Last night we attended a special evening arranged by Peter Thiel and the Thiel Foundation entitled “Audacious Optimism.” Held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, this unusual philanthropic summit brought together 8 organizations to present their visions for the future.
The evening began with a reception and cocktails and then a welcome from the Thiel Foundation and Patri Friedman, grandson of economist Milton Friedman and co-founder of the Seasteading Institute.
Next, a series of lightening talks from the founders or Presidents of the eight organizations began. The speakers were: Patri Friedman from the Seasteading Institute, Dr. Chris Wood from the Santa Fe Institute, Mike Kope from the Sens Foundation, Neil Jacobstein from Singularity University, Michael Vassar from Singularity Institute , Christine Peterson from the Foresight Institute, Ben Goertzel from Humanity+, and Peter Diamandis from the X Prize Foundation.
I filmed Peter Thiel’s closing remarks on my iPhone. Please check them out in their entirety here: