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  • The troubled future of startups and innovation

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    Despite years of hype about startups and the technologies they have tried to commercialize, today's startup Unicorns compare poorly to ones founded before 2000 such as Amazon and Google. They are taking longer to become profitable, and their share price changes lag the Nasdaq. Smartphone apps may be cheap to commercialize but they don't provide the productivity benefits that semiconductors and networking equipment once did. Startups in other technology sectors are experiencing troubled times too. What are the reasons for this slowdown in productivity improvements and the poor performance of startups? Is this a sign that breakthrough technologies aren't available? Are major changes needed in the management of innovation? ====== To register for this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pl8jk9ILQtG1B--GC6K-OA ====== This 90 minute London Futurists live Zoom webinar features Professor Jeffrey Funk, a consultant in the economics of technology and associated business models. Jeffrey is based in Singapore, where he taught at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Previously he taught in Japan at the University of Kobe and the University of Hitosubashi. See https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-jeffrey-funk-a979435/ Jeffrey's career has focused on how new technologies emerge and diffuse. During the late 1990s he was one of the first to recognize the potential for smart phones in Japan. He was recommending to mobile service providers that they should focus on apps long before the iPhone was released in 2007. After he moved to NUS, he taught a unique course on the economics of new technologies that can be found on his slideshare account Funk98. The course and the supporting research present a methodology that could have helped entrepreneurs and investors avoid many of the loss-making businesses that currently comprise today’s startup bubble. For instance, it identified the challenges for ride sharing, electric vehicles, and driverless vehicles. It also proposed alternative designs for them, still relevant today. Jeffrey is currently completing a book entitled "The Superficial Entrepreneur: Falling science, Declining tech, Rising hype and Misleading Narratives." ====== During this webinar the following panellists will also be offering their feedback and insights: *) Gyanee Dewnarain, independent consultant in innovation and strategy, who has previously held senior roles at Gartner, Orange Business Services, and Tizen - https://www.linkedin.com/in/gyanee/ *) Miguel Marcos Martinez, a VP in IT at a major international bank, who has led innovative IT projects in the finance industry starting from the early days of the WWW in the mid-90s and was a member of one of the first bank-funded venture fund for FinTech startups - https://uk.linkedin.com/in/miguel-angel-marcos-martinez-9456ab1a ====== Optional reading ahead of the webinar: *) "What’s Behind Technological Hype" - https://issues.org/behind-technological-hype/ *) "Where have all the profitable startups gone" - https://mindmatters.ai/2020/05/where-have-all-the-profitable-startups-gone/ ====== The webinar will start broadcasting at 2pm UK time on Sat 18th July. To find this time in other timezones, you can use this calculator: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200718T130000&p1=136 You are advised to log into Zoom up to 10 minutes ahead of the publicised start time of the event, so you won't miss the start of the live broadcast. As the discussion proceeds, attendees will be welcome to raise questions and vote to prioritise questions raised by others. ====== To register for this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pl8jk9ILQtG1B--GC6K-OA A small fee (UKP £2.50) is being charged to register for this event, in order to help offset the costs incurred by London Futurists with the Zoom and Meetup software. ====== For a mirror of this announcement on Facebook, see https://www.facebook.com/events/1804565006352468/

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  • Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex & Death

