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The Future and All That Jazz: One Night Only

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Help save humanity from annihilation by our robot overlords while enjoying a great evening of poetry, jazz music, and cool science!

The Future and All That Jazz, with Kim Solez & the Mallory Chipman Quartet is taking place on Thursday 18th August.

Tickets are available via the Jazz Vortex website (

IMPORTANT - Event planning update (2)

The Future and All That Jazz was initially envisioned as occurring over three evenings (the 16th, 17th, and 18th of August). Because of limited advanced sales, the decision was taken to focus on just a single evening. This has now been changed to happening on Thursday the 18th, at a new venue, namely the Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, which is a short walk from Dalston Junction station on the Overground line.

People who previously purchased tickets via TicketMaster or the Jazz Club (the original venue) have been contacted by the Jazz Club.

Here are more details of what will be covered:

Experience a night of jazz music from the innovative and improvisational Mallory Chipman Quartet, poetry from master free style spoken word artist Roylin Picou, and cool science sound bytes of modern life from award-winning physician futurist Kim Solez and his sidekick Ayesha Herian. All focused around artificial intelligence (AI) guru Rich Sutton’s pivotal idea of cooperative coevolution of sentient machines and humans: “Showing sentient machines empathy: If this kindness survives, so will we.”

Join us for an unforgettable evening unlike anything you have ever experienced, saving humanity from annihilation at the hands of our robot overlords through jazz, poetry, and science.

Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Steven Hawking, and Nick Bostrom have warned that sentient machines of the future represent the greatest existential threat faced by humanity. How should we deal with the greatest threat to our existence? Should we attempt to enslave AI or make it our friend? Come out to the Future and All That Jazz to be entertained, and learn, discuss, understand, and perhaps help shape the role of AI in our future.

Overall learning objectives:

Alongside the music, this event seeks to convey important themes as follows (this extract is taken from a longer description (

1. Why we developed The Future and All That Jazz - the event philosophy

2. Looking ahead to 2060 and beyond

3. Possible visions of the future (stasis, utopia, apocalypse)

4. Your career and what might happen in it

5. Moore’s law and exponential thinking

6. The idea of the technological singularity and current debates on the topic

7. The idea of transhumanism

8. Possible ethical dilemmas you might encounter

9. Artificial intelligence

10. Robotics

11. Life extension and the idea of posthumanism

12. Effects on values and ethics

13. Quantum biology

14. Augmented Reality/Pokemon Go (The Future is Looking Up!)

15. Wrap-up. Conclusions. Discussion.

Kim Solez, MD, explains (

The level of presentation will be set to be appropriate for the audience we encounter. We won’t spend time telling the audience things they already know, but rather challenge them to think about aspects and facets of the future they have not thought about before. The presentations will be balanced and reflect diversity of opinion.

(The program is based on what is taught to first year medical students about technology and the future of medicine at the University of Alberta, modified for a general audience and made less medical.)

The overall learning objectives are that, at the end of the event, the audience will be able to:

· Describe some of the ways in which rapid technological change is anticipated to affect human society and the work life of human beings in the next 50 years, with specific reference to artificial intelligence, newly emerging technology and human enhancement

· Describe the concepts of Moore’s law, exponential change, and the technological singularity

· Discuss some of the ethical issues associated with rapid technological advancement in medicine.

The audience members will also become more skilled in:

· Being flexible in dealing with change in technology during their careers.

· Considering how technological changes may affect career choices

· Developing new ways of thinking about concepts relating to technology

· Empowering friends and colleagues to get involved to ensure technological change is positive for humanity as a whole.