• Politics for profoundly enhanced human wellbeing

    Birkbeck College

    £7.00

    Twenty first century science and technology, developed and deployed wisely, has the potential to profoundly enhance human wellbeing. Our health and fitness, in both body and mind, could be far higher than at present. Age-old tendencies to the abuse of power, to emotional depression, to deception and self-deception, to egotism and envy, to wastefulness, to divisiveness, to senility and disease, and to decay and death, could all become things of the past. A radically better future is within our collective grasp. But this future won't arrive without some major shifts in attitude, in priorities, and the allocation of funds and resources. Society needs the equivalent of a number of Apollo-scale projects, to accelerate the transformation from dangerously unstable situation of the present-day into a future in which the true positive potential of humanity is fulfilled. The focus of the leaders of society needs to change, quickly, towards the very large benefits that science and technology can deliver. This event features three panellists who each offer their recommendations for political action in support of profoundly enhanced human wellbeing. == About the speakers == Jose Cordeiro is the principal author of the Spanish-language best-selling book "La Muerte de la Muerte", https://lamuertedelamuerte.org/. He is a leading advocate of longevity research and rejuvenation technologies, vice chair of Humanity Plus, director of the Millennium Project, and fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. Mathieu Gosselin is the newly announced co-leader of the Transhumanist Party UK, http://www.transhumanistparty.org.uk/. He will be describing how the Party is being rebooted in 2019. David Wood is the author of the new book "Sustainable Superabundance: A universal transhumanist invitation", https://transpolitica.org/projects/abundance-manifesto/. == Book availability == Copies of "La Muerte de la Muerte" will be available for sale at the event to be autographed by the authors. Note that all royalties and author rights for this book are donated to anti-aging scientific research with the SENS Foundation in California and Spain. == Meeting logistics == 2pm-4pm, Sat 2nd February 2019. Venue: Room B18, Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London. Room B18 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. 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 Username: London Password: chUD7w (The username and password are case sensitive. In practise, it seems this wifi system often needs 2-3 attempts to make a successful connection.) == Event hashtag == #LonFut == Covering meeting costs == A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP. (NB you don't need a PayPal account to use the PayPal interface.) Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £10 in that case can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.) Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organisers in advance.

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  • The Future of Work

    Conway Hall

    £5.00

    How will work change in the age of big data and artificial intelligence? What will happen to patterns of working, and to the role played by employment in society as a whole? During the past couple of decades, automation, digitisation, and global trade have dramatically reshaped how firms organise, operate, and compete. These changes, in turn, are having far-reaching consequences for labour. But the developments of the near future could leave these recent changes in the shade. Over the next 10-20 years, we are likely to witness even greater disruptions to the workforce. These changes are being fuelled by demographic and socioeconomic trends, like rapid urbanisation and globalisation, as well as even faster advances in technologies such as the mobile internet, wearable computers, increased automation, and pervasive machine learning. In some forecasts of the future, nearly everyone will be displaced from employment by various sorts of robot. In other scenarios, many new jobs will emerge, though with different characteristics and requirements from traditional occupations. Many important questions arise. For example, how will automation, digitisation, and global trade affect households, firms, and geographies, as these changes unfold? What are the implications for possible increased inequality and differential effects by race, gender, and socioeconomic background? What is the best approach to preparing for these changes and, indeed, to influence the outcome? To address the above topics, this event will feature a number of panellists and an interactive audience discussion. The event is jointly hosted by GlobalNet21, Conway Hall Ethical Society, and London Futurists. == The panellists == Dr. Becky Faith, https://www.ids.ac.uk/people/becky-faith/ is a Research Fellow and Co-Leader of the Digital and Technology cluster. Becky’s professional experience and research interests encompass mobile communication studies, human computer interaction and technology for social change. Charles Radclyffe www.dataphilos.com is the Head of AI at Fidelity International and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol. He is a regular contributor to Forbes on the subject of Digital Ethics and gave a TEDx on why we should think differently about the impact of robots and jobs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRwvFvQ3M3o. David Wood is the Chair of the London Futurists, and Executive Director of the technoprogressive think-tank Transpolitica. David was one of the pioneers of the smartphone industry. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in London since 2005, and a Fellow of the IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies) since January 2015. His forthcoming new book is "Sustainable Superabundance", https://transpolitica.org/projects/abundance-manifesto/. The event will be chaired by Francis Sealey of GlobalNet21, http://www.meetup.com/GlobalNet21/. == Logistics == The event will be taking place in the Brockway Room in Conway Hall, 2 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL. The £5 entry fee per person goes towards room hire and upkeep at Conway Hall. The entry fee is paid when you RSVP, via a PayPal interface. Note that you can use this interface even if you don't have a PayPal account.

