• A new future for politics?

    Online event

    Politicians have a lot on their minds. We live in hectic times. But are mainstream politicians failing to pay sufficient attention to the most important opportunities and risks, namely, the radical transformation of many aspects of human life and work that will be triggered by fast-changing technology?

    That's the view of Transhumanist UK, an organisation which is at the early stages of preparing a campaign entitled "Transhumanism 2024". The idea is to field a number of candidates in mayoral elections across the UK that year. The intended results will be:
    *) To raise understanding of oncoming technological possibilities and threats;
    *) To reorient the national discussion of political issues;
    *) To improve the public understanding of transhumanism.

    Transhumanist UK argues it is vital to anticipate potential social disruptions ahead of time, and to accelerate actions to increase the likelihood of beneficial outcomes. Hence the proposed campaign motto: “Steering technology for profound social progress”.

    This event will feature a scene-setting presentation from David Wood, Transhumanist UK co-founder. The floor will then be open for audience responses regarding policies, tactics, goals, etc. One response that is being prepared in advance by by Tony Czarnecki, Managing Partner at Sustensis.

    (Please get in touch if you would like to be added to the set of respondents who provide up to ten minutes of proposals and commentary during the main part of this meeting.)

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    This event will be hosted on Zoom. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TUUe-o1aSl69tgIJtMyziA

    The Zoom registration fee (UKP £2.50) helps cover running costs. The webinar can also be viewed, without charge, on the London Futurists YouTube channel, but without the option to participate in the live Q&A.

    (The Zoom registration page opens a PayPal interface, but there is NO requirement for attendees to use a PayPal account.)

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    Examples of Transhumanism 2024 manifesto highlights under consideration include:

    1. From "everyone online" to "everyone empowered"
    2. From "smart city" to "trusted city"
    3. Automation that uplifts rather than deprives
    4. Local superdemocracy and citizens' assemblies
    5. From GDP to IHSF (Index of Human and Social Flourishing)
    6. A city that flourishes whilst being carbon neutral
    7. Healthcare for open-ended youthful lifespans
    8. Accelerate access to neurotechnologies and psychoactive substances
    9. Selectively embrace genetic editing
    10. Incentivise meat from non-sentient sources
    11. A champion of the transhumanist and cosmist revolutions
    12. Uphold morphological and social freedom
    13. The human right to cryonic preservation
    14. Steer the singularity: Anticipate AI breakthrough
    15. Education fit for the new future: STEM and beyond

    For further discussion of these manifesto options see https://transhumanist.uk/2021/06/30/pre-announcing-transhumanism-2024/

    Note: In recent years, mayoral elections in the UK have been held according to the “supplementary vote” system, in which voters can indicate both first and second preferences for candidates. That will make it easier for voters to cast their first votes for Transhumanist UK, without fearing they will have "wasted" their vote.

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    The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Sat 2nd October. To find this time in other timezones, see https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=202110o2T150000&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.

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    Image credit: the above picture includes a photograph by Pixabay user BazzaBoy, https://pixabay.com/photos/london-thames-river-shard-mayor-5248832/

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  • A Paradigm Shift in Aging Research?

    Online event

    It has been known for some time that young blood plasma can confer beneficial effects on various organs in mice, although the mechanisms and implications remained unclear. A recent breakthrough experiment is attracting more attention to this area of research: rats treated with a plasma mixture known as E5 subsequently had their effective biological age measured by epigenetic clocks, involving 593 tissue samples. The result was a halving of the epigenetic ages of blood, heart, and liver tissue, and a lesser reduction (still statistically significant) in the epigenetic age of the hypothalamus. This has been heralded as the single most dramatic age-reversal experiment in mammals to date.

    On Saturday 18th September, the lead designer of these experiments, Dr Harold Katcher, will join London Futurists to present his analysis of the findings, his own distinctive theories of aging, and his expectation for future research and applications. He will also be answering questions about his new book, "The Illusion of Knowledge: The paradigm shift in aging research that shows the way to human rejuvenation", https://www.amazon.co.uk/Illusion-Knowledge-paradigm-research-rejuvenation-ebook/dp/B09C7JNB64/

    ** Please note that, due to scheduling issues, this event is starting one hour later, that is at 5pm UK time, than most other London Futurists webinars. **

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    This event will be hosted on Zoom. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t8FlwdbKTyGlyl7mtohp5Q

    The Zoom registration fee (UKP £2.50) helps cover London Futurists running costs. The webinar can also be viewed, without charge, on the London Futurists YouTube channel, but without the option to participate in the live Q&A.

