The twelfth version of Congreso Futuro 2023 was launched at the UC Museum of Visual Arts, the most important platform for the exchange of ideas and thoughts in Latin America, a free event co-organized by the Fundación Encuentros del Futuro and the Commission for Challenges of the Future of the Senate From Chile.
This will take place from 16 to 21 January 2023. It will also be broadcast online through the event’s website and its social networks.
Among the prominent novelties of the 2023 version is the return to face-to-face. This will be held at the Teatro Oriente, located in the municipality of Providencia, an instance where more than 100 national and international exhibitors from various fields of knowledge, such as science, humanities and the arts, will be present.
Among these stand out some Nobel laureates, MIT academics, neuroscientists, specialists in Artificial Intelligence and also in different aspects of the Metaverse, a concept that will guide this year’s theme.
“Every new technology means a loss of ability. If we continue to externalize our lives, perhaps the ability to feel and feel will be lost and we will be more dependent on machines. In the metaverse we will live through avatars, for So there will be new challenges and we will have to set new laws and regulations, but there are also opportunities, I would like to be able to teach biology to children, do a scientific expedition inside a cell or a teacher take children to ancient Greece and have them walk alongside the ancient inhabitants.The the point is how to make opportunities prevail over threats”, reflects the executive vice president of the Fundación Encuentros del Futuro, Guido Girardi.
In this sense, the interest of Congreso Futuro is to invite the social debate necessary to protect the rights of the population of the future in an unknown present, where technology advances faster than the human ability to adapt and regulate it.
On stage, palpable reality and the virtual future we are facing will mix. For this release, there will be several innovations that are being contemplated.
“We are working with a new technology, which through various artificial intelligence software, allows us to build the avatars of the exhibitors who will be present, and specific jobs are being generated to automate functions and services offered by the Future Congress, such as translation in time real through Artificial Intelligence and without human intervention. There will also be other surprises that we cannot predict yet,” said Nicolás Fernández, Executive Director of FEF.
In turn, Santiago’s public will have the opportunity to be part of the Metaverse experience in the city’s public places so that companies can learn a little more about a concept that for many is still far away.
“We have carried out an intervention with a group of universities, where for free and thanks to the alliance with Metro de Santiago, from January 4, users will be able to experience the metaverse through slow-type devices that will be available in different stations. , and together with more than 100 volunteers we will explain different aspects of the metaverse, we will have surprises for users. We will do a circuit between Pedro de Valdivia, Baquedano, Los Leones and Tobalaba,” added Fernández.
For those who want to attend the January event in person, 10,000 free tickets will be available starting this Friday 16 December at 12:00 on the web and on the Punto Ticket system. There, those interested must select the day and which talks they would like to attend.
Furthermore, the complete program is available on the Future Congress website; biographies of the speakers; and the entire communication campaign that takes place around the event.
Top notch exhibitors
The 2023 edition will present a range of exhibitors who will make the best of their experience available to broaden the frontiers of citizens’ knowledge and discuss the changes that the planet and its societies will undergo.
Among these stands out the participation of the founder of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky, who invites us to question ourselves on the role of science as an answer to all our problems; the Nobel Peace Prize and the 2020 World Food Prize, Rattan Lal, who will speak on the challenges of environmentally responsible agriculture; bioethicist in technology and virtual health, Jodi Halpern; American sociologist and digital revolution specialist Shoshana Zuboff; the visionary of Artificial Intelligence applied to forensic analysis, Rita Singh; the computer scientist and philosopher, Yuk Hui; the academician and doctor, Víctor Montori; the doctor of philosophy, Francisco Martorell; marine biologist and National Geographic documentary filmmaker Sylvia Earle; and transgender activist and first openly trans woman in the Hasidic community, Abby Stein.
In this text, Abby Stein emphasized that the opportunity to attend an awareness event that has a local perspective on global issues, “especially when it comes to gender and religion, it’s important for me to engage with diverse communities. Issues of gender and sexuality, as well as the fight against fundamentalism, are international: they affect everyone. I see Congreso Futuro as a powerful opportunity to reach people and communities you might not otherwise reach, build relationships and communities, and work together to create a better world, with freedom and justice for all,” said Stein.
Congress of the regions of the future
Future Congress seeks to democratize and decentralize knowledge, so that scientists and experts are also present in the regions during the week of celebration, through days of talks and panels in parallel with the main event.
Together with 50 universities and research centers, it seeks to create 34 international speakers who, with local panelists, will talk about topics relevant to the community. The main science dissemination event in Latin America will be held, for the first time, in presence in the 16 regions of the country.
The regions will have two international guests who will address – with speakers from each region – topics such as: climate change, digital revolution, food security, territorial governance, sustainable cities, new energies, artificial intelligence, paleontology, neuroscience and education, to name a few.
Great personalities such as Catriona Mckinnon (Magallanes), Anna Forés (Arica y Parinacota), Víctor Montori (Bío Bío), Divya Chander (Valparaíso), Miguel Alcubierre (Tarapacá), Bruno David (Atacama), Nora Volkow (Antofagasta), Raphael Milliere (Coquimbo), Sir Partha Dasgupta (Maule), Yngve Torgersen (Los Lagos), Flavia Costa (Aysén), María Martinon (O higgins) and Marina Otero (Ñuble) among others, will be part of the Future Regions Congress 2023 programme.
“We will issue a Future Congress nationwide, from Arica to Magallanes, allowing us to decentralize access to science, technology, innovation and knowledge. That is why the work we are doing with regional universities – public and private – with each of the relevant social actors, national and international awards is so important, ”said Senator Francisco Chahuán, chairman of the Commission for the Challenges of the Future.
It was also announced at launch that another big event is on the way. Because science does not stop, after the Futuro Congress, in the first months of 2023, Futuristas will take place, a laboratory for the dissemination of knowledge and contents for girls and boys in the school phase organized by FEF, and which this time will be held in the region del Maule, in an effort by the organization to continue to decentralize knowledge.
This instance will be performed by FEF together with the Autonomous University of Chile, bioquímica.cl; Government of the Maule Region and the Seremi de Educación of the Maule Region and will seek to increase the motivation and attitude of boys and girls towards science through interactive, playful and fun scientific experiences.