Martin Hamilton

Futurist

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Role

I lead the future and emerging technologies team for Jisc, operators of the Janet network.

My role is all about generating and channelling new ideas and building partnerships to bring them to fruition.

I am particularly interested in the societal implications of ubiquitous robotics and artificial intelligence, and humanity's emergence as a true interplanetary species.

Background

You might think that being a futurist is all about jet packs and flying cars - and to an extent it is. However, I also spend a lot of my time looking out for things that are emerging from the research lab that we can trial or prototype.

The idea is that some of these will go on to become part of Jisc's portfolio of solutions. Sometimes these are commercial products, but there are also a lot of interesting things happening at colleges and universities that have wide applicability and are potentially transferable with a little central support.

Media coverage

Cheating 2.0: beware the darker side of AI
TES, May 2018

Welcome to the future: the tech we can expect in 2018
The Big Issue, January 2018

Education technology: what does 2018 have in store?
Times Higher Education, December 2017

Could Bitcoin technology help science?
Nature, December 2017