    (The Zoom registration page opens a PayPal interface, but there is NO requirement for attendees to use a PayPal account.)

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    Dr. Harold Katcher is one of the discoverers of the human breast cancer gene (BRCA1), and has thousands of citations in the scientific literature, with publications ranging from protein structure to bacteriology, biotechnology, bioinformatics and biochemistry. He was the Academic Director for Natural Sciences for the Asian Division of the University of Maryland Global Campus, and nowadays is Chief Scientific Officer at Yuvan Research Inc., which is working on the development of rejuvenation treatments. See https://www.ntzplural.com/harold-katcher-launches-book

    Dr Katcher's book is being published by NTZ, a publishing house specialized in the rejuvenation field: https://www.ntzplural.com/

    For more details of the experiments with E5, see https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.07.082917v1.full.pdf

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    The webinar will start broadcasting at 5pm UK time on Sat 18th September. To find this time in other timezones, see https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20210918T160000&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.

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    To register for this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t8FlwdbKTyGlyl7mtohp5Q

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  • Cryptocurrencies for profound good? Assessing the Transhuman Coin

    Cryptocurrency tokens are heralded by some as an important new means to allow more people to take part in the collaborative funding of humanitarian projects - and to benefit from a share in any increase in value generated by these projects.

    Other observers are sceptical, seeing these tokens as being akin to an unsustainable Ponzi scheme, in which well-meaning participants are likely to lose money.

    In this environment, the recently announced Transhuman Coin has generated significant attention. As declared on https://transhumancoin.finance/

    "Transhumanism is the ideology of enhancing human life through science and technology. The Transhuman Coin is the first and only token dedicated to transhumanism. As a charity token dedicated to life enhancement, 2% of every transaction is sent directly to the Transhuman Charity Fund, 2% is redistributed to holders and 2% is sent to the Liquidity Pool... When you invest in Transhuman Coin, you make it possible for us to donate to researches and projects which are fighting diseases, disabilities and death through science and technology while you are rewarded. We will be regularly audited by external auditors to ensure transparency."

    This London Futurists webinar will feature a number of the leadership team behind the Transhuman Coin. It will be an opportunity to ask questions to understand the vision of the founding team, their roadmap for next steps, and the opportunities and risks arising.

    ** Please note that, due to scheduling issues, this event is starting two hours earlier, that is at 2pm UK time, than most other London Futurists webinars. **

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    This event will be hosted on Zoom. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ET7mMfT1SV2zskvcPoHgJQ

    The Zoom registration fee (UKP £2.50) helps cover London Futurists running costs. (The Zoom registration page opens a PayPal interface, but there is NO requirement for attendees to use a PayPal account.)

    The webinar can also be viewed, without charge, on the London Futurists YouTube channel, but without the option to participate in the live Q&A.

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    The panellists at this event will be:

    Peter Xing is Associate Director - Technology, Data & Innovation at KPMG, Co-founder of Transhumanism Australia, Faculty at Singularity University, and Executive of the Science Party Australia.

    Charles Awuzie is an information security expert and Chief Technology Officer of Gemsbok Group Pty Ltd in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is one of Africa's best known advocates of transhumanism.

    Alyse Sue has co-founded three ventures including a genomic data machine learning startup, a health startup, and Transhumanism Australia. She is also a startup mentor at CSIRO's ON: Sci-Tech Accelerator Program.

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    The webinar will start broadcasting at 2pm UK time on Sat 4th September. To find this time in other timezones, see https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20210904T130000&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.

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  • The Global Brain Argument

    Online event

    Professor Susan Schneider's renowned 2019 book, "Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind", broke new ground with its analysis of a number of challenging questions about AIs and minds:

    *) How might we tell if an AI is actually conscious, or is merely simulating consciousness?

    *) How can we answer the objection that a version of our mind, uploaded into a new physical substrate, would just be a copy of us (instead of being us), and, indeed, might not even be conscious?

    *) What are the pros and cons of designing an AI to be conscious?

    In this London Futurists webinar, Professor Schneider will be sharing some of her latest research, including the topic of the possible emergence of a "global brain". She'll also be answering audience questions about her vision for the newly created "Center for the Future Mind", of which she is the founding director.

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    This event will be hosted on Zoom. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J5JDH3KBSf6gb5iqja9UNw

    The Zoom registration fee (UKP £2.50) helps cover London Futurists running costs. The webinar can also be viewed, without charge, on the London Futurists YouTube channel, but without the option to participate in the live Q&A.

    (The Zoom registration page opens a PayPal interface, but there is NO requirement for attendees to use a PayPal account.)

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    The Center For the Future Mind explores scientific and philosophical innovations to achieve a richer understanding of emerging technologies and the future of the mind. See https://www.fau.edu/future-mind/

    Susan Schneider, Ph.D., is William F. Dietrich Distinguished Professor of Philosophy in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, in collaboration with the Brain Institute at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Schneider writes about the fundamental nature of the self and mind, especially from the vantage point of issues in philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence, astrobiology, metaphysics, and cognitive science. Schneider is also a distinguished scholar at the Library of Congress and NASA. The topics she has written about most recently include the mind-body problem, super intelligent AI, the nature of life, the mathematical nature of physics and whether the mind is a program. See https://schneiderwebsite.com/

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    The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Sat 28th August. To find this time in other timezones, see https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20210828T150000&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.

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    To register for this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J5JDH3KBSf6gb5iqja9UNw

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  • The Science and Technology of Growing Young

    Online event

    "We all want to live long, healthy, and happy lives, but most of us don’t have the time or money to sort through the latest scientific findings to determine what tools are worth our effort. Splashy headlines about stem cell therapies and 'young blood' transfusions might make advances in anti-aging seem limited to the Silicon Valley billionaires among us, but in fact, we have more longevity resources at our disposal than we realize."

    With these words, longevity investor Sergey Young introduces his new book "The Science and Technology of Growing Young". The book aims to demystify the life extension landscape, by cutting through the hype and showing readers what they can do now to live better for longer, and offering a look into the exciting possibilities that await us. By viewing aging as a condition that can be cured, the field of longevity can be revolutionized to make it accessible and affordable for everyone.

    Sergey further comments:

    "Please do not expect that just because we are speaking of living to age two hundred and beyond that this is a book filled with wishful assumptions and cooked-up claims. I consider myself a 'cautious optimist'. Critical analysis and a healthy 'BS meter' are necessities for an investor like myself. In my life and profession, I subscribe to one single principle: Find out what actually works."

    For more information about this book, please see https://sergeyyoung.com/book

    In this London Futurists webinar, Sergey Young will be highlighting longevity breakthroughs that are already taking place, as well as those that are likely to take place soon. He'll be offering advice on what each of us can do, right now, to extend our potential healthspans. He'll also be answering audience questions about the themes of his book and about his other projects. In short, he'll be helping us to "find out what actually works".

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    This event will be hosted on Zoom. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ga3V0xtOQOaoUP68mwrIow

    The Zoom registration fee (UKP £2.50) helps cover London Futurists running costs. The webinar can also be viewed, without charge, on the London Futurists YouTube channel, but without the option to participate in the live Q&A.

    (The Zoom registration page opens a PayPal interface, but there is NO requirement for attendees to use a PayPal account.)

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    Sergey Young is an investor with experience spanning over 20 years, which includes managing a $2 billion private equity fund.

    He has set the following mission for himself: to extend the healthy lifespans of one billion people.

    He is the founder of the $100M Longevity Vision Fund - one of the few funds specializing exclusively in longevity and helping to accelerate longevity breakthroughs.

    He is the Development Sponsor of Age Reversal XPRIZE, a global initiative designed to cure aging and age-related diseases.

    Sergey sits on the Board of Directors of the American Federation of Aging Research (AFAR). He is also a Financial Advisory Board member of the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Longevity, which is helping to shape the UK's national life extension strategy.

    See https://sergeyyoung.com/

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    The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Sat 21st August. To find this time in other timezones, see https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20210821T150000&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.

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    To register for this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ga3V0xtOQOaoUP68mwrIow

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  • Inventing World 3.0 - Evolutionary Ethics for Artificial Intelligence

    "Inventing World 3.0" is a comprehensive proposal for how human civilisation can advance beyond the limitations it faces today, into a future that honours the precious gift of all forms of intelligence and life. World 3.0 is a future where the human mindset has grown in its maturity, and where all peoples of the earth and our environment flourish.

    Key to this transformation, in this proposal, is the emergence and liberation of an Evolutionary AI with a rich ethical digital mindset - an artificial intelligence that is dedicated to honour our humanity and sovereignty, and is committed to assist humankind leap beyond the challenges of today and liberated into new freedoms.

    This can also be described as "a configurable Singularity for humankind."

    In this London Futurists webinar, the author of "Inventing World 3.0", Matthew James Bailey of AIethics.world, will be highlighting aspects of his vision of the future and answering audience questions.

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    This event will be hosted on Zoom. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qPFzh5B8TlC4TFhk1GdYTQ

    The Zoom registration fee (UKP £2.50) helps cover London Futurists running costs. The webinar can also be viewed, without charge, on the London Futurists YouTube channel, but without the option to participate in the live Q&A.

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    Originally from England, Matthew James Bailey currently lives in Denver in the United States where he enjoys writing and consulting globally with clients in the public and private sectors.

    Matthew has been classified by the US government as “A Person of Extraordinary Ability” for his global and influential work in the Internet of Things (IoT). This prestigious recognition is only awarded to those who have attained an exceptional level of achievement in their field of expertise. He has also been a World Technology Network award nominee. Previous winners have included such visionaries as Elon Musk, and Sir Tim Berners Lee.

    Following publication of his book "Inventing World 3.0" he founded https://aiethics.world/.

    Matthew is co-chair of an Artificial Intelligence-Smart City-Super Computing Cluster that is part of the Global City Teams Challenge GCTC), Member of the Board of Directors for the Open Civic Foundation - a Smart Region global standard initiative partnering with the OMG, GCTC, NIST/NTIA. He is the Global Ambassador of an Artificial Intelligence Innovation District for a Medical Technology City in Mwale, Kenya; serves on the board of a European Artificial Intelligence startup - Smarter.AI; Interim Executive Director of AI for a US company provisioning Supercomputing and Trusted Data Infrastructure to enable Artificial Intelligence to serve Society, Cities and Space.

    For more details see https://aiethics.world/team

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    The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Sat 7th August. To find this time in other timezones, see https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20210807T150000&p1=136

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    As the discussion proceeds, attendees will be welcome to raise questions and vote to prioritise questions raised by others.

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  • The Future of Transhumanist Studies, with Dr Natasha Vita-More

    Since the 1980s, Dr Natasha Vita-More has been a thinker, designer, mover, and shaker within what has become the worldwide transhumanist community. She has a unique perspective on how the movement has evolved and the challenges and opportunities it faces. It's her view that transhumanism is particularly relevant in light of ongoing changes in the public perception of technological possibilities, human potential, and accelerating cultural evolution.

    Her most recent project is "Transhumanist Studies". As stated on https://transhumanist-studies.teachable.com/

    "Transhumanism is an intellectual and cultural movement that supports the ethical use of technology and evidence-based science to improve the human condition.

    "This course examines the primary ideas that define the philosophy, emphasizing its views on human evolution, social change, emerging technologies, longevity sciences, healthy ecology, and the future potential of humanity. Our portfolio of knowledge includes learning about transhumanist research that reaches across science, technology, philosophy, ethics and the arts, to develop a practical approach responsive to our changing understanding of ourselves and the world."

    In this London Futurists webinar, Natasha will be sharing her views on the need for Transhumanist Studies, the course material that's already available, the roadmap for new courses, and how people can become involved in this important project. She'll also be answering audience questions on the past, present, and future of transhumanism.

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    This event will be hosted on Zoom. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZjiJ78eAR6GMrJ0rejZskQ

    The Zoom registration fee (UKP £2.50) helps cover London Futurists running costs. The webinar can also be viewed, without charge, on the London Futurists YouTube channel, but without the option to participate in the live Q&A.

    (The Zoom registration page opens a PayPal interface, but there is NO requirement for attendees to use a PayPal account.)

