Hangout on Air: Which technologies will have the biggest impact by 2025?

  • November 3, 2013 · 7:00 PM

Which five futuristic technologies are likely to have the biggest impact by 2025? And what can people start doing, from today, to prepare for the changes and to ensure positive outcomes?

This London Futurists Hangout on Air will feature a live discussion between an international panel of leading futurists: Kevin Russell, Peter Rothman, Riva-Melissa TezClyde DeSouza, and José Luis Cordeiro.

Panellists will trade views on suggestions from each other, and from audience members, as to the technologies that will prove to be more than hype, more than wishful thinking, and more than Hollywood fantasy. These are the technologies that will have the biggest impact on human experience and human existence by 2025 - just a dozen years into the future. But what are they?

Some candidate world-changing technologies

For lists of possible technologies worth considering, take a look at:

• 10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s, by George Dvorsky

• Top 10 Transhumanist Technologies, by Michael Anissimov

Live questions

Viewers of the live broadcast on Google+ will be able to vote in real time on questions and suggestions to be discussed by the panellists as the Hangout proceeds. Give '+1' votes to the suggestions you most like.

Event logistics:

This event will take place between 7pm and 8.30pm UK time on Sunday 3rd November.

You can view the event:

• On Google+, via the page https://plus.google.com/104281987519632639471/posts - where you'll also be able to vote on questions to be submitted to the panellists 

• Via YouTube (the URL will be published here 15 minutes prior to the start of the event).

There is no charge to participate in this discussion.

Note: There is no central physical location for this meetup. However, you may consider meeting with a few friends in the same locality, and watching the event together.

About the panellists

Kevin Russell is the Executive Director of SeriousWonder.com - which is described as follows:

• SERIOUS WONDER ™ is a progressive futurist technology and consciousness website. We are obsessed with the future. Our mission is to bring our readers the best in futuristic ideas, technology, robotics, science, consciousness, philosophy, psychology, space travel, and modern design.

• Intense curiosity, positive intention and inspired imagination can transform our  reality and our future. This future will be more magical and abundant than anyone could ever imagine. We are constantly looking for innovation and optimistic wonder.  The future is our passion.

Kevin, who also goes by the moniker ‘Techno-Optimist’, is a philosopher, futurist, researcher, and lecturer. He enjoys educating and speaking optimistically about the future and technology.

Follow Kevin on Twitter @TechnoOptimist.

Peter Rothman is the editor of the H+ Magazine, http://hplusmagazine.com/, which describes itself as "covering technological, scientific, and cultural trends that are changing - and will change - human beings in fundamental ways".

Peter is an engineer and software developer with over two decades of experience. He was an early developer of virtual reality and simulation technology, streaming media, data visualization, and other systems and won an award for his research for the US Army. He currently develops machine learning, text analysis, and data visualization software. He uses a prototype code base called CLIO to find articles for H+. His best known recent project was the award winning iPad app StockTouch on which he consulted during the initial product development.

Previously Peter was CTO of streaming radio provider Live365.com and director of R&D at MetaTools a well known graphics software developer in the 1990s. He developed software currently operational in two military aircraft, designed an early neural computer for DARPA, and more.

Riva-Melissa Tez studied Philosophy at University College London and has a track record of entrepreneurship and social innovation, including the co-creation of a social network for children.

Riva's passion for philosophy got her interested in the deeper implications of technology and she founded Berlin Singularity- a group focusing on bringing and promoting pro-longevity and futurist discussions to mainland Europe. Now living in San Francisco, she co-runs Kardashev Communications a German/US consultancy group promoting and connecting funds to emerging technologies.

Riva is also a lecturer at the DAB university in Berlin and regularly presents and writes about the absurdity of death, and the different approaches that science and technology groups are using to tackle this problem worldwide.

Clyde DeSouza is a Creative Technology Evangelist. His non fiction book: "Think in 3D" has been seen on a growing number of film-locations and is used as prep reading by Directors and Cinematographers. His second book: "Memories With Maya" is a fiction novel in the hard science genre. The story explores the impact Augmented Intelligence will have in human personal relationships and in society.