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    What if we could have babies without having to bear children, eat meat without killing animals, have the perfect sexual relationship without compromise, or choose the time of our painless death? These words introduce the fascinating new book by Jenny Kleeman, "Sex Robots & Vegan Meat: Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex & Death" https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sex-Robots-Vegan-Meat-Adventures/dp/1509894888/ Jenny is a journalist and documentary-maker who has travelled the world finding extraordinary characters to turn into film, print and audio. She writes for the Guardian, The Times, the Sunday Times and Tortoise. She has reported for BBC One's Panorama, Channel 4's Dispatches and VICE News Tonight on HBO, as well as making 13 films from across the globe for Channel 4's Unreported World. She is the host of the Immaculate Deception podcast, and the Breakfast show on Times Radio. Sex Robots & Vegan Meat is her first book. See https://www.jennykleeman.com/ ===== To register for this event, visit Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1zoEmdl5TPC7j5fNpRsaCw ===== This 90 minute London Futurists live webinar features Jenny Kleeman in discussion with: *) Rohit Talwar, global futurist, award-winning keynote speaker, author, and the CEO of Fast Future. See https://fastfuture.com/team/rohit-talwar/ *) Gemma Milne, Science & Technology Writer, Author of "Smoke & Mirrors", and Co-Host of Science: Disrupt. See https://www.gemmamilne.co.uk/ The webinar will be moderated by David Wood, Chair of London Futurists. Attendees will be welcome to raise questions and vote to prioritise questions raised by others. The webinar will start at 6pm UK time (BST) on Monday 13th July. To find the start time in other timezones, use https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200713T170000&p1=136 You are advised to log into Zoom up to 10 minutes ahead of time, so you won't miss the start of the live broadcast. There is no charge to register or to attend this webinar. ===== Selected advance praise for "Sex Robots & Vegan Meat": "A fascinating examination of what the future holds, and of what it means to be human. Jenny Kleeman writes with wit and a wealth of knowledge that ensures you will never look at a chicken nugget in quite the same way again." - Elizabeth Day, author of "How to Fail" and "The Party" "By turns alarming, funny, thought-provoking and fascinating, this is a book that brilliantly shows us where much of our life (and death) is heading." - Stig Abell, editor of The Times Literary Supplement "This eye-opening debut is a compelling investigation into the implications of the cutting-edge technologies that aim to deliver the perfect partner, the perfect gestation, the perfect meat and the perfect death. The sceptical Kleeman makes a witty and tenacious guide as she probes unsettling visions of our human future." - Caroline Sanderson, Editors Choice, The Bookseller ===== To register for this event, visit Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1zoEmdl5TPC7j5fNpRsaCw ===== A mirror of this announcement can be found on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/events/1737583786408651/

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  • Politics for greater liberty: transhumanist perspectives

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    In a time of widespread anxiety about social unrest and perceived growing inequalities, what political approach is likely to ensure the greatest liberty? In light of the greater insights provided by science into human psychology at both the individual and group levels, what are the threats to our wellbeing that most need to be guarded against, and which aspects of human character most need to be protected and uplifted? What does the emerging philosophy of transhumanism, with its vision of conscious life evolving under thoughtful human control beyond the current human form, have to say about potential political interventions? ====== To register for this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SDBAI-qtQHCsgRedbQYZag ====== This 90 minute London Futurists live Zoom webinar features a number of panellists with a rich understanding of both politics and transhumanism: *) Jay Friedenberg, Psychology Professor, Manhattan College, https://manhattan.edu/campus-directory/jay.friedenberg - and author of "Humanity's Future: How Technology Will Change Us" https://www.amazon.com/Humanitys-Future-Technology-Will-Change/dp/0692701583/ *) José Cordeiro, Fellow at World Academy of Art and Science, former candidate for election to European Parliament, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Luis_Cordeiro - and co-author of "La Muerte de la Muerte" https://www.amazon.com/muerte-posibilidad-cient%C3%ADfica-inmortalidad-defensa-ebook/dp/B07B5TKLGR/ *) Natasha Vita-More, Professor Emeritus, Technology, Ethics & Innovation, and Executive Director of Humanity+, https://natashavita-more.com/ - and author of "Transhumanism: What is it?" https://www.amazon.com/TRANSHUMANISM-What-Natasha-Vita-More-ebook/dp/B07L5WB8RL/ *) Charlie Kam, candidate of the US Transhumanist Party for the US presidential election in 2020, https://transhumanist-party.org/2020/06/12/ustp-reorganization/ ====== The webinar will start broadcasting at 7pm UK time on Saturday 20th June. To find this time in other timezones, you can use this calculator: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200620T180000&p1=136 You are advised to log into Zoom up to 10 minutes ahead of the publicised start time of the event, so you won't miss the start of the live broadcast. As the discussion proceeds, attendees will be welcome to raise questions and vote to prioritise questions raised by others. ====== To register for this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SDBAI-qtQHCsgRedbQYZag A small fee (UKP £2.50) is being charged to register for this event, in order to help offset the costs incurred by London Futurists with the Zoom and Meetup software.

