Category Archives: Newsletter

Beyond wishful thinking

Dear Futurists, We’ve grown used to the dramatic contributions made by startups toward building a better world. The story is familiar. A small group of passionate people cluster together, driven by a conviction that they have something special to offer … Continue reading

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Changing fundamentals

Dear Futurists, 1.) Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex & Death – 13th July Consider four of the fundamentals of life: giving birth, eating food, intimate personal relations, and dying. Consider also that various entrepreneurs and technologists are … Continue reading

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The liberties that matter most

Dear Futurists 1.) Futurism in a time of growing fear The last few weeks have given people many reasons to be fearful. First, there’s fear that we – or our friends or family members – may be struck down by … Continue reading

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Regulating the rise of technology

Dear Futurists, The topic of “ethical AI” arises in many discussions these days. I confess that I am often frustrated by these discussions. They can seem a bit abstract or other-worldly. So let me offer my own views on “ethical … Continue reading

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More aware, more agile, more alive

Dear Futurists, If humanity was  badly prepared for the Covid-19 pandemic, what else are we failing to properly anticipate? 1.) The next pandemic: mental distress? Sat 23rd May A variety of types of mental ill-health are increasing alarmingly. Far too … Continue reading

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If only we knew what we knew

Dear Futurists, If only we knew what we knew… Collectively, the members and friends of London Futurists possess a remarkable range of knowledge and wisdom about almost every field of human life. My task, as chair of the organisation, is … Continue reading

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Tracking, hacking, uploading: tomorrow for good?

Dear Futurists, 1.) Apps that track: what should we expect? TOMORROW (Sat 9th May) London Futurists is trying something different tomorrow (Saturday 9th May). Rather than having a formal panel discussing topics in front of a virtual audience – the … Continue reading

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Moral Revolutions and Hacking Darwin

Dear Futurists, I’ve been struck that many of you have taken the time to write to me, expressing thanks for the string of recent online London Futurists events, and sharing your thoughts about potential future projects. Some of you have … Continue reading

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Longevity. Resilience. Wellbeing. More!

Dear Futurists, 1.) Longevity 2020, 27th Apr to 1st May It might be the most important gathering, so far, on the topic of significantly extending healthy longevity. It’s been organised at high speed, but it has already built a very … Continue reading

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Finding the best perspective

Dear Futurists, 1.) “Point of view is worth 80 IQ points” That’s one of the principles identified by distinguished computer science pioneer Alan Kay. For example, consider how much easier long multiplication and division becomes when you switch from Roman … Continue reading

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