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)

Human cryopreservation: the key legal and policy issues

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The adoption of human cryopreservation - the preservation of deceased bodies at ultralow temperature in the hope that future technologies may allow a successful reanimation - has progressed more slowly than early supporters of the concept had expected. Among the factors that appear to deter or frustrate potential adoption, in at least some parts of the world, is a set of legal and policy issues. This webinar aims to reach an up-to-date understanding of these issues, along with suggestions to improve matters.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The limits of rights for people to specify what happens to their bodies after legal death
  • Laws governing the stabilization, transport, and storage of cryopreserved bodies
  • Options for "cryopreservation with dignity", sometimes called cryothanasia
  • Complications with laws regarding property and ownership when someone formally legally dead is reanimated
  • Differences between the legal situation in different countries
  • The case for a Europe-wide initiative to propose best practice in laws and regulations

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This event will be hosted on Zoom. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3vLD99MVQUivk7fEkP_gsw

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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The lead speaker will be Jordi Sandalinas. Jordi is a lawyer, drone pilot, and Professor of the course on Drone Law at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

Jordi is also:

  • Assistant Professor of the Postgraduate Course in Air and Space Law at the Distance University of Madrid, Spain
  • Researcher in the Civil Society and European International Law Research Group at Pompeu Fabra University
  • Director of the European Cryonic Law and Policy Research Initiative in Barcelona, Spain
  • Participant and Lecturer in more than 30 conferences, and author of more than 15 articles published.

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Note: if you would like to join the speaker panel on this occasion, to provide additional expert perspective on this topic, please get in touch.

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The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Sat 28th May. To find this time in other timezones, use https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20220528T150000&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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Graphics credit: the main photograph is by Jordi Sandalinas. The background includes a design by Pixabay member Mohamed Hassan.

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To register for this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3vLD99MVQUivk7fEkP_gsw

Embodied cognition and the future of teaching and learning

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(This event has not been announced yet, and this page is subject to change.)

Understanding the mind and how thinking occurs has been a challenge for philosophers, scientists, theorists, educators, and artists throughout history. Until recently, ideas about how we learn have been mainly theoretical and intuitive. However, with ongoing advances in neuroscience, considerable progress is occurring. As a result, a paradigm shift is taking hold in human cognition, pointing to a new science-based understanding about the way we think and, ultimately, the way we learn.

This paradigm shift - a move away from traditional notions of the mind to an “embodied cognition” model of human thinking and learning - is the subject of a new book Movement Matters: How Embodied Cognition Informs Teaching and Learning. The book is summarised as follows:

"Experts translate the latest findings on embodied cognition from neuroscience, psychology, and cognitive science to inform teaching and learning pedagogy."

This London Futurists webinar features the co-editors of this book, highlighting key implications of this improved understanding for the future of teaching and learning.

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This event will be hosted on Zoom. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mJMHGUw0SRaXOahtxhCWTw.

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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About the speakers:

Sheila Landers Macrine, PhD, is a Professor, a Cognitive Scientist and Psychologist. Her expertise includes embodied cognition, cognitive development, alternative assessment, and the learning sciences. Her work has challenged traditional approaches to learning and assessment, including developing alternative IQ testing, developing assessments for students from culturally diverse backgrounds, students with intellectual disabilities, and those with learning differences.

Sheila recently published papers on Embodied Cognition in Frontiers, the International Journal of School and Educational Psychology, and in the Oxford Research Encyclopedias-Education at Oxford University Press. She is also a critical feminist who has published numerous articles and books. She completed two Ph.D.’s in Cognition Psychology and School Psychology at Temple University.

Sheila is currently a Full Professor in the Department of STEM Education and Teacher Development at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where she coordinates the Special Education Program. Her teaching and mentoring have been recognized with the Kappa Delta Excellence in Teaching & Advising Award.

Dr. Jennifer Fugate is a world-wide expert of emotion theory and perception, trained in the cognitive underpinnings of how people construct emotion through their language. She is the author of numerous empirical and theoretical pieces on the role of language in emotion, as well as a certified Facial Action Coder. She received her PhD from Emory University in Comparative Social Cognition, completing two postdocs in human emotion with the renowned psychologist and author, Lisa Feldman Barrett at Northeastern University.

Jennifer received tenure and promotion at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where she worked for nine years. During this time, her work was featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Talking to Strangers. She was awarded Scholar of the Year in 2019.

Jennifer is currently an Associate Professor in Psychology at Kansas City University and directs the ABLE (affective, behavior, learning and embodiment) lab for able mind and body.

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The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Sat 18th June. To find this time in other timezones, use https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20220618T150000&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_mJMHGUw0SRaXOahtxhCWTw

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Building Aligned Artificial Intelligence

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