Category Archives: Newsletter

Our make-or-break century

Dear Futurists, “Staying as we are” isn’t a viable option for us humans in the remainder of this century. Nor is there an option to somehow revert to an imagined earlier, simpler form of human civilisation. Fast-changing technology and global … Continue reading

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The noise and the signal

Dear Futurists, Never in human history has there been so much noise. I’m referring, not to auditory bangs and crashes, but to informational noise – to the flurry of ideas that can saturate our minds and leave us psychologically deafened. … Continue reading

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AGI: the best opportunities and the worst threats?

Dear Futurists, Our event this Saturday provides a window into the fascinating – and sometimes provocative – insights arising from the recent survey “The Rise and Implications of AGI”. As a reminder, the survey was jointly organised by Fast Future, … Continue reading

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The probability of global catastrophe

Dear Futurists, No-one likes to contemplate the probability of global catastrophe. But that’s what I was asked to do, during a Virtual Enlightenment Salon on Sunday. The subject of the salon was “Reducing Existential Risk from the Russia-Ukraine Conflict”. It … Continue reading

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Resources for turbulent times

Dear Futurists, I would prefer to start by sharing good news. However, the elephant in the room (or we might say, the bear in the room) can no longer be ignored. What’s happening in Ukraine is gut-wrenching. It’s a sharp … Continue reading

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To be human, today and tomorrow

Dear Futurists, 1.) International Technoprogressive Conference, Tues 22 Feb Friends of London Futurists in l’Association Fran├žoise Transhumanistes (Technoprog) are hosting an international online technoprogressive conference on Tuesday next week – 22nd February. (Sorry for the short notice!) The headline themes … Continue reading

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Assessing the rise of AGI

Dear Futurists, What emotions come to your mind when you think about the potential rise of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)? Are you filled with foreboding, or with excitement? Or maybe the idea strikes you as boring – because you think … Continue reading

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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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