Matt O’Neill can be found online at futuristmatt.com. He’s convinced that ordinary people have more power in their hands to create change than ever before. Matt takes great pleasure in exploring the relationships and patterns between technical and social trends. Social science is broadly the study of unintended consequences, many of which arise from technological progress. Matt is absolutely convinced that the path to a positive future lies in better understanding WHAT WE ARE.
It’s clear that AI, Robotics, Biotech and any number of other innovations are set to impact society in ways we’re only beginning to comprehend. Alongside, there are significant opportunities and existential threats to us as a species. Effectively, we are playing at the game of life with ever-higher stakes.
Matt’s talk will explore how since the Age of Enlightenment, science has diverged from mysticism and spirituality; yet trends – particularly in modern Neuroscience – are bringing these disciplines together again, with belief systems becoming endorsed by scientific rigour. Why are we seeing growth in spiritual (not religious) pursuits both in people’s personal and business lives? Matt will contend that a better understanding of WHAT WE ARE, not WHO WE ARE, has the potential to wash away contemporary negatives like insecurity and stress to reveal that we’re already perfectly designed to handle whatever life throws at us.