Hangout on Air: The Naked Future - A World That Anticipates Your Every Move

  • December 15, 2013 · 2:00 PM

This is a live on-air co-event with London Futurists Meetup group. 

• On Google+, via the page - 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).

What kind of privacy will be left for people, in a near-future world of ubiquitous computing, with sensors everywhere, and with "big data" algorithms that draw alarmingly reliable inferences about our intentions and plans?

How will human psychology cope, with the "always-on" scrutiny of our every action?

Can legislation keep pace with the challenges posed by ubiquitous computing and big data, to prevent the erosion of human values?

This London Futurists Hangout on Air will feature a live discussion between an international panel of leading futurists: Patrick Tucker,Gray ScottDavid OrbanEvan Selinger, and Rachel Armstrong.

The title of the event is taken from that of a forthcoming book, The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? 

Scheduled for publication in March 2014, the book is written byPatrick Tucker, the director of communications of the World Future Society. It is described as follows on

>> A futurist’s in-depth look at the promise and perils of forecasting

An app on your phone knows you’re getting married before you do. Your friends’ tweets can help data scientists predict your location with astounding accuracy, even if you don’t use Twitter. Soon, we’ll be able to know how many kids in a kindergarten class will catch a cold once the first one gets sick. 

We are on the threshold of a historic transition in our ability to predict aspects of the future with ever-increasing precision. Computer-aided forecasting is poised for rapid growth over the next ten years. The rise of big data will enable us to predict not only events like earthquakes or epidemics, but also individual behavior. 

Patrick Tucker explores the potential for abuse of predictive analytics as well as the benefits. Will we be able to predict guilt before a person commits a crime? Is it legal to quarantine someone 99 percent likely to have the superflu while they’re still healthy? These questions matter, because the naked future will be upon us sooner than we realize.  

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.

Here are some examples of questions we may address (in addition to the ones listed earlier):

• What scope is there for people to become "digital outliers", resisting e.g. wearable computing?

• What are the benefits of undertaking "digital detoxes"? 

• Can we prevent the consolidation of so much information about ourselves in the control of a small number of very large companies? 

Event logistics:

This event will take place between 7pm and 8.30pm UK time (2pm NY time) on Sunday 15th December.

You can view the event:

• On Google+, via the page - 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 Patrick Tucker:

Patrick Tucker is the deputy editor of The Futuristmagazine, as well as director of communications for the World Future Society. His writing has appeared in The Sun (U.K.), Slate, MIT Technology Review, BBC Magazine, The Wilson Quarterly, John Hopkins MagazineEncyclopedia Britannica online and The Utne Reader, as well as various other outlets. He's a frequent contributor to television shows and radio broadcasts and has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, BBC World Service, Voice of America, as well as dozens of other radio shows and television broadcasts.

Patrick won the 2006 Barry Hannah Prize in short fiction and the 2006 Eugene Walter Award for the Novel. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. 

About Gray Scott:

Gray Scott is a futurist / techno-philosopher, speaker, artist and writer. Gray is a contributing blogger and writer for The Futurist magazine, a professional member of The World Future Society and founder /editorial director of SERIOUS the online futurist philosophy, technology and consciousness magazine produced by his media company SERIOUS WONDER™ based in New York City. 

Gray is also co-organiser of the New York Futurists meet up.

About David Orban:

David Orban is a Hungarian entrepreneur, visionary, and analyst of the global high technology landscape. He was born in Budapest in 1965.

Currently, David is Chief Executive Officer of Dotsub, a US-based technology platform and services company that powers captions and translations as subtitles in any language in online videos to remove barriers to multi-cultural communications.

David was previously a founder and Chief Evangelist of WideTag, Inc., the OpenSpime technology company, providing the infrastructure for an open Internet of Things.

David was one of the founders of the Open Government Working Group, which developed a set of principles of open government data. David spoke at the Italian Parliament about open government data policies, calling for a wider adoption of transparent policies, and accountability, criticizing current legislation about freedom of information.

He is also an Advisor and member of the Faculty of the Singularity University, and former Chairman of Humanity+.

About Evan Selinger:

Evan Selinger is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he is also Affiliated Faculty with the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and the Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction, and Creativity (MAGIC). He’s also a Fellow at The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology.

Evan’s research addresses ethical issues concerning technology, science, the law, expertise, and sustainability. A prolific academic author, Evan also cares deeply about public engagement, writing for popular magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including: WiredSlateThe Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The NationThree Quarks Daily, Huffington Post, and The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology.

About Rachel Armstrong:

Rachel Armstrong is Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) in Architecture & Synthetic Biology at The School of Architecture & Construction, University of Greenwich, London.

Rachel is also a Senior TED Fellow, and Visiting Research Assistant at the Centre for Fundamental Living Technology, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark.

Rachel is a sustainability innovator who investigates a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture,’ that suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems. She collaboratively works across disciplines to build and develop prototypes that embody her approach.

This leads Rachel to disbelieve in a deterministic world - one which


 reliably anticipate our every move. She instead believes in a world that 


 our every move … a world that is shaped by our actions but does not control us.

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  • Gray S.

    Thanks to everyone who joined us for this live hangout event. Rob and I hope to plan some exciting meetup events very soon. Thanks for tweeting everyone!

    December 19, 2013

  • Clark M.

    Thanks for organizing this, Rob. As you see I haven't fallen off the edge of the earth, or singularity, or whatever. A useful panel discussion, David Wood's moderation was quite good. There was of course the problem panelist -- the character who copies other people's copyrighted work that he accesses in his day job. We chatted about him at the NYC event in 2010 when I hesitated to H+ recording the presentations. Tucker is the reason why; I was fresh from my experience of seeing my case study with his name on it in the magazine. Perhaps the arrogance and impudence on display from that particular character in the panel raised the key aspect of the whole issue of surveillance, anticipation, and prediction. If there is *no* ownership, acknowledgement, or reference, then there is only theft. Is that good? I say it isn't. But hey, if it gets you published....

    December 15, 2013

    • David W.

      Hi Clark, I'm glad you found the panel useful. Please let me know in case there are some sources that ought to be given more credit for the ideas discussed in the panel, so that I can add appropriate links to the header description of the YouTube video. In the haste of the panel discussion, we might have been a bit disorganised at times, sorry!

      1 · December 15, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Work that day...

    December 11, 2013

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