Technology and Changing Times


In this group we take a lively and news-focused look at the developing technologies of our time. Each week we look at recent reports on a technology topic from different angles, and then its likely impacts and implications – for our own lives, and for society generally. Where do we expect it to lead, and how do we feel about it?

Members of the groups are all interested in emerging technology, but you don’t need to have a technical background. Just be prepared to find out about what’s new and express your opinion!

Please note: this is NOT an IT support group.



Climate, Science and Society


This group will continue to explore how climate and scientific knowledge have shaped the world today and how a basic understanding of the sciences, particularly biology, medicine and geology can inform our everyday decisions.  We discuss a variety of themes from threats to world food and water supplies, GM crops and organic foods to renewables and London’s changing environment to items at the forefront of current news.  This naturally leads to the politics and ethics surrounding these and what we believe and why and what we don’t. We will also talk about insights into our ever changing world from recent expeditions to other continents as well as different parts of Britain.  Other than natural curiosity, no background knowledge is needed for this group.  We have lively discussions where everyone participates.  In addition to the regular fortnightly sessions there may also be excursions.

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