Sophie Hackford

Singularity Expert: Artificial Intelligence, Future Forecasting

Sophie is a futurist whose research entails meeting weirdos and troublemakers in off-the-beaten-track labs, makerspaces, garages around the globe - Shenzhen, Seoul, Detroit, Mumbai. As part of her research, she consults for exec teams and boards of large companies on understanding the explosive new technologies defining the new economy. Sophie is also co-founder of a data and AI company, 1715 Labs, that is currently spinning out of the Astrophysics department at Oxford University. This follows a career building businesses for WIRED magazine, for Singularity University at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, and prior to California, the interdisciplinary Oxford Martin School at Oxford University, where Sophie raised more than $120m of research investment.

Speaking Topics

Physical Internet

Autonomous vehicles, Hyperloop, 'robot' factories: when all plugged together can be thought of as a physical internet, a platform that sends humans, goods, vehicles around the world seamlessly, similar to how the internet transmits data. An exploration of a seamless transport future where rockets and robots collaborate.