Worum es bei uns geht

This group is for people who are interested in the future and maybe want to help shape it.

The acceleration of technology means that the near future may bring radical changes to all of us. Major developments in technologies like anti-aging, nanotech, genetics, computing, robotics, and geo-engineering are going to make the next few years very exciting - and possibly also very dangerous. We could gain god-like powers - but we might also lose sight of our humanity, and destroy everything that we used to hold dear.

What's your view? Are things improving? Too slowly or too quickly? Are we are entering a new golden age? Or is the potential "Technological Singularity" something to fear? What does it mean to talk about "Human 2.0" and "Humanity+"? Or perhaps you view such talk as techno-hype? Maybe you just like the practical side of technology and want to find out more about possible paradigm shifts?

Anybody is welcome to this group - you don't have to be a Techno Geek or work for some futuristic company to be in our group. The future applies to us all!

Come join in the debate - have your opinions voiced and maybe make some interesting new friends.

All we ask is that members treat each other with the respect they would want for themselves. Our group has members of many ages and backrounds. We have many different perspectives on what the future may bring and like to share different ideas with each other. We approach the future with a open mind and sense of humility. Our group mission is to introduce you to some of the ideas, advancements and people who are making our future happen today.

If you have a subject you would like us to discuss at a meetup just drop us a line.

Note: Videos of some of the previous meetings are available on our YouTube Channel here https://www.youtube.com/user/LondonFuturists/ (http://www.youtube.com/user/LondonFuturists#p/p) and here: (Older Archive) (http://www.youtube.com/user/KoanPhilosopher#p/p).

Bevorstehende Events (3)

What are the real risks of super A.I.?

The George IV

What are the potential consequences when artificial intelligence increasingly exceeds human comprehension? Which possible side-effects of "superAI" deserve the most attention? Just as malfunctioning satnav systems occasionally lead travellers off the beaten track, where might malfunctioning superAI lead humanity? For example, should we worry most about the impact of superAI on military conflict? Or on battles between various systems of "fake news" that seek to manipulate people into actions contrary to their best interests? Alternatively, are such worries misplaced? Should we instead encourage faster progress towards a near-future world in which pervasive AI provides us all with an unprecedented abundance of goods and services? In this talk, hosted by Funzing at the George IV in Chiswick, David Wood, chair of London Futurists, will highlight: *) The meaning of terms "singularity" and "intelligence explosion" *) Five factors that are accelerating progress in AI *) Scenarios in which superAI might arise within as little as ten years time *) Common fallacies and misunderstanding in discussions about superAI *) Five ways in which superAI could knock humanity off trajectory *) Positive steps that are now being taken to ensure a beneficial superAI. == Timing == Doors open, 7pm Talk starts, 7.30pm Short break for drinks, c. 8.30pm Talk continues, with Q&A, till c. 9.30pm == Credits == The image above incorporates elements from work by Gerd Altmann on Pixabay, https://pixabay.com/illustrations/evolution-artificial-intelligence-3778196/ == To attend this talk == IMPORTANT: To attend this talk, it is essential to visit the Funzing page for this talk, and purchase a ticket there (cost £12). The link is https://uk.funzing.com/funz/what-are-the-real-risks-of-super-a-i-24176 That page also contains audience reviews of occasions when an earlier version of this talk was given.

