At the In the Know – Let’s get technical event on 29th June at The Studio, Liverpool Science Park at 08:00 in the morning, I was warmly welcomed by the KQ Liverpool team, not with just smiles but also by an elegant and healthy spread of morning delights. By 8.15am it was a packed-out room. All the “bio-tech” savvy” panellists were seated, including Alison Mitchell, Executive Director, Sensor City, Herb Kim, Board Director, Tech City UK and Dr Vincent Walsh, technologist, Innovation Fellow, Academic & Ecological Practitioner.
I was hugely grateful to be asked to speak about my own research and commercial activities across biological and technological infrastructure for smart city growth. It was also a great platform for me to speak about and position Pop Goes the Technosphere, an international reaching tech programme.
I started my talk by weighing up the ever-evolving inevitable waves of complexity across biological and technological entities, while hypothesising that technology was not created by humanity, more like, the “Technium” – culture of technology – created humanity. Technologies were being design, created and co-evolving before humanity emerged out of and through the biosphere (the regions of the surface and atmosphere of the earth occupied by living organisms)
Just a thought: If “cities” are an extension of the human mind, this highlights a tremendous ability of imagination, our ability to design, create and co-evolve very complex architectures wrapped and intertwined with social systems, cultures. It shows we have the ability to create very complex tools, the city is a tool that we use, just like are ancient ancestors made tools and weapons from flint.
This would also mean that the hive is the extension of the bee’s mind, the termite mound is the extension of the termite’s mind and the ants nest is the extension of the ant’s mind. Therefore, Insects have been designing, creating and co-evolving complex technologies before humanity. Bees, termites and ants develop complex cities, as tools; architectures, social systems and cultures, and some would say they do it with more collaboration, flexibility, adaptability, decentralisation, and complexity.
This left me with a little time to highlight Pop Goes the Technosphere (POP). POP is focused on Biological Futures & Neo Architectures, is an international event series celebrating the intellect’s emerging technologies and neo cultures.
POP is an independent tech event programme in collaboration with Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter and Arts Lab (LJMU) POP focuses on inviting leading intellects and tech influencers from around the globe to debate and question emerging technologies, biological infrastructure, neo cultures and urban futures across the science, art and design spectrum. The programme focuses on creating world-class notoriety and momentum for Liverpool’s emerging tech sector, and importantly, a platform which enables new commercial partnerships, multidisciplinary research collaborations and citywide activities within, across and beyond Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter.
We aim to increase the city’s profile by enabling a platform which invites intellects and tech influencers see and support the vision for KQ Liverpool. The programme acts as an international public relations performance, delivered with creative direction, scientific rigour and imagination.
Six themes directly connect to the spectrum of research & commercial activities across the wide range of institutions located in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter.
- Life Extension, Cyborgs & Transhumanism
- Culture, Internet of Things & New Economies
- Ecological Urban Landscapes & Bio-City Infrastructures
- Health, Big Data & biobanks
- Virtual, Augmented Reality & Gaming
- Biomaterials and Manufacturing
After delivering the talk and highlighting POP, the response from the audience was no less than amazing. Directly after the event an array of people and organisations approach me to say there would support POP, other said they want to be partners and other said they just want to get involved. This was an overwhelming response, the kind of reaction that shows POP is bringing something new, and more importantly something that people actually want in the City of Liverpool.
Round Table Event
Later this year POP will be having a round table event, we will be aiming to invite 50 people across the City of Liverpool to meet the creators and the advisory board at POP and to have an exciting conversation about what, how, when, where POP should be. POP is for the People of Liverpool, it is bringing together the research, commercial and cultural communities. We want to hear from you, what POP should be. If you want to be part of the “POP Round Table Event” please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks for the vision, energy, time and support from; KQ Liverpool, Sensor City, Arts Lab LJMU, FACT LAB, Agent Marketing, Invest Liverpool MAKE Liverpool, Ellis Williams Architects, Baltic Creative, Tapestry, District Triangle, Liverpool LEP.
This article was written by Dr Vincent Walsh. If you would like Dr Walsh to talk at an event, work on an academic project, consult for an ecological start up, be part of a funding bid, develop sustainable concepts with a commercial edge, or support a post graduate project, please get in touch, he is looking forward to hearing from you. Email; email@example.com, or visit www.drvincentwalsh.com