FutureFest - Shaping Things to Come

28 - 29 September
2013
Shoreditch Town Hall
Lily Cole

Lily Cole

Lily Cole has been building and leading a team to develop a social giving network, impossible.com, since graduating with a double first class degree in Art History from Cambridge University in 2011.

Lily Cole has been building and leading a team to develop a social giving network, impossible.com, since graduating with a double first class degree in Art History from Cambridge University in 2011. Lily returned to Cambridge in May 2013 to beta launch the platform, and Impossible will be launching in other regional territories thereafter. The platform was discussed in Davos World Economic Forum this January with Professor Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Laureate for micro-finance and Social Business), and Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), who are advisors to the project. The platform has been built through gifts of time and money from the contributing team, and the Cabinet Office will support its first year of growth.


Alongside studying, Lily’s background working in fashion led her to look at economic structural solutions to problems, rather than orthodox philanthropic models. She is a patron of The Ethical Justice Foundation who call attention to issues in production chains such as cotton, co-founder of ethical knitwear line The North Circular, and ambassador for the WWF/Sky initiative looking at the rubber trade for the Amazon. In 2012 Lily was asked to be ambassador for the UN-affiliated organization Beauty4Empowerment and is also the first ever Global Brand Advocate for pioneering beauty brand The Body Shop.
 

Lily’s interest in film has led to her to work with notable directors including Terry Gilliam, Sally Potter and Mary Harron. March 2013 saw the release of ‘Art Matters’, a Sky Arts series on contemporary art that Lily wrote and presented, and a short film for WWF which Lily directed.
As a model she was booked for her first British Vogue cover at 16, and remains a respected fashion industry figure, speaking at last yearʼs Vogue Fashion Festival. Lily was an ambassador for the British Government’s Olympic campaign and was one of the international icons in Vogueʼs catwalk show at the Olympics Closing Ceremony.

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Lily Cole

Lily Cole

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Lily Cole

Lily Cole has been building and leading a team to develop a social giving network, impossible.com, since graduating with a double first class degree in Art History from Cambridge University in 2011. Lily returned to Cambridge in May 2013 to beta launch the platform, and Impossible will be launching in other regional territories thereafter. The platform was discussed in Davos World Economic Forum this January with Professor Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Laureate for micro-finance and Social Business), and Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), who are advisors to the project. The platform has been built through gifts of time and money from the contributing team, and the Cabinet Office will support its first year of growth.


Alongside studying, Lily’s background working in fashion led her to look at economic structural solutions to problems, rather than orthodox philanthropic models. She is a patron of The Ethical Justice Foundation who call attention to issues in production chains such as cotton, co-founder of ethical knitwear line The North Circular, and ambassador for the WWF/Sky initiative looking at the rubber trade for the Amazon. In 2012 Lily was asked to be ambassador for the UN-affiliated organization Beauty4Empowerment and is also the first ever Global Brand Advocate for pioneering beauty brand The Body Shop.
 

Lily’s interest in film has led to her to work with notable directors including Terry Gilliam, Sally Potter and Mary Harron. March 2013 saw the release of ‘Art Matters’, a Sky Arts series on contemporary art that Lily wrote and presented, and a short film for WWF which Lily directed.
As a model she was booked for her first British Vogue cover at 16, and remains a respected fashion industry figure, speaking at last yearʼs Vogue Fashion Festival. Lily was an ambassador for the British Government’s Olympic campaign and was one of the international icons in Vogueʼs catwalk show at the Olympics Closing Ceremony.

Robert Ince

Robin Ince

Robin Ince is an English Award winning stand-up comedian and science enthusiast, actor and writer.

Robin Ince is an English Award winning stand-up comedian and science enthusiast, actor and writer. He is best known for presenting the BBC radio show The Infinite Monkey Cage with physicist Brian Cox. Among his shows on stage: ‘Happiness through science’ and recently ‘The Importance of Being Interested’.

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Robert Ince

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Robin Ince

Robin Ince is an English Award winning stand-up comedian and science enthusiast, actor and writer. He is best known for presenting the BBC radio show The Infinite Monkey Cage with physicist Brian Cox. Among his shows on stage: ‘Happiness through science’ and recently ‘The Importance of Being Interested’.

Cory-Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Cory is a Sci-Fi author, blogger, activist, and co-editor of the weird and wonderful website Boing Boing.

Cory is a Sci-Fi author, blogger, activist, and co-editor of the weird and wonderful website Boing Boing. Among his books are the bestselling novel Little Brother, about a teen hacker who realises he is living in a thinly-veiled police state and seeks to take it down himself. His latest book, Homeland, is essential reading for fans of Little Brother, and it’s out now!

Cory also co-founded the UK Open Rights Group campaigning for the liberalisation of copyright.

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Cory-Doctorow

Speculative Fluency: how to imagine the new society – for better and worse

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Cory Doctorow

Cory is a Sci-Fi author, blogger, activist, and co-editor of the weird and wonderful website Boing Boing. Among his books are the bestselling novel Little Brother, about a teen hacker who realises he is living in a thinly-veiled police state and seeks to take it down himself. His latest book, Homeland, is essential reading for fans of Little Brother, and it’s out now!

Cory also co-founded the UK Open Rights Group campaigning for the liberalisation of copyright.

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David McCandless

David McCandless is an author, data-journalist and information designer.

David McCandless is an author, data-journalist and information designer, working across print, advertising, TV and web.

His information design work has appeared in over forty publications internationally including The Guardian, Wired and Die Zeit.

In recent years, he’s been exploring the use of data visualisation and infographics to explore new directions for journalism and to discover new stories in the seas of data surrounding us.

The result is his blog and book Information Is Beautiful (HarperCollins 2009). It’s dedicated to visualising ideas, issues, knowledge and data.

David started his career as a writer for cult video games magazines in the late 80s, hacking into games and penning a programming column. Over the next 25 years, he worked as a journalist, conceptual copywriter, web editor, creative director and comedy writer.

His work these days merges data, concepts, visual design and story-telling – and the odd joke.

He’s had pieces exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Wellcome Trust gallery in London, and at the Tate Britain. He now has an occasional column on the Guardian Datablog.

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Information Rock Gig

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David McCandless

David McCandless is an author, data-journalist and information designer, working across print, advertising, TV and web.

His information design work has appeared in over forty publications internationally including The Guardian, Wired and Die Zeit.

In recent years, he’s been exploring the use of data visualisation and infographics to explore new directions for journalism and to discover new stories in the seas of data surrounding us.

The result is his blog and book Information Is Beautiful (HarperCollins 2009). It’s dedicated to visualising ideas, issues, knowledge and data.

David started his career as a writer for cult video games magazines in the late 80s, hacking into games and penning a programming column. Over the next 25 years, he worked as a journalist, conceptual copywriter, web editor, creative director and comedy writer.

His work these days merges data, concepts, visual design and story-telling – and the odd joke.

He’s had pieces exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Wellcome Trust gallery in London, and at the Tate Britain. He now has an occasional column on the Guardian Datablog.

Alice Taylor

Alice Taylor

Alice is the founder of 3D doll-printing company Makielab.

Alice is the founder of 3D doll-printing company Makielab. Her company uses game technologies to create objects which can then be transmogrified into 3D-printable toys complete with internal working joints.
Which all means – she can model toys then manufacture them, overnight.
Alice spent 16 years building multi-award winning digital products, mainly for children and teens, for Channel 4, the BBC, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros and more.

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Alice Taylor

Alice Taylor

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Alice Taylor

Alice is the founder of 3D doll-printing company Makielab. Her company uses game technologies to create objects which can then be transmogrified into 3D-printable toys complete with internal working joints.
Which all means – she can model toys then manufacture them, overnight.
Alice spent 16 years building multi-award winning digital products, mainly for children and teens, for Channel 4, the BBC, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros and more.

Charles Stross

Charles Stross

Charles Stross, 48, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Charles Stross, 48, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of six Hugo-nominated novels and winner of the 2005 and 2010 Hugo awards for best novella (“The Concrete Jungle” and “Palimpsest”), Stross’s works have been translated into over twelve languages.

Like many writers, Stross has had a variety of careers, occupations, and job-shaped-catastrophes in the past, from pharmacist (he quit after the second police stake-out) to first code monkey on the team of a successful dot-com startup (with brilliant timing he tried to change employer just as the bubble burst). Along the way he collected degrees in Pharmacy and Computer Science, making him the world’s first officially qualified cyberpunk writer (just as cyberpunk died).

His novels include the near-future police procedurals “Halting State” (shortlisted for the 2007 Hugo Award) and “Rule 34″. He is currently working on a trilogy of near-future thrillers.

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Charles Stross

Charles Stross, 48, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of six Hugo-nominated novels and winner of the 2005 and 2010 Hugo awards for best novella (“The Concrete Jungle” and “Palimpsest”), Stross’s works have been translated into over twelve languages.

Like many writers, Stross has had a variety of careers, occupations, and job-shaped-catastrophes in the past, from pharmacist (he quit after the second police stake-out) to first code monkey on the team of a successful dot-com startup (with brilliant timing he tried to change employer just as the bubble burst). Along the way he collected degrees in Pharmacy and Computer Science, making him the world’s first officially qualified cyberpunk writer (just as cyberpunk died).

His novels include the near-future police procedurals “Halting State” (shortlisted for the 2007 Hugo Award) and “Rule 34″. He is currently working on a trilogy of near-future thrillers.

Charles Spence

Charles Spence

Professor Charles Spence is the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University.