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  • A Very Human Future, with Rohit Talwar and Steve Wells

    Birkbeck College

    £7.00

    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 Username: AVHF Password: xtijhS (The username and password are case sensitive. In practise, it seems this wifi system often needs 2-3 attempts to make a successful connection.) == Event hashtag == #LonFut == Covering meeting costs == A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP. (NB you don't need a PayPal account to use the PayPal interface.) Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £10 in that case can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.) Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser in advance.

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  • The future of driverless vehicles

    Birkbeck College

    £7.00

    What impact will autonomous vehicles have on our lives? How safe will they be? Who should be in charge of the algorithms that operate these vehicles? How might driverless cars transform the design of cities? What will happen to car ownership? What will the consequences be for employment? And what other questions should we be thinking about, before we travel further down the road towards widespread adoption of driverless vehicles? This London Futurists event is being run by Thinking Box, as part of a project that aims to have national conversations on topics of social importance and to cultivate better democracies. At the event, Paul Thistlethwaite of Thinking Box will be presenting some of the latest information and theories about driverless vehicles, reviewing a number of predictions, and facilitating discussion on key open questions arising. At the end of the event, participants will have the opportunity to submit their views into an anonymous online survey. Compiled results will subsequently be presented to industry and made available to interested parties. For a video on how a Thinking Box session works, and for more information about this project, visit http://thinkingbox.info/. == Meeting logistics == 2pm-4.30pm, Sat 8th September 2018. Venue: Room 541, Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London. Room 541 is on the 5th 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 Username: Vehicles Password: 3yPpLJ (The username and password are case sensitive. In practise, it seems this wifi system often needs 2-3 attempts to make a successful connection.) == Event hashtag == #LonFut == Covering meeting costs == A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP. (NB you don't need a PayPal account to use the PayPal interface.) Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £10 in that case can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.) Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser in advance.

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  • Debate: A digital dictatorship will create a better society than democracy

