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People in the 'Golden Age of Technology' with Nick Price

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Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

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Room B20 is on the basement level in the main Birkbeck College building

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People in the 'Golden Age of Technology' with Nick Price.

Integrating human values into futures thinking.

A talk in the series, The Next Golden Age Of Technology[masked].

Note: to accommodate a larger audience, this meeting has switched from the room 532 previously advertised, to room B20

About this talk:

Scientific advances, technological innovation, and social demands are great forces of change. But shaping the direction of these changes are the values of people, their culture, and their consciousness.

This session will look at models for thinking about the future that integrate human values (and potential changes in human values) alongside changes in more tangible, measurable elements of the world - elements such as the environment, science, technology, economics and society.

In a globalized world there is an increasing visibility and awareness of the different ways people live. These differences manifest themselves as people’s values, which can impede, govern, accelerate or even regress change.

For example, some people see it as attractive and acceptable to use genetic insight for personalised healthcare. Genetically modified food products are, however, a concern to some because of uncertainty over their systemic impact. Stem Cell research and application is a challenge to others due to their religious beliefs.

So values influence change in tangible elements of society. In parallel, complex changes in tangible elements of society influence change in human values. As our physical, technological, social and cultural world changes around us, we change physically, psychologically, in our relationships, and in our ways of living. The things we value are likely to change too.

This session will also include background on the source of this progressive futures perspective. It will also connect to the proposition of the 'Golden Age of Technology' discussed in the preceding sessions in this series.

About Nick Price:

Nick Price integrates futures thinking into innovation projects.

As well as private clients Nick has worked for Microsoft and Philips Design. Nick has a MSc. in Strategic Foresight, and is a member of the World Futures Society and the Association of Professional Futurists.

Nick can be contacted here (http://ofthingsimmaterial.com/contact-2/).

Logistics:

2pm-4pm, Saturday 24th November

Venue: Room B20, Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room B20 is on the basement level 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 (http://www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub-food/marlborough-arms-bloomsbury/pid-C7440), 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ

The meeting is free to attend - no charge.
But please consider making a small donation towards the costs of running the group:
- see How You Can Help London Futurists (http://www.meetup.com/London-Futurists/pages/How_you_can_help_London_Futurists/).

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.

About "The Next Golden Age of Technology,[masked]":

This series of meetings features prominent futurists, who use different approaches to consider forecasts for the period including[masked] - a period which has the potential (if we reach it safely) to be a golden age of technology.

Can we in fact forecast the future with any degree of confidence? Many people believe that, as there are so many imponderables, the long range future is opaque to us.

There is a point to this, but it is not the whole story. Underlying where we are today are a number of longer term trends and developments that occur with such regularity to make them something of a recurring cycle. For example, we can see a pattern in the developments from the letter, to the telegraph, to the telephone, to twitter.

The purpose of this series of meetings is to consider the evidence supporting these "long models" of technological advance, and to speculate on how they might unfold.