Past Meetup

2045: Conscious avatars or wishful thinking?

This Meetup is past

100 people went

Price: £5.00 /per person

Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

How to find us

Room 532 is on the fifth floor of the main building

Location image of event venue


This meeting aims to provide a balanced review of the potentially ground-breaking "Global Futures 2045" conference taking place in New York the previous weekend, 15-16 June.

The review will be led by David Wood, and will include contributions from other London Futurists who are also taking part in the New York event.

As described at :

Global Future 2045 is a one of a kind congress, premised on the notion that the world stands on the brink of global change. In order for civilization to move to a higher stage of development, humanity vitally needs a scientific revolution and significant spiritual changes that will be inseparably linked, supporting and supplementing each other.

GF2045 discussions will include global challenges and science mega-projects to address them, and insights on these matters from various spiritual traditions.

The main focus will be the Avatar project (, which includes the development of anthropomorphic robots, telepresence systems, brain-computer interfaces (BCI), life-support systems for the brain, neuroprostheses, whole brain modeling, consciousness theory, and roadmaps for non-biological mind substrates.

Dmitry Itskov (, founder of the 2045 Initiative and organizer of the Global Future 2045 congress said:“Civilization is in the midst of a sea change, ushering in a new era of foresighted, self-directed spiritual and corporeal human evolution.” Itskov continued: “The mission of GF2045 is to shape the imminent capability for self-directed evolution into a strategy to benefit all of mankind.”

The London Futurist event will contain selective summaries of highlights from presentations by speakers at Global Future 2045. These speakers include:

Ray Kurzweil — Director of Engineering, Google; futurist and inventor, co-founder, Singularity University, and author of How to Create a Mind and The Singularity is Near.

Dr. Marvin Minsky — A.I. pioneer, professor of Media Arts and Science, MIT Media Lab.

Dr. George Church — Harvard University PhD, molecular geneticist, pioneer in personal genomics and synthetic biology.

Dr. James Martin — British author and entrepreneur and the largest individual benefactor to the University of Oxford in its 900-year history.

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis — Founder and Chairman, X Prize Foundation, Co-founder, Singularity University, author of Abundance.

Dr. David Hanson — Robotics designer and researcher, creating androids: humanlike robots with intelligence and feelings.

Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro — Android Creator; Director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in Osaka, Japan.

Dr. Theodore Berger — USC Professor, brain prosthesis technology developer.

Dr. Ed Boyden — Optogeneticist, neuroscientist at MIT; associate member McGovern Institute for Brain Research.

Mahayogi ‘Pilot’ Baba — Self-realized Siddha Master. Mahamandaleshwar of the Juna Akhara Order of Hindu Monks.

Dr. Amit Goswami — Professor Emeritus from the Theoretical Physics Department of the University of Oregon.

Visit the Global Future 2045 website ( for complete agenda details and speaker bios.


2pm-4pm, Saturday 22nd June

Venue: Room 532, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room 532 is on the 5th 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.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ

Optional pre-meeting rendezvous - please feel free to join a small number of regular London Futurist attendees at the Marlborough Arms any time from 12.30pm onwards, for general chat over a light lunch and/or drinks. To find us, look out for a table with a futurist book on it.

Covering meeting costs:

A small fee (£5) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room costs. Please pay in advance, online.

This will be refunded if the meeting is cancelled or rearranged, or if the attendee cancels at least 3 days before the meetup.

Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)


This two hour London Futurist meetup will inevitably convey only some of the highlights from the New York conference, which lasts two days. I recommend that anyone who is seriously interested in the topics addressed by GF2045 to consider finding a way to travel to New York and attend in person.