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 (1)

London Futurists in the Pub: AGI by 2030?

The London & South Western - JD Wetherspoon

"London Futurists in the Pub" is a chance for informal discussion on futurist topics in a relaxed location.

This event will be hosted by Tony Czarnecki and Rusty Burridge, in a room in the pub "The London and South Western" which is within a 100 metre walk from Clapham Junction station.

The gathering will take place on Wednesday 29th March and will start at 5:30pm. (*)

The overall theme on this occasion is "Will AGI arrive by 2030?"

Attendees will be welcome to share their views on that topic and/or related interests.

We ask that people planning to attend will RSVP 'Yes' by noon the previous day, Tuesday 28th March, since we need to confirm details with the management of the pub.

After people RSVP, they'll also be invited to join a WhatsApp group dedicated to coordinating "London Futurists in the Pub" gatherings.

To be clear, this is a real-world event, which will not be live-streamed or recorded.

There's no charge to attend, but the pub management will expect you to purchase drinks and/or food from time to time!

(*) The Meetup software seems to have picked up a new bug: the start time for this event is mistakenly displayed in some screens as 10:30pm, but it's actually starting at 5:30pm.


Past events (296)

Humanity, before and after AI

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