Jamie Bartlett

A Brief History of Your Very Near Future
  • A Brief History of Your Very Near Future

  • A deep dive into what the future holds for our digital lives, from how we die online to how to tell the truth in the era of Deep Fakes, by the prizewinning author of The People Vs Tech and The Dark Net

    Puts you and your life at the centre of the story about our digital future, which is already here and has consequences for everything from democracy to our very humanity, none of which we have reckoned with yet.

    REALITY
    You can no longer tell the difference between a bot and a human, and emotionally you are long past caring.

    CONTROL
    Your smart devices and intelligent possessions are not only measuring you but judging you.

    FREE WILL
    You’re now unable to protect your free will as micro profiling and neuro hacking can manipulate you at will.

    INEQUALITY
    You’re part of a new tech underclass, never off-grid, always on and working at the economic zero hours digital interface.

    TRUTH
    In the face of deep fake technology, truth has become a meaningless bankrupt currency. What do you replace it with?

    SECURITY
    The new digital and nano-robotic technologies means there is always threat – nowhere, no one and nothing is really safe anymore.

    TRUST
    Now algorithms are making all the decisions, how do we hold ourselves to account?

    HUMAN
    You can now hack your DNA and intelligence at will, should you have the right to this, and how does it affect our humanity?

    DEATH
    A virtual version of yourself can now live on after death, what does this mean for the living and the dead?

RELEASED 14/05/2020

Jamie Bartlett is the bestselling author of The Dark Net, Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World and The People Vs Tech, which was longlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing and won the 2019 Transmission Prize. He is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos. He also writes on technology for the Spectator, the Telegraph and for several other publications on how the internet is changing politics and society. In 2017 Jamie presented the two-part BBC TWO documentary series The Secrets of Silicon Valley. He lives in London.