Professor Charles Spence is the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University. He is interested in how people perceive the world around them. In particular, how our brains manage to process the information from each of our different senses (such as smell, taste, sight, hearing, and touch) to form the extraordinarily rich multisensory experiences that fill our daily lives. His research focuses on how a better understanding of the human mind will lead to the better design of multisensory foods, products, interfaces, and environments in the future. His research calls for a radical new way of examining and understanding the senses that has major implications for the way in which we design everything from household products to mobile phones, and from the food we eat to the places in which we work and live. He is currently working on problems associated with the design of foods that maximally stimulate the senses with a number of the world’s foremost food providers, including both chefs (e.g., Heston Blumenthal, Ferran Adrià) and food companies. His work appears regularly in the international press.
Charles has acted as a consultant for a number of multinational companies advising on various aspects of multisensory design, packaging, branding, marketing, and atmospherics over the past decade, including Unilever, Elopack, Takasago, Procter & Gamble, LG Electronics, ICI, McDonalds, Starbucks, Quest, Firmenich, Britvic, Neurosense, Neal’s Yard Dair; Baiersdorf, Starbucks, Mother, JCPR, Thorntons, The Communications Group, Toyota, BMW, and The Fat Duck restaurant.
Charles has published over 450 articles in top-flight scientific journals over the last 15 years. He has been awarded the 10th Experimental Psychology Society Prize, the British Psychology Society: Cognitive Section Award, the Paul Bertelson Award, recognizing him as the young European Cognitive Psychologist of the Year, and, most recently, the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

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Charles Spence

Professor Charles Spence is the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University. He is interested in how people perceive the world around them. In particular, how our brains manage to process the information from each of our different senses (such as smell, taste, sight, hearing, and touch) to form the extraordinarily rich multisensory experiences that fill our daily lives. His research focuses on how a better understanding of the human mind will lead to the better design of multisensory foods, products, interfaces, and environments in the future. His research calls for a radical new way of examining and understanding the senses that has major implications for the way in which we design everything from household products to mobile phones, and from the food we eat to the places in which we work and live. He is currently working on problems associated with the design of foods that maximally stimulate the senses with a number of the world’s foremost food providers, including both chefs (e.g., Heston Blumenthal, Ferran Adrià) and food companies. His work appears regularly in the international press.
Charles has acted as a consultant for a number of multinational companies advising on various aspects of multisensory design, packaging, branding, marketing, and atmospherics over the past decade, including Unilever, Elopack, Takasago, Procter & Gamble, LG Electronics, ICI, McDonalds, Starbucks, Quest, Firmenich, Britvic, Neurosense, Neal’s Yard Dair; Baiersdorf, Starbucks, Mother, JCPR, Thorntons, The Communications Group, Toyota, BMW, and The Fat Duck restaurant.
Charles has published over 450 articles in top-flight scientific journals over the last 15 years. He has been awarded the 10th Experimental Psychology Society Prize, the British Psychology Society: Cognitive Section Award, the Paul Bertelson Award, recognizing him as the young European Cognitive Psychologist of the Year, and, most recently, the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

Ben Hammersley

Ben Hammersley

Ben Hammersley will debate on information and bottom-up power.

Ben Hammersley will debate on information and bottom-up power. The British writer and technologist, specialises in the effects of the internet and the ubiquitous digital network on the world’s political, cultural and social spheres. Wired’s editor-at-large and author of Approaching the Future: 64 Things You Need to Know Now for Then, he is also an international speaker on complex technological and sociological and a high-level advisor on these matters to governments and business. His other responsibilities include being the Prime Minister’s Ambassador to Tech City, London’s Internet Quarter; Innovator-in-Residence at Goldsmiths, University of London, a Fellow of the Brookings Institution, Washington DC, and an alumnus of the Trapeze School of New York’s Santa Monica campus.

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Ben Hammersley

Ben Hammersley

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Ben Hammersley

Ben Hammersley will debate on information and bottom-up power. The British writer and technologist, specialises in the effects of the internet and the ubiquitous digital network on the world’s political, cultural and social spheres. Wired’s editor-at-large and author of Approaching the Future: 64 Things You Need to Know Now for Then, he is also an international speaker on complex technological and sociological and a high-level advisor on these matters to governments and business. His other responsibilities include being the Prime Minister’s Ambassador to Tech City, London’s Internet Quarter; Innovator-in-Residence at Goldsmiths, University of London, a Fellow of the Brookings Institution, Washington DC, and an alumnus of the Trapeze School of New York’s Santa Monica campus.

Mark Miodownik

Mark Miodownik

Mark Miodownik recently appeared in The Times’ inaugural list of the 100 most influential scientists in the UK.

Mark Miodownik recently appeared in The Times’ inaugural list of the 100 most influential scientists in the UK. He is Professor of Materials and Society at UCL, scientist-in-residence on Dara O Briain’s Science Club (BBC2) and presenter of several documentaries, including The Genius of Invention (BBC2). In 2010, he gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, broadcast on BBC4. He is Director of the UCL Institute of Making which is home to a materials library containing some of the most wondrous matter on earth, and has collaborated to make interactive events with many museums, such as the Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery and the Wellcome Collection.

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Mark Miodownik

Mark Miodownik

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Mark Miodownik

Mark Miodownik recently appeared in The Times’ inaugural list of the 100 most influential scientists in the UK. He is Professor of Materials and Society at UCL, scientist-in-residence on Dara O Briain’s Science Club (BBC2) and presenter of several documentaries, including The Genius of Invention (BBC2). In 2010, he gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, broadcast on BBC4. He is Director of the UCL Institute of Making which is home to a materials library containing some of the most wondrous matter on earth, and has collaborated to make interactive events with many museums, such as the Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery and the Wellcome Collection.

Alex Fleetwood

Alex Fleetwood

Alex Fleetwood will explore how we seize the buildings, arguments and resources to build the ‘games houses and imaginariums of the mid-21st century. He is Director of Hide and Seek Productions, a festival of social games and playful experiences which started in 2007 at the Southbank Centre.

Alex Fleetwood will explore how we seize the buildings, arguments and resources to build the ‘games houses and imaginariums of the mid-21st century. He is Director of Hide and Seek Productions, a festival of social games and playful experiences which started in 2007 at the Southbank Centre. Since then he worked with a wildly diverse range of clients and partners including Royal Opera House, eBay, Cadbury and the BBC, Warner Bros, Wieden & Kennedy and Film4. Alex has also produced The Eternity Man, a film opera for Channel 4 / ABC Australia for which he was nominated for a Rose d’Or. Recently he has produced Last Will, a prototype real world / online theatrical experience with Punchdrunk and HP Labs. He is also creating Playmakers, a new universal game for NESTA. Alex sits on the London advisory panel for Artists Taking the Lead.

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Alex Fleetwood

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Alex Fleetwood

Alex Fleetwood will explore how we seize the buildings, arguments and resources to build the ‘games houses and imaginariums of the mid-21st century. He is Director of Hide and Seek Productions, a festival of social games and playful experiences which started in 2007 at the Southbank Centre. Since then he worked with a wildly diverse range of clients and partners including Royal Opera House, eBay, Cadbury and the BBC, Warner Bros, Wieden & Kennedy and Film4. Alex has also produced The Eternity Man, a film opera for Channel 4 / ABC Australia for which he was nominated for a Rose d’Or. Recently he has produced Last Will, a prototype real world / online theatrical experience with Punchdrunk and HP Labs. He is also creating Playmakers, a new universal game for NESTA. Alex sits on the London advisory panel for Artists Taking the Lead.

Anab Jain

Anab Jain

Anab Jain is a designer with a passion for creating opportunities and building tools that can lead us towards new and desirable futures.

Anab Jain is a designer and filmmaker, exploring provocative future narratives and experiences at the intersection of new technologies, deviant economies and politics.

She is founder of London and India based design studio Superflux. Working both as a client-facing Consultancy as well as a more open-ended research Lab, the studio’s projects range from the wildly speculative to the immediately applicable, but always with a focus on humanising technology and its implications. Recent clients include Sony, Forum for the Future, Imagination, Prince’s Foundation, Government of UAE, European Commission, Microsoft Research Cambridge, Design Council and Mattel Toys.

Originally from India, Anab has a Masters in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art and has been a TED Fellow since 2009. Her work has won awards from Apple Computers Inc., UNESCO, and ICSID, and has been exhibited at MoMA New York, Science Gallery Dublin, National Museum of China, Ars Electronica and London Design Festival amongst others.

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Anab Jain

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Anab Jain

Anab Jain is a designer and filmmaker, exploring provocative future narratives and experiences at the intersection of new technologies, deviant economies and politics.

She is founder of London and India based design studio Superflux. Working both as a client-facing Consultancy as well as a more open-ended research Lab, the studio’s projects range from the wildly speculative to the immediately applicable, but always with a focus on humanising technology and its implications. Recent clients include Sony, Forum for the Future, Imagination, Prince’s Foundation, Government of UAE, European Commission, Microsoft Research Cambridge, Design Council and Mattel Toys.

Originally from India, Anab has a Masters in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art and has been a TED Fellow since 2009. Her work has won awards from Apple Computers Inc., UNESCO, and ICSID, and has been exhibited at MoMA New York, Science Gallery Dublin, National Museum of China, Ars Electronica and London Design Festival amongst others.

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Rachel Armstrong

Rachel is a sustainability innovator who investigates a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture.’

Dr. Rachel Armstrong, Senior TED Fellow and Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) at University of Greenwich, London, is a Black Sky thinker, whose ambition and work pushes the boundaries of thought far beyond the blue sky.

One example of Rachel’s Black Sky work is as Project Leader for Persephone. Persephone is a crewed interstellar craft, to be assembled in Earth’s orbit, within a hundred years. Rachel is responsible for designing and implementing a giant natural computer that will form the interior of a space ship. The craft or ‘Worldship’ will feature a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture’. Pioneered by Dr. Armstrong, it suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems.

Rachel has an international platform that spans academia and industry that enables her to connect with a range of audiences, sharing her broad knowledge and experience. She gives talks internationally in venues such as, LIFT13, TED, PICNIC. She was named as one of Chip Chick’s Top 9 Inspiring Women of 2012, and was featured as a pioneer in Red Bull’s ‘Momentum’ series covering Future Venice.

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Black-sky thinking

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Rachel Armstrong

Dr. Rachel Armstrong, Senior TED Fellow and Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) at University of Greenwich, London, is a Black Sky thinker, whose ambition and work pushes the boundaries of thought far beyond the blue sky.

One example of Rachel’s Black Sky work is as Project Leader for Persephone. Persephone is a crewed interstellar craft, to be assembled in Earth’s orbit, within a hundred years. Rachel is responsible for designing and implementing a giant natural computer that will form the interior of a space ship. The craft or ‘Worldship’ will feature a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture’. Pioneered by Dr. Armstrong, it suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems.

Rachel has an international platform that spans academia and industry that enables her to connect with a range of audiences, sharing her broad knowledge and experience. She gives talks internationally in venues such as, LIFT13, TED, PICNIC. She was named as one of Chip Chick’s Top 9 Inspiring Women of 2012, and was featured as a pioneer in Red Bull’s ‘Momentum’ series covering Future Venice.

Adrian Hon

Adrian Hon

Adrian Hon is co-founder and CEO at Six to Start.