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  • Regulating the rise of Artificial General Intelligence

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    As research around the world proceeds to improve the power, the scope, and the generality of AI systems, should developers adopt regulatory frameworks to help steer progress? What are the main threats that such regulations should be guarding against? In the midst of an intense international race to obtain better AI, are such frameworks doomed to be ineffective? Might such frameworks do more harm than good, hindering valuable innovation? Are there good examples of precedents, from other fields of technology, of international agreements proving beneficial? Or is discussion of frameworks for the governance of AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) a distraction from more pressing issues, given the potential long time scales ahead before AGI becomes a realistic prospect? ====== To register for this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FnSiVVTpTtSvN794i22MxA ====== This 90 minute London Futurists live Zoom webinar features a number of panellists with deep insight into the issues of improving AI: *) Joanna Bryson, Professor of Ethics and Technology at the Hertie School, Berlin, https://www.hertie-school.org/en/who-we-are/profile/person/bryson/ *) Dan Faggella, CEO and Head of Research, Emerj Artificial Intelligence Research, https://danfaggella.com/ *) Nell Watson, tech ethicist, machine learning researcher, and social reformer, https://www.nellwatson.com/ ====== The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Saturday 30th May. To find this time in other timezones, you can use this calculator: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200530T150000&p1=136 You are advised to log into Zoom up to 10 minutes ahead of the publicised start time of the event, so you won't miss the start of the live broadcast. As the discussion proceeds, attendees will be welcome to raise questions and vote to prioritise questions raised by others. ====== To register for this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FnSiVVTpTtSvN794i22MxA A small fee (UKP £2.50) is being charged to register for this event, in order to help offset the costs incurred by London Futurists with the Zoom and other software.

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  • Mental distress - the coming pandemic?

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    A variety of types of mental ill-health are increasing alarmingly. Far too many people nowadays suffer from morbid depression, crippling anxiety, biting loneliness, bewildering mood swings, and suicidal tendencies. Many others are falling far short of their potential for emotional vibrancy and self-mastery. Stresses during the Covid-19 lockdown are adding to the pressures people are experiencing. What can be done to address this potential coming pandemic of mental distress? What is the role of technology to address this trend and to enhance mental wellbeing? How can various products and practices dovetail with more traditional approaches to positive mental health? ====== To register for this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YeH9AuV0RLidN4Cz9tC7rA ====== This 90 minute London Futurists live webinar features a number of panellists with deep insight into the interaction of technology and mental flourishing: *) Stefan Chmelik, Integrated healthcare physician, Inventor of Sensate, https://www.linkedin.com/in/stefan-chmelik-msc-4539611a/ *) Anna Gudmundson, CEO BioSelf Technology, https://www.linkedin.com/in/annakg/ *) Dzera Kaytati, COO and Co-Founder Maaind, https://www.linkedin.com/in/dzera-kaytati/ *) Martin Dinov, CEO and Co-Founder Maaind, https://www.linkedin.com/in/martindinov/ ====== The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Saturday 23rd May. To find this time in other timezones, you can use this calculator: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200523T150000&p1=136 You are advised to log into Zoom up to 10 minutes ahead of the publicised start time of the event, so you won't miss the start of the live broadcast. As the discussion proceeds, attendees will be welcome to raise questions and vote to prioritise questions raised by others. ====== To register for this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YeH9AuV0RLidN4Cz9tC7rA A small fee (UKP £2.50) is being charged to register for this event, in order to help offset the costs incurred by London Futurists with the Zoom and other software.

