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)

The Future of Work

Conway Hall

£5.00

How will work change in the age of big data and artificial intelligence? What will happen to patterns of working, and to the role played by employment in society as a whole? During the past couple of decades, automation, digitisation, and global trade have dramatically reshaped how firms organise, operate, and compete. These changes, in turn, are having far-reaching consequences for labour. But the developments of the near future could leave these recent changes in the shade. Over the next 10-20 years, we are likely to witness even greater disruptions to the workforce. These changes are being fuelled by demographic and socioeconomic trends, like rapid urbanisation and globalisation, as well as even faster advances in technologies such as the mobile internet, wearable computers, increased automation, and pervasive machine learning. In some forecasts of the future, nearly everyone will be displaced from employment by various sorts of robot. In other scenarios, many new jobs will emerge, though with different characteristics and requirements from traditional occupations. Many important questions arise. For example, how will automation, digitisation, and global trade affect households, firms, and geographies, as these changes unfold? What are the implications for possible increased inequality and differential effects by race, gender, and socioeconomic background? What is the best approach to preparing for these changes and, indeed, to influence the outcome? To address the above topics, this event will feature a number of panellists and an interactive audience discussion. The event is jointly hosted by GlobalNet21, Conway Hall Ethical Society, and London Futurists. == The panellists == Dr. Becky Faith, https://www.ids.ac.uk/people/becky-faith/ is a Research Fellow and Co-Leader of the Digital and Technology cluster. Becky’s professional experience and research interests encompass mobile communication studies, human computer interaction and technology for social change. Charles Radclyffe www.dataphilos.com is the Head of AI at Fidelity International and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol. He is a regular contributor to Forbes on the subject of Digital Ethics and gave a TEDx on why we should think differently about the impact of robots and jobs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRwvFvQ3M3o. David Wood is the Chair of the London Futurists, and Executive Director of the technoprogressive think-tank Transpolitica. David was one of the pioneers of the smartphone industry. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in London since 2005, and a Fellow of the IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies) since January 2015. His forthcoming new book is "Sustainable Superabundance", https://transpolitica.org/projects/abundance-manifesto/. The event will be chaired by Francis Sealey of GlobalNet21, http://www.meetup.com/GlobalNet21/. == Logistics == The event will be taking place in the Brockway Room in Conway Hall, 2 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL. The £5 entry fee per person goes towards room hire and upkeep at Conway Hall. The entry fee is paid when you RSVP, via a PayPal interface. Note that you can use this interface even if you don't have a PayPal account.

Politics for profoundly enhanced human wellbeing

Birkbeck College

£7.00

Twenty first century science and technology, developed and deployed wisely, has the potential to profoundly enhance human wellbeing. Our health and fitness, in both body and mind, could be far higher than at present. Age-old tendencies to the abuse of power, to emotional depression, to deception and self-deception, to egotism and envy, to wastefulness, to divisiveness, to senility and disease, and to decay and death, could all become things of the past. A radically better future is within our collective grasp. But this future won't arrive without some major shifts in attitude, in priorities, and the allocation of funds and resources. Society needs the equivalent of a number of Apollo-scale projects, to accelerate the transformation from dangerously unstable situation of the present-day into a future in which the true positive potential of humanity is fulfilled. The focus of the leaders of society needs to change, quickly, towards the very large benefits that science and technology can deliver. This event features three panellists who each offer their recommendations for political action in support of profoundly enhanced human wellbeing. == About the speakers == Jose Cordeiro is the principal author of the Spanish-language best-selling book "La Muerte de la Muerte", https://lamuertedelamuerte.org/. He is also the founder of a new political movement for longevity and rejuvenation in Madrid, Spain, and will be standing for election in May 2019 as a Spanish MEP in the EU Parliament. Mathieu Gosselin is the newly announced co-leader of the Transhumanist Party UK, http://www.transhumanistparty.org.uk/. He will be describing how the Party is being rebooted in 2019. David Wood is the author of the new book "Sustainable Superabundance: A universal transhumanist invitation", https://transpolitica.org/projects/abundance-manifesto/. == Book availability == Copies of "La Muerte de la Muerte" will be available for sale at the event to be autographed by the authors. Note that all royalties and author rights for this book are donated to anti-aging scientific research with the SENS Foundation in California and Spain. == Meeting logistics == 2pm-4pm, Sat 2nd February 2019. Venue: Room TBA (To Be Announced), Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London. Room TBA is on the TBAth floor 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. The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Meeting Place bar in the Royal National Hotel (https://www.imperialhotels.co.uk/en/restaurants-and-bars/the-meeting-place), 38-51 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG. == Wifi access == Wireless network: BBK-Guest Username: (TBA) Password: (tba) (The username and password are case sensitive. In practise, it seems this wifi system often needs 2-3 attempts to make a successful connection.) == Event hashtag == #LonFut == Covering meeting costs == A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP. (NB you don't need a PayPal account to use the PayPal interface.) Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £10 in that case can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.) Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organisers in advance.

Past events (203)

A Very Human Future, with Rohit Talwar and Steve Wells

Birkbeck College

£7.00

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