You can't see the future without changing your thinking

Birkbeck College

7,00 £

Why do we often fall victim to surprise developments that seem, in retrospect, to be obvious? What mental habits unnecessarily limit our ability to plan for the future? Can we learn to anticipate potential flaws in our plans, and, being wiser, improve the plans in sufficient time? This London Futurists event features Bryce Hoffman, who will be sharing his insights about "red teaming" - a process developed by the U.S. military and intelligence agencies. Red teaming is designed to to stress-test strategies, and to flush out unseen threats and missed opportunities. By making critical and contrarian thinking part of the planning process, red teaming helps companies and other organisations challenge their assumptions, overcome groupthink , and strengthen their plans. The event will feature examples of organisations learning to execute more successfully in an increasingly uncertain world, and discussion of implications for how society as a whole can manage risks more effectively. == About the speaker == Bryce Hoffman spent twenty-two years as a newspaper reporter, covering the high-tech in Silicon Valley, the biotech industry in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the automobile industry in Detroit. His work received numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Associated Press and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. In 2015, Hoffman became the first civilian to graduate from the U.S. Army’s Red Team Leader Program at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. As president of Red Team Thinking, Hoffman now teaches companies and organisations around the world how to use the same approach. For more details, see http://brycehoffman.com/. == Praise for the book 'Red Teaming' == "'Red Teaming' provides the specific tools and a reliable process to continuously improve your management system and business plan to adapt and thrive in our rapidly changing world" - Alan Mulally, Retired President and CEO of The Ford Motor Company and Boeing Commercial Airplanes "Red teaming methods can correct overconfidence and impulsive decision making - just what we need today" - Gary Klein, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, MacroCognition LLC See https://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Teaming-Transform-Business-Thinking/dp/0349415498/. == Meeting logistics == 2pm-4pm, Sat 12th October 2019. Venue: TBA (To Be Announced), Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London. Room TBA is on the TBAth 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: TBA Password: TBA (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.

The future of technoprogressive politics

Birkbeck College

15,00 £

Thanks to breakthroughs in science and technology, the future could be profoundly better than the present – provided we recognise this opportunity, and take appropriate actions. In this vision, there will be an abundance of all-round human flourishing. Everyone will have the means to live better than well - healthier and fitter than ever before; nourished emotionally and spiritually as well as physically; and living at peace with ourselves, the environment, and our neighbours both near and far. That's the technoprogressive vision of the Transhumanist Party UK. But what are the next steps in transforming this vision into actual policies and campaigns? On 16th November, members and friends of the Transhumanist Party invite people from across the political spectrum to join the discussion about the future of technoprogressive politics. Topics at this event will include the technoprogressive transformation of: *) the operation of democracy *) all-round healthcare *) the social contract *) education and the media *) finance and the economy *) international relations *) political action that steers the development of technology There will also be discussion of *) goals for the UK to achieve by 2035 - and interim targets for 2025 *) alliances and joint projects to accelerate technoprogressive goals == Schedule == Planning is still at an early stage for this event. However, here's the basic framework. 09:30-09:50: Registration 09:50-10:00: Chair's introduction[masked]: Morning talks and/or workshops 12:00-13:00: Lunch break (lunch not provided) 13:00-13:30: Refreshments provided, to aid networking 13:30-15:00: Early afternoon talks and/or workshops 15:00-15:30: Refreshment/networking break 15:30-17:30: Late afternoon talks and day wrap-up More details will be provided in the coming weeks. == Speakers == *) Julian Snape: "The technoprogressive case for UBI" *) Indra Adnan / Pat Kane: "The future of Alternative Politics" *) Ant Henson: "Decentralisation, distribution, and democratisation" *) Tony Czarnecki: "Reforming Democracy for Coexistence with AI" *) Chris Monteiro: "Transhumanist politics: criticisms and responses" *) David Wood: "From 2019 via 2025 to 2035: next steps" More speakers will be announced shortly. ** Anyone who wishes to offer a talk (20 minutes in length) should contact the organisers asap ** == Ticket price == The ticket cost for the event (£20) is designed to cover room hire costs and light refreshments. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP. Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £25 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. == Early bird registration == The first fifty tickets are available at the reduced price of £15. == More information == For more details about the Transhumanist Party UK, see http://transhumanistparty.org.uk/ The meeting image is based on work by Pete Linforth from Pixabay - see https://pixabay.com/illustrations/westminster-london-england-uk-1472807/

Vergangene Events (213)

The future of improving human performance

Birkbeck College

7,00 £

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