Adrian Hon is co-founder and CEO at Six to Start, specialising in gamelike stories and story-like games for the web, mobile, and real world, the latest being the international bestseller, “Zombies, Run!” Clients have included Disney, the BBC, Channel 4, and Penguin, and Six to Start has won multiple awards including Best of Show at SXSW.

Adrian also writes about technology for The Telegraph, is writing a Kickstarter-funded book and blog called A History of the Future in 100 Objects, co-organises the Hive Mind Challenge and is the founder of Transmedia London.

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Adrian Hon

Are We Having Fun Yet? The future of entertainment

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Adrian Hon

Adrian Hon is co-founder and CEO at Six to Start, specialising in gamelike stories and story-like games for the web, mobile, and real world, the latest being the international bestseller, “Zombies, Run!” Clients have included Disney, the BBC, Channel 4, and Penguin, and Six to Start has won multiple awards including Best of Show at SXSW.

Adrian also writes about technology for The Telegraph, is writing a Kickstarter-funded book and blog called A History of the Future in 100 Objects, co-organises the Hive Mind Challenge and is the founder of Transmedia London.

Pat Kane

Pat Kane

Pat Kane,49, is a writer, musician, consultant and activist, based in Glasgow and London.

Pat Kane,49, is a writer, musician, consultant and activist, based in Glasgow and London. He is the author of The Play Ethic (Macmillan, 2004), and has written for the Independent, the Sunday Times, the Observer and Scotland’s Sunday Herald, of which he was a founding editor in 1999.

The Play Ethic is also an innovation consultancy that has worked with organizations like Lego, BT, BBH, Nokia, NESTA, the UK Cabinet Office and The Scottish Government, among many others. Pat keynotes globally on the power of play, in the last 18 months presenting in New York, Washington DC, London and Istanbul. He has spoken to many educators in the UK, the US and Australia about the role of play in educational reform. His forthcoming “book-net” is Radical Animal.

He is still one half of the 80′s pop duo Hue And Cry. H&C have recorded with jazz, funk and soul luminaries like the Brecker Brothers, Ron Carter, Mike Stern, Tito Puente, Jon Faddis, Denise Williams, Tommy Smith, James Taylor and Jools Holland, and opened for U2, Madonna, James Brown, Van Morrison, Al Green, and Ray Charles. Their latest 2012 album is “Hotwire”.

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Pat Kane

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Pat Kane

Pat Kane,49, is a writer, musician, consultant and activist, based in Glasgow and London. He is the author of The Play Ethic (Macmillan, 2004), and has written for the Independent, the Sunday Times, the Observer and Scotland’s Sunday Herald, of which he was a founding editor in 1999.

The Play Ethic is also an innovation consultancy that has worked with organizations like Lego, BT, BBH, Nokia, NESTA, the UK Cabinet Office and The Scottish Government, among many others. Pat keynotes globally on the power of play, in the last 18 months presenting in New York, Washington DC, London and Istanbul. He has spoken to many educators in the UK, the US and Australia about the role of play in educational reform. His forthcoming “book-net” is Radical Animal.

He is still one half of the 80′s pop duo Hue And Cry. H&C have recorded with jazz, funk and soul luminaries like the Brecker Brothers, Ron Carter, Mike Stern, Tito Puente, Jon Faddis, Denise Williams, Tommy Smith, James Taylor and Jools Holland, and opened for U2, Madonna, James Brown, Van Morrison, Al Green, and Ray Charles. Their latest 2012 album is “Hotwire”.

Andrew Blum

Andrew Blum

Andrew Blum is the author of Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet, the first book-length look at the physical infrastructure of the global Internet.

Andrew Blum is the author of Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet, the first book-length look at the physical infrastructure of the global Internet. Blum’s writings about architecture, design, technology, urbanism, art, and travel have appeared in numerous publications, including Metropolis, where he is a contributing editor, Wired, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Popular Science. Tubes has been published globally and translated into nine languages. Blum has degrees in literature from Amherst College and in human geography from the University of Toronto, and lives in his native New York City with his wife and two children.

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Andrew Blum

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Andrew Blum

Andrew Blum is the author of Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet, the first book-length look at the physical infrastructure of the global Internet. Blum’s writings about architecture, design, technology, urbanism, art, and travel have appeared in numerous publications, including Metropolis, where he is a contributing editor, Wired, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Popular Science. Tubes has been published globally and translated into nine languages. Blum has degrees in literature from Amherst College and in human geography from the University of Toronto, and lives in his native New York City with his wife and two children.

David Runciman

David Runciman

David Runciman in Professor of Politics at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Trinity Hall.

David Runciman in Professor of Politics at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Trinity Hall. He is the author of The Politics of Good Intentions and Political Hypocrisy, both published by Princeton. He writes regularly about politics for the London Review of Books.

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David Runciman

David Runciman

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David Runciman

David Runciman in Professor of Politics at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Trinity Hall. He is the author of The Politics of Good Intentions and Political Hypocrisy, both published by Princeton. He writes regularly about politics for the London Review of Books.

Peter Gregson

Peter Gregson

Peter Gregson is a cellist and composer working at the forefront of the new music scene.

Peter Gregson is a cellist and composer working at the forefront of the new music scene. He collaborates with many of the world’s leading technologists, including Microsoft Labs, UnitedVisualArtists, Reactify and the MIT Media Lab.
Recently, he has premiered works by composers including Tod Machover, Daníel Bjarnason, Joby Talbot, Gabriel Prokofiev, Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Steve Reich, Martin Suckling, Milton Mermikides, Howard Goodall, John Metcalfe, Scott Walker, and Sally Beamish.
In 2012 Peter composed ‘The Listening Machine‘, a data sonification of Twitter in collaboration with Daniel Jones and Britten Sinfonia for the BBC/Arts Council’s “The Space”, where it ran continuously between May-January 2013.
Peter was the Artistic Advisor to the Innovation Forum at the New England Conservatory, Boston and is currently founder of the Google funded Electric Creative Colab, an incubator developing collaborations between the arts and technology.

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Peter Gregson

Peter Gregson

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Peter Gregson

Peter Gregson is a cellist and composer working at the forefront of the new music scene. He collaborates with many of the world’s leading technologists, including Microsoft Labs, UnitedVisualArtists, Reactify and the MIT Media Lab.
Recently, he has premiered works by composers including Tod Machover, Daníel Bjarnason, Joby Talbot, Gabriel Prokofiev, Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Steve Reich, Martin Suckling, Milton Mermikides, Howard Goodall, John Metcalfe, Scott Walker, and Sally Beamish.
In 2012 Peter composed ‘The Listening Machine‘, a data sonification of Twitter in collaboration with Daniel Jones and Britten Sinfonia for the BBC/Arts Council’s “The Space”, where it ran continuously between May-January 2013.
Peter was the Artistic Advisor to the Innovation Forum at the New England Conservatory, Boston and is currently founder of the Google funded Electric Creative Colab, an incubator developing collaborations between the arts and technology.

Bertolt Meyer

Bertolt Meyer

Dr. Bertolt Meyer is a senior researcher at the Department of Social and Business Psychology at the University of Zurich.

Dr. Bertolt Meyer is a senior researcher at the Department of Social and Business Psychology at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) where he investigates the effects of diversity and stereotypes. Born without a left arm, he wears an advanced i-Limb hand prosthesis. He is the presenter of the Channel4 documentary “How to Build a  Bionic Man” that explored the current and future state of art in bionic technology and the corresponding ethical and societal implications.

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Bertolt Meyer

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Bertolt Meyer

Dr. Bertolt Meyer is a senior researcher at the Department of Social and Business Psychology at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) where he investigates the effects of diversity and stereotypes. Born without a left arm, he wears an advanced i-Limb hand prosthesis. He is the presenter of the Channel4 documentary “How to Build a  Bionic Man” that explored the current and future state of art in bionic technology and the corresponding ethical and societal implications.

Nick Harkaway

Nick Harkaway

Nick Harkaway is a novelist and commentator.

Nick Harkaway is a novelist and commentator. He is the author of the fiction novels The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker; and a non-fiction study of man’s relationship with the digital world entitled The Blind Giant: Being Human in a Digital World.

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Nick Harkaway

Nick Harkaway is a novelist and commentator. He is the author of the fiction novels The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker; and a non-fiction study of man’s relationship with the digital world entitled The Blind Giant: Being Human in a Digital World.

Smári McCarthy

Smári McCarthy

Smári McCarthy is an Icelandic/Irish innovator and information activist.

Smári McCarthy is an Icelandic/Irish innovator and information activist. He is executive director of the International Modern Media Institute, a co-founder and board member of the Icelandic Digital Freedoms Society (FSFÍ) and a participant in the Global Swadeshi movement. He is a founding member of the Icelandic Pirate Party, and stood as their lead candidate in Iceland’s southern constituency in the 2013 parliamentary elections. He was the spokesperson and one of the organizers of the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative.

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Smári McCarthy

Smári McCarthy is an Icelandic/Irish innovator and information activist. He is executive director of the International Modern Media Institute, a co-founder and board member of the Icelandic Digital Freedoms Society (FSFÍ) and a participant in the Global Swadeshi movement. He is a founding member of the Icelandic Pirate Party, and stood as their lead candidate in Iceland’s southern constituency in the 2013 parliamentary elections. He was the spokesperson and one of the organizers of the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative.

JP Rangaswami

JP Rangaswami

JP Rangaswami is a speaker, economist, financial journalist, technology innovator, and blogger.

JP Rangaswami is a speaker, economist, financial journalist, technology innovator, and blogger. Originally an economist and financial journalist, he has worked with technology in finance since 1980 with a number of large multinationals including British Telecom where he was chief scientist a few years ago. He studied Economics and Statistics at the renowned St. Xavier’s College, University of Calcutta, specializing in developmental economics.

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JP Rangaswami

JP Rangaswami is a speaker, economist, financial journalist, technology innovator, and blogger. Originally an economist and financial journalist, he has worked with technology in finance since 1980 with a number of large multinationals including British Telecom where he was chief scientist a few years ago. He studied Economics and Statistics at the renowned St. Xavier’s College, University of Calcutta, specializing in developmental economics.

Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson is a British author, comedian, businessman, public speaker and futurologist, as well as a former semi-professional musician.

