The Future Starts Here: Adventures in the 21st Century


Bosco Tent

Wed 15th May 9pm-11pm £12

In the 1980s, we gave up on the future. When we look ahead now, we imagine economic collapse, environmental disaster and the zombie apocalypse. But what if we are wrong? What if this bleak outlook is a generational quirk that afflicted those raised in the twentieth century, but which is already beginning to pass? What if we do have a future after all?

THE FUTURE STARTS HERE: ADVENTURES IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY is a new book by John Higgs that will take us on a journey past the technological hype and headlines. It explains why we shouldn’t trust the predictions of science fiction, why nature is not as helpless as we assume and why purpose can never be automated. In the process, we will come to a better understanding of what lies ahead and how, despite everything – despite all the horrors and instability we face – we can build a better future.

Join Higgs for the launch of his new book, and an evening of talks, comedy and poetry with very special guests poet and author Salena Godden; public peer Lord Victor Adebowale, comedian Jo Neary as Björk, and, on the off-chance that it works, Higgs’ replacement AI robot.