    Digital technology is already heavily involved in decisions in numerous aspects of human lives. It recommends travel routes, box sets to watch, music to stream, potential romantic partners, and CVs that deserve the most attention when filling a job vacancy. It can find the best locations for adverts, and can reconfigure the content of these adverts depending on who happens to be watching. It can spot individual faces in crowds, draw attention to suspicious behaviour, and highlight which criminal suspects are deemed most likely to skip bail. Via chatbot interfaces, it can offer advice on medical issues, provide motivational guidance, and prepare students for examinations. Present-day digital technology has been found guilty from time to time of biases, prejudices, and weird misunderstanding - sometimes with serious consequences. But we can look ahead to improvements in that technology, in which it gains in reliability. In such a future, should we relinquish democratic human control over key political questions? Perhaps the remaining flaws in digital technology will be judged as less severe that the many well-known flaws of human democratic decision processes? Hence the motion for debate at this event: "A digital dictatorship will create a better society than democracy". It's a topic with some big implications for how individuals, businesses, and society as a whole, should approach digital technology. The event is being jointly organised by London Futurists and the Great Debaters Club, https://www.greatdebaters.co.uk/. (Picture source: Geralt, Pixabay: https://pixabay.com/en/monitor-binary-binary-system-1307227/.) == Speakers == Speaking in favour of the motion: Mathieu Gosselin, who has been developing and designing interactive experiences for blue-chip clients such as Nike, Ford, Burberry, Jaguar, and Time Inc. He headed Product and Design at Emoticast, created a million+ digital painting community (Psykopaint), and is currently working on a project to "redesign religion". Sarraa Almahdi, who works as a critical care pharmacist for an NHS hospital, and has a keen interest in debating. Speaking against the motion: Evan Parker, who is an activist seeking radical reform of our democratic and educational systems. He is and also Emeritus Professor at the University of Warwick (Physics) and works on quantum technology. Tony Koutsoumbos, who is a debate coach and Director of the Great Debaters Club. Before the debate starts, there will be some scene-setting remarks from Katie Stotter, Senior Strategist at BIO, and David Wood, Chair of London Futurists. The debate will be moderated by Paul Carroll, who is founding President of 104 London Debaters, the UK’s first Toastmasters International club specializing in debate. There will also be plenty of opportunity for audience members to express their views and ask questions. == Logistics == The event will be held at the premises of the BIO Agency, 70 Wilson Street, London EC2A 2DB. This is a short walk from any of Old Street, Liverpool Street, Moorgate, or Shoreditch High Street stations. == Schedule == 6.00pm: Doors open; light refreshments available 6.30pm: Debate commences 8.00pm: Formal conclusion of the debate 8.10pm: Informal networking and light refreshments. == Registration == A small fee (£6) is payable upon registration, to help cover some of the costs of the event. (NB you don't need a PayPal account to use the PayPal interface.) == About BIO == BIO is an award-winning digital agency consulting and delivering on customer experience-led innovation and transformation. BIO is one of the few agencies in the UK that can provide an in-house, end-to end service, spanning everything from business vision and strategy to service design, creative innovation and technical development and build. BIO works to redefine sectors, helping clients move ahead of their competitors and creating companies fit for the future. For more details, see https://www.thebioagency.com/.

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  • Will Democracy Survive The Age Of Big Data & Artificial Intelligence?

    Brockway Room, Conway Hall

    Will the age of big data and artificial intelligence mean the demise of democracy, with collective human decision-making being displaced by the algorithms of big data and artificial intelligence? The role of information in society has increased dramatically over the last century. In the fields of culture, economics, and politics, decisions tend at present to involve a mix of automated algorithms and human judgement. As algorithms become more powerful, and as machine learning gathers more data from every walk of life, will human supervision become viewed as inefficient, burdensome, unreliable, and antiquated? Will organisations that pay attention to ethical review boards be outpaced and outgunned by those that give algorithms more autonomy? Will political decisions become governed, not by actual votes of the electorate, but by calculations made by artificial intelligence purportedly on behalf of the electorate? And if so, should we welcome these developments? Is it right that data will supersede democracy? Alternatively, how could we prevent our extraordinary information carnival from pushing humans out of the decision-making loop? How can we ensure that appropriate human ethical principles are respected? Join us on 16th July to review these questions, in a meeting jointly organised by GlobalNet21, Conway Hall Ethical Society, and London Futurists. This event is part of an ongoing series on the future of democracy. == Speakers == Dr Lina Dencik is Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture, https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/journalism-media-and-culture. Her research interests broadly concern developments in media and technology and social and political change. She has published extensively in the areas of globalisation theory, activism and digital media. Currently, she is doing work in the areas of datafication and implications for understandings of social justice, looking particularly at the governance and experiences of resource-poor and marginalised communities. Lina is Co-Director of the Data Justice Lab, https://datajusticelab.org/. Indra Adnan is Co-initiator of The Alternative UK political platform, http://www.thealternative.org.uk/ - which is part of a global network originated by the Danish party, Alternativet. Indra is concurrently a psycho-social therapist, founder and Director of the Soft Power Network, writer and producer. She has consulted to the World Economic Forum, Indian, Finnish and Danish governments and NATO amongst others. She writes regularly for The Guardian and The Huffington Post and her publications "Soft Power Agenda", "New Times" and "Is the Party Over?" are available on http://www.indraadnan.com. David Wood is Chair of London Futurists and Executive Director of the technoprogressive think-tank Transpolitica. David was one of the pioneers of the smartphone industry, and is now an independent futurist commentator and author. His most recent book is "Transcending Politics", https://transpolitica.org/projects/transcending-politics/. He is a Fellow of the IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies) and the Secretary of Humanity+. == Logistics == There is no charge to attend this event, but registration in advance is required. You can RSVP on this meetup page.

