11.7.12

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18.6.12


Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization, with Ayesha Khanna
Saturday, 23 June 2012, 14:00 until 16:00
Room G16, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London


Technology and innovation strategy expert Ayesha Khanna will be addressing the topic of "Hybrid Reality", as covered in her June 2012 book of the same name.

Here's how the book is described:

What human civilization needs more than anything is not greater IQ or EQ, but TQ: technology quotient.

In their manifesto Hybrid Reality, husband-and-wife team Ayesha & Parag Khanna explore the frontier of the information revolution: The Hybrid Age.

In this era of disruptive technologies, accelerating change, and deep anxiety about the future, the Khannas explain how the “balance of innovation” has superseded the military “balance of power” as a measure of national potential, and provide a global tour of how the smartest countries, cities, and companies are harnessing new technologies to gain an edge. Each of us also needs better TQ to adapt to a future in which robots are normal social actors in our lives, healthcare becomes a vehicle for physical enhancement, academic pedigree dissolves in a global skills market, and virtual currencies enable tax-free transactions.

Whether the future is a dystopian global class struggle over technology or a Pax Technologica of transparency, access and equity will depend on spreading TQ above all else.

Meeting logistics

Room G16 is on the ground floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

As desired, coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ

The meeting is free to attend - no charge.

About the speaker

http://ayeshakhanna.com/

Ayesha Khanna is Founder and Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group focused on human-technology co-evolution, geotechnology and innovation. She is a Partner at K2S Advisors which provides strategic and financial advisory services in smart and sustainable cities, technology and infrastructure. She is also a Faculty Advisor at Singularity University and directs the Future Cities group at the London School of Economics.

A technology and innovation strategy expert, Ayesha has over ten years of experience advising clients and cities on scenario analysis, product development, digital branding and customer experience. Her clients have included Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, American International Group, and Deutsche Bank. Ayesha is frequently interviewed in the media and was featured by the New York Times. She is a regular speaker at industry, marketing, and academic conferences related to emerging technology trends and intelligent cities.

5.5.12

Envisioning the future of technology

Saturday 26th May, 2pm-4pm
Room 415, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London

We're fortunate to have as our lead speaker Michell Zappa, a London-based emerging technology strategist. Michell has spent his life between São Paulo, Stockholm & Amsterdam. His work, called Envisioning Technology, focuses on explaining where society is heading in the near future by extrapolating on current technological developments.

In an attempt to make sense of the future of technology, Michell will explain his "sci-fi scaffolding" methodology to fellow futurists. Still in development, the methodology approaches the outlook of emerging technologies from a combinatorial point of view, extrapolating a series of highly speculative sci-fi scenarios by looking at existing trends.

For an introduction to Michell's work, see http://envisioningtech.com which sets out plausible timelines over the next 30 years for changes in 11 different technology areas: AI, Internet, Interfaces, Sensors, Ubicomp, Robotics, Biotech, Materials, Energy, Space, and Geotech. As Michell suggests, the true worth of this analysis is "when you start connecting the dots between the individual technologies and start thinking about the critical paths between them".

There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions, make suggestions, and to contribute to the debate:

*) How well can we foresee the likely changes of the next 30 years? How does the "sci-fi scaffolding" methodology compare to other forecasting approaches?

*) Which combinations of change from different technology areas are the most likely?

*) Which would cause the biggest disruptions?

*) And should a better knowledge of likely future changes cause changes in our present-day behaviours and beliefs?

Location

 Room 415 is on the fourth floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

As desired, coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ

The meeting is free to attend - no charge.