Virtual Futures is creating original perspectives on the future
7

patrons

$63
per month
Virtual Futures stares the future deep in the eyes and challenges everything it seems to promise.

By curating a series of highly immersive event experiences we promote original thinking and aim to connect audiences with one of the most important intellectual and cultural developments of our times – the technological extension of the human condition. These events are unique gatherings where the morphing of cultural space is accelerated by the head-on collision of science, theory, music, fiction, and multimedia.

Virtual Futures (VF) brings together artists, philosophers, cultural theorists, scientists, technologists and fiction writers to re-address the potential benefits of looking at our future through a techno-philosophical lens.

As our goal is to imbue as many people as possible with these unique ideas and concepts, all of our discussions are filmed and made freely available to our highly engaged YouTube audience under a creative commons licence.

HOW WE USE YOUR PLEDGE
Your generous contributions will help us extend the scope of our activities and provide audiences with deeper insight into the topics we seek to confront. Your pledge will be used in five central ways:

  • Archive - Virtual Futures will digitise its archive of cyberculture papers, videos and abstracts. Your pledge will help us make this content freely available online.
  • Speakers - Your contribution will allow us to invite international speakers to our events, bringing an international perspective to our discussions.
  • Video - All of our events have been recorded in high-definition with multi-track broadcast-quality audio. Your pledge will help us to continue to invest in the best filmmaking talent and further increase the quality of our output
  • Publication - Virtual Futures is transcribing all of our discussions for a series of upcoming publications.Your pledge will help us launch our first series of books this year.
  • Podcast - Let’s reach even more people! VF has pre-recorded interviews with pioneers in cybernetics, sex robotics, e-waste, AI, cognition, human enhancement, VR and gaming! Your pledge will help us produce these broadcast-quality interviews as unique audio essays and release them freely on all of the major podcasting platforms.

As a community interest company, Virtual Futures cannot exist without the generous support of our audience and patrons.

HISTORY OF VIRTUAL FUTURES
The original Virtual Futures Conferences, hosted at the University of Warwick in 1994, 1995 and 1996, saw a group of renegade philosophers lock horns with the future based on the provocations of evidence provided by the emergence of the Internet. Their predictions were wild, exerted creative licence and were unfaithful to every academic discipline.

Due to this unique history Virtual Futures provides an extraordinary speaker and attendee list, made up of the world's leading thinkers and intellectuals. Our community includes a range of successful columnists, journalists (for The Telegraph, Guardian, Wired Magazine), academics, artists, science fiction authors, designers, scientists, software developers and technology consultants.

Become a Virtual Futures Patron and join the network of incredible individuals who are committed to injecting a critical voice into conversations around technological progress.

PRESS COVERAGE
Virtual Futures has been featured in Times Higher EducationVICE MOTHERBOARDWired MagazineThe GuardianBBC 5 Live Radio and BBC Click Radio.

View a clip from the recent VICE MOTHERBOARD's documentary ‘Living with Future Prosthetics’ below:

Rewards
Cyber-Seers
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Help us breathe controversy into cyberspace.

Includes
  • Access to the Virtual Futures Patreon Newsfeed.
  • Exclusive monthly updates.
Techno-Philosophers
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
Amplify the discussion.


All of the above, plus these additional rewards/ upgrades:



Includes
  • 10% discount on tickets to all Virtual Futures Events.
Luminaries
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Be part of history.


All of the above, plus these additional rewards/ upgrades:



Includes
  • 25% discount on tickets to all Virtual Futures Events.
  • Name listed on the Supporters Page of the VF Website.
Enhanced Humans
$20 or more per month 1 patron
Witness the future.


All of the above, plus these additional rewards/ upgrades:



Includes
  • 50% discount on tickets to all Virtual Futures Events.
  • Priority access to Virtual Futures Salons.
  • Special access to Publication Discounts.
  • Your name mentioned in a Virtual Futures Podcast episode.
Cybernetic Entities
$50 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons
Design the future.


Take an active role in shaping our programme.


All of the above, plus these additional rewards/ upgrades:



Includes
  • 100% discount on tickets to select Virtual Futures Events.
  • Access to our Closed Facebook Group for the VF Community.
  • Invitations to exclusive/ invite-only Events
  • Your name credited in the full videos.
Body Without Organs
$500 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Silver Patron or Corporate/Company Sponsor. 


Work with us to build your brand by demonstrating your expertise, connect with your target audience and produce innovative content.


Includes all of the above, plus these additional rewards/ upgrades:



Includes
  • Complimentary events tickets for employees/ friends/ family.
  • Your Company Logo added to full videos.
  • Your Company Logo added to the Virtual Futures Website.
  • Your Company mentioned in the Virtual Futures Podcast.
Thousand Plateaus
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Gold Patron or Corporate/Company Sponsor.

Support the commissioning, conceptual design and production of cutting-edge new thinking, engaging closely with our alumni, speakers and networks. Terms & Conditions apply.


Includes all of the above, plus these additional rewards/ upgrades:



Includes
  • Crediting as a Gold Patron in all published materials.
  • Integrate one of your company’s spokespeople into a discussion.
  • Introduce a new idea for debate and we will curate an event.
  • Showcase VF's video and podcast content on your own channels.
Goals
$63 of $300 per month
Virtual Futures will be able to edit and release all of our remaining video content under a Creative Commons licence.
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Virtual Futures stares the future deep in the eyes and challenges everything it seems to promise.

By curating a series of highly immersive event experiences we promote original thinking and aim to connect audiences with one of the most important intellectual and cultural developments of our times – the technological extension of the human condition. These events are unique gatherings where the morphing of cultural space is accelerated by the head-on collision of science, theory, music, fiction, and multimedia.

Virtual Futures (VF) brings together artists, philosophers, cultural theorists, scientists, technologists and fiction writers to re-address the potential benefits of looking at our future through a techno-philosophical lens.

As our goal is to imbue as many people as possible with these unique ideas and concepts, all of our discussions are filmed and made freely available to our highly engaged YouTube audience under a creative commons licence.

HOW WE USE YOUR PLEDGE
Your generous contributions will help us extend the scope of our activities and provide audiences with deeper insight into the topics we seek to confront. Your pledge will be used in five central ways:

  • Archive - Virtual Futures will digitise its archive of cyberculture papers, videos and abstracts. Your pledge will help us make this content freely available online.
  • Speakers - Your contribution will allow us to invite international speakers to our events, bringing an international perspective to our discussions.
  • Video - All of our events have been recorded in high-definition with multi-track broadcast-quality audio. Your pledge will help us to continue to invest in the best filmmaking talent and further increase the quality of our output
  • Publication - Virtual Futures is transcribing all of our discussions for a series of upcoming publications.Your pledge will help us launch our first series of books this year.
  • Podcast - Let’s reach even more people! VF has pre-recorded interviews with pioneers in cybernetics, sex robotics, e-waste, AI, cognition, human enhancement, VR and gaming! Your pledge will help us produce these broadcast-quality interviews as unique audio essays and release them freely on all of the major podcasting platforms.

As a community interest company, Virtual Futures cannot exist without the generous support of our audience and patrons.

HISTORY OF VIRTUAL FUTURES
The original Virtual Futures Conferences, hosted at the University of Warwick in 1994, 1995 and 1996, saw a group of renegade philosophers lock horns with the future based on the provocations of evidence provided by the emergence of the Internet. Their predictions were wild, exerted creative licence and were unfaithful to every academic discipline.

Due to this unique history Virtual Futures provides an extraordinary speaker and attendee list, made up of the world's leading thinkers and intellectuals. Our community includes a range of successful columnists, journalists (for The Telegraph, Guardian, Wired Magazine), academics, artists, science fiction authors, designers, scientists, software developers and technology consultants.

Become a Virtual Futures Patron and join the network of incredible individuals who are committed to injecting a critical voice into conversations around technological progress.

PRESS COVERAGE
Virtual Futures has been featured in Times Higher EducationVICE MOTHERBOARDWired MagazineThe GuardianBBC 5 Live Radio and BBC Click Radio.

View a clip from the recent VICE MOTHERBOARD's documentary ‘Living with Future Prosthetics’ below:

Recent posts by Virtual Futures

Rewards
Cyber-Seers
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Help us breathe controversy into cyberspace.

Includes
  • Access to the Virtual Futures Patreon Newsfeed.
  • Exclusive monthly updates.
Techno-Philosophers
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
Amplify the discussion.


All of the above, plus these additional rewards/ upgrades:



Includes
  • 10% discount on tickets to all Virtual Futures Events.
Luminaries
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Be part of history.


All of the above, plus these additional rewards/ upgrades:



Includes
  • 25% discount on tickets to all Virtual Futures Events.
  • Name listed on the Supporters Page of the VF Website.
Enhanced Humans
$20 or more per month 1 patron
Witness the future.


All of the above, plus these additional rewards/ upgrades:



Includes
  • 50% discount on tickets to all Virtual Futures Events.
  • Priority access to Virtual Futures Salons.
  • Special access to Publication Discounts.
  • Your name mentioned in a Virtual Futures Podcast episode.
Cybernetic Entities
$50 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons
Design the future.


Take an active role in shaping our programme.


All of the above, plus these additional rewards/ upgrades:



Includes
  • 100% discount on tickets to select Virtual Futures Events.
  • Access to our Closed Facebook Group for the VF Community.
  • Invitations to exclusive/ invite-only Events
  • Your name credited in the full videos.
Body Without Organs
$500 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Silver Patron or Corporate/Company Sponsor. 


Work with us to build your brand by demonstrating your expertise, connect with your target audience and produce innovative content.


Includes all of the above, plus these additional rewards/ upgrades:



Includes
  • Complimentary events tickets for employees/ friends/ family.
  • Your Company Logo added to full videos.
  • Your Company Logo added to the Virtual Futures Website.
  • Your Company mentioned in the Virtual Futures Podcast.
Thousand Plateaus
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Gold Patron or Corporate/Company Sponsor.

Support the commissioning, conceptual design and production of cutting-edge new thinking, engaging closely with our alumni, speakers and networks. Terms & Conditions apply.


Includes all of the above, plus these additional rewards/ upgrades:



Includes
  • Crediting as a Gold Patron in all published materials.
  • Integrate one of your company’s spokespeople into a discussion.
  • Introduce a new idea for debate and we will curate an event.
  • Showcase VF's video and podcast content on your own channels.