Virtual Futures: The Future Starts Here with John Higgs

John Higgs Virtual Futures

Virtual Futures presents John Higgs in conversation on his new book, 'The Future Starts Here: Adventures in the Twenty-First Century' (W&N, 2019).

The idea that our civilisation is doomed is not an established fact, but since the 1980s it has become increasingly popular to imagine the end of our collective existence. From economic collapse, to environmental disaster, and the zombie apocalypse - these stories have become part of popular culture.

Higgs joins us to question whether this bleak outlook might simply be a generational quirk - one that only afflicts those raised in the twentieth century. He asks whether we can look beyond the technological hype and click-bait headlines, to discover alternative outcomes to those predicted by dystopian science fiction. Might it actually be possible to build a better future where nature is not so helpless and where human-purpose will never be automated?

John Higgs is a writer who specialises in finding previously unsuspected narratives, hidden in obscure corners of our history and culture, which can change the way we see the world.

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  • 6:30PM–Monday, May 20
  • Doors at 6.30PM
  • £12.50

Virtual Futures presents John Higgs in conversation on his new book, 'The Future Starts Here: Adventures in the Twenty-First Century' (W&N, 2019).

The idea that our civilisation is doomed is not an established fact, but since the 1980s it has become increasingly popular to imagine the end of our collective existence. From economic collapse, to environmental disaster, and the zombie apocalypse - these stories have become part of popular culture.

Higgs joins us to question whether this bleak outlook might simply be a generational quirk - one that only afflicts those raised in the twentieth century. He asks whether we can look beyond the technological hype and click-bait headlines, to discover alternative outcomes to those predicted by dystopian science fiction. Might it actually be possible to build a better future where nature is not so helpless and where human-purpose will never be automated?

John Higgs is a writer who specialises in finding previously unsuspected narratives, hidden in obscure corners of our history and culture, which can change the way we see the world.

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