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  • Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity

    Our DNA is becoming as readable, writable, and hackable as our information technology. The resulting genetic revolution is poised to transform our healthcare, our choices for the characteristics of the next generation, and our evolution as a species. The future could bring breathtaking advances in human well-being, but it could also descend into a dangerous genetic arms race. These claims are made in the recent book "Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity", https://hackingdarwin.com/ by Technology Futurist Jamie Metzl, https://jamiemetzl.com/ Jamie's view is that society isn't at all ready for the fast-approaching future of widespread genetic hacking. Here is some feedback for his book: *) “An outstanding guide to the most important conversation of our lives” — Ray Kurzweil *) "A gifted and thoughtful writer, Metzl brings us to the frontiers of biology and technology, and reveals a world full of promise and peril." — Siddhartha Mukherjee MD *) “If you can only read one book on the future of our species, this is it” — Sanjay Gupta ====== To register and attend this event, visit https://www.crowdcast.io/e/hacking-darwin-genetic ====== This 90 minute live webinar also features two other distinguished panellists: Nessa Carey, http://www.nessacarey.co.uk/ is a virologist, researcher, and Visiting Professor in Molecular Biology at Imperial College London. Nessa is the author of "The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance", "Junk DNA: A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome", and, most recently, "Hacking the Code of Life: How gene editing will rewrite our futures", https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hacking-Code-Life-editing-rewrite/dp/1785784978/ Joyce Harper, http://joyceharper.com/ is Professor of Reproductive Science at the Institute for Women’s Health, University College London. She is Director of Education at the IfWH, Head of the Department of Reproductive Health, and Director of the Centre for Human Reproduction. Joyce started working on preimplantation genetic testing in 1992 and was one of the founders of the PGT Consortium. She was a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics working group on genome editing, https://www.nuffieldbioethics.org/publications/genome-editing-an-ethical-review and spoke in an Oxford Union debate in 2019 in favour of the motion: This house believes that genetic engineering will undermine the nature of humanity, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zne2gx-q_mM Given the strong public interest in the possibilities of using the latest technology in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, London Futurists are fortunate that Jamie, Nessa, and Joyce have agreed to speak with us about key themes and implications of their research. ====== The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Saturday 2nd May. To find this time in other timezones, you can use this calculator: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200516T150000&p1=136 You are advised to log into Crowdcast up to 10 minutes ahead of the publicised start time of the event, so you won't miss the start of the live broadcast. You'll be able to exchange text messages with other attendees as soon as you arrive. As the discussion proceeds, attendees will be welcome to raise questions and vote to prioritise questions raised by others. ====== To register and attend this event, visit https://www.crowdcast.io/e/hacking-darwin-genetic A small fee (UKP £2.50) is being charged to register for this event, in order to help offset the costs incurred by London Futurists with the Crowdcast and other software. If you judge yourself as unable to pay this fee, you can use a special discount coupon code, available on the registration page, to register for free.

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  • Apps that track users: Questions of trust, privacy, effectiveness

    How well can we expect mobile tracking applications to help manage pandemics? *) What are the likely limitations of these applications? What are their likely strengths? *) How do different solutions being developed and deployed around the world compare? *) From what angles should these applications be assessed? Trust? Privacy? Effectiveness? *) How do centralised and decentralised applications differ? *) What other changes, at societal and/or individual levels, might be needed to make these applications more successful? *) What risks are posed by such apps potentially increasing the power of big tech, big government, and big society? What advantages might come from such increases in power? *) What are the implications for the management of the present pandemic, and for management of public health in the future? This London Futurists online discussion will be a facilitated conversation that seeks to gather and share insight. It will include short opening presentations, and periods of both large group and small group discussions. ====== To register and attend this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcuqgpzspHdDPkuBC5-I11uEukNPHaEAB ====== The event will include insights from the following industry observers, to help frame and seed the discussion: *) Eva Pascoe, Chair of Cybersalon.org and co-founder of Cyberia Cafe. Eva has many years of experience reviewing the potential of apps that track footfall in retail settings. See her article "Track and trace or duck and dive – Covid19 surveillance apps", http://cybersalon.org/track-and-trace-or-duck-and-dive-covid19-surveillance-apps/ *) Dean Bubley, Founder of Disruptive Analysis. Dean is an independent technology industry analyst, futurist, speaker and consultant, with over 25 years’ experience. He specialises in wireless, telecoms and IoT fields, https://www.deanbubley.com/ *) Bruce Lloyd, Emeritus Professor in Strategic Management at LSBU. Bruce was the UK co-ordinator for 'The Millennium Project'[masked] and has been active in the 'futures industry' since he first wrote a pamphlet on 'UK Energy Policy' in the 1960s, https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/people/people-finder/prof-bruce-lloyd ====== There is no charge to register for or attend this event. Attendance will be restricted to 100 live participants. The event will start at 4pm BST on Saturday 9th May. To find this time elsewhere in the world, use https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200509T150000&p1=136 To avoid delays in joining the meeting, you are advised to come to the meeting URL at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time. The meeting is expected to conclude after at most 90 minutes. Attendees are requested to keep their microphones on mute when not addressing the meeting. Use of cameras is optional, but adds to the social nature of the event. ** If you would like to offer one of a number of initial short briefings of key points and issues arising, at the start of this event, before the main discussion starts, please get in touch with the organiser asap ** ====== To register and attend this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcuqgpzspHdDPkuBC5-I11uEukNPHaEAB

