Hangout on Air: The Naked Future — A World That Anticipates Your Every Move

Dates: December 15 – Feb 15, 2013
Location: Google+

What kind of privacy will be left for people, in a near-future world of ubiquitous computing, with sensors everywhere, and with “big data” algorithms that draw alarmingly reliable inferences about our intentions and plans?

How will human psychology cope, with the “always-on” scrutiny of our every action?

Can legislation keep pace with the challenges posed by ubiquitous computing and big data, to prevent the erosion of human values?

This London Futurists Hangout on Air will feature a live discussion between an international panel of leading futurists: Patrick Tucker, Gray ScottDavid OrbanEvan Selinger, and Rachel Armstrong.

The title of the event is taken from that of a forthcoming book, The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? Scheduled for publication in March 2014, the book is written by Patrick Tucker, the director of communications of the World Future Society.

Live questions

Viewers of the live broadcast on Google+ will be able to vote in real time on questions and suggestions to be discussed by the panellists as the Hangout proceeds. Give ‘+1′ votes to the suggestions you most like.

Here are some examples of questions we may address (in addition to the ones listed earlier):

• What scope is there for people to become “digital outliers”, resisting e.g. wearable computing?

• What are the benefits of undertaking “digital detoxes”?

• Can we prevent the consolidation of so much information about ourselves in the control of a small number of very large companies?

You can view the event:

• On Google+, via the page https://plus.google.com/+DavidWood_dw2/posts - where you’ll also be able to vote on questions to be submitted to the panellists

• Via YouTube (the URL will be published here 15 minutes prior to the start of the event).