LearnTech: AI for Personalised Education (24th February 2021)

Exploring ways in which data science, artificial intelligence & machine learning can help personalise and improve learning experiences

About this Event

At this event, our speakers will explore the various ways in which data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning can help personalise and improve learning experiences for individuals. Presentations will be followed by Q&A and discussion.

Speakers include:

Rose Luckin – Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab

Lasse Rouhiainen – International Keynote Speaker on Artificial Intelligence | Board Member @ Roybi and 1MillionBot

Maury Shenk – Co-Founder & CEO at LearnerShape

More about the LearnTech meetup group

Reinventing learning for the new normal.

We are a group of entrepreneurs, data scientists, technologists and other enthusiasts whose vision is to improve lifetime learning and learning at work, at a time of constant change. We believe in the power of intelligent technologies such as machine learning and data science, while insisting that solutions must serve human needs.

Our events will be about technologies, trends and solutions, with opportunities to learn from experts, and to network and build community with others working towards the same goals.


Cyber Security 2021, with the Chief Scientist of McAfee, Raj Samani (11th February 2021)

We are delighted to welcome to the Real Time Club Raj Samani, Chief Scientist and McAfee Fellow for cybersecurity firm McAfee; Raj will be sharing with us his view of the latest threats, some solutions and what they actually mean to all of us in 2021.

Raj’s impressive set of rewards for making us safer online include the Infosecurity Europe hall of Fame, Peter Szor award, and Intel Achievement Award; he has a long list of publications including co-authoring the books “Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid” and the “CSA Guide to Cloud Computing” and serving as technical editor of numerous other publications.

Raj has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases and is special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in The Hague.


“You Lead”: Minter Dial in Conversation (7th January 2021)

In his latest book, You Lead, Minter Dial draws out a cogent path for leaders like yourself to evolve by allowing if not exhorting you to lean in on your personal values, develop a greater self-awareness and make sure that what you do matters, for you and those around you, including your circle of Most Valuable People (MVPs).

It’s a personal journey that Minter leads you on, filled with stories and missteps from which to learn. Minter loves music and leads by example in talking about how his own personal passions contributed to developing his personality, impacting his sense of self and informing his leadership style. As I like to say, you can only grow and scale your business as fast as you grow and scale yourself.

Minter’s a joy to listen to – come join us to hear more at the first – of many – Real Time Club events of 2021.

Here’s a link to the foreword and preface to Minter’s new book ‘You Lead’.

And here is the link for the first chapter! No subscription needed, just enter your name and email etc. (with an unsubscribe option any time thereafter)


Crime dot Com: From Viruses to Vote Rigging, How Hacking Went Global (28th July 2020)

Online via Zoom

Geoff White will reveal tech’s impact on our lives: crime dot com – examples include the controversial police use of facial recognition; the failure of artificial intelligence therapy apps; hi-tech call centre scams that have cost victims their lives’ savings; fraud in the internet dating industry.

As an investigative journalist Geoff White has covered technology for BBC News, Channel 4 News, Audible, The Sunday Times and many others.

His book on cybercrime, “Crime Dot Com: From Viruses To Vote Rigging, How Hacking Went Global“, will be published on August 10th 2020.

Everyone who signs-up will be sent a pdf of the first chapter – ‘Meet the Hackers’ – of Geoff’s book


The Story of the COV-19 Tracing App Explained. Is a Blockchain Needed? (30th June 2020)

Online via Zoom.

Dr Maria Vigliotti will discuss how a COV-19 Tracing App would work, including the app developed by the NHS. The latter has not been considered sufficiently secure by the National Cybersecurity Centre, which is one of the reasons why recently the UK Government has changed plans and decided to join forces with major tech companies for a new release of the app.

Could it have been made better by using blockchain to create a more secure and decentralised tracing app? Click HERE to purchase a copy of Maria’s book.

About our speaker

Dr Maria Grazia Vigliotti, Cyber Security & Blockchain Professional, Imperial College London

A lifelong experienced computing professional, who has worked as academic at Imperial College London specialising in writing AI algorithms to aid in cyber security and formal code verification.

Maria has worked in cyber security by convening and leading the development of the cyber security strategy for the entire British railway industry and worked on prevention of cryptographic attacks on the European Railway Traffic Management Systems (ERTMS). Maria has also advised most of the major players in the UK nuclear industry on smart device security.

Currently, Maria Grazia Vigliotti leads Sandblocks Consulting, a boutique consultancy specialising in blockchain technology and cybersecurity.

Maria G. Vigliotti is the co-author of “The Executive Guide to Blockchain”. The book aims to demystify blockchain by offering a jargon-free explanation to various aspects of the technology.


Smoke & Mirrors: How Hype Obscures The Future (14th May 2020)

Online via Zoom

It started with ghosts in the 1700s. ‘Conjured ghosts’ opens Gemma Milne’s book ‘Smoke & Mirrors: How Hype Obscures the Future and How to See Past It’.