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  • A plea for sanity in the Energy debate: The humanist case for nuclear energy

    In order to lift billions of people out of different levels of poverty, while at the same time addressing climate change, we need more low-carbon, clean, high-tech energy. Can this be done by relying on wind and solar energy, supplemented with hydro and geothermal? Or should we reconsider a positive role for nuclear energy? Nuclear energy is a field where dogma and emotions run high. In this London Futurists event, science advocate and writer Mathijs Beckers will set out what he calls "the humanist case for nuclear energy", in a plea for sanity in the energy debate. == About the speaker == Mathijs Beckers was born and live in Geleen, The Netherlands. His professional background includes roles in the IT teams at Philips, communication technology company Royal KPN, and pension fund investor APG (3rd largest in the world). In 2012, driven by a keen interest in science and technology, Mathijs decided to switch to writing about energy and climate change. His prime motivation for writing about these matters comes from a sense of responsibility: to leave this planet a better place than he found it. In 2015 Mathijs published Highway to Dystopia―about climate change, energy, politics, economics, and religion; in 2016 he published Science a la Carte―about climate change and energy; And the Non-Solutions Project―a rebuttal to the 100% WWS Roadmap by Jacobson et al. In 2017 Mathijs started a YouTube Channel called “The Nuclear Humanist.” If you want to support him in his endeavors, please consider becoming a Patron at Patreon.com/thenuclearhumanist. == "Climate Zero Hour" == Here's some advance praise for "Climate Zero Hour", the speaker's forthcoming new book: "To avoid the worst risks of climate change, we must decarbonize power production as fast as possible. Mathijs Beckers shows us that, to do so, nuclear power must be part of the mix and that, tragically, political tribalism on the left is as much an obstacle to solving the problem as conservative tribalism is to recognizing the existence of the problem." -- Professor Kerry Emanuel, MIT "Pulling no punches, in Climate Zero Hour, Mathijs Becker uncovers the irrational thinking behind the '100% renewables' illusion, and argues for a central role for nuclear power in solving the twin problems of climate change and energy access." -- Professor Ken Caldeira, the Carnegie Institution for Science "Mathijs Becker shows rapid global decarbonization requires an important role for nuclear power." -- Doctor James Hansen, the Earth Institute at Columbian University == Meeting logistics == 2pm-4pm, Sat 30th June 2018. Venue: Room 540, Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London. Room 540 is on the 5th 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 Username: EnergyFuturis Password: bCeeah (The username and password are case sensitive. In practise, it seems this wifi system often needs 2-3 attempts to make a successful connection.) == Event hashtag == #LonFut == Covering meeting costs == A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP. (NB you don't need a PayPal account to use the PayPal interface.) Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £10 in that case can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.) Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser in advance.

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  • TechXLR8 Futurist Summit: Advice from 2023

