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Re-Engineering Humanity – with Brett Frischmann
03 July 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Virtual Futures presents Brett Frischmann in conversation on his new co-authored book, ‘Re-Engineering Humanity.’

Every day, new warnings emerge about artificial intelligence rebelling against us. All the while, a more immediate dilemma flies under the radar. Have forces been unleashed that are thrusting humanity down an ill-advised path, one that’s increasingly making us behave like simple machines?

Brett Frischmann will disucss what’s happening to our lives as society embraces big data, predictive analytics, and smart environments. He will explain how the goal of designing programmable worlds goes hand in hand with engineering predictable and programmable people. Detailing new frameworks, provocative case studies, and mind-blowing thought experiments, he will reveal the hidden connections between fitness trackers, electronic contracts, social media platforms, robotic companions, fake news, autonomous cars, and more.

Join us to understand exactly how technology threatens the future of our society, and what we can do now to build something better.

In conversation with Luke Robert Mason (Director, Virtual Futures).

Brett Frischmann is The Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics at Villanova University. He is also an affiliated scholar of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and a trustee for the Nexa Center for Internet & Society, Politecnico di Torino. He has published foundational books on the relationships between infrastructural resources, governance, commons, and spillovers, including Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources (2012), Governing Knowledge Commons (2014, with Michael Madison and Katherine Strandburg), and Governing Medical Knowledge Commons (Cambridge University Press 2017, with Michael Madison and Katherine Strandburg).​


18:30 – 19:00: Registration & Drinks
19:00 – 20:00: Fireside Chat with Brett Frischmann
20:00 – 20:30: Audience Q&A
20:30 – Late: Book Signing, Drinks & Networking

Ticket Information

Discounts are available for students and early career researchers. Contact info@virtualfutures.co.uk for Promo Codes.

Tickets are FREE for journalists and members of the press.

About the Book

‘Re-Engineering Humanity’ is published by Cambridge University Press. Find out more: https://www.reengineeringhumanity.com

About the Venue

On a dingy side street off the main Shoreditch drag, shielded by the hustle and bustle of hackney road is one of Londons’ best speak easy cocktail clubs. Find out more: http://www.lookingglasslondon.co.uk

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More Information

Virtual Futures (Est.1994) is a Community Interest Company (CIC). Ticket sales help to cover the cost of filming and documentation.


03 July 2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Looking Glass Cocktail Club
49 Hackney Road
London, E2 7NX United Kingdom
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