Hype – particularly around science and technology – engulfs our world like never before; we’re at a stage where even if we’re well-informed and technically literate we struggle to wade through the hype and find some truth.

This evening, our guest Gemma Milne will expand upon her new book and discuss examples of hype that will intrigue and inform you, followed by a Q&A where you’ll get the rare opportunity to explore many and varied hype and challenge Gemma to cut through it to the truth. 

Click HERE to get the introduction to Gemma’s book.

About our speaker

Gemma Milne, Technology & Science Writer

Gemma Milne is a Science & Technology Journalist covering all things deep tech, including biotech, advanced computing, space, energy and innovation in academia, for titles such as Forbes, The Times, BBC, and Quartz. She is the author of ‘Smoke & Mirrors: How Hype Obscures the Future and How to See Past It’, which came out April 2020, published by Little Brown. She is also Co-Host of Science: Disrupt – a podcast interviewing the innovators, iconoclasts & entrepreneurs creating change in science. She is an Expert Advisor for the European Commission and Innovate UK, a Scout for Backed VC, an Innovation Jury Member for SXSW and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.

Pre-order Gemma’s debut book, SMOKE & MIRRORS

Sign up to Gemma’s newsletter, Brain Reel

Twitter: @gemmamilne | Instagram: @gemmamilnewriter


Auditing Time, Place and Identity in Our Digital World (10th March 2020)

The virtual world runs our lives, unaudited, ‘marking its own homework’.
Earlier today, you probably clicked on “I agree” without any idea what you were agreeing to.  We’ve been complacent, ignoring the elephant in our data, and we only have ourselves to blame.

We must inject physical reality into all computing fabric to audit virtual processes. Electrons have consequences; they must be held to account in time, place and identity.  We need a new Digital Metrology – one where we understand the measurement science underpinning the digital world we live and work in and how this can – and must – be applied.

Join us to hear from Dr Richard Hoptroff, inventor, investor, entrepreneur, to hear the future before it’s happened and to ask very difficult questions about time, our digital world and what we need to do to ensure our futures are marked in audited time, place, and identity!

About our speaker

Dr Richard Hoptroff, Hoptroff Ltd

Richard’s last school report read:  He is basically lazy – he wants computers to solve his problems for him.

35 years on, he took this tack as a physicist specializing in real-time AI:  He has erred into economic forecasting, nonlinear control, price optimization, archaeological dating, high-accuracy luxury timepieces, and financial timestamping.  A consistent theme throughout has been data quality: Intellect is easy – good data is hard to find.

Dr. Richard Hoptroff is a long-term technology inventor, investor and entrepreneur. Awarded a PhD in Physics by King’s College London for his work in optical computing and artificial intelligence, in 1992, together with Ravensbeck, he founded Right Information Systems, a neural network forecasting software company which was in 1997 sold to Cognos Inc (part of IBM).

He created Flexipanel Ltd in 2001, a company supplying Bluetooth modules to the electronics industry.

In 2010, he founded Hoptroff London, with the aim to develop smart, hyper-accurate watch movements and create a new watch brand, establishing a new commercial category when he brought to market the first commercial atomic timepiece and atomic wristwatch.

Hoptroff has now leveraged his expertise in timing technology and software to develop a hyper- accurate synchronised timestamping solution for the financial services sector, based on a unique combination of grandmaster atomic clock engineering and proprietary software: Hoptroff London Ltd – Traceable Time as a Service (TTaaS®).


Quantum Technologies & Our Qubit Future (18th February 2020)

The UK has always been a world leader in ideas, invention, and innovation.  Now that technology is developing faster than ever, we must stay at the forefront of science and technological creativity, exploring and exploiting new technology areas. 

Recent emerging disruptive technologies have now emerged into ever-growing new industries, such as Quantum Technologies and Engineering Biology that will change our futures. 

And were now on the crest of the digital wave, as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning begin to use recent advances to not only revolutionise our industrial base but also our society. Quantum Computing – once a sci-fi dream – is now becoming a reality, with basic Quantum Supremacy recently demonstrated for the first time. 

The UK can stay at the forefront of the digital era through developing and exploiting these technologies – particularly Quantum Technologies and the materials development that underpins them, where we have world-leading R&D with considerable government investment combined with industry of nearly £1bn to date!

Join us to hear from Prof Neil Stansfield, a polymath with remarkable and extensive experience who leads UK strategy on development of Digital and Data Science, Future Communications and Quantum Technologies at National Physical Laboratory (NPL), to hear the future before it’s happened and to ask very difficult questions!

NPL is the national Laboratory for the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy with the mission to underpin the economic and societal wellbeing of the UK. One area of sharp focus is Quantum Technologies development, from materials to computing, to gravity wave detectors and communications.

About our Speaker

Professor Neil Stansfield, Head of Strategy and Head of Digital Sector, National Physical Laboratory

Neil Stansfield is Director of Strategy at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the national lab for the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy. Neil also leads on the digital strategy for NPL, including Data Science, Future Communications, and Quantum Technologies.  

Neil has spent twenty-five years in a range of senior defence and security policy, strategy, and science and technology roles, working across Government and the private sector, nationally and internationally. Areas of responsibility have included: chemical and biological defence; arms control; ballistic missile defence; MoD’s maritime S&T programme; and as Deputy Director in the Office of Security and Counterterrorism. Most recently Neil led the Ministry of Defence strategy and programme for identifying and harnessing emerging and disruptive technologies. 

In 2007 Neil had the privilege of spending a year at the Royal College of Defence Studies, MoD’s most senior leadership development programme.  Neil holds a few visiting and honorary professorships, including “data science for national security” and an honour for “inspiring young people into science”.


Enhancing Human Creativity Using Artificial Intelligence (19th November 2019)

We speak a good deal on AI and creativity, most frequently around AI being creative; what about enhancing human creativity using AI?  Our speaker – Dr Shama Rahman – will give us insight into the neuroscience of creativity and demonstrate how AI can be used as a tool to spark human creativity.

She will explore the potential of the complementary symbiosis of neuroscientific-knowledge and AI-capabilities to result in neuro-enhancement and ‘augmented creative intelligence’; we can all benefit from this approach.

Expounding on the stages within an innovation framework, different types of creativity, and the underlying neuroscience of the creative process, Shama will explore the capacity of AI as a symbiotic tool to augment the human creative process. The particpants in this event can expect to embark on an AI-assisted creative session themselves using the ‘FlowCreate™ Innovator’ which enhances creative processes combining AI, neuroscience, and digitised design-thinking tools and innovation frameworks: everyone attending will get a link to a trial version of the FlowCreate™ Innovator platform

About our Speaker

Dr Shama Rahman – Neuroscientist, Artist, Futurist and Founder-CEO of NeuroCreate

Dr Shama Rahman is a scientist, artist, creative technologist and futurist. She holds an inter-disciplinary PhD in the Neuroscience and Complex Systems of Creative Cognition and Innovation. She is the co-author of a book chapter in ‘Creativity in the Twenty First Century: Multidisciplinary Contributions to the Science of Creative Thinking‘ by Springer.

As an artist, she is a musician and actor, and her work has encompassed the use of wearable technology to enhance storytelling. She is proud of being the first Sitarist Explorer to perform in Antarctica on the first ever Antarctic Biennale.

Shama is the Artistic Director of the Art/Science creative production agency Jugular Productionsand has given a Tedx talk on ‘Multidisciplinary Creativity‘.

Shama has founded NeuroCreate: a start-up using AI and Neuroscience in a symbiotic digital design to enhance human creativity, performance and wellbeing. NeuroCreate has been shortlisted for the RSA Future of Work ‘Tech for Good’ Awards, NeuroCreate’s innovative approach has been noted by Forbes and Dr Rahman is an ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ finalist in the Olympic Legacy.


The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity (15th October 2019)

Today’s machines have already shown glimpses of creativity in art, literature and music.

As AI develops, completely new forms of the arts – currently unimaginable – are bound to emerge; in our season of exploring AI and its uses, creativity and ethics our speaker – Prof Arthur I Miller – will explore this brave new world, probing questions such as: ‘Can and will computers be creators like us and even go beyond us? Will we have to rethink concepts like ‘art’ and ‘creativity’ and, if so, how?’ Prof Miller will discuss and debate all this and much, much more!

The narrative of The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity spins off the hundred-odd interviews which Prof Miller carried-out with scientists on the cutting-edge of AI-created art, literature and music.

This book brings together and extends his work of over three decades on creativity in humans and creativity in machines; it is a tour of creativity in the age of machines.

Everyone attending this event will receive a signed first edition of Arthur’s The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity courtesy of the real Time Club.

Moreover, it is not a dystopian account – rather it celebrates the creative possibilities of AI in the arts.

About our Speaker

Professor Arthur I Miller – Professor Emeritus of history and philosophy of science at University College London

Arthur I. Miller is fascinated by the nature of creative thinking. He has published many critically acclaimed books, including Insights of Genius; Einstein, Picasso (shortlisted for a Pulitzer); Empire of the Stars (shortlisted for the Aventis Prize); and 137, and writes for the Guardian, The New York Times and Wired.

He is professor emeritus of history and philosophy of science at University College London.

An experienced broadcaster and lecturer, he has curated exhibitions on art/science and writes engagingly about complex social and intellectual dramas, weaving the personal with the scientific to produce thoroughly researched works that read like novels.

His previous book, Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art (W.W. Norton), tells the story of how art, science and technology are fusing in the twenty-first century.