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    Dr. Natasha Vita-More is the Executive Director of Humanity+, https://humanityplus.org/

    She is a featured speaker on topics concerning the science, technology, and philosophy of humanity’s future. She is published in academic publications such as Leonardo MIT Press, Oxford Handbook of Symbolic Evolution, Oxford Press, Rejuvenation Research Journal, Liebert Pub., Technoetic Arts, UK Intellect, and TIF Journal, Yonsei University Press. She is also a contributing author in over 25 academic books on technology and the future.

    She is the Founder and Lead Researcher of the Memory Project, a published scientific breakthrough concerning long-term memory of C.elegans. She introduced and developed the seminal field of human enhancement of longevity and is committed to educating others about evidence-based science and ethical use of technology. She is on the Scientific Advisory Board of LEAF, Senior Fellow at Center for Future Mind, and Fellow at IEET.

    See https://natashavita-more.com/

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    The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Sat 31st July. To find this time in other timezones, see https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20210731T150000&p1=136

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    As the discussion proceeds, attendees will be welcome to raise questions and vote to prioritise questions raised by others.

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  • Anticipating a sea-change in public attitude, with Dr Aubrey de Grey

    "Think about a situation in which, less than five years from now, perhaps in a period of about a week, half of the developed world is going to shift from an expectation that they will live only slightly longer than their parents did, into an expectation that they could live far longer than anyone has ever lived before."

    With these words in a recent Foresight Institute podcast episode - https://foresight.org/podcast/ - biorejuvenation researcher and activist Aubrey de Grey urges an "anticipation of anticipation" regarding the scientific conquest of aging.

    As Aubrey points out, the growing realisation that therapies to reverse aging could become available within just a few decades is going to cause a profound sea-change in public attitudes. There will be a major dislocation in the kinds of things the general public desires: changes in the organisation of healthcare systems, health and life insurance, pensions, inheritance arrangements, allocation of funds to research, and other big ticket items.

    In the absence of good forethought, this could be a traumatic period of time. It could make pale in comparison a lot of what currently occupies people's minds.

    How should people interested in the future help society prepare for that sea-change transition in attitude? And what can and should be done to accelerate and steer that transition?

    In this London Futurists webinar, Aubrey de Grey will be sharing his analysis of recent developments in the fast-moving field of biorejuvenation technology, offering suggestions regarding potential large changes in public attitudes, and answering audience questions.

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    This event will be hosted on Zoom. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CejcO9bIRY289EjXudPHhg

    The Zoom registration fee (UKP £2.50) helps cover London Futurists running costs. The webinar can also be viewed, without charge, on the London Futurists YouTube channel, but without the option to participate in the live Q&A.

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    Dr. Aubrey de Grey is the biomedical gerontologist who devised the SENS platform, and established SENS Research Foundation to implement it. He received his BA in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Cambridge in 1985 and 2000, respectively.

    Aubrey is Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organizations.

    See https://www.sens.org/about-us/leadership/executive-team/

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    The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Sat 17th July. To find this time in other timezones, see https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20210717T150000&p1=136

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    Credit: The image above includes a design by Pixabay user Schäferle, https://pixabay.com/photos/wave-ocean-sea-storm-tsunami-1913559/ - and a photo from https://www.sens.org/ by Erin Ashford.

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  • The 2020s: A Decade of Cognitive Dissonance

    Online event

    Cognitive dissonance has been defined as the mental stress arising due to a clash between what we think reality is and what our senses are telling us it is. It's the psychological conflict that results from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously.

    In this London Futurists webinar, global futurist David Houle will explain why the 2020s are likely to see an acceleration of disruption, volatility, and creative destruction. Accordingly, the 2020s will be a decade of unprecedented cognitive dissonance.

    David will be sharing material from his new book "The 2020s: A decade of cognitive dissonance". He will explore what it means to live in cognitive dissonance and why we may well be living in this state for much of this decade. Our future wellbeing will be strongly influenced by how well we respond to this inner conflict.

    David will offer advice on how to minimize stress and strife, and how to flourish during a constant state of cognitive dissonance. He endorses the observation by Robert Thurman, "Wisdom is tolerance of cognitive dissonance".

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    This event will be hosted on Zoom. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JMtZLXD9TfugTDTppCLxeg

    The Zoom registration fee (UKP £2.50) helps cover London Futurists running costs. The webinar can also be viewed, without charge, on the London Futurists YouTube channel, but without the option to participate in the live Q&A.