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  • Could Covid-19 spark a Moral Revolution?

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    Could the disruptions and adjustments necessitated by Covid-19 spark a moral revolution? The ongoing pandemic and lockdown are causing lots of re-evaluations. Might long-lasting changes take place, not just in economic activity and political power, but also in the sets of moral ideas that animate society? And what would this mean in practice? These are the topics explored by John Danaher, academic and lecturer at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, in his recent article "Will Covid-19 Spark a Moral Revolution? Eight Possibilities", https://philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com/2020/04/will-covid-19-spark-moral-revolution.html Among other questions, the article considers: *) What is a moral revolution anyway? *) How might Covid-19 revolutionise morality? *) What opposition might arise to potential moral revolutions? ====== To register and attend this event, visit https://www.crowdcast.io/e/could-covid-19-spark-a/ ====== This 90 minute London Futurists live webinar features John Danaher, https://philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com/p/about.html in discussion with David Wood, Chair of London Futurists, and with panellists: *) Diana Fleischman, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/diana-fleischman *) Anders Sandberg, Senior Research Fellow @ Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford, https://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/team/anders-sandberg/ The discussion is also likely to address key issues raised by John in his Philosophical Disquisitions blog https://philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com/ (tagline: "Things hid and barr'd from common sense") and in his 2019 book "Automation and Utopia: Human Flourishing in a World without Work" https://philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com/p/books.html Attendees will be welcome to raise questions and vote to prioritise questions raised by others. The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Saturday 2nd May. To find this time in other timezones, you can use this calculator: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200502T150000&p1=136 ** Note this is two hours LATER than the previous usual start-time for Saturday London Futurists event. The change in time is to make participation easier for people in western timezones ** You are advised to log into Crowdcast up to 10 minutes ahead of the publicised start time of the event, so you won't miss the start of the live broadcast. You'll be able to exchange text messages with other attendees as soon as you arrive. ** In case of any difficulties in connecting to the live video content, first try refreshing your screen, and then if need be, press the Help button at the top of the screen and choose the 'Compatibility Mode'. Crowdcast works well on most browsers most of the time, but Chrome is particularly recommended. ** ====== To register and attend this event, visit https://www.crowdcast.io/e/could-covid-19-spark-a/ A small fee (UKP £2.50) is being charged to register for this event, in order to help offset the costs incurred by London Futurists with the Crowdcast and other software. If you judge yourself as unable to pay this fee, you can use a special discount coupon code, available on the registration page, to register for free (but only 40 such tickets are available). As a comparison, £2.50 is probably less than the travel and refreshments costs that most people would have incurred in travelling to a physical gathering of London Futurists. ====== Graphics credit: Pixabay user OpenClipart-Vectors, https://pixabay.com/vectors/fist-hand-environment-environmental-158890/

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  • Engineering greater human resilience

