Sophie Hackford is a futurist whose research entails meeting weirdos and troublemakers in off-the-beaten-track labs, makerspaces and garages around the globe. As part of her research, she consults for exec teams and boards of large companies on understanding the explosive new technologies defining the new economy.
Sophie Hackford gives a fast-paced overview of the explosive technologies that are shaping the future. From encoding movies in DNA to pixelating the planet, from virtual universes to prosthetic intelligence, Sophie will explore how our relationship with the ‘machines’ is becoming weirder and more complex and will ask the big questions about overcoming the ethical, trust and bias issues in our black-box society, so we can make the most of these extraordinary breakthroughs.
Sophie’s talks are enthusiastic and delivered to create constructive dialogue around emerging technologies.
Sophie is also CEO of a data and AI company, 1715 Labs that she’s currently spinning out of the Astrophysics department at Oxford University with her academic co-founder. This follows a career building businesses for WIRED magazine, for Singularity University at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, and prior to California, the interdisciplinary Oxford Martin School at Oxford University, where Sophie raised more than $120m of research investment. She is the CIO at Not Just A Label, working on the future of retail and cities, and is a contributor to World Economic Forum, Google, and Victoria & Albert Museum publications.