas (ser. #mult. c)
       AIShield, safeguarding humanity and the risks of AI/robotics
     Robogenesis
     Robot pets
Tu 11/1/2016...Hands-on robotics (ser. #5) (transcript
     Homework #11 (ser. #10), due Tu 11/8/16
Tu 11/8/2016...Presentations: SA, VK
     Homework #12, due 11/15/16
     Movie Earth 2100 (subtitled, 124 min.) (ser. #4)
Tu 11/15/2016...Discuss Earth 2100, etc. (transcript i, and ii)
     Homework #13, due Tu 11/22/16
     A climate change resource page 
       About NYC: article    
Tu 11/22/2016...Presentations: AA, RW
     (No HW assigned over Thanksgiving break)
     Transitpeople on the move (transcript)
Tu 11/29/2016...Presentations: RM, CH, BN, MK, ZB
     Homework #14due Tu 12/6/16 by 8:00 PM
     Prediction market summary
Tu 12/6/2016, 6:00-8:00 PM...Final Exam period
     Projects due
     Meets only for people making up HWs, presentations, etc.

Have a good break!

Below are potential additional topics
Information references of the future:
thing pages; wiki-wiki-wikipedia; Watson; ???
Will we find other intelligent life?
SETI: see end of this video
Drake equation and such (transcript i, and ii)
Toxoplasmosis (ser. #11)(Slate and The Atlantic articles)(transcript)
toxoplasmosis relateHomework (see unposted draft)
Impact: the futurism board "game"
Review & recap
Science, pseudoscience, and the simulated universe hypothesis
Futurism web site examples: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/government/video-museum-of-
the-future-in-dubai-1.1466419
TED videos and discussions
http://videos.singularityu.org/
hyperglossaries 
Backup plan for homo sapiens: space adventure
From geotagging to the end of privacy
 Do scientific proofs exist? (transcript)
      Homework (see unposted draft)
Guest lecture (remote): Dr. Harry Pence (MilneBigData13-3.ppt) (transcript)
Futurist organization example (transcript)
nanotech: http://ethics.iit.edu/research/nano-ethics-bank
Crowdsourcing innovation 
3-D printing and rep-rap
The future of the presidency (ser. #8)
Peak oil, solar cells, and new energy (see peakoil.tv & tv.aspousa.org)
Shift happens (& prediction heuristics)
Hubbert peak for oil
   photovoltaics (solar cells) ser. #7
   Solar cells from agricultural waste
Trend analysis
Video discussions II (last video not that great) 
Some rough notes on potential other discussion topics