Advisory Board

Ian D. Pearson

Ian D. Pearson, BSc, DSc(hc), CITP, MBCS, FWAAS has spent over 25 years looking at far future technologies, from missile design to advanced computer systems. He has worked in most fields of engineering over that time.
He is currently the in-house futurologist for Futurizon, and is researching ultra-simple computing and bionics, considering ways of placing electronics into our skin and linking our bodies to the future all-pervasive information technology environment. He has been studying issues of evolutionary software and hardware development and self-organization since 1989 and now believes these will bring us the technology of smart bacteria, probably within two decades.
Ian lectures extensively on the impacts of information technology on business and society. He has made well over 400 TV and radio appearances, with hundreds of press articles. He has won numerous awards for his published papers. He authored the innovative e-doc available from Amazon, The Next 20 Years in Technology: Timeline and Commentary.
He also authored The Macmillian Atlas of the Future, Where’s It Going? (Prospects for Tomorrow), Business 2010: Mapping the New Commercial Landscape which includes a foreword by Arthur C. Clarke, Carbon: Achieving CO2 reductions in the UK by using technology instead of muddled thinking, and A 25 page guide to the future: Just occasionally, everyone else is wrong.
Ian coauthored EDNA – Enhanced DNA: Giving us full external control of our inner biology along with Tracey Follows.
An EDNA system would put advanced biotechnology and IT into every cell of our bodies and enable interfacing to almost every aspect of our current biology, and also provide a means to edit, replace, enhance, mediate and control almost every aspect of it.
Much of the EDNA System is feasible in the next few decades, but as well as enormous potential benefits, it would also bring enormous dangers. We explore both.
Ian is consultant editor of The Communications Network Journal, and of Foresight. He is a founding member of the Association of Professional Futurists, and a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, the World Academy of Art and Science, the Royal Society of Arts, the Institute of Nanotechnology and the World Innovation Foundation. He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Westminster.
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