What we're about

This group is for people who are interested in the future and maybe want to help shape it.

The acceleration of technology means that the near future may bring radical changes to all of us. Major developments in technologies like anti-aging, nanotech, genetics, computing, robotics, and geo-engineering are going to make the next few years very exciting - and possibly also very dangerous. We could gain god-like powers - but we might also lose sight of our humanity, and destroy everything that we used to hold dear.

What's your view? Are things improving? Too slowly or too quickly? Are we are entering a new golden age? Or is the potential "Technological Singularity" something to fear? What does it mean to talk about "Human 2.0" and "Humanity+"? Or perhaps you view such talk as techno-hype? Maybe you just like the practical side of technology and want to find out more about possible paradigm shifts?

Anybody is welcome to this group - you don't have to be a Techno Geek or work for some futuristic company to be in our group. The future applies to us all!

Come join in the debate - have your opinions voiced and maybe make some interesting new friends.

All we ask is that members treat each other with the respect they would want for themselves. Our group has members of many ages and backrounds. We have many different perspectives on what the future may bring and like to share different ideas with each other. We approach the future with a open mind and sense of humility. Our group mission is to introduce you to some of the ideas, advancements and people who are making our future happen today.

If you have a subject you would like us to discuss at a meetup just drop us a line.

Note: Videos of some of the previous meetings are available on our YouTube Channel here https://www.youtube.com/user/LondonFuturists/ (http://www.youtube.com/user/LondonFuturists#p/p) and here: (Older Archive) (http://www.youtube.com/user/KoanPhilosopher#p/p).

Upcoming events (2)

Aftershocks and Opportunities 2: Navigating the Next Horizon

"Aftershocks and Opportunities 2: Navigating the Next Horizon" brings together 37 writers from 17 countries on 5 continents to explore the forces, developments, emerging ideas, issues, risks, and opportunities that could shape our post-pandemic world.

This new book explores key “future defining” themes, critical shifts on the horizon, and diverse scenarios. The topics covered range from geo-political scenarios, the rise and impact of the crypto economy, the reinvention of travel, and the impact of digital eco-systems, through to sustainable food production, generational reactions to the pandemic, and the recovery path for the most hard-hit regions.

In this session moderated by the book's lead editor Rohit Talwar, several of the book contributors will share key insights from their chapters and discuss the broader themes explored in the book.

Find out more about the book and the contributors here: https://fastfuture.com/shop/aftershocks-and-opportunities-2

There is a 25% discount for members of London Futurists on this book and all the others in the Fast Future bookstore. Use coupon code LF25 at checkout.

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This event will be hosted on Zoom. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ecK2bUvwT-qzbiXW_9OnjQ

The Zoom registration fee (UKP £2.50) helps cover London Futurists running costs. (The Zoom registration page opens a PayPal interface, but there is NO requirement for attendees to use a PayPal account.)

The webinar can also be viewed, without charge, on the London Futurists YouTube channel, but without the option to participate in the live Q&A.

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Speakers and topics:

** Doaa Alghalban (UAE) - A World Transformed: Political and Socio-Economic Impacts of the Pandemic

How might the economic and political fallout from the pandemic impact international relations and society over the next five years?

Doaa is a strategic advisor on foresight strategies, governance, public policy, quality, and excellence management for different government organizations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

** José Cordeiro (Spain) - Crisis (危機) = Danger (危) + Opportunity (機): A New Renaissance

Is the pandemic a source of global danger that also uncovers a great opportunity in the evolution of this planetary crisis?

Jose is a director of the Millennium Project.

** Claire A. Nelson (USA) - Reimagining the World Order to Regenerate African, Caribbean, and Pacific Economies

How can nations in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific recover and regenerate their economies?

Claire is lead futurist at The Futures Forum.

** Alejandro Repetto (Argentina) - The Day After the Lockdown

Which of the changes that we are experiencing today could define the future?

Alejandro is a foresight and innovation strategy practitioner and serial maker.

** Marian Salzman (Switzerland) - Life Next: How Our World Could Change Post-Pandemic

How might this crisis impact businesses, lifestyles, and mindsets?

Marian is senior vice president, global communications at Philip Morris International.

** Rohit Talwar (UK) - 20 Shifts on the Path to 2030

What are some of the emerging future factors that could turn into influential shifts shaping the next decade and beyond?

Rohit is a global futurist and the CEO of Fast Future.

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The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Sat 30th October. To find this time in other timezones, use https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20211030T150000&p1=136

Please log into Zoom up to 10 minutes ahead of the start time of the event, so you won't miss the start of the live broadcast.

As the discussion proceeds, attendees will be welcome to raise questions and vote to prioritise questions raised by others.

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To register for this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ecK2bUvwT-qzbiXW_9OnjQ

Younging: Triggering Ancient Mechanisms for Rejuvenation

Recent times have seen an explosion in the number of scientific studies documenting evidence about biological processes related to aging and rejuvenation. Many different theories attempt to explain that evidence. One complication, however, is that several new intervention techniques have emerged that appear to provide longevity benefit, sometimes profound, that aren’t explained by any of these existing theories.

Independent longevity researchers Vince Giuliano and Steve Buss believe that the number and content of scientific-study puzzle pieces have approached a critical threshold. It is now possible, they claim, to assemble a good explanation, in which natural body rejuvenation processes play a vital role. This comprehensive new explanation integrates existing theories and also highlights an age-reversal process they have identified and named 'younging'.

Vince and Steve believe that this emerging explanation constitutes a paradigm shift for the longevity science movement. Already-proven rejuvenation explanations and interventions can ONLY be properly understood to fit together via understanding recent evidence of ancient, evolutionarily-conserved mechanisms.

During this meetup, Vince and Steve will summarize this 'younging 1.0' explanation.

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This event will be hosted on Zoom. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_D3XBj1ycQLmZdWduLFl_rA

The Zoom registration fee (UKP £2.50) helps cover London Futurists running costs. (The Zoom registration page opens a PayPal interface, but there is NO requirement for attendees to use a PayPal account.)

The webinar can also be viewed, without charge, on the London Futurists YouTube channel, but without the option to participate in the live Q&A.

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Vince Giuliano and Steve Buss are independent longevity science researchers with decades of experience. They began to collaborate two years ago.

At almost 92 years old, Vince, a Harvard PhD (1959), is probably the world's oldest-living active longevity science researcher/writer, having published over 500 articles at his website https://www.anti-agingfirewalls.com/

Steve is a blogger at https://www.longecity.org/ and is a software engineer, bio-hacker, and cognition-hacker. He has devoted more than 10,000 hours of reading and writing about longevity science. And Vince has 2 to 3 times more hours in than Steve.

Vince and Steve will be happy to answer questions during the meetup and participate in the post-meetup, all-attendees-can-participate discussion.

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The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Sat 20th November. To find this time in other timezones, use https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20211122T160000&p1=136

You are advised to log into Zoom up to 10 minutes ahead of the publicised start time of the event, so you won't miss the start of the live broadcast.

As the discussion proceeds, attendees will be welcome to raise questions and vote to prioritise questions raised by others.

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To register for this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_D3XBj1ycQLmZdWduLFl_rA

Past events (261)

Rule of the Robots: How AI Will Transform Everything

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