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Basic Income and the Rise of the Robots
Thu 27 April 2017, 18:00 – 21:00 BST
Our April meetup will focus on the concept of 'Basic Income' - the idea of giving everyone enough money to cover basic living expenses - no strings attached. It's been proposed by many futurists as a possible solution to the problem of rising unemployment due to technological automation.
The format will be a talk introducing the idea of Basic Income followed by a panel discussion. Our panelists come from a variety of backgrounds and will be able to give perspectives on Basic Income covering, for example, business, economics, futurism, feminism, psychology and politics.
Our (estimated) agenda will be as follows:
6.30pm: Doors open
7pm: Talk on Basic Income by Volker Hirsch
7.30pm: Break for refreshments
8.15pm: Panel session
9pm: Networking (followed by pub?)
Volker Hirsch is not afraid of placing his faith in concepts that others consider “niche”. He has championed mobile and games for more than 15 years as an angel investor, founder, and advisor. He helped launch the world’s first mobile music services, published games on tiny black and white mobile phones and - damningly - used the term “gamification” as early as 2006. Today his focus is on education, Internet of Things (IoT) and – still – games. He recently spoke at TEDx Manchester on AI & The Future of Work.
After his talk, Volker will be joining our panelists who are:
Alexander Karran is an academic at MMU with a PhD in Psychology and a Master’s in Computer Network Security. In May 2015 he became the first candidate to run for election in a UK general election with a purely technoprogressive transhumanist agenda. Alexander is co-founder (with David Wood) and senior research consultant for Transpolitica (a technoprogressive think tank) and advocates for the wise application of technology to the problems faced by modern society.
Peter Moar is a consultant Enterprise Analyst with experience of working for organisations of all sizes in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Peter has a strong international background, having worked in 10 countries including some of the wealthiest (USA) and poorest (Malawi) in the world. Peter has a degree in Government and Foreign Policy and postgraduate degrees in both Public Administration and Technology Policy. He is Founder of the Manchester Business Book Club, which recently reviewed Martin Ford's 'Rise of the Robots'.
Rosie Campbell is co-founder of Manchester Futurists and a Technologist at BBC R&D. Her background is in Computer Science, Physics and Philosophy and she is currently pursuing research into Convolutional Neural Networks. Rosie is fascinated by the effect of technology on society and passionate about exploring ways to shape a positive future. In particular, she is interested in how basic income might address social problems such as inequality.
Richard is an economics teacher of over 20 years experience in schools, F.E., H.E. and most recently teaching overseas students. Holding undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in economics, he has an interest in progressive economic ideas, the impact of globalisation on society, the possible future impacts of technology, and the domestic political environment.
Once again AutoTrader will kindly provide the venue and refreshments. Please get in touch if you have any specific dietary or access requirements.
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See you there!