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)

TransVision 2019: Humanity+ @ London

Birkbeck College


Since 1998, the TransVision conference series has been advocating the ethical use of technology to expand human capabilities and transcend limitations. 19 years since TransVision was last held in London, Humanity+ and London Futurists are bringing TransVision 2019 to London, with the headline title "Humanity+ @ London". The core purpose of this event is to review the relevance of transhumanism to key issues of the present and near-term future. Over two days, more than 20 speakers will be addressing the following six themes, via short presentations and interactive dialogues: *) Transhumanism and the future of health *) Transhumanism and the future of education *) Transhumanism around the world *) Transhumanism and the future of AI *) Transhumanism and the future of politics *) Open questions about transhumanism There will be plenty of time for audience Q&A and discussion. == Speakers == *) Natasha Vita-More, Executive Director, Humanity+ *) Ben Goertzel, Founder and CEO, SingularityNET *) Max More, CEO of Alcor Life Extension Foundation *) José Cordeiro, Miel candidate for election to European Parliament *) David Pearce, Co-Founder Humanity+ (as WTA) *) Amy Li, Founder at Dance4Healing *) Steve Fuller, Professor in Social Epistemology, Warwick Univ *) Rohit Talwar, CEO Fast Future *) Kate Levchuk, Kate Goes Tech *) Calum Chace, author of five books on Artificial Intelligence *) Marc Roux, President of the French Transhumanist Association *) Didier Coeurnelle, Co-chair of Heales (Healthy Life Extension Society) *) Micah Redding, Executive Director, Christian Transhumanist Association *) Nell Watson, Tech Philosopher *) David Orban, Managing Partner, Network Society Ventures *) Denisa Rensen, CEO, blissDesigned *) Hugh Shields, Thought leader in capital market reform *) David Wood, Chair of London Futurists More speakers will be announced shortly. == Meeting logistics == On each of Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July, the schedule will be as follows: 09:30-10:00: Registration[masked]: Morning talks 12:00-13:00: Lunch break (lunch not provided) 13:00-13:30: Refreshments provided, to aid networking 13:30-15:00: Early afternoon talks 15:00-15:30: Refreshment/networking break 15:30-17:30: Late afternoon talks and day wrap-up 18:00 onwards: optional off-site networking continues Venue: Room B34, Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London. Room B34 is on the ground 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. == Ticket price == The ticket cost for the event (£35) is designed to cover room hire costs and light refreshments. 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 £40 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. == Early bird discounts == Until the 4th of May, tickets are available at the reduced cost of £25 (down from £35). == Further info == The (placeholder) image includes elements by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay, https://pixabay.com/photos/tower-bridge-bridge-night-city-1069216/ For information about the conference and the speakers, see https://londonfuturists.com/forthcoming-meetings/humanity-london-transvision-2019/

Past events (207)

The future of mental health

Birkbeck College


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