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“Science and religion are two different languages trying to tell the same story”

Dan Brown, Author – Web Summit, 2015

FutureSocieties brings together world-leading influencers in the tech sector, policymaking community and academia to discuss how technology is transforming the way we live, learn, work and play. For good and for bad.


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Community is paramount Telle Whitney, CEO, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

We have very powerful tools to shape our future. These tools do not shape our future. We do Andrew McAfee, IDE Director, MIT

We have the power to design our society Reni Eddo-Lodge, Author

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    FutureSocieties brings together distinguished politicians, academics and thought leaders in the tech industry to assess the opportunities, challenges, and impact of recent years' technological advancements. The FutureSocieties programme offers four curated content tracks.

Your Web Summit ticket gives you access to all FutureSocieties sessions, as well as more than 20 other conferences held at Web Summit.    


The internet and mobile communications has forever changed how people connect, spread information and organise.

To what extent has this disrupted campaigning and elections?
Is social media the cause or the answer to our heightened loneliness?


Knowledge is power and technology is having an pervasive impact on how we acquire it. Educational software and e-learning are opening opportunities for people living in remote parts, with a disability or who are time poor.

But is it leaving low-income students further behind?
Which skills will be needed for the jobs that will be available into the future?


The way we work today is vastly different than the way we worked a matter of years ago. Workers in the gig economy can, for the first time in history, exercise autonomy over their work schedules.

But is the price of progress employee and consumer rights?
Which workers are at risk of being replaced by machines?


Is technology allowing us more or less time for leisure?
Is the music industry, cinemas and public libraries dying or innovating?
Does social media expand our network or make us more isolated?

The giants of the web assemble Wall Street Journal

Everywhere you go it’s buzzing and it’s electric Bloomberg

It defines the ecosystem The Guardian

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