Mark Stevenson is a British author, comedian, businessman, public speaker and futurologist, as well as a former semi-professional musician. He is Chief Operating Officer and a founder of Flow Associates, a cultural learning agency and a principal at ReAgency, a science communications agency. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

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Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson is a British author, comedian, businessman, public speaker and futurologist, as well as a former semi-professional musician. He is Chief Operating Officer and a founder of Flow Associates, a cultural learning agency and a principal at ReAgency, a science communications agency. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Roger Krolik

Roger Krolik

Roger Krolik is co-founder and COO of Glitchspring.

Glitchspring is a tech start-up designing products and services to cause glitches in systems for positive and serendipitous impact. Its philosophy is that glitches act like tiny blips in normal transmission, temporary suspension of the normal running of a system, punctuation points that allow reflection and reassertion of values. It’s therefore “powering humanity in impersonal systems”.

Its launch product, BBit13, is designed to be introduced into financial market systems, open and dark. It’s a black-box algorithm whose trading patterns are not driven for-profit but to facilitate tiny protean glitches, especially in the trading incentives of high-frequency bots, that might mitigate high-speed profit crashes and make the markets a little bit more human. It learns serendipitous patterns through crowd-driven associative learning.

Roger Krolik is co-founder and COO of Glitchspring, coordinating a fluid team of hackers and programmers across four continents. Krolik trained as an anthropologist before switching to the City and working in derivatives for a decade. Glitchspring was set up in 2011.

Glitchspring is one of three start-ups curated by Futurefest, collaborating in making the immersive performance Futureplay in association with Coney.

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Roger Krolik

Glitchspring is a tech start-up designing products and services to cause glitches in systems for positive and serendipitous impact. Its philosophy is that glitches act like tiny blips in normal transmission, temporary suspension of the normal running of a system, punctuation points that allow reflection and reassertion of values. It’s therefore “powering humanity in impersonal systems”.

Its launch product, BBit13, is designed to be introduced into financial market systems, open and dark. It’s a black-box algorithm whose trading patterns are not driven for-profit but to facilitate tiny protean glitches, especially in the trading incentives of high-frequency bots, that might mitigate high-speed profit crashes and make the markets a little bit more human. It learns serendipitous patterns through crowd-driven associative learning.

Roger Krolik is co-founder and COO of Glitchspring, coordinating a fluid team of hackers and programmers across four continents. Krolik trained as an anthropologist before switching to the City and working in derivatives for a decade. Glitchspring was set up in 2011.

Glitchspring is one of three start-ups curated by Futurefest, collaborating in making the immersive performance Futureplay in association with Coney.

Ruth Little

Ruth Little

Ruth Little is an Australian dramaturge, teacher, writer and former academic who lives and works in London, where she is Literary Manager of the Royal Court Theatre.

Ruth Little is an Australian dramaturge, teacher, writer and former academic who lives and works in London, where she is Literary Manager of the Royal Court Theatre. For the last two years she has been developing a philosophy and methodology of ‘metabolic’ dramaturgy: the dramaturgy of non-linear living systems, which considers the biological, cognitive and social realms in the creation and interpretation of performance works, and attends to patterns, processes and emergent moments in dramatic structure and human experience.

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Ruth Little

Ruth Little is an Australian dramaturge, teacher, writer and former academic who lives and works in London, where she is Literary Manager of the Royal Court Theatre. For the last two years she has been developing a philosophy and methodology of ‘metabolic’ dramaturgy: the dramaturgy of non-linear living systems, which considers the biological, cognitive and social realms in the creation and interpretation of performance works, and attends to patterns, processes and emergent moments in dramatic structure and human experience.

Stuart Nolan

Stuart Nolan

Stuart Nolan is a leading expert in physical and psychological deception and is credited with bringing the study of deception out of the lab and into the everyday world.

Stuart Nolan is a leading expert in physical and psychological deception and is credited with bringing the study of deception out of the lab and into the everyday world. He combines his skills in traditional disciplines of deception with original research into how we are deceived by technology, language, and physical gesture.
Stuart was awarded a NESTA Fellowship in 2002 to apply the techniques of performance magic to science, technology and art. His Applied Magic techniques have since been used with with, amongst others, architects in Manchester, digital artists in Lima and Madrid, film producers in Paris, journalists in Sofia, museum directors in Norwich, Internet entrepreneurs in Kuala Lumpur, video editors in Helsinki, game designers in Dundee, play researchers in Alicante, scriptwriters in Amsterdam, futurologists in Brussels, organisational psychologists in Pennsylvania, educationalists in Wales, Rugby players in Yorkshire, puppeteers in London, storytellers in Bristol, and teenage inventors at the BBC.
Stuart recently gave a TEDxSalford talk on how he conned over 700 organisations and a TEDxHuddersfield talk on how to vanish an invisible ball . He spent the summer of 2012 performing in a travelling Boxing Booth throughout the fairs and country shows of the North of England and exhibiting The Strange Thing. He is a co-editor of the new Journal of Performance Magic.

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Stuart Nolan

Stuart Nolan is a leading expert in physical and psychological deception and is credited with bringing the study of deception out of the lab and into the everyday world. He combines his skills in traditional disciplines of deception with original research into how we are deceived by technology, language, and physical gesture.
Stuart was awarded a NESTA Fellowship in 2002 to apply the techniques of performance magic to science, technology and art. His Applied Magic techniques have since been used with with, amongst others, architects in Manchester, digital artists in Lima and Madrid, film producers in Paris, journalists in Sofia, museum directors in Norwich, Internet entrepreneurs in Kuala Lumpur, video editors in Helsinki, game designers in Dundee, play researchers in Alicante, scriptwriters in Amsterdam, futurologists in Brussels, organisational psychologists in Pennsylvania, educationalists in Wales, Rugby players in Yorkshire, puppeteers in London, storytellers in Bristol, and teenage inventors at the BBC.
Stuart recently gave a TEDxSalford talk on how he conned over 700 organisations and a TEDxHuddersfield talk on how to vanish an invisible ball . He spent the summer of 2012 performing in a travelling Boxing Booth throughout the fairs and country shows of the North of England and exhibiting The Strange Thing. He is a co-editor of the new Journal of Performance Magic.

Jaan Tallinn

Jaan Tallin

Jaan Tallinn is co-founder and chairman of MetaMed, a firm specializing in personalized medical research.

Jaan Tallinn is co-founder and chairman of MetaMed, a firm specializing in personalized medical research. He was a founding engineer for Skype back in 2003, and was responsible for the overall architecture and core library that underpinned Skype on all platforms.

Jaan is a keen game developer and helped develop a number of computer games such as Skyroads and Thunder Brigade. He also codes everything from music software to internet banking algorithms.

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Jaan Tallin

Jaan Tallinn is co-founder and chairman of MetaMed, a firm specializing in personalized medical research. He was a founding engineer for Skype back in 2003, and was responsible for the overall architecture and core library that underpinned Skype on all platforms.

Jaan is a keen game developer and helped develop a number of computer games such as Skyroads and Thunder Brigade. He also codes everything from music software to internet banking algorithms.

Morgaine Gaye

Morgaine Gaye

Dr Morgaine Gaye is a food futurologist and explorer of food in all different contexts and capacities.

Dr Morgaine Gaye is a food futurologist and explorer of food in all different contexts and capacities.
She applies modern scientific research to history, nature and global cultural theory, branding, marketing and consumer behaviour and helps ad agencies, PR companies and brands with new brand extensions/NPD, future gazing and trend reports. She has published many research articles on food trends, and why we eat what we eat, and what the future of food looks like.

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Morgaine Gaye

Dr Morgaine Gaye is a food futurologist and explorer of food in all different contexts and capacities.
She applies modern scientific research to history, nature and global cultural theory, branding, marketing and consumer behaviour and helps ad agencies, PR companies and brands with new brand extensions/NPD, future gazing and trend reports. She has published many research articles on food trends, and why we eat what we eat, and what the future of food looks like.

Andoni Aduriz

Andoni Aduriz

Known by the press as “the most important gastronomic phenomenon in the world in recent years”, Andoni Luis Aduriz, will present the ‘Gastrodome’ a vision of the culinary future.

Known by the press as “the most important gastronomic phenomenon in the world in recent years”, Andoni Luis Aduriz, will present the ‘Gastrodome’ a vision of the culinary future. His restaurant Mugaritz has two Michelin stars and since 2006 has been among the ten best restaurants in the world. In April 2012, the British publisher Phaidon Press published Mugaritz – A Natural Science of Cooking.
Member of the Basque Culinary Centre Foundation Trust (Faculty of Gastronomic Science and Research and Innovation in Food and Gastronomy Centre), Andoni is also the creator/promoter of Kitchen Dialogues, a biannual international meeting organised by Euro-Toques with the aim of promoting the exchange of ideas between sectors in haute cuisine and high-end catering business together with different relevant consultants, thinkers, networks and various research.

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Andoni Aduriz

Known by the press as “the most important gastronomic phenomenon in the world in recent years”, Andoni Luis Aduriz, will present the ‘Gastrodome’ a vision of the culinary future. His restaurant Mugaritz has two Michelin stars and since 2006 has been among the ten best restaurants in the world. In April 2012, the British publisher Phaidon Press published Mugaritz – A Natural Science of Cooking.
Member of the Basque Culinary Centre Foundation Trust (Faculty of Gastronomic Science and Research and Innovation in Food and Gastronomy Centre), Andoni is also the creator/promoter of Kitchen Dialogues, a biannual international meeting organised by Euro-Toques with the aim of promoting the exchange of ideas between sectors in haute cuisine and high-end catering business together with different relevant consultants, thinkers, networks and various research.

Francesca Bria

Francesca Bria

Francesca Bria is a researcher and expert on innovation policy and management and social media.

Francesca Bria is a researcher and expert on innovation policy and management and social media. Francesca is now a PhD Researcher and Teaching Associate at Imperial College London, and is a member of the European Internet of Things Council.

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Francesca Bria

Francesca Bria is a researcher and expert on innovation policy and management and social media. Francesca is now a PhD Researcher and Teaching Associate at Imperial College London, and is a member of the European Internet of Things Council.

Frankie Kuniklo

Frankie Kuniklo

Frankie Kuniklo is a deliberate unknown, acting head of an organisation concerned with transforming the near-future.

The future is here and ready to be played. Frankie Kuniklo is its herald, a deliberate unknown, acting head of an organisation concerned with transforming the near-future. Where’s the value in taking the shadows? Can you design an everyday revolution? How can we playfully change the world (slightly) for the better?

