I’ll be at the Moscow Geek Picnic this Saturday and Sunday. It will be my first time there. It seems to draw a disproportionate number of interesting Russians, so it’s worth checking it out.
The Geek Picnic is basically a yearly tech festival where technologists and futurists come together to make presentations, tech exhibits, VR simulations, etc.
This year’s theme will focus on radical life extension, with Aubrey de Grey making a guest appearance. I met him once before, at one of Hank Pellissier’s Transhuman Vision conferences in the Bay Area back in 2013 or 2014. He used to avoid giving any dates on when “Robust Human Rejuvenation” will happen, except to stress that it is contingent on funding. But he has grown more optimistic in recent years, placing it at 2037 a few months ago. It will be interesting to see if there are any updates.
Other highlights will include the founder of Pikabu (sort of like Russia’s Reddit), a couple of Russian cosmonauts, a Chinese company that is competing with Boston Dynamics, and a guy who is growing an ear on his arm.
Regular posting will resume as of next Tuesday, now that my immediate priorities – the end of the academic year, and the recent car troubles – are no longer actual.