Digital Prospects

Digital Prospects is an ongoing series of debates organised both in London and Toronto*. Each event focusses on a use of technology, how it could impact our future and options in life.

We invite top-notch experts to share their analysis on a specific technology trend, and to debate what impact this trend could – and should – have on society.

These events will be of interest not only to technologists, but to activists, critical thinkers, and anyone who wonders…

Please subscribe to our facebook page, join our Digital Prospects London or Digital Prospects Toronto meetup groups to stay informed of coming events.

* Please contact us if you would like to organise an event in your city: contact – at – plural dot world.

« Leisure will be multiplied ; and the leisure of a cultivated understanding is the precise period in which great designs, designs the tendency of which is to secure, applause and esteem, are conceived. In tranquil leisure, it is impossible for any but the sublimest mind to exist without the passion for distinction. This passion, no longer permitted to lose itself in indirect channels and useless wanderings, will seek the noblest course, and perpetually fructify the seeds of public good » William Godwin – Enquiry Concerning Political Justice.

 

Why doing this?

 

The problem

We collectively don’t think ahead enough in terms of new technologies. This is crucial because new technologies can either promote or discourage free will.

Root cause that this project is addressing

The public doesn’t have enough opportunities to debate new technologies with experts in the field. And experts don’t have enough opportunities to open up their minds to the public.

How is this project aiming to tackle the issue?

By organising public forums to bring up these topics.

How is this project avoiding to impose any personal view?

Debates are organised in such a way that everybody (panelists and the audience) have the opportunity to expose their views. Our moderators ask the hard questions, most often in connection to philosophy, and have no interest in either promoting or denigrating any technology.

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Past events

What can Lawmakers Learn from Lean UX?

London (Digital Prospects) and Toronto (Legal Hackers Toronto) – November 2016

See the slides for useful legal tech links!

Moderators: Cyprian BruckChristophe Bruchansky

Panelists

Dazza Greenwood @DazzaGreenwood

Lecturer & research scientist at the MIT Media Lab

Joshua Stark @jjmstark

Head of operations and legal at Ledger Labs

Marina Korneeva @MarinaTO9

UX evangelists, Daveta co-founder

Keith McDonald @SherylsCrush

Public engagement consultant

Christien Levien @ChristienLevien

Founder of the Legal Swipe app

James Moore @reducingwip

Co-founder of F-LEX

Mark Lizar @smartopian

Founder and CEO of Smart Species

The Serendipity Engine – How to bring the unexpected online

London, UK – June 2016

Moderator: Christophe Bruchansky

Panelists:

Dr Eitan Buchalter, senior anthropologist at the global innovation consultancy Idea Couture where he specialises in the cultural factors that affect innovative behaviour.

Dr Stephann Makri, lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction at City University London and self-proclaimed ‘prince of serendip.’

Echo Chambers in Media and Social Networks

London, UK – February 2016

See the slides for an introduction to echochambers.

Moderator: Christophe Bruchansky

Panelist: Dr Ellen Helsper, Associate Professor at the Media and Communications Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science.