    ExCeL London

    If your future self, in the year 2023, could send a message for you to consider now, in 2018, what would the content be? The TechXLR8 Futurist Summit will feature a range of technologists and researchers who will share their best guesses at the advice our future selves might wish to transmit back to us, five years earlier. Which technological trends have the potential to deliver the most surprise? How might society react to these trends? What disruptive changes could take place in the attitudes of consumers, business partners, legislators, and political leaders? Which present-day buzzwords will prove to be the most exaggerated and distracting? Which emerging threats and opportunities deserve the most attention, as we set out on the journey from the present day towards 2023? And how should we prepare for these potential gales of transformation ahead? At the Futurist Summit you’ll be able to witness a series of TED-style talks, “Advice from 2023”, interspersed with rapid Q&A that draws out the interplay and the contrasts between the different speakers. The speakers will highlight ways in which businesses and organisation in 2023 won’t simply be operating the same way as today (except faster and cheaper), but might feature radically different practices and goals. == Agenda == The Futurist Summit will run from 12:45 to 16:00 on the main stage of TechXLR8. 12.45: Chair's welcome - David Wood 12.50: Rediscovering our humanity - Matt O'Neill, independent futurist 13.10: Security: through Renewal or through Protection? - David Bent, independent sustainability advisor 13.30: Values and the tech industry - Katy Cook, Founder of the Centre for Technology Awareness 13.50: Advertising in 2023 - Tom Ollerton, Innovation Director, We Are Social 14.10: Career advice from 2023 - Laura Thomson, Training Director, Phenomenal Training 14.30: New fuels and new tools - Jim O'Reilly, Strategist, Vital Growth 14.50: Seize the bitcoin moment - Dil Green, Digital Anthropology Blogger 15.10: Schrodinger's future: 2023 and beyond - Paul Imre, independent futurist 15.30: From AI to Brexit: Coping with multiple shocks and disruptions - Rohit Talwar, Founder and CEO of FastFuture Research 15.55: Concluding remarks - David Wood, Chair of London Futurists == About the speakers == Due to recent changes on the Meetup website, descriptions of meetup events are now restricted in length, and there is no room here to contain more information about the speakers and their presentations. Instead, please see https://londonfuturists.com/forthcoming-meetings/techxlr8-futurist-summit/ for full details. == Registration == In order to attend the TechXLR8 Futurist Summit, it's necessary to register for a free exhibition pass to TechXLR8 itself. See http://www.techxlr8.com. If you don't register in advance, you may encounter a significant delay on trying to enter the TechXLR8 venue. The Futurist Summit is part of the free content of TechXLR8. There is no fee to attend these portions of TechXLR8. TechXLR8 runs from June 12-14, and features 600 global experts covering key technologies including IoT, 5G, Smart Mobility & Transportation, AR/VR, Digital CX and Cloud. For more details and to buy a premium pass to access all of the content at the show, visit http://www.techxlr8.com. == Venue == TechXLR8 is taking place at the London ExCeL centre. See https://www.excel.london/ for the location and travel recommendations.

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  • Hangout on Air: How the internet is killing democracy (and how we save it)

    The internet was meant to set us free. But have we unwittingly handed too much away to shadowy powers behind a wall of code, all manipulated by a handful of Silicon Valley utopians, ad men, and venture capitalists? And, in light of recent data breach scandals around companies like Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, what does that mean for democracy, our delicately balanced system of government that was created long before big data, total information, and artificial intelligence? In his new book "The People Vs Tech", Jamie Bartlett argues that through our unquestioning embrace of big tech, the building blocks of democracy are slowly being removed. The middle class is being eroded, sovereign authority and civil society is weakened, and we citizens are losing our critical faculties, maybe even our free will. "The People Vs Tech" contains an enthralling account of how our fragile political system is being threatened by the digital revolution. Jamie explains that by upholding six key pillars of democracy, we can save it before it is too late. We need to become active citizens, uphold a shared democratic culture, protect free elections, promote equality, safeguard competitive and civic freedoms, and trust in a sovereign authority. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Unless we radically alter our course, democracy will join feudalism, supreme monarchies and communism as just another political experiment that quietly disappeared. In this London Futurists Hangout on Air live video conversation, Jamie Bartlett will be reviewing key themes from his book, and answering questions raised in real time by audience members. == Logistics == The event will be broadcast live on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlwMC2eo780. The start time will be 8pm UK time on Monday 4th June. To find that time in another timezone, see https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20180604T190000&p1=136. The participants in the video discussion will respond to selected audience input raised via the "Live chat" feature of YouTube. There is no fee to attend, and no formal registration process. Just point your browser at the above YouTube URL a few minutes before the meeting is due to start. == Video participants == Jamie Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos. He is also the bestselling author of "The Dark Net, an examination of the hidden corners of the internet" and "Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World". Jamie also writes on technology for the Spectator, the Telegraph and for several other publications on how the internet is changing politics and society. In 2017 Jamie presented the two-part BBC TWO documentary series The Secrets of Silicon Valley. He lives in London. In this Hangout on Air, Jamie will be joined in conversation by David Wood, chair of London Futurists. For more information about "The People Vs Tech", see https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/599667/the-people-vs-tech-by-jamie-bartlett/9781524744373/.