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Frankie Kuniklo

Frankie Kuniklo

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Frankie Kuniklo

The future is here and ready to be played. Frankie Kuniklo is its herald, a deliberate unknown, acting head of an organisation concerned with transforming the near-future. Where’s the value in taking the shadows? Can you design an everyday revolution? How can we playfully change the world (slightly) for the better?

Martin Rees

Martin Rees

Martin Rees is a British cosmologist and astrophysicist.

Martin Rees is a British cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995 and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 2004 to 2012n where he had previously studied. He was President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010.

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Martin Rees

Martin Rees is a British cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995 and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 2004 to 2012n where he had previously studied. He was President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010.

Marek Kohn

Marek Kohn

Marek Kohn is an author and journalist.

Marek Kohn is an author and journalist who writes about the implications of scientific thinking for ideas about human nature and society. In his most recent book, ‘Turned Out Nice: How the British Isles Will Change as the World Heats Up’, he explored how a changing climate might alter the Isles’ relationships with the rest of the world and their people’s relationships with each other.

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Marek Kohn

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Marek Kohn

Marek Kohn is an author and journalist who writes about the implications of scientific thinking for ideas about human nature and society. In his most recent book, ‘Turned Out Nice: How the British Isles Will Change as the World Heats Up’, he explored how a changing climate might alter the Isles’ relationships with the rest of the world and their people’s relationships with each other.

Roberto Unger

Roberto Unger

Roberto Mangabeira Unger is Roscoe Pound Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Roberto Mangabeira Unger is Roscoe Pound Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is a philosopher, social theorist and politician. His writings offer a comprehensive view of our humanity, and present a path by which humankind and each individual can hope to rise to a greater life. He has developed his views across many fields including social, political, legal, and economic theory in an effort to realize the modernist project of the world made and imagined.

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Roberto Unger

Roberto Mangabeira Unger is Roscoe Pound Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is a philosopher, social theorist and politician. His writings offer a comprehensive view of our humanity, and present a path by which humankind and each individual can hope to rise to a greater life. He has developed his views across many fields including social, political, legal, and economic theory in an effort to realize the modernist project of the world made and imagined.

Vinay Gupta

Vinay Gupta

Vinay Gupta is a designer, architect and systems thinker working on large scale sustainability and resilience at a global level.

Vinay Gupta is a designer, architect and systems thinker working on large scale sustainability and resilience at a global level. He works with both activist groups and central government to bring a more acute awareness of environmental limits, social justice and the ever-present role of infrastructure and technology in shaping our lives.

His core contribution is the “soft development path” which asks “what if we build sustainability from the subsistence agriculturalist level up?” in contrast to the more mainstream model of sustainability as something which can be added to our current model of hyper-consumption. Could the villages, with the right technology, offer a one planet lifestyle with better quality of life than the cities?

Taking threads from Buckminster Fuller and Mahatma Gandhi, Gupta’s work attempts to put in place the physical infrastructure and mental models necessary for the “garden planet” future to co-exist with broad cultural mandates like the manned exploration of space. He is best known for the hexayurt housing system, the simple critical infrastructure map disaster planning toolkit, and his work on cryptography, political systems and human rights.

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Vinay Gupta

Vinay Gupta is a designer, architect and systems thinker working on large scale sustainability and resilience at a global level. He works with both activist groups and central government to bring a more acute awareness of environmental limits, social justice and the ever-present role of infrastructure and technology in shaping our lives.

His core contribution is the “soft development path” which asks “what if we build sustainability from the subsistence agriculturalist level up?” in contrast to the more mainstream model of sustainability as something which can be added to our current model of hyper-consumption. Could the villages, with the right technology, offer a one planet lifestyle with better quality of life than the cities?

Taking threads from Buckminster Fuller and Mahatma Gandhi, Gupta’s work attempts to put in place the physical infrastructure and mental models necessary for the “garden planet” future to co-exist with broad cultural mandates like the manned exploration of space. He is best known for the hexayurt housing system, the simple critical infrastructure map disaster planning toolkit, and his work on cryptography, political systems and human rights.

Rohan Gunatillake

Rohan Gunatillake

Rohan Gunatillake is the creator of buddhify.

Rohan Gunatillake is the creator of buddhify, combining design thinking with contemplative experience to create remarkable wellbeing apps and products, and the lead producer of Sync, helping cultural organisations in Scotland have a more progressive relationship with technology, technologists, design and designers. Rohan’s presentation at FutureFest will discuss ‘wellware’, or how our future information devices might be designed with wellbeing and mindfulness in mind.

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Rohan Gunatillake

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Rohan Gunatillake

Rohan Gunatillake is the creator of buddhify, combining design thinking with contemplative experience to create remarkable wellbeing apps and products, and the lead producer of Sync, helping cultural organisations in Scotland have a more progressive relationship with technology, technologists, design and designers. Rohan’s presentation at FutureFest will discuss ‘wellware’, or how our future information devices might be designed with wellbeing and mindfulness in mind.

Tamar Kasriel

Tamar Kasriel

Tamar Kasriel is listed by Wired Magazine among the world’s most influential futurists.

Listed by Wired Magazine among the world’s most influential futurists, Tamar Kasriel distills logic and creativity to understand what the landscape beyond the immediate future may be like, to help a wide range of companies and organisations. Tamar draws upon her experience at The Guardian’s New Media Lab and ten years at the Henley Centre, where she was a Director until she set up Futureal in 2007. She is a recognised public speaker and commentator on consumer behaviour, future trends and social change, and a columnist for Viewpoint magazine.

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Tamar Kasriel

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Tamar Kasriel

Listed by Wired Magazine among the world’s most influential futurists, Tamar Kasriel distills logic and creativity to understand what the landscape beyond the immediate future may be like, to help a wide range of companies and organisations. Tamar draws upon her experience at The Guardian’s New Media Lab and ten years at the Henley Centre, where she was a Director until she set up Futureal in 2007. She is a recognised public speaker and commentator on consumer behaviour, future trends and social change, and a columnist for Viewpoint magazine.

Paul Mason

Paul Mason

Paul Mason joined the BBC in 2001, and has since covered topics as diverse as the corporate scandals at Enron and Worldcom to the rise of Aymara nationalism in Bolivia.

Paul Mason joined the BBC in 2001, and has since covered topics as diverse as the corporate scandals at Enron and Worldcom, Hurricane Katrina, gang violence in Merseyside, the social impact of mobile phones in Africa and the rise of Aymara nationalism in Bolivia. He has won or been nominated for several prizes and awards, firstly for his 2003 reports on the rise of China as an economic power and later for his blogs; he was one of the first BBC bloggers. As economics editor of Newsnight Paul has extensively reported on the global financial crisis since its origin in 2007, and he will unveil his ‘Post-Capitalism’ vision, beyond the crash, Occupy and the double-dip recession as a part of the ‘Value of Everything’ FutureFest theme.

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Paul Mason

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Paul Mason

Paul Mason joined the BBC in 2001, and has since covered topics as diverse as the corporate scandals at Enron and Worldcom, Hurricane Katrina, gang violence in Merseyside, the social impact of mobile phones in Africa and the rise of Aymara nationalism in Bolivia. He has won or been nominated for several prizes and awards, firstly for his 2003 reports on the rise of China as an economic power and later for his blogs; he was one of the first BBC bloggers. As economics editor of Newsnight Paul has extensively reported on the global financial crisis since its origin in 2007, and he will unveil his ‘Post-Capitalism’ vision, beyond the crash, Occupy and the double-dip recession as a part of the ‘Value of Everything’ FutureFest theme.

Jessica Chorgosh

Jessica Chorgosh

>CC delivers the power of the crowd into couriering.

>CC delivers the power of the crowd into couriering. It’s an off-grid network, enabling you to get a package discreetly into the hands of somebody in the same city as you, wherever and whenever they might happen to be. It’s perfect for anyone who’s ever been frustrated waiting for a parcel to arrive.

The delivery is made through a chain of couriers. You sign up to join >CC’s network of operatives and can redeem the cost of your own deliveries by acting as the link in the chain for somebody else. But distinguishing it from other crowd-courier services in development like Microsoft’s TwedEx is that you can make surprise deliveries too…

Founder Jessica Chorgosh paid her dues as a cycle courier before setting up a specialist temping service. Chancing on an article on crowdsourcing while reading Pynchon’s The Crying Of Lot 49 sparked this new venture, and she sees >CC as a first step towards a radical reimagining of the concept of service industry.  If it takes off, she’s eyeing the concierge marketspace next.

>CC is one of three start-ups curated by Futurefest, collaborating in making the immersive performance Futureplay in association with Coney.

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Jessica Chorgosh

>CC delivers the power of the crowd into couriering. It’s an off-grid network, enabling you to get a package discreetly into the hands of somebody in the same city as you, wherever and whenever they might happen to be. It’s perfect for anyone who’s ever been frustrated waiting for a parcel to arrive.

The delivery is made through a chain of couriers. You sign up to join >CC’s network of operatives and can redeem the cost of your own deliveries by acting as the link in the chain for somebody else. But distinguishing it from other crowd-courier services in development like Microsoft’s TwedEx is that you can make surprise deliveries too…

Founder Jessica Chorgosh paid her dues as a cycle courier before setting up a specialist temping service. Chancing on an article on crowdsourcing while reading Pynchon’s The Crying Of Lot 49 sparked this new venture, and she sees >CC as a first step towards a radical reimagining of the concept of service industry.  If it takes off, she’s eyeing the concierge marketspace next.

>CC is one of three start-ups curated by Futurefest, collaborating in making the immersive performance Futureplay in association with Coney.

Ian Goldin

Ian Goldin

Professor Ian Goldin is Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University.

Professor Ian Goldin is Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University. Ian was previously Vice President of the World Bank and its Director of Development Policy after serving as advisor to President Mandela and Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He has an MSc from LSE an MA and DPhil from Oxford. He has published 17 books, including Divided Nations (Oxford), Globalisation for Development (Oxford), Exceptional People on Migration (Princeton), and The Economics of Sustainable Development (Cambridge).

Professor Goldin has made wide ranging contributions to development, for which he has been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is a Trustee of Comic Relief, the Overseas Development Institute and other charitable organisations.

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Ian Goldin

Professor Ian Goldin is Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University. Ian was previously Vice President of the World Bank and its Director of Development Policy after serving as advisor to President Mandela and Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He has an MSc from LSE an MA and DPhil from Oxford. He has published 17 books, including Divided Nations (Oxford), Globalisation for Development (Oxford), Exceptional People on Migration (Princeton), and The Economics of Sustainable Development (Cambridge).

