People in the 'Golden Age of Technology' with Nick Price

People in the 'Golden Age of Technology' with Nick Price.

Integrating human values into futures thinking.

A talk in the series, The Next Golden Age Of Technology 2030-45.

Note: to accommodate a larger audience, this meeting has switched from the room 532 previously advertised, to room B20

About this talk:

Scientific advances, technological innovation, and social demands are great forces of change. But shaping the direction of these changes are the values of people, their culture, and their consciousness.

This session will look at models for thinking about the future that integrate human values (and potential changes in human values) alongside changes in more tangible, measurable elements of the world - elements such as the environment, science, technology, economics and society.

In a globalized world there is an increasing visibility and awareness of the different ways people live. These differences manifest themselves as people’s values, which can impede, govern, accelerate or even regress change.

For example, some people see it as attractive and acceptable to use genetic insight for personalised healthcare. Genetically modified food products are, however, a concern to some because of uncertainty over their systemic impact. Stem Cell research and application is a challenge to others due to their religious beliefs.

So values influence change in tangible elements of society. In parallel, complex changes in tangible elements of society influence change in human values. As our physical, technological, social and cultural world changes around us, we change physically, psychologically, in our relationships, and in our ways of living. The things we value are likely to change too.

This session will also include background on the source of this progressive futures perspective. It will also connect to the proposition of the 'Golden Age of Technology' discussed in the preceding sessions in this series.

About Nick Price:

Nick Price integrates futures thinking into innovation projects.

As well as private clients Nick has worked for Microsoft and Philips Design. Nick has a MSc. in Strategic Foresight, and is a member of the World Futures Society and the Association of Professional Futurists.

Nick can be contacted here.

Logistics:

2pm-4pm, Saturday 24th November

Venue: Room B20, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room B20 is on the basement level in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ

The meeting is free to attend - no charge.
But please consider making a small donation towards the costs of running the group:
- see How You Can Help London Futurists.

Optional pre-meeting rendezvous - please feel free to join a small number of regular London Futurist attendees at the Marlborough Arms any time from 12.30pm onwards, for general chat over a light lunch and/or drinks. To find us, look out for a table with a futurist book on it.

About "The Next Golden Age of Technology,[masked]":

This series of meetings features prominent futurists, who use different approaches to consider forecasts for the period including[masked] - a period which has the potential (if we reach it safely) to be a golden age of technology.

Can we in fact forecast the future with any degree of confidence? Many people believe that, as there are so many imponderables, the long range future is opaque to us.

There is a point to this, but it is not the whole story. Underlying where we are today are a number of longer term trends and developments that occur with such regularity to make them something of a recurring cycle. For example, we can see a pattern in the developments from the letter, to the telegraph, to the telephone, to twitter.

The purpose of this series of meetings is to consider the evidence supporting these "long models" of technological advance, and to speculate on how they might unfold.

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  • Eva

    David, thank you for organizing such a thought provoking lecture. Pity we did not have more time to discuss it with the speakers. Eva

    ps btw - have a great holiday!

    pps Rupesh, what is the name of the website which you suggested to me ....when we carried on our discussion on the tube

    December 17, 2012

  • Eva

    Absolutely, but that's life and you cannot please everybody all the time.
    What I don't understand is how come we seem to have a discussion going on on 2 "different" Meetup websites? If I want to make a comment to Leo's remark - I need to click on the other one - I thought it was all "accumulated" together. But it's not. Is the system you designed differrent as one can access previous lectures?

    I'm still not sure how the Meetup websites work - very new to all that. Nobody will be replicated my brain - what a relief!
    Eva

    December 17, 2012

    • David W.

      Hi Eva, Regarding how the Meetup website works: you can have discussions (like this one) underneath individual meetups, or you can have discussions in the message board, http://www.meetup.com...­, which are independent of individual meetups. I hope you enjoy exploring the functionality!

      December 17, 2012

  • David W.

    Eva, like you, I wish there was more time (a *lot* more time) for this kind of discussion, with the participation of people who have interesting and important viewpoints on these topics.

    However, I'd rather than people left these events feeling "I wish that could have lasted longer" rather than "That went on too long"

    1 · December 17, 2012

  • Eva

    Nick, you cannot be a creator without being some kind of rebel at the same time - one has to have courage either way

    November 26, 2012

  • Stephen A.

    I was asked at the meeting for the evidential base of the model. To answer this question, I would refer you all to a paper I had published this summer about the model. This can be found at http://bit.ly/Wqp6U5­.

    The article was double blind peer reviewed, and, from the citation reports I am receiving, seems to have been taken up by quite a few people. The end notes provide the genesis of the model, from Kondratiev, via Schumpeter, to Perez. My contribution was to add time and space to an abstract economists model. Nick's contribution, which we saw yesterday, is to add people to the model. I believe that this is a significant step forward, and I would encourage Nick to produce to 5,000 word article to put his name to the model.

    There are those who don't find wave theory very convincing. That is fair enough. However, I think that the onus is upon them to provide an alternative, and I would invite them to offer a session to this group providing that alternative.

    November 25, 2012

  • Eva

    It was a very interesting lecture. Thank you for organizing it. I look forward to the next one

    November 25, 2012

  • Dom B.

    Fascniating - lot of further reading, thinking and doing to be investigated - do you chaps have a wiki of references/links/talks or owt?

    November 24, 2012

  • terence f.

    excellent exposition with interesting questions

    November 24, 2012

  • David W.

    A group of us have relocated to The Carpenters Arms, 68 Whitfield Street - since the Marlborough Arms is closed for a private party

    November 24, 2012

  • Mirco

    Another great talk. Looking forward to the next one!

    November 24, 2012

  • Geoff H.

    Great talk!

    November 24, 2012

  • Geoff H.

    Great talk!

    November 24, 2012

  • Eli A.

    Greetings. Very though provoking. OL.:-)

    November 24, 2012

  • Hammad S.

    seems to be very interesting.

    November 24, 2012

  • David W.

    Note: to accommodate a larger audience, this meeting has switched from the room 532 previously advertised, to room B20, on the basement level.

    I'll put notices outside 532, in case anyone ends up there, redirecting them downstairs to B20.

    Sorry for the late change. But planning ahead, involving a lot of unknowns, is hard. Ask any futurist! :-)

    November 23, 2012

  • Hyeran May M.

    I look forward to seeing futurists in London. This is my first Meetup. A bit nervous. Haha

    November 19, 2012

    • Rupesh

      No need to be nervous, just bring your teddy and you'll be fine.

      1 · November 19, 2012

    • Stephen A.

      Don't be nervous, we're quite a friendly bunch. If you like, why don't you join us in the Marlborough Arms for a sandwich before the meeting? A bunch of us meet there first and you are very welcome to join us. I normally aim to arrive from about 12:00 noon.

      1 · November 19, 2012

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