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Welcome to Probably42

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Probably42 is all about developing ideas, both face-to-face and online and is open to anyone who values balanced and considered discussion to participate and contribute.


Our flagship output is our short Manifesto of Ideas for Society in an Artificial Intelligence Future. This is supported by 25 'Considered Proposals'. These contain some 400 ideas overall. 


Our discussions focus on the big political issues and opportunities of our time in the UK. Our aim is to influence decision-makers by contributing pragmatic ideas for improving society.

We are an Independent UK Think Tank operating an Ideas Factory nationwide. Probably42 is not aligned to any political party and is made up of ordinary people, with varied business, science, technology, arts, media and education backgrounds across private and public sector.

 
See About Probably42 to find out more. 
 
You can sign up for our free occasional newsletter which will alert you to topics being discussed and some of the key ideas being generated.

You can see certain things without being a member and signing in, but do become a member so you can see all the ideas and be able to comment on them or add your own. It's free and you can delete your membership at any time should you want to.

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Announcements

  • Latest News
    Posted by # Probably42 Mar 11

    If you are new to the site take a look at our March Newsletter to get an idea of what goes on.

     

    We are celebrating a key point in our history as an Ideas Factory. We now have a Manifesto of Ideas to summarise 70 of the most transformative ideas, with 25 Considered Proposals to underpin these and explain the thinking behind them. These contain some 400 ideas overall.

     

    Do take a look at the site and the newsletter and consider joining us to help add to and develop these ideas further. 

  • A Manifesto for The AI Society
    Posted by # Probably42 Feb 4

    We have just completed a series of in depth documents on Artificial Intelligence and the effects it will have on society. These have informed updates to our flagship Manifesto of Ideas. This now incorporates new proposals for ensuring that as we become an AI Society, we take the steps necessary to ensure that we are able to manage AI for the good of all.

    See A Manifesto for the Artificial Intelligence Society   

  • News & Views
    Posted by # Probably42 Jan 18

    We've just introduced two new navigation tab NEWS and VIEWS!

    NEWS carries our latest member newsletter. If you are new to the site this will give you a good idea of what's going on currently and what you can expect if you become a member, or sign up to our newsletter list. 

    VIEWS carries our latest short article. At the moment it's one on Artificial Intelligence and the implications for our Future Society.

    We hope you'll find these new features of interest.  

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Probably42 in Brief

Probably42 is an Independent UK Think Tank and Ideas Factory operating nationwide both online and offline.

 

Our discussions focus on the top big political issues and opportunities of our time in the UK. We generate transformative and pragmatic political ideas through a Knowledge Network of ordinary people engaging in well-balanced political debate, harnessing everyone’s Knowledge, Skills and Experience.

 

Our Manifesto of Ideas focuses on 10 top strategies and political policies with a particular emphasis on ‘Artificial Intelligence impact on Society’, and ‘Digital Democracy’. The impact of AI on society and particularly the work disruption aspect, will be totally pervasive over the next 20 years. Digital Democracy can enable us to be better informed, better consulted and better represented.

 

Our aim is to be part of that Digital Democracy (or e-democracy) in the UK, by encouraging political debate and discussion groups online and via video-conferencing to address the big political issues in society now and in the future.

 

Probably42 is a very different Think Tank. It is open to anyone who values balanced and considered discussion to participate and contribute with views from across the political spectrum. Our big ideas groups are very social groups with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of humour. We very much want to encourage participation by all age groups but if you are looking for retirement ideas and what to do in retirement, getting involved is a great retirement activity and by now you have plenty of Knowledge, Skills and Experience to offer. If you are interested in getting involved in politics in a small but interesting way, Probably42 is for you. You can get involved by commenting in our discussion forums, commenting on our ideas papers or joining one of our Ideas Groups.

 

Our big ideas groups strive to find solutions to the big political issues in the UK, which we believe will be acceptable to the majority of people in the UK. Underlying everything we do is a set of Values and Principles, which we call Principled Pragmatism. You’ll find an explanation of these Values and Principles in our document A Manifesto for Society in the Artificial Intelligence Future.  

 

Are you familiar with Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy? If so you will probably have realised that the 42 in our name is no accident. We can’t quite claim we are the answer to life, the universe and everything, just probably!   

 

Take a look at some of our key outputs:

Artificial Intelligence - Managing the Future

Transforming our Democracy and Political System for the 21st Century

Coronavirus situation as an opportunity

 

All our outputs are open source for use by anyone.

 

 

What's New

  • # Probably42
    # Probably42 created a new document:
    Disaster Planning - Output from Probably42 Discussion Meeting.This discussion was set in the context of our recent experience with the pandemic. The objective is to consider what sort of disasters or major disruptions we should expect the Government to be...
    • Wed at 5:35 PM
  • # Probably42
    # Probably42 wrote a new blog entry:
    Why isn’t AI being deployed for the good of all
    • Apr 8
  • # Probably42
    # Probably42 created a new document:
    Economic Recovery - Budget Taxation, IncentivesThis document is a look at the March 2021 Budget and how we recover after the pandemic. It is the output of the combined Deep Thought and Zero Gravity discussion groups.It builds on previous information in:&n...
    • Mar 24
  • Tony Clack
    Tony ClackBen Ralston: Ben, welcome to Probably42! Hope you find it interesting and enjoyable. I've just sent out the monthly newsletter, so hopefully you've received that. Let me know if not. All the best. Tony
    • Mar 11
  • Ben Ralston
    Ben Ralston has just signed up. Say hello!
  • # Probably42
    # Probably42 created a new document:
    This document on Rewarding Business Innovation and the Role of Business in Society is one of our Considered Proposals and builds on an underlying discussion document first published in 2018.
    • Feb 26
  • # Probably42
    # Probably42 created a new document:
    This document is the output of the combined discussion of the Probably42 Deep Thought and Zero Gravity discussion groups.
    • Feb 22
  • Chris Barnes
    Chris Barnes likes Geoff Osborne:
    • December 10, 2020
  • Keith Hill
    Keith HillBobson Mansaray: Hello Bobson, a belated welