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Nov 3, 2007

Distraught Participants Riot at the Foresight Unconference

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Rioting at the Foresight Unconference

AP, Nov. 3 — The Foresight Unconference announced today that scientists have discovered that there in no world below 1 nanometer. “It’s just space,” said noted scientist Eric Drexler. “We don’t know what to do!” Participants left dazed. Many decided to go back to philosophy, one attendee said.

“Like I said, It’s full of stars!” said novelist Arthur C. Clarke, reached in Sri Lanka. “There’s no there, there.”

In a tragic note, famous author Ray Kurzweil was committed to an insane asylum, ranting “the Singularity isn’t near! This is horrible!!!”

Participants then staged a bonfire outside of Yahoo! headquarters, burning copies of The Singularity Is Near and Engines of Creation. “We’ve been totally mislead!” screamed one woman, ripping her clothes off and jumping in the fire. “It’s all over!!!”

“It’s my fault,” admitted conference organizer Christine Peterson. “By calling it the ‘unconference’, I cancelled out the entire science of nanotechnology.”

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  1. Jay Dugger says:

    Ha! I see through this blatant attempt to devalue idea futures depending upon Foresight Institute’s efforts. Now, I wonder who’s buying them up on the cheap?

    (Quite a good joke!)

  2. metavalent says:

    Very creative. This would be a good match for TheOnion, perhaps even functioning as a humorous PR piece if one could get it posted over there. Particularly in reaching mainstream skeptics, it’s important to show that we can poke fun at ourselves. Well done. :-)

  3. Shelley Minanel says:

    VISION ZEST

    Communist leaders its ideals do abort -
    Capitalist CEOs wind up in court -
    now the Futurists tout their theology -
    “Here to save us is Nanotechnology!”

  4. Joann says:

    Through equal access to all projects independent of origin; training, education and hands-on support in conduct of experimental tasks; and a commitment to social and ethical consciousness, outreach, and development of web-based infrastructure resources, we provide an open environment for success of the national nanotechnology enterprise.

  5. Robert Speirs says:

    Was this foreseen? Why not?