Professor Goldin has made wide ranging contributions to development, for which he has been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is a Trustee of Comic Relief, the Overseas Development Institute and other charitable organisations.

Playify

The Opensprung Mindpress

Playify is one of three start-ups curated by Futurefest.

Playify is all about the power of play for a redistribution of agency in more intelligent game design, a start-up recognised by ReWired as “one to watch In 2014″. Playify was founded and is run anonymously, as playify is about the people it reaches rather than a charismatic leadership. It collaborates with an array of designers and thinkers in gameplay, who form its Opensprung Mindpress collective.

Playify started as a response to the excesses of the gamification movement. Gamification at its crudest is about businesses making games of engagement with customers to drive profit, its games typically tokenistic mash-ups of Skinnerian psychology. Playify takes a more enabling approach, educating people in the essential principles of game design and empowering them to recognise the games being played on them in their everyday lives,. It then asks them how they would like to change their game?

Playify is currently working with NGOs, fifth sector brands, and cellular broadcasters as well as offering online consultation services: so expect some serious interactervation soon!

Playify is one of three start-ups curated by Futurefest, collaborating in making the immersive performance Futureplay in association with Coney.

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The Opensprung Mindpress

Playify is all about the power of play for a redistribution of agency in more intelligent game design, a start-up recognised by ReWired as “one to watch In 2014″. Playify was founded and is run anonymously, as playify is about the people it reaches rather than a charismatic leadership. It collaborates with an array of designers and thinkers in gameplay, who form its Opensprung Mindpress collective.

Playify started as a response to the excesses of the gamification movement. Gamification at its crudest is about businesses making games of engagement with customers to drive profit, its games typically tokenistic mash-ups of Skinnerian psychology. Playify takes a more enabling approach, educating people in the essential principles of game design and empowering them to recognise the games being played on them in their everyday lives,. It then asks them how they would like to change their game?

Playify is currently working with NGOs, fifth sector brands, and cellular broadcasters as well as offering online consultation services: so expect some serious interactervation soon!

Playify is one of three start-ups curated by Futurefest, collaborating in making the immersive performance Futureplay in association with Coney.

Charles Leadbeater

Charles Leadbeater

Charles Leadbeater has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy and drew on that experience in writing his latest book We-think: the power of mass creativity, which charts the rise of mass, participative approaches to innovation from science and open source software, to computer games and political campaigning.

Charles Leadbeater has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy and drew on that experience in writing his latest book We-think: the power of mass creativity, which charts the rise of mass, participative approaches to innovation from science and open source software, to computer games and political campaigning. He has advised a wide range of organisations on innovation including the BBC, Microsoft and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and wrote the first British report on the rise of social entrepreneurship.

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Charles Leadbeater

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Charles Leadbeater

Charles Leadbeater has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy and drew on that experience in writing his latest book We-think: the power of mass creativity, which charts the rise of mass, participative approaches to innovation from science and open source software, to computer games and political campaigning. He has advised a wide range of organisations on innovation including the BBC, Microsoft and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and wrote the first British report on the rise of social entrepreneurship.

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Steve Fuller

Steve is best known for his work in the field of ‘social epistemology’, – the study of the social dimensions [...]

Steve is best known for his work in the field of ‘social epistemology’, – the study of the social dimensions of information.

‘Social epistemology’ is also the name of a quarterly journal he founded in 1987 as well as the first of his nearly twenty books. His recent books include The Sociology of Intellectual Life, Science: The Art of Living and Humanity 2.0: What It Means to Be Human Past, Present and Future.

Fuller’s works have been translated into over twenty languages. He was awarded a D.Litt. by the University of Warwick in 2007 for sustained lifelong contributions to scholarship. Steve is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

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Steve Fuller

Steve is best known for his work in the field of ‘social epistemology’, – the study of the social dimensions of information.

‘Social epistemology’ is also the name of a quarterly journal he founded in 1987 as well as the first of his nearly twenty books. His recent books include The Sociology of Intellectual Life, Science: The Art of Living and Humanity 2.0: What It Means to Be Human Past, Present and Future.

Fuller’s works have been translated into over twenty languages. He was awarded a D.Litt. by the University of Warwick in 2007 for sustained lifelong contributions to scholarship. Steve is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

David Fell

Brook Lyndhurst

David Fell , founder and Director of Brook Lyndhurst, wanted to be Dr Doolittle when he was young. Instead, he is a researcher, writer, presenter and activist in the field of sustainable economics. He can be found mainly at Brook Lyndhurst, London Remade and his Enough blog.

David Fell , founder and Director of Brook Lyndhurst, wanted to be Dr Doolittle when he was young. Instead, he is a researcher, writer, presenter and activist in the field of sustainable economics. He can be found mainly at Brook Lyndhurst, London Remade and his Enough blog.

Sara Giorgi grew up in awe of tidy piles of paper and carbon copy receipts, and dreamt about becoming a secretary. Instead, she is a research analyst and manager in the field of sustainability and behaviour change. Her main areas of expertise are consumer attitudes and behaviours towards food, resource efficiency and waste. She is an Associate Director at Brook Lyndhurst.

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David Fell

Re-dreaming the future

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Brook Lyndhurst

David Fell , founder and Director of Brook Lyndhurst, wanted to be Dr Doolittle when he was young. Instead, he is a researcher, writer, presenter and activist in the field of sustainable economics. He can be found mainly at Brook Lyndhurst, London Remade and his Enough blog.

Sara Giorgi grew up in awe of tidy piles of paper and carbon copy receipts, and dreamt about becoming a secretary. Instead, she is a research analyst and manager in the field of sustainability and behaviour change. Her main areas of expertise are consumer attitudes and behaviours towards food, resource efficiency and waste. She is an Associate Director at Brook Lyndhurst.

Diane Coyle

Diane Coyle

Diane Coyle is a freelance economist and Managing Director of Enlightenment Economics, a consultancy specialising in the socioeconomic effects of new technologies.

Diane Coyle is a freelance economist and Managing Director of Enlightenment Economics, a consultancy specialising in the socioeconomic effects of new technologies. She was an economist at the Treasury from 1985 to 1986, edited for the Investors Chronicle and the Independent, and has written a large number of books including The Weightless World, Sex Drugs and Economics and The Economics of Enough. She has a PhD in economics from Harvard, was awarded an OBE in 2009 and was appointed as Vice Chairman of the BBC Trust in 2011.

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Diane Coyle

Diane Coyle

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Diane Coyle

Diane Coyle is a freelance economist and Managing Director of Enlightenment Economics, a consultancy specialising in the socioeconomic effects of new technologies. She was an economist at the Treasury from 1985 to 1986, edited for the Investors Chronicle and the Independent, and has written a large number of books including The Weightless World, Sex Drugs and Economics and The Economics of Enough. She has a PhD in economics from Harvard, was awarded an OBE in 2009 and was appointed as Vice Chairman of the BBC Trust in 2011.

Ghislaine Boddington

Ghislaine Boddington

Ghislaine works as a specialist in body responsive technologies and is recognised as a global pioneer in full body telepresence.

Ghislaine works as a specialist in body responsive technologies and is recognised as a global pioneer in full body telepresence. She has created live links between thousands of participants/audiences across the world for educational, performing arts and creative industries usage since the mid-nineties.

Ghislaine extends natural interface techniques, advocating the use of the entire body as an interaction canvas. Her work examines the representation of our physical selves and our identities in virtual environments and the hyper enhancement of our human senses through the digital transmission/reception of body data, such as touch, motion, biofeedback and gesture. 

As a dramaturge she has led numerous interdisciplinary creation projects, experimenting with the convergence of the live body with virtual environments, telepresence, motion capture and sense/gesture tech. 

She is Director of body>data>space, a design unit based in East London who prioritise first and foremost the living body at the centre of digital interaction. body>data>space commission, produce and curate international programmes of work exploring this blending of virtual physical space. They partner with organisations such as the National Theatre, FACT and EU institutions on large scale programmes of work, most recently “Robots and Avatars, our colleagues and playmates of the future”.

body>data>space create collaborative share spaces – pure physical, pure virtual and blended virtual/physical environments – for extended cohabitation and cooperation and to advance sensory richness and heighten global awareness. This work stems from a deep belief in the positive opportunities offered by connectivity to enable shared creation processes for co-solving global issues. The company also advocate the equal involvement of women in the creative industries and technology world, promoting and supporting the work of young women, female artists, producers and researchers.

Ghislaine has chaired and keynoted events/conferences in over 30 countries worldwide, most recently in China, USA and East Europe, talking to a diverse range of audiences about the future of virtual physical body interfaces. She is regularly featured on tv, radio and in the press, giving thought shifting inputs to BBC Business World, BBC Click and the New Scientist amongst others. 

She is an author for IntelligentHQ, sits on the TDPT editorial board and is juror for international creative industries and digital arts competitions. She is invited as a key innovator to governmental briefings/conferences in UK and beyond. A co-director of the Creative Guild, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and an Artist Research Associate at ResCen, Middlesex University since 1999.

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Ghislaine Boddington

Ghislaine Boddington

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Ghislaine Boddington

Ghislaine works as a specialist in body responsive technologies and is recognised as a global pioneer in full body telepresence. She has created live links between thousands of participants/audiences across the world for educational, performing arts and creative industries usage since the mid-nineties.

Ghislaine extends natural interface techniques, advocating the use of the entire body as an interaction canvas. Her work examines the representation of our physical selves and our identities in virtual environments and the hyper enhancement of our human senses through the digital transmission/reception of body data, such as touch, motion, biofeedback and gesture. 

As a dramaturge she has led numerous interdisciplinary creation projects, experimenting with the convergence of the live body with virtual environments, telepresence, motion capture and sense/gesture tech. 

She is Director of body>data>space, a design unit based in East London who prioritise first and foremost the living body at the centre of digital interaction. body>data>space commission, produce and curate international programmes of work exploring this blending of virtual physical space. They partner with organisations such as the National Theatre, FACT and EU institutions on large scale programmes of work, most recently “Robots and Avatars, our colleagues and playmates of the future”.

body>data>space create collaborative share spaces – pure physical, pure virtual and blended virtual/physical environments – for extended cohabitation and cooperation and to advance sensory richness and heighten global awareness. This work stems from a deep belief in the positive opportunities offered by connectivity to enable shared creation processes for co-solving global issues. The company also advocate the equal involvement of women in the creative industries and technology world, promoting and supporting the work of young women, female artists, producers and researchers.

