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Sophie Hackford

Futurist and Researcher

Sophie Hackford is a futurist, business builder, and speaker, synthesising explosive and interconnected technology and scientific breakthroughs from around the world. From satellite swarms to AI demonstrating intuition, we are becoming entangled with machines and will be surprised by the consequences. Sophie’s talks are designed to create enthusiasm and constructive dialogue around emerging technologies, which are often viewed with fear and inertia by the business community. She wants to help audiences ask big questions about the future and tries to provoke positive debate amongst decision makers.

Sophie is currently on an under-the-radar research programme, to discover extraordinary tech breakthroughs and investigate the social contexts in which they are built and used. The curriculum requires time amongst weirdos and troublemakers in creative communities, new markets and universities – whether satellites in Buenos Aires, eGaming in Scandinavia, drones in China, astropreneurs in LA.

The aim is to map these technologies over shifting demographics, economics, geopolitics, and hopefully provide a richer understanding of the interconnected challenges and opportunities ahead.

Sophie Hackford previously launched and ran WIRED magazine’s consulting business, bringing the entrepreneurs building the future into boardrooms. She spent two years in Silicon Valley working at Singularity University, a group based at a NASA research park tasked with understanding and harnessing exponential technologies. Prior to California, she worked at Oxford University, bringing more than $120m of investment to a futures research group called the Oxford Martin School. She speaks regularly to corporate audiences on our explosive tech future.

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Topics

Signals, sensors, surveillance

How sensors are blending intelligence invisibly into our environment, turning the world into a computer that is processing information about us all the time. Real time 'CCTV of the planet' will offer radical transparency, enabling us to track economic activity, predict unrest or even prosecute lawbreakers, remotely. Privacy, personal sovereignty, security, ethics, and technical limitations, are balanced with the opportunities this depth of data provides.

Synthetic Intelligence

Demystifying what is an overheated term, and demonstrating real-world use-cases of machine intelligence, today and tomorrow. How a new super-intelligence will help us make sense of the data explosion, moving from just observing the world, to taking decisions for us. Machines will also present answers to questions we never thought to ask. Answers are cheap, it's the questions we can now ask that offer the competitive advantage.

Synthetic realities and the future of the internet

If AI is automating human intelligence, virtual technologies are automating human experience. The concept of content will radically shift as we previously shared video and images, we will soon share 3D objects, or even people. Blending real and virtual worlds will take us from fake news to fake worlds. Novel use cases for virtual objects and virtual experiences are blended with the fascinating psychological impacts of life as an avatar.

Man and Machine

Where do we end and the 'robots' begin? How to understand the blurring of boundaries, how we will ‘speak’ to / interact with machines, how - and where?- to tax the robots. The uneasy ambivalence we feel about these machines, flipping haphazardly between sympathy and fear. How will the internet 'understand' us and our emotions - and what will that do to our lives as consumers, as we transact, live, love, and work increasingly virtually?

Physical Internet

Autonomous vehicles, Hyperloop, 'robot' factories: when all plugged together can be thought of as a physical internet, a platform that sends humans, goods, vehicles around the world seamlessly, similar to how the internet transmits data. An exploration of a seamless transport future where rockets and robots collaborate.

Infinity Machines

Without a new compute paradigm shift, we will be unable to make the AI dream a reality. How we are entering a new compute era, giving us access to almost unlimited power. What would we do if we had machines 1 trillion times faster than today? New chips, new architectures, new quantum possibilities.

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Fees & Details

Fees From*

  • UK:

    £7k to £15k

  • Europe:

    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £7k to £15k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £7k to £15k

Travels From

  • United Kingdom

Languages

English

* This Speaker's fee falls within the ranges shown above. Ranges are presented as a guideline only. Speaker fees are subject to change without notice. For an exact quote, please contact us.

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