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  • Universal Basic Income and/or Alternatives: 2018 update

    Birkbeck College

    £15.00

    * What do we know, in June 2018, about Universal Basic Income and its alternatives (UBIA), that wasn’t known, or was less clear, just a few years ago? * What are the main risks and issues with UBIA? * How might the ideas of UBIA evolve in the years ahead? * If not a UBI, what alternatives might be considered, to meet the underlying requirements which have led many people to propose a UBI? * What can we learn from previous and ongoing experiments in Basic Income? * What are the feasible systems (new or increased taxes, or other means) to pay for a UBIA? * What steps can be taken to make UBIA politically feasible? * What is a credible roadmap for going beyond a “basic” income towards enabling attainment of a “universal prosperity” by everyone? == The event: UBIA 2018 == The above questions will be addressed in a London Futurists event in Birkbeck College on Saturday 2nd June. Venue: Room B33, Birkbeck College, http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps - Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London. Room B33 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. == Schedule == 09:30: Doors open 10:00: Chair’s welcome: The questions that deserve the most attention: David Wood 10:15: Opening keynote: Basic Income – Making it happen: Prof Guy Standing 11:00: Implications of Information Technology: Prof Joanna Bryson 11:30: Alternatives to UBI – Exploring the Possibilities: Rohit Talwar, Helena Calle and Steve Wells 12:15: Q&A involving all morning speakers 12:30: Break for lunch (lunch not provided) 14:00: Basic Income as a policy and a perspective: Barb Jacobson 14:30: Implications of Artificial Intelligence on UBIA: Tony Czarnecki 15:00: Approaching the Economic Singularity: Calum Chace 15:30: What have we learned? And what should we do next? David Wood 16:00-16:30: Closing panel involving all speakers 16:30: Event closes. 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. == The speakers == ** Professor Guy Standing, http://www.guystanding.com/ - SOAS University of London and a founder member and honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), ** Prof Joanna Bryson, Department of Computer Science, Bath University, http://www.cs.bath.ac.uk/~jjb/web/jb-bio.html ** Rohit Talwar, Helena Calle, and Steve Wells, of Fast Future, http://fastfuturepublishing.com/ ** Barb Jacobson, coordinator of Basic Income UK, https://www.basicincome.org.uk/ ** Tony Czarnecki, http://www.sustensis.co.uk/page12.html - Managing Partner of Sustensis ** Calum Chace, http://pandoras-brain.com/ - writer and speaker on the subject of artificial intelligence ** David Wood, https://www.linkedin.com/in/dw2cco/ - Chair of London Futurists For more information about the speakers and their topics, see https://londonfuturists.com/forthcoming-meetings/ubia-2018/. == Registration == Tickets to attend cost £15 (£10 if purchased by the end of April). The ticket price is designed to cover room hire costs for the event. Tickets are obtained via PayPal when you RSVP. (NB you don't need a PayPal account to use the PayPal interface.) This will be refunded if the meeting is rearranged, or if the attendee cancels at least 3 days before the meetup. In case of difficulty using the meetup app to RSVP and pay, please use a laptop or desktop web browser. If seats are still available, tickets can be purchased on the door on the day, cost £20 in this case. (Asking people to book in advance helps with the planning of the event, thanks!)

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