FutureFest at Bluedot
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Join us at the Mission Control Stage on Friday evening from 17:30pm where a selection of speakers will bring a taste of FutureFest 2016 to Bluedot Festival.
FutureFest is a weekend festival of radical ideas, compelling talks and interactive experiences designed to inspire people to question and shape the future. Taking place in London, 17-18 September, it is hosted by Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation, and is programmed around four themes central to all our lives - Love, Work, Thrive and Play. Speakers on the line-up include Brian Eno, Will Self, Cindy Gallop, Rhianna Pratchett, Oliver Peyton and Kate Russell.
Living Well in the Shadow of the Smart Machine - Lydia Nicholas (17:50 - 18:20)
Aliens are among us, managing our lives and altering our minds; the machine learning systems, analytics, and simple, humdrum services which autocomplete our questions and plans are introducing strange new ways of thinking to our world. How are these interactions changing us, and changing society? How can we understand and steer these changes towards a better world?
Higher, Faster, Enhanced? - Andy Miah (18:20 - 18:50)
As the Rio 2016 Olympic Games gets started amid doping scandals that shook the world in 2016, what can we expect from the emerging era of human enhancement. Will we eventually be watching bionic athletes compete as technology teams? Are we destined to ditch anti-doping in exchange for a World Pro-Doping Agency, and what will this mean for how we think about and enjoy sports?
Future Love - Ghislaine Boddington (18:50 - 19:20)
Future love provides opportunities for us to change our identities, hyper-enhance our sensualities, and relocate the boundaries of our relationships. We will look beyond the physical, merge with the virtual, be intimate with the synthetic, touch and feel at a distance, date anonymously and implant our bodies.
Robots Won't Take Your Job, But They Might Make it More Fun - Jess Bland (19:20 - 19:50)
We need to stop talking about machines taking human jobs. It was a 20th Century obsession, along with Terminator and Stepford Wives. But in reality, machines often change the kind of work we do rather than take on our jobs. So instead of being scared of robots, let's put our efforts into thinking up more exciting ways they could help.
How to Own a Planet - Kate Russell (19:50 - 20:20)
Technology reporter and science fiction author Kate Russell talks about the changing landscape of technology and gaming in a world where you can put the whole galaxy in your pocket.