With powerful technological shifts reshaping our world and straining the old social fabric, how can we keep humanity at the centre of the story?
What priorities are required, so that we avoid dehumanizing ourselves and future generations?
How can we harness intense technological bursts of possibility to bring about a better world for all its inhabitants?
In this session, global futurists Rohit Talwar and Steve Wells of Fast Future will share and discuss the key themes, ideas, and 12 point action agenda presented in their new book "A Very Human Future: Enriching Humanity in a Digitized World".
A Very Human Future illustrates how the evolution paths of society, cities, people, businesses, industries, nations, and governments are being increasingly entangled by exponential technological disruption.
A Very Human Future acknowledges the commercial and competitive drive from companies and countries to be leaders in the race to dominate world changing fields such as AI, blockchain, and genomics. The central argument of the book is that we cannot and generally should not try to hold back innovation. Instead the book argues that we need to overturn the death grip of decaying orthodoxies and assumptions.
A Very Human Future is a call to experiment with a range of actions and initiatives to prepare ourselves for a radically different world and range of possible futures.
== About the speakers ==
Rohit Talwar is a global futurist, award-winning keynote speaker, author, and the CEO of Fast Future. His prime expertise lies in helping clients understand and shape the emerging future. He has a particular interest how we can create a very human future by putting people at the centre of the agenda. Rohit is the co-author of "Designing Your Future" and editor of "Technology vs. Humanity".
Steve Wells is a global futurist, keynote speaker, and the COO of Fast Future. He has a particular interest in helping clients anticipate and respond to the disruptive bursts of technological possibility that are shaping the emerging future.
Rohit and Steve are lead editors and contributing authors for "The Future of Business" and "Beyond Genuine Stupidity – Ensuring AI Serves Humanity", "The Future Reinvented – Reimagining Life, Society, and Business", and two forthcoming books: "50:50 – Scenarios for the Next 50 Years" and "Unleashing Human Potential – The Future of AI in Business."
For more details about Fast Future, see http://fastfuturepublishing.com/.
== Meeting logistics ==
2pm-4pm, Sat 17th November 2018.
Venue: Room G16, Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.
Room G16 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.
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
(The username and password are case sensitive. In practise, it seems this wifi system often needs 2-3 attempts to make a successful connection.)
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== Covering meeting costs ==
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