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    David Houle is Futurist in Residence and Guest Lecturer at the Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, Florida. He is also Honorary President and Futurist of the Future Business School of China.

    In the last 14 years David has delivered 1200+ presentations and keynotes on 6 continents and 16 countries.

    Previously, David spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment. He worked at NBC, CBS and was part of the senior executive team that launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News.

    David won two Emmys as co-executive Producer for a nationally syndicated children’s program, “Energy Express”. He won the prestigious George Foster Peabody award and the Heartland award for "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream" and was nominated for an Academy Award.

    He writes the highly regarded futurist blog, Evolution Shift, with the tag line “A Future Look At Today.” He also writes and edits a magazine on Medium called “the 2020s Decade”.

    See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Houle_(futurist)

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    Selected endorsements:

    “David Houle aims to raise our sense of urgency about the issues we face. This book captures the internal conflict we feel when we compare this urgency and the relative lack of actions being taken. Houle skillfully urges the reader not to turn away but to confront our challenges head on. A succinct and compelling read.”
    – Glen Hiemstra, Futurist and Founder of futurist.com

    “As a college president I have had to manage massive amounts of change and expect that trend to continue in the years ahead. I really like this book as it focuses on how to position ourselves to successfully navigate change. I recommend it to anyone bracing for the disruptive decade of the 2020s.”
    – Carol F. Probstfeld, Ed.D. President, State College of Florida, Manatee / Sarasota

    See https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09273H4QT/

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    The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Sat 15th May. To find this time in other timezones, see https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20210515T150000&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.

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  • How to talk about climate change in a way that makes a difference

    Climate change is discussed endlessly, it seems, but with little signs of a consensus emerging on what are the practical actions that need to be taken. Why are people so divided on this issue? Are there any grounds for being hopeful about the future of the global conversation on climate change?

    According to social researcher Rebecca Huntley, the key to progress on climate change is in the psychology of human attitudes. People will not be persuaded simply by hearing more climate science. Instead, much more attention needs to be given to the emotional dimension of communications.

    Rebecca will be joining London Futurists to discuss themes from her recently published book "How to talk about climate change in a way that makes a difference", https://www.amazon.co.uk/About-Climate-Change-Makes-Difference/dp/1911632760/

    This book provides a toolkit for understanding our emotional responses to climate change and how we can have meaningful conversations across dividing lines. As such, it provides a potential template for more productive discussions about other deeply contentious issues regarding future scenarios.

    ** Note that because the speaker is based in Sydney, Australia, this event is taking place at a different time (10am) and day of the week (Sunday) from usual **

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    This webinar will be hosted on Zoom. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZmtQ3ozXSz-7P7HUi9X1Yg

    It will start at 10am UK time on Sun 9th May. To find this time in other timezones, see https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20210509T090000&p1=136

    The Zoom registration fee (UKP £2.50) helps cover London Futurists running costs, such as software licensing. The webinar can also be viewed, without charge, on the London Futurists YouTube channel, but without the option to participate in the live Q&A.

    (The Zoom registration page opens a PayPal interface, but there is NO requirement for attendees to use a PayPal account.)

    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.

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    Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's most experienced social researchers and former director of The Mind and Mood Report, the longest running measure of Australia's attitudes and trends.

    Rebecca holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in gender studies, and is a mum to three young children. It was realising she is part of "the problem older generation that caused her change of heart and to dedicate herself to researching our attitudes to climate change. She is a member of Al Gore's Climate Reality Corps, carries out social research for NGOs such as The Wilderness Society and WWF, and writes and presents for the ABC. She is the author of six books.

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    Selected praise for "How to talk about climate change":

    "Rebecca Huntley has given us a great gift: an essential guide to understanding ourselves and each other as we face the climate crisis. Let's take down the walls that divide us. Collectively, with compassion and courage, we can make real change happen."
    -- Kylie Kwong, Australian TV presenter

    "Explains whether and how we will choose to solve the climate problem. Immensely important analysis in a great read."
    -- Professor Ross Garnaut, University of Melbourne

    See http://www.murdochbooks.co.uk/browse/books/other-books/How-to-Talk-About-Climate-Change-in-a-Way-That-Makes-a-Difference-Rebecca-Huntley-9781911632764

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    To register for this event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZmtQ3ozXSz-7P7HUi9X1Yg

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