• The future of mental health

    Birkbeck College

    £7.00

    Poor mental health is the singular crisis of our time - one that arguably lies at the root of many of the biggest threats facing humanity as we approach the 2020s. We are witnessing a growing epidemic of depression, alienation, bitterness, and suicides. Inner personal demons are leading too many of us to pursue destructive courses of action. Emotional instability is warping our thinking and subverting our rationality. Even people with "normal" mental health often perform far short of their full potential. 21st century science and technology has the potential to improve almost every area of human life. What can it do for our mental health? This meeting will feature three speakers offering their recommendations. This includes revising society's opinions towards psychedelics, and promoting other evidence-based tools and techniques to enhance all-round intelligence and heightened states of consciousness. All three speakers will talk about the profound personal transformations they have witnessed. There will be plenty of time for audience Q&A and discussion. == Speakers == ** Darren Springer is is a grass-roots researcher and event organizer based in London. He’s the Director of Ancient Future, convenor of the Psychedelia Railway Gatherings and curator at Earth Tone Arts. ** Anya Oleksiuk is a filmmaker and a campaigner for the legalisation of psychedelics. She is a Co-director and Video Lead for The Psychedelic Society, https://psychedelicsociety.org.uk/. Anya is also the founder of Triptika Studios – the world's first psychedelic film collective. Anya has made it her life’s mission to change the general public’s perception of psychedelics. She believes that, by lifting the stigma through wider education, we will influence civil society and reform outdated drug laws, enabling psychedelic usage in therapy. Anya is currently producing and directing The Psychedelic Renaissance - a documentary about the worldwide re-emergence of the psychedelic movement and the crucial role of psychedelic substances in human culture from prehistory to modern times. ** Mathieu Gosselin is co-leader of the Transhumanist Party UK. In his professional life, he 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". Mathieu will explain what he thinks are the root causes of mental ill health. He will also cover a range of tools we could leverage in order to improve the way we treat our minds. == Meeting logistics == 2pm-4pm, Sat 13th April 2019. Venue: Room G13, Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London. Room G13 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: TheFutureOMH Password: FnamPT (Username and password are case-sensitive.) == 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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  • Overturning entrenched politics: the example of Extinction Rebellion

    How urgent is the need to take serious action over the threat of what some are calling "climate catastrophe"? What are the factors that prevent sufficient attention being given to this topic? And what are the best methods to overcome this state of learned ignorance, and to advance practical solutions? This event features Andrew Medhurst from Extinction Rebellion, the global movement focussed on creating mass nonviolent civil disobedience as (they say) "a last resort to get governments acting sensibly and urgently on the global climate emergency". For more information about Extinction Rebellion, see https://rebellion.earth/. Here's how Extinction Rebellion describe their message: >>> The planet is in ecological crisis: we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event this planet has experienced. Scientists believe we may have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. This is an unprecedented global emergency. Our children and our nation face grave risk. In this public talk, members of Extinction Rebellion will share the latest climate science on where our planet is heading, discuss some of the current psychology around climate change, and offer solutions through the study of social movements. <<< The meeting will also feature comments from a number of other climate change thinkers and activists, representing different perspectives. Questions to be explored include: Is Extinction Rebellion the trailblazer for better ways to overturn entrenched politics? Respondents will include: *) Paul Powlesland from Lawyers for Nature, http://lawyersfornature.com/ - Paul is also a Newspeak House Fellow; *) Gavin Starks from Dgen, https://www.dgen.net - a decentralised network for the digital generation. Everyone is welcome and there will be plenty of time to ask questions and discuss afterwards. == About the main speaker == Andrew Medhurst has more than 30 years experience in financial services, including time in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok, and Stockholm, as well as London. He specialised in risk identification, compliance, and governance. He left the industry in January, and now focuses on "mobilising a rebellion against climate breakdown". To read why climate change made Andrew give up his career, see https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/climate-change-why-it-made-me-quit-my-job-316532b0e330 == Logistics == The talk will take place in the Great Hall area (on the ground floor) of Newspeak House. Please arrive in time to be seated for the start of the presentation at 6.30pm. The meeting is free to attend, but numbers will be restricted, so please RSVP in advance.

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  • 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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