About Manchester Futurists
We wanted a place where we could discuss the impact of technology on society, and how we might nudge things towards utopia and away from dystopia! You can expect us to cover topics such as:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Universal Basic Income
- The technological singularity
- AR and VR
- Machine Learning
- Utopian and Dystopian scenarios
- Speculative fiction
- Anything featured in Black Mirror!
Pretty much the kinds of things you might find here https://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/wiki/glossary
We aim to take an evidence-based approach and avoid pseudoscience. We believe social justice is important to a utopian future, and where appropriate will discuss intersections with feminism, racism, etc.
About the organisers
Rosie is a Technologist at BBC R&D. Her background is in Physics (BSc) and Computer Science (MSc), and she is currently studying for a doctorate in Machine Learning for Visual Computing. As part of her degree she studied a significant number of Philosophy modules, and she is fascinated by technology and how it will shape future society. Alongside futurism, Rosie is interested in feminism, humanism, logic, critical thinking and scientific skepticism. She enjoys puzzles, cycling, dancing, bright colours and classic rock. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ahmed is a Technologist at the BBC Blue Room. His background is in Computer Science (BSc) and Computing (PGCE) and is currently producing a season of talks on Artificial Intelligence. Ahmed is interested in humanism, politics, and philosophy. He enjoys dancing albeit badly, racquet sports and travelling. You can reach him at email@example.com
Rosie and Ahmed met as colleagues while at the BBC, however Manchester Futurists is an independent group and is no way affiliated with or representative of the views of the BBC, or any other organisation.
You can join Manchester Futurists at meetup.com/Manchester-Futurists