The Future of Humanity

Hosted by the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science and LSE Literary Festival

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building,


Luke Dormehl

Luke Dormehl

Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny

Nick Srnicek

Nick Srnicek


Professor Jason McKenzie Alexander

Professor Jason McKenzie Alexander

What kind of future do we want to create and why? This panel explores the philosophical implications of scientific advancements like artificial intelligence and human enhancement, which have the potential to revolutionize our world. Is fear overriding optimism in our approach to the future?

Luke Dormehl (@lukedormehl) is a technology author and journalist, with a background in documentary film. He regularly contributes to Digital Trends, and has written for Fast Company, the Guardian, Sunday Times and other publications. His previous books include The Apple RevolutionThe Formula and most recently Thinking Machines: The inside story of Artificial Intelligence and our race to build the future

Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) is a journalist and author, most recently of the novella Everything Belongs to the Future.  She is a contributing editor and columnist for the New Statesman and a frequent writer on social justice, pop culture, gender issues, and digital politics for the Guardian, the New Inquiry, Salon, the Nation, Vice, the New York Times and many other publications. Her blog Penny Red was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2010. In 2012, Britain’s Tatler magazine described her as one of the top “100 people who matter.” Her most recent nonfiction book is Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies, and Revolution.

Nick Srnicek (@n_srnck) is a lecturer in International Political Economy at City, University of London. He is the author of Platform Capitalism  and Inventing the Future (with Alex Williams). With Helen Hester he is currently writing After Work.

Jason Alexander is Professor of Philosophy at LSE and the co-ordinator of the MSc Philosophy of the Social Sciences.

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This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017, taking place from Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February 2017, with the theme “Revolutions”.


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