Subjects up for discussion will vary – we don’t want him swotting up too much in advance – but we’ve agreed to give him one or two hints so that he can weave some juicy facts into his equally salacious and salient opinions. So, potentially up for debate (note that word, Ian, potentially) we’ll be chatting about the following:
: Thursday 17 January, 3:00pm – Robotics and AI: the end of people as we know them? Ian has VERY strong opinions on this one
: Date coming soon – Frankenfoods or Frank Science: could next-generation GM save the day and food secure the planet? He likes his bacon sarnies, but tells us that he wouldn’t be averse to a bit of in-vitro meat if it came from the right laboratory
: Date coming soon –The Privacy Bump: will we get over it, and start handing over our data to do good and make us better citizens? Privacy and data are tough ones for Ian – he is no Luddite, but he has issues of trust when it comes to data-sharing and data-combining as used by Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon
These are just a few of the in-cab subjects we’re thinking about for our trips around the capital. In the interim, if you would like to join us for tea, talk and a trip in one of London’s legendary black cabs with fellow futurenaut and cabbie Ian Ellis at the wheel, then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a key question about the future you’d like to ask him, and we’ll book you in for the ride – if it sounds like it’s going to stump him.
But don’t be surprised if it doesn’t. This chap truly is a legend among cabbies, and knows more than the combined brainpower of The Future Laboratory’s chief knowall officers.
Our Cab Conversation series runs as part of the year long Futurists-in-Residence collaboration between The Future Laboratory and The Corinthia Hotel : See upcoming events here