Author Archives: David Wood

Debating priorities

Dear Futurists, Please find below a few quick notes ahead of the two London Futurists events that are taking place this week. 1.) Our first Twitter Space experiment – Tues 18 Jan Normally our online meetings are held on Zoom, … Continue reading

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Prioritising prevention

Dear Futurists, Over the last few days, television news broadcasts have featured, time and again, instances of healthcare systems being under severe strain. Medical staff are being called upon to work especially long shifts. Ambulances are being held in queues … Continue reading

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Options for 2022

Dear Futurists, 2022 starts with some good news, and with some options for new projects. 1.) Going mainstream: stopping the aging process Several topics that used to be restricted to fringe meetings – such as those organised by London Futurists … Continue reading

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From aging to younging

Dear Futurists, Ahead of our webinar later today (Saturday) about “Younging” (as opposed to “Aging”), I’d like to share some thoughts and news about projects that may interest you. 1.) Beyond the hallmarks of aging One of the great steps … Continue reading

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Anticipating combinations (again)

Dear Futurists, If we just use a single tool to explore future possibilities, we’re likely to blinker ourselves. No one description – no one analytical framework – can do full justice to the rich complexity of what might lie ahead. … Continue reading

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AIs, AGIs, WAIs, SAIs, and more

Dear Futurists, If you’re interested in Artificial Intelligence, several of the news items that follow should catch your attention. In case your interests are more general, feel free to skip down to the items later in this newsletter. 1.) The … Continue reading

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15 proposals for a new future for politics?

Dear Futurists, Normally the start of a London Futurists event features me speaking for a few minutes as chair of the session before I hand over to the main speaker for the day. But at our webinar tomorrow, Saturday 2nd … Continue reading

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Accelerating the 2nd Copernican Revolution

Dear Futurists, Before Copernicus, it was generally believed that everything revolved around the Earth. The Sun was, in that conception, just another heavenly sphere (albeit with some special qualities). But then Copernicus boldly placed the Sun at the centre of … Continue reading

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From Big Data to Wise Data?

Dear Futurists, We tend to be conflicted about “big data”. The phrase evokes thoughts of “big brother”, as in the dystopian image of “big brother is watching you”. Our concern is not only that we might be watched, but that … Continue reading

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Anticipating new kinds of minds

Dear Futurists, Technology seems to be on a trajectory to change… everything. It’s already changing the human mind, bending and stretching our consciousness in new ways. It’s also giving rise to artificial minds – extensive software systems running on vast … Continue reading

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