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    Engineering greater human resilience. A good or bad idea? How might we best proceed? With what focus? For example, how about: *) Strengthening biological immune systems, so we become more resistant to biological infection? *) Strengthening critical thinking skills, so we become more resistant to deception and fake news? *) Strengthening emotional intelligence, so we become more resistant to bursts of anger or despair? *) Strengthening a sense of human solidarity, so we become more resistant to tribalism and partisanship? *) Strengthening a spirit of inner mastery, so we become more resistant to consumerist pressures? *) Strengthening other aspects of human resilience, so we become more resistant to distortion and corruption? In each case, two important questions arise: 1.) Which interventions should be applied at the individual level, and which at a societal level? 2.) What are the unintended drawbacks that might arise from attempts to engineer greater resilience? ** The above can be seen as a description of "practical transhumanism". With what priority should these initiatives be embraced? ** ====== To register and attend this event, visit https://www.crowdcast.io/e/engineering-greater ====== This 90 minute London Futurists live webinar features a number of panellists making 10 minute presentations on the above theme, followed by audience Q&A and wider discussion. The webinar will be moderated by David Wood, Chair of London Futurists, and co-hosted by: *) Eleanor 'Nell' Watson, Coronavirus Task Force @ AAPM, and AI Faculty @ Singularity University, https://www.nellwatson.com/ *) James 'J' Hughes, Executive Director @ IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies), https://ieet.org/index.php/IEET2/bio/hughes Guest panellists will include: *) Paola Téllez Muñoz, Director of Community @ Transformative Technology, https://www.linkedin.com/in/paola-t%C3%A9llez-mu%C3%B1oz-1bb5a8125/ *) Kathryn Alice, Life coach and former Crisis Support Team Leader, https://kathrynalice.com/about/ *) Hannes Sjöblad, Chief Disruption Officer @ Epicenter Stockholm, and co-founder @ Dsruptive, https://www.hannessjoblad.com/ Attendees will be welcome to raise questions and vote to prioritise questions raised by others. The webinar will start broadcasting at 2pm UK time on Saturday 25th April. To find this time in other timezones, you can use this calculator: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200425T130000&p1=136 You are advised to log into Crowdcast up to 10 minutes ahead of the publicised start time of the event, so you won't miss the start of the live broadcast. You'll be able to exchange text messages with other attendees as soon as you arrive. ** In case of any difficulties in connecting to the live video content, first try refreshing your screen, and then if need be, press the Help button at the top of the screen and choose the 'Compatibility Mode'. Crowdcast works well on most browsers most of the time, but Chrome is particularly recommended. ** ====== To register and attend this event, visit https://www.crowdcast.io/e/engineering-greater A small fee (UKP £2.50) is being charged to register for this event, in order to help offset the costs incurred by London Futurists with the Crowdcast and other software. If you judge yourself as unable to pay this fee, you can use a special discount coupon code, available on the registration page, to register for free (but only 40 such tickets are available). As a comparison, £2.50 is probably less than the travel and refreshments costs that most people would have incurred in travelling to a physical gathering of London Futurists. ====== Graphics credits: elements are used, with thanks, from Pixabay users Clker-Free-Vector-Images and OpenClipart-Vectors.

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  • Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Seeing through technology hype

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    "Stop following the news until you've read Gemma Milne's persuasive analysis of the hype and bullshit that distort our understanding of emerging science. As she shows, the starting point to grasping the genuine opportunities of AI, life sciences and climate tech is a healthy dose of critical thinking." These words from David Rowan, founding editor of WIRED UK, encourage us all to pay attention to the recommendations in Smoke and Mirrors, https://www.gemmamilne.co.uk/book - the forthcoming new book by science and technology journalist Gemma Milne, https://www.gemmamilne.co.uk/ This 90 minute London Futurists live webinar features Gemma Milne in discussion with: *) Jack Stilgoe, Science & Technology Studies at UCL, and Fellow of Turing Institute, https://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/people/dr-jack-stilgoe *) Jenny Kleeman, Journalist, author, and filmmaker, https://www.jennykleeman.com/ The webinar will be moderated by David Wood, Chair of London Futurists. Attendees will be welcome to raise questions and vote to prioritise questions raised by others. The webinar will start at 7pm UK time (BST) on Monday 20th April. To find the start time in other timezones, use https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200420T180000&p1=136 You are advised to log into Crowdcast up to 10 minutes ahead of time, so you won't miss the start of the live broadcast. You'll be able to exchange text messages with other attendees as soon as you arrive. There is no charge to register or to attend this webinar. ===== To register and attend this event, visit https://www.crowdcast.io/e/beyond-smoke-and-mirrors ===== A mirror of this announcement can be found on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/events/583403459187557/

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