david wood

david wood

intro’d to David in his interview with Nikola

chair london futurists.. board of humanity plus…

often discussions are slight variations of the present

i think changes will happen sooner than people expect..

philosophy missing .. and needed because this change will change human nature

4 pts: philosophy, long term thinking, hype, short term futurism

7 min – ie: keynes – less work more humanity…needs to be brought into discussion

18 min – math to quantum mechanics to teaching (learned to present) to smart phones… to futurism.. to tech with agility, leanness, continuous integration…

23 min – tech solution isn’t always the bests solution.. core principal of science – admitting we don’t have science.. often it’s the fans of science that do this…not about stopping science.. but humility matters..

i was studying quantum mechanics hoping to see free will.. but now believe universe is deterministic… i no longer believe there is a free will.. but i believe we should act as if there is a free will

hear that a lot.. ie: Danko Nikolic – 56 min

31 min – nikola – i can see the scientific evidence for it; david:like can have reasons for morality without devine arbiter – can also have reasons to act if free will w/o it..all kinds of reasons to act as if we have free will even if we don’t have it

33 min – nikola – i have trouble with that – that argument doesn’t cut it for me.. takes me out of driver seat completely.. no control.. no responsibility.. .. david: i agree.. not happy with this type of argument either.. but i thought.. i didn’t want to spend a long time worrying about this issue because i didn’t see it being solved any time soon.. decided i have to make practical decisions in practical world.. i will come back to that.. in my 100 yrs.. probably answers written already in some book/blog post.. but not my immediate priority my priority.. major issues in tech around the corner which are changing society in radical ways… we need to have discussion about that.

whoa.. perhaps the thing we’re putting off is the thing to make those changes (less than 25 yrs.. et al).. no? ie: what if free will is the center of the problem.. whimsy is our most important aspect of our humanity/energy ness.. if so (and/or let’s just see) – let’s do this first.. rather than another 25 yrs ness

the center of the problem

35 min – on ray k and tech having spiritual aspect.. what really set me off – book by (james hughes) citizen cyborg


then found world transhumanist organization – called selves – 6 men in a pub.. then ended up running it (2008)

38 min – led to – won’t just be smart phones.. but smart humanity

40 min – most exponential curves in tech die.. because they don’t have the feedback loops..

ie: energy – and ongoing – from everyone.. to regenerate..

46 min – on waiting – ie: 5 yrs from now.. next 25 yrs..  and then on being alert.. on determinism and on doing human things

48 min – his dream: on automation of work.. so that we can think on philosophical.. (ie free will).. would like it to happen in his life time.. guessing 60% chance of that happening..

49 min – on bad outcomes…

there again – the need for whimsy. for all. gershenfeld’s something else to do ness.

54 min – his defn of transhumanism – transcending humanity’s weaknesses… future we look forward to is humans who are more human (rather than ie: flying cars)

1:00 – on h plus – better humanity of future.. p plus – better politics of future

1:06 – biggest fear: that politicians/leaders of all sort will focus on short term… of tech.. so that neg’s increase.

counter to his passing on fw because it would take too long..  or perhaps not counter.. just fractal ish..

1:09 – on tech unemployment

1:14 – on increasing creativity from tech – so we can’t say always jobs of creativity will always be there


1:16 – on redistribution

1:18 – on capitalism – it motivates many people to work.. but a fan of unregulated capitalism.. state has to intervene.. state should be making policy decisions..

so much talk on money, competition, consumerism.. (earlier quoting book on need for consumers to that innovation continues).. imagine if this is all irrelevant..?

1:20 – back to people sitting on couch – this time because of no money (earlier from no god and from no free will).. nikola saying basic income in norway showing that people still work

1:21 – david sharing story from india… and basic income – using money well

1:23 – humanity plus vision – where people aren’t doing jobs they don’t want to do

1:25 – amazing to me that futurists envision school and school sports

radical change lies ahead.. let’s embrace that and help make it.. so we don’t regret we didn’t


from dw2blog site:

june 2015 – talking on brave new world and last 10 yrs (2005-2015)

Are we nearer to a Brave New World than we think? Part I

part 2

on genetics, meditation, all the things tech can do to improve (?) us

part 3

on cloning.. not so many cloning people but perhaps cloning pets… on child born outside of womb.. on genetic manipulation on aging

huxley set this as 600 yrs in future… will happen much faster than that.. and he said that himself in 1958(?)

part 4

on conditioning going on… on romance, falling in love, mother, pregnancy – as bad words in brave new world

part 5

i studied brave new world in 1984 – i preferred 1984.. huxley – on how we can get distracted from good/potential.. they’ll come out ready for a convo

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David Wood, DSc, has spent 25 years envisioning, architecting, designing, implementing, and avidly using smart mobile devices. He was co-founder of Symbian, the creator of the world’s first successful smartphone operating system,and served on Symbian’s leadership team from 1996-2009. Subsequently he was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Accenture Mobility, and now acts as independent consultant and writer. As chair of London Futurists, he has organized regular meetings in London since March 2008 on futurist, transhumanist, technoprogressive, and singularitarian topics. He was the author of the book, Smartphones and Beyond, which was published in 2014, and he was also the lead editor of Anticipating 2025 and Anticipating tomorrow’s politics.