The conference

This one day conference on Saturday 3rd October will feature eleven speakers who will address aspects of a potential roadmap to sustainable abundance between the present day and the year 2040:

  • Opportunities to accelerate development and deployment of beneficial technologies
  • Avoiding potential downsides of technology – for the environment, for human values, or for social well-being
  • Transforming education to put more focus on the challenges posed by converging disruptive trends
  • Regulations and checks to counter short-termist action by incumbent vested interests
  • The celebration and enablement of proactive innovation for the common good
  • The promotion of scientific, rational, evidence-based methods for taking decisions
  • The positive role of decentralised technologies (such as blockchain)
  • The potential evolution of social structures such as markets and currencies, to attain the best results both from our competitive instincts and from our collaborative instincts
  • Transformation of our democracy so that governance benefits from the wisdom of all of society, and serves the genuine needs of everyone, rather than perpetuating the existing establishment
  • Progress reports from new transhumanist political initiatives around Europe.

The event is taking place on Saturday 3rd October in Birkbeck College, central London.

See here for more details of the vision behind this conference.


Anticipating 2040 features the following speakers and timetable:

  • 09.15: Registration, refreshments, and networking
  • 09.40: Dean Bubley (Founder, Disruptive Analysis): “Co-chair’s opening remarks”
  • 09:45: Rohit Talwar (CEO of Fast Future) – “Beyond comprehension: Navigating the far horizon”
  • 10:15: Waldemar Ingdahl (director and founder of the Swedish policy think tank Eudoxa) -“The force of the many: The future of Blockchain, 3D-printing and other decentralized technologies”
  • 10.45: Karen Moloney (Director, Moloney Minds) – “The future of men and women”
  • 11.15: Break for networking and refreshments
  • 11.45: Calum Chace (ex business leader, author of Pandora’s Brain) – “Surviving AI, 2015-2040”
  • 12:15: Diana S. Fleischman (Senior Lecturer at The University of Portsmouth) – “The future of food – a roadmap to in-vitro meat”
  • 12.45: Lunch break (lunch is not provided)
  • 14.00: Stephen Minger (ex Chief Scientist at GE Healthcare Life Science) – “Stem cell therapies 2015-2040”
  • 14:30: Naomi Nickerson (Imperial College, London) – “The future of quantum computing”
  • 15:00: Steve Fuller (Auguste Comte Professor in social epistemology in Warwick University’s Department of Sociology, author of Humanity 2.0) – “What will social justice look like in 2040?”
  • 15.30: Break for networking and refreshments
  • 16.00: Stefano Vaj (Professor of New Technologies Law at Padua University, National Secretary of the Association of Italian Transhumanists) – “The future of smart regulation of accelerating technology”
  • 16:30: Amon Twyman (Leader, Transhumanist Party, UK) – “Sustainable abundance as political program”
  • 17:00: David Wood (Executive Director, Transpolitica) – “Critical milestones on the path to sustainable abundance”
  • 17.30: End of day.

Conference organisers:

This conference is jointly organised by:

History: Anticipating 2025

For an indication of the kind of things to expect at this conference, see this archive footage of the Anticipating 2025 event held in March 2014.


Attendance will be restricted to 200 attendees (plus presenters, organisers, and press).

The cost to attend is £35. This includes refreshments in the morning and afternoon, and covers costs of room hire, audiovisual, and conference expenses.

(The cost to attend was reduced to £25 for people who register before 1st September.)

Please register via the London Futurists meetup page, here.

Accredited journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge – please contact the organisers, notifying us in advance of your plans to attend.

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