Clyde's company, Real Vision FZ LLC, is based in the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. Its core area of work is creative use of Technology, Stereoscopic 3D Services, and Augmented Reality in Visual Communications. The company also provides clients with Technology driven solutions for Experiential Marketing and on a timely basis, and helps out not-for-profit organizations in the Education, Culture and Heritage conservation sectors.

Clyde's goal is the transcendence of Humanity, powered by technology.

José Luis Cordeiro is chair of the Venezuelan Node of the Millennium Project, Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies in Tokyo, Japan, and Energy Advisor and Faculty at Singularity University in NASA Ames, Silicon Valley, USA. He is also an independent consultant, writer, researcher, professor and “tireless traveler”.

José is founder and president emeritus of the World Future Society (Venezuela Chapter, Sociedad Mundial del Futuro Venezuela), director of the Single Global Currency Association (SGCA) and the Lifeboat Foundation, cofounder of the Venezuelan Transhumanist Association and of the Internet Society (ISOC, Venezuela Chapter), board advisor to the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN), member of the Academic Committee of the Center for the Dissemination of Economic Knowledge (CEDICE), the World Future Society (WFS) and the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF), former director of the World Transhumanist Association (WTA, Humanity+), the Extropy Institute (ExI), the Club of Rome (Venezuela Chapter, where he was active promoting classical liberal ideas) and of the Association of Venezuelan Exporters (AVEX), where he participated in the original negotiations of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). He has also been advisor to the Venezuelan Business Association (AVE) and other companies and international organizations.

José has recently written the prologue to the Spanish edition of Ray Kurzweil's book How to Create a Mind.

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  • Art B.

    No mention of KEEL Technology that allows computerized systems to execute judgment and reasoning and provide 100% auditable explanation?

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Thomas H.

    Great Panel, Great discussion. Nice range of views and knowledge. Stream quality was very good for me.

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • Kevin L.

    Fascinating, however I expected more examples of how A.I. influences all the other technological advances. The advancements by Google on the three-dimensional self-organizing molecular circuits shall have a huge impact on all technologies.

    November 4, 2013

  • Giulio P.

    Watching now. Another great talk, thanks David and panelists.

    November 4, 2013

  • Calum

    Another good discussion. Well done.

    November 4, 2013

  • terence f.

    A wisde ranging and well moderated discussion of technical, philosophical, social and political issues, I would have liked to hear more about wearable technology beyond Google Glas and health support and all pervasive omnipresent signals.

    1 · November 3, 2013

    • terence f.

      Given that lower power consumption was mentioned we need to discuss better power storage allowing for Moore's law.

      November 4, 2013

  • Mike

    Viewing this, my first Google hangout, right now and while grateful for the opportunity to see this panel, am appalled by the continuous transmission interrupts. I have a v. recent pretty powerful computer. How are other people finding transmission?

    November 3, 2013

    • David W.

      Sorry about the interrupts in transmission. We'll look into this. Has it got any better in the last 5 minutes?

      November 3, 2013

    • David W.

      Talking to a few other people afterwards, it seemed that some experienced interrupts, whereas others didn't. The recording now available on YouTube seems to be interrupt-free. So my hunch is that local Internet connectivity may be one determining factor in the quality of experience.

      1 · November 3, 2013

  • Sharky - Shariq P.

    Really great!

    November 3, 2013

  • Rhoda

    Great! I found it fascinating. Just maybe a wee bit too long.

    November 3, 2013

  • daniel t.

    I joined late but I loved what I managed to catch.

    November 3, 2013

  • David W.

    The YouTube URL for this event - for people who are unable to watch it live via G+ - is http://youtu.be/QkR4XcMvXbs

    2 · November 3, 2013

  • Anubhav G.

    Looking to gather insight into future technologies.

    November 1, 2013

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