Ghislaine has chaired and keynoted events/conferences in over 30 countries worldwide, most recently in China, USA and East Europe, talking to a diverse range of audiences about the future of virtual physical body interfaces. She is regularly featured on tv, radio and in the press, giving thought shifting inputs to BBC Business World, BBC Click and the New Scientist amongst others. 

She is an author for IntelligentHQ, sits on the TDPT editorial board and is juror for international creative industries and digital arts competitions. She is invited as a key innovator to governmental briefings/conferences in UK and beyond. A co-director of the Creative Guild, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and an Artist Research Associate at ResCen, Middlesex University since 1999.

Pat Cadigan

Pat Cadigan

Pat is the queen of cyberpunk and the maverick mother of modern science fiction. She is legend. Her writing gets [...]

Pat is the queen of cyberpunk and the maverick mother of modern science fiction. She is legend. Her writing gets into the relationship between humans and technology and rubs out the line between reality and perception. She is the author of Mindplayers (1987) Synners (1992) and Fools (1995). She’s won a number of awards, including the Arthur C Clarke Award twice, in 1992 and 1995.

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Pat Cadigan

Pat is the queen of cyberpunk and the maverick mother of modern science fiction. She is legend. Her writing gets into the relationship between humans and technology and rubs out the line between reality and perception. She is the author of Mindplayers (1987) Synners (1992) and Fools (1995). She’s won a number of awards, including the Arthur C Clarke Award twice, in 1992 and 1995.

Roz Kaveney

Roz Kaveney

Roz is a writer, thinker, poet, literary critic, trans activist, enthusiast, radical and sentimentalist.

Roz is a writer, thinker, poet, literary critic, trans activist, enthusiast, radical and sentimentalist. She’s known for her love of Martian poetry and for being part of the Midnight Rose collective. Her critical mind has ranged across Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, and Nip/Tuck, and she is a published poet and novelist. She’ll be taking part in the Sci-Fi Writers’ Parliament on Sunday morning with Robin Ince.

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Roz Kaveney

Roz is a writer, thinker, poet, literary critic, trans activist, enthusiast, radical and sentimentalist. She’s known for her love of Martian poetry and for being part of the Midnight Rose collective. Her critical mind has ranged across Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, and Nip/Tuck, and she is a published poet and novelist. She’ll be taking part in the Sci-Fi Writers’ Parliament on Sunday morning with Robin Ince.

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas

Sue is a Sci-Fi writer, scholar and digital media disruptor. She’s the author of Technobiophilia: nature and cyberspace and her [...]

Sue is a Sci-Fi writer, scholar and digital media disruptor. She’s the author of Technobiophilia: nature and cyberspace and her first novel Correspondence was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 1993. She’ll be taking part in the Sci-Fi Writers’ Parliament.

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Sue Thomas

Sue is a Sci-Fi writer, scholar and digital media disruptor. She’s the author of Technobiophilia: nature and cyberspace and her first novel Correspondence was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 1993. She’ll be taking part in the Sci-Fi Writers’ Parliament.

Ken MacLeod

Ken MacLeod

Ken is a Scottish Sci-Fi writer, zoologist, computer programmer and biomechanics expert.

Ken is a Scottish Sci-Fi writer, zoologist, computer programmer and biomechanics expert. He’s blended all his myriad interests into a compelling style of Sci-Fi that explores radically different political societies and branching futures. His books include The Star Fraction (1995), The Stone Canal (1996) and the Engines of Light Trilogy (2000-02). Ken will be taking part in the Sci-Fi Writers’ Parliament.

 

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Ken MacLeod

Ken is a Scottish Sci-Fi writer, zoologist, computer programmer and biomechanics expert. He’s blended all his myriad interests into a compelling style of Sci-Fi that explores radically different political societies and branching futures. His books include The Star Fraction (1995), The Stone Canal (1996) and the Engines of Light Trilogy (2000-02). Ken will be taking part in the Sci-Fi Writers’ Parliament.

 

Sonia Trigueros

Sonia Trigueros

Sonia Trigueros is Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Nanotechnology and a Research Fellow in Biological Physics.

Sonia Trigueros is Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Nanotechnology and a Research Fellow in Biological Physics. She has over 12 years experience in the fields of Molecular Cell Biology, Biochemistry, DNA Topology, Nanoscience and Nanobiology. She graduated in Biology from the Universidad de Barcelona, and obtained her PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from IBMB-CSIC and Universidad de Barcelona. She has received postdoctoral research fellowships at both Harvard and Oxford Universities.

She has been a research visitor at several universities and research institutions such as NIH-Washington, USA. Currently she is Visiting Researcher at Havana University/CNIC. From July 2007 Sonia has been based in the Department of Physics at Oxford University. Sonia Trigeuros’ current research is focused on the design of novel nanostructures to target DNA Biomolecular Motors (DNA topoisomerases and DNA translocases) and particular DNA conformational states in dividing cells (in particular in cancer cells).

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Sonia Trigueros

Bio/Nano: the huge consequences of controlling the very small

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Sonia Trigueros

Sonia Trigueros is Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Nanotechnology and a Research Fellow in Biological Physics. She has over 12 years experience in the fields of Molecular Cell Biology, Biochemistry, DNA Topology, Nanoscience and Nanobiology. She graduated in Biology from the Universidad de Barcelona, and obtained her PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from IBMB-CSIC and Universidad de Barcelona. She has received postdoctoral research fellowships at both Harvard and Oxford Universities.

She has been a research visitor at several universities and research institutions such as NIH-Washington, USA. Currently she is Visiting Researcher at Havana University/CNIC. From July 2007 Sonia has been based in the Department of Physics at Oxford University. Sonia Trigeuros’ current research is focused on the design of novel nanostructures to target DNA Biomolecular Motors (DNA topoisomerases and DNA translocases) and particular DNA conformational states in dividing cells (in particular in cancer cells).

Eric Drexler

Eric Drexler

Eric Drexler is an Academic Visitor to the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology.

Eric Drexler is an Academic Visitor to the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology. Drexler is a pioneering nanotechnology researcher and author. His 1981 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences established fundamental principles of molecular engineering and identified development paths leading to advanced nanotechnologies. In his 1986 book, Engines of Creation, he introduced a broad audience to the promise of high-throughput atomically precise manufacturing, a prospective technology using nanoscale machinery to guide molecular motion and bonding, thereby structuring matter from the bottom up.

Drexler’s research in this field has been the basis for numerous journal articles and for a comprehensive, physics-based analysis in his textbook Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation. In his publications and lectures, Drexler

Drexler served as Chief Technical Advisor to Nanorex, a company developing design software for molecular engineering. He also served as Chief Technical Consultant to the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, a project of the Battelle Memorial Institute and several participating US National Laboratories. Drexler’s most recent book Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization will be published in July 2013, he also blogs at Metamodern.com.

Drexler was awarded a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Molecular Nanotechnology (the first degree of its kind).

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Eric Drexler

Bio/Nano: the huge consequences of controlling the very small

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Eric Drexler

Eric Drexler is an Academic Visitor to the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology. Drexler is a pioneering nanotechnology researcher and author. His 1981 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences established fundamental principles of molecular engineering and identified development paths leading to advanced nanotechnologies. In his 1986 book, Engines of Creation, he introduced a broad audience to the promise of high-throughput atomically precise manufacturing, a prospective technology using nanoscale machinery to guide molecular motion and bonding, thereby structuring matter from the bottom up.

Drexler’s research in this field has been the basis for numerous journal articles and for a comprehensive, physics-based analysis in his textbook Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation. In his publications and lectures, Drexler

Drexler served as Chief Technical Advisor to Nanorex, a company developing design software for molecular engineering. He also served as Chief Technical Consultant to the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, a project of the Battelle Memorial Institute and several participating US National Laboratories. Drexler’s most recent book Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization will be published in July 2013, he also blogs at Metamodern.com.

Drexler was awarded a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Molecular Nanotechnology (the first degree of its kind).

Nick Bostrom

Nick Bostrom

Nick Bostrom is founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and of the Programme on the Impacts of Future [...]

Nick Bostrom is founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and of the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology within the Oxford Martin School and Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University. He is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (Routledge, 2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (ed., OUP, 2008), and Human Enhancement (ed., OUP, 2009), and a forthcoming book on Superintelligence. He previously taught at Yale, and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the British Academy. Bostrom has a background in physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy.

He is best known for his work in five areas: (i) the concept of existential risk; (ii) the simulation argument; (iii) anthropics (developing the first mathematically explicit theory of observation selection effects); (iv) transhumanism, including related issues in bioethics and on consequences of future technologies; and (v) foundations and practical implications of consequentialism. He is currently working on a book on the possibility of an intelligence explosion and on the existential risks and strategic issues related to the prospect of machine superintelligence.

In 2009, he was awarded the Eugene R. Gannon Award (one person selected annually worldwide from the fields of philosophy, mathematics, the arts and other humanities, and the natural sciences). He has been listed in the FP 100 Global Thinkers list, the Foreign Policy Magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 minds. His writings have been translated into more than 21 languages, and there have been some 80 translations or reprints of his works. He has done more than 500 interviews for TV, film, radio, and print media, and he has addressed academic and popular audiences around the world.

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Nick Bostrom

Nick Bostrom is founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and of the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology within the Oxford Martin School and Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University. He is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (Routledge, 2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (ed., OUP, 2008), and Human Enhancement (ed., OUP, 2009), and a forthcoming book on Superintelligence. He previously taught at Yale, and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the British Academy. Bostrom has a background in physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy.

He is best known for his work in five areas: (i) the concept of existential risk; (ii) the simulation argument; (iii) anthropics (developing the first mathematically explicit theory of observation selection effects); (iv) transhumanism, including related issues in bioethics and on consequences of future technologies; and (v) foundations and practical implications of consequentialism. He is currently working on a book on the possibility of an intelligence explosion and on the existential risks and strategic issues related to the prospect of machine superintelligence.

In 2009, he was awarded the Eugene R. Gannon Award (one person selected annually worldwide from the fields of philosophy, mathematics, the arts and other humanities, and the natural sciences). He has been listed in the FP 100 Global Thinkers list, the Foreign Policy Magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 minds. His writings have been translated into more than 21 languages, and there have been some 80 translations or reprints of his works. He has done more than 500 interviews for TV, film, radio, and print media, and he has addressed academic and popular audiences around the world.

Steve Rayner

Steve Rayner

Steve Rayner James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization at Oxford University’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and Director [...]

Steve Rayner James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization at Oxford University’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, where he also co-directs the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities and the Oxford Geoengineering Programme, both supported by the Oxford Martin School. His current research focuses on three related areas: the future of cities, scientific and other technical advisory processes in the governance of technological change, and the dynamics of climate change science and policy.

He was previously a member of the Royal Society Working Group on Geoengineering the Climate and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, as well as a lead author on the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has served on various institutional, national and international bodies concerned with applied social research, risk management and the human dimensions of global change. He has advised various national global change research programmes throughout the world.

Trained as a political anthropologist (PhD University College London 1980), he describes himself as an ‘undisciplined’ scholar, committed to changing the world through social science.

Steve is one of the authors of The Oxford Principles.

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Steve Rayner

Gardeners’ Answer Time: how can we become capable of managing the anthropocene?

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Steve Rayner

Steve Rayner James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization at Oxford University’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, where he also co-directs the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities and the Oxford Geoengineering Programme, both supported by the Oxford Martin School. His current research focuses on three related areas: the future of cities, scientific and other technical advisory processes in the governance of technological change, and the dynamics of climate change science and policy.

He was previously a member of the Royal Society Working Group on Geoengineering the Climate and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, as well as a lead author on the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has served on various institutional, national and international bodies concerned with applied social research, risk management and the human dimensions of global change. He has advised various national global change research programmes throughout the world.

Trained as a political anthropologist (PhD University College London 1980), he describes himself as an ‘undisciplined’ scholar, committed to changing the world through social science.

Steve is one of the authors of The Oxford Principles.

Sadie Creese

Sadie Creese

Sadie Creese is the Director of the Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity-Building, Co-Director of the Institute for the Future of Computing both at the Oxford Martin School and Director of Oxford’s Cyber Security Centre.

Sadie Creese is the Director of the Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity-Building, Co-Director of the Institute for the Future of Computing both at the Oxford Martin School and Director of Oxford’s Cyber Security Centre. Her research experience spans time in academia, industry and government. She is engaged in a broad portfolio of cyber security research spanning situational awareness, visual analytics, risk propagation and communication, threat modelling and detection, network defence, dependability and resilience, and formal analysis.

She has numerous research collaborations with other disciplines and has been leading inter-disciplinary research projects since 2003. Prior to joining Oxford in October 2011 Creese was a Professor and Director of e-Security at the University of Warwick’s International Digital Laboratory. Creese joined Warwick in 2007 from QinetiQ where she most recently served as Director of Strategic Programmes for QinetiQ’s Trusted Information Management Division.

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Sadie Creese

The Biggest Science: what major projects should we invest in for the longest term?

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Sadie Creese

Sadie Creese is the Director of the Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity-Building, Co-Director of the Institute for the Future of Computing both at the Oxford Martin School and Director of Oxford’s Cyber Security Centre. Her research experience spans time in academia, industry and government. She is engaged in a broad portfolio of cyber security research spanning situational awareness, visual analytics, risk propagation and communication, threat modelling and detection, network defence, dependability and resilience, and formal analysis.

She has numerous research collaborations with other disciplines and has been leading inter-disciplinary research projects since 2003. Prior to joining Oxford in October 2011 Creese was a Professor and Director of e-Security at the University of Warwick’s International Digital Laboratory. Creese joined Warwick in 2007 from QinetiQ where she most recently served as Director of Strategic Programmes for QinetiQ’s Trusted Information Management Division.

Michael-Keith

Michael Keith

Michael Keith is Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme for the Future of Cities; Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and has a personal chair at the University of Oxford. He is primarily working on projects in the Labour Markets, Citizenship and Belonging, Urban Change and Settlement, and Welfare clusters.

Michael Keith is Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme for the Future of Cities; Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and has a personal chair at the University of Oxford. He is primarily working on projects in the Labour Markets, Citizenship and Belonging, Urban Change and Settlement, and Welfare clusters.

His research interests focus on the interface between culture, urbanism and migration. His current work develops past projects on the dynamics of urbanism, the study of cultural difference and the impact of migration on structures and processes of governance. One strand of this considers the politics of migration, integration, cohesion and everyday life in the United Kingdom. A second strand considers the dynamics of migration, city transformation and emergent markets in contemporary China.

Michael was formerly Professor of Sociology, Head of Department and Director of the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has also been a politician in the East End of London for twenty years and was at various times leader of the Council in Tower Hamlets, chair of the Thames Gateway London Partnership (2000-2006) and Commissioner on the National Commission on Integration and Cohesion (2006-07).

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Michael-Keith

The Emergent City

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Michael Keith

Michael Keith is Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme for the Future of Cities; Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and has a personal chair at the University of Oxford. He is primarily working on projects in the Labour Markets, Citizenship and Belonging, Urban Change and Settlement, and Welfare clusters.

His research interests focus on the interface between culture, urbanism and migration. His current work develops past projects on the dynamics of urbanism, the study of cultural difference and the impact of migration on structures and processes of governance. One strand of this considers the politics of migration, integration, cohesion and everyday life in the United Kingdom. A second strand considers the dynamics of migration, city transformation and emergent markets in contemporary China.

Michael was formerly Professor of Sociology, Head of Department and Director of the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has also been a politician in the East End of London for twenty years and was at various times leader of the Council in Tower Hamlets, chair of the Thames Gateway London Partnership (2000-2006) and Commissioner on the National Commission on Integration and Cohesion (2006-07).

Anders Sandberg

Anders Sandberg

Anders Sandberg is a James Martin Fellow in the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology and the Future of Humanity Institute.

Anders Sandberg is a James Martin Fellow in the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology and the Future of Humanity Institute. His research centres on societal and ethical issues surrounding human enhancement and new technology, as well as estimating the capabilities and underlying science of future technologies. Topics of particular interest include enhancement of cognition, cognitive biases, technology-enabled collective intelligence, neuroethics and public policy. He has worked on this within the EU project ENHANCE, where he also was responsible for public outreach and online presence. Besides scientific publications in neuroscience, ethics, and future studies, he has also participated in the public debate about human enhancement internationally. Anders also holds an AXA Research Fellowship.
Anders has a background in computer science, neuroscience and medical engineering. He obtained his Ph.D in computational neuroscience from Stockholm University, Sweden, for work on neural network modelling of human memory. He has also been the scientific produce for the major neuroscience exhibition “Se Hjärnan!” (“Behold the Brain!”), organized by Swedish Travelling Exhibitions, the Swedish Research Council and the Knowledge Foundation that toured Sweden 2005–2007. He is co-founder and writer for the think tank Eudoxa.

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Anders Sandberg

Humanity 2.0: dealing with enhancement

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Anders Sandberg

Anders Sandberg is a James Martin Fellow in the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology and the Future of Humanity Institute. His research centres on societal and ethical issues surrounding human enhancement and new technology, as well as estimating the capabilities and underlying science of future technologies. Topics of particular interest include enhancement of cognition, cognitive biases, technology-enabled collective intelligence, neuroethics and public policy. He has worked on this within the EU project ENHANCE, where he also was responsible for public outreach and online presence. Besides scientific publications in neuroscience, ethics, and future studies, he has also participated in the public debate about human enhancement internationally. Anders also holds an AXA Research Fellowship.
Anders has a background in computer science, neuroscience and medical engineering. He obtained his Ph.D in computational neuroscience from Stockholm University, Sweden, for work on neural network modelling of human memory. He has also been the scientific produce for the major neuroscience exhibition “Se Hjärnan!” (“Behold the Brain!”), organized by Swedish Travelling Exhibitions, the Swedish Research Council and the Knowledge Foundation that toured Sweden 2005–2007. He is co-founder and writer for the think tank Eudoxa.

Cameron Hepburn

Cameron Hepburn

Cameron Hepburn is the Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School and a Fellow at New College, University of Oxford.

Cameron Hepburn is the Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School and a Fellow at New College, University of Oxford. He is an expert in environmental, resource and energy economics. He has degrees in law and engineering, a doctorate in economics, and over 30 peer-reviewed publications in economics, public policy, law, engineering, philosophy, and biology.

He is involved in policy formation, including as a member of the DECC Secretary of State’s Economics Advisory Group. He has also had an entrepreneurial career, co-founding two successful businesses and investing in several other start-ups.

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Cameron Hepburn

The Value of Everything: the political economy of the mid-century

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Cameron Hepburn

Cameron Hepburn is the Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School and a Fellow at New College, University of Oxford. He is an expert in environmental, resource and energy economics. He has degrees in law and engineering, a doctorate in economics, and over 30 peer-reviewed publications in economics, public policy, law, engineering, philosophy, and biology.

He is involved in policy formation, including as a member of the DECC Secretary of State’s Economics Advisory Group. He has also had an entrepreneurial career, co-founding two successful businesses and investing in several other start-ups.

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Drew Hemment

Drew Hemment, founder and CEO of FutureEverything, will present ways to detect and make tangible signals of the near future.

Drew Hemment, founder and CEO of FutureEverything, will present ways to detect and make tangible signals of the near future.

A festival can be a place to participate in the future. And a ‘festival of the future’ isn’t about a lost weekend, but making pop-up futures; it’s idealistic, but it’s also critical. Drew Hemment, director of Manchester’s Futureeverything since 1995, shares his experience on how to turn conviviality into a laboratory of things to come.

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Drew Hemment

Drew Hemment, founder and CEO of FutureEverything, will present ways to detect and make tangible signals of the near future.

A festival can be a place to participate in the future. And a ‘festival of the future’ isn’t about a lost weekend, but making pop-up futures; it’s idealistic, but it’s also critical. Drew Hemment, director of Manchester’s Futureeverything since 1995, shares his experience on how to turn conviviality into a laboratory of things to come.

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Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist and writer exploring the social, ethical and cultural implications of emerging technologies, seeking new roles for design.

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist and writer exploring the social, ethical and cultural implications of emerging technologies, seeking new roles for design. She is Design Fellow on the international research project, Synthetic Aesthetics (Stanford University/ University of Edinburgh), investigating the shared territory between synthetic biology, art and design.

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The Dream of Better

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Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist and writer exploring the social, ethical and cultural implications of emerging technologies, seeking new roles for design. She is Design Fellow on the international research project, Synthetic Aesthetics (Stanford University/ University of Edinburgh), investigating the shared territory between synthetic biology, art and design.