Ben is an engineer and architect at Confluent, Inc. (the company behind Apache Kafka) where he’s worked on a range of projects from implementing the latest version of the replication protocol through to developing strategies for streaming applications. Before Confluent Ben built the central data platform for a large investment bank. His earlier career spanned a variety of projects at Thoughtworks and UK-based enterprise companies. Find out more at http://benstopford.com.
Today, digital products and companies are not just changing the way we live our lives, but also playing an increasingly influential role in public policy and governance. We have reached a point where consumer goods produced by technology industries are beginning to reshape what it means to be Human.
This year, we are going to explore advances in biohacking and transhumanism and their implications for humankind. Will they be to our benefit, further enhancing quality of life? How mindful should we be of the potential social and ethical pitfalls whilst we transform?