Beta Culture: Videoactive! Eschaton 2012 in Ottawa

I got invited to Eschaton 2012 in Ottawa last year, and the video of my talk — on Beta Culture and the “end of the world” — has just been released.

Be gentle. It was my first time before an audience since the early 1990s, and I was a bit nervous.


  • Mick

    I enjoyed that talk Hank. I was interested in your “Singularity” idea because I tend to flip flop between the two extremes. One day I think were on the road to Utopia and the next day I think we’re heading back to the Dark Ages. I’ll be interested to see what happens.

    Your mention of “scuba diving laser cats” reminds me of a game we used to play (before Google) when we would enter two words into a search engine and see if we could get just one hit. I don’t think it’s been possible to do that in this century.

    Towards the end of the talk you said, “Comfortable people don’t change things.” I hadn’t thought of it like that before. I’ve always said “People don’t like change,” but it never occurred to me that it was the comfortable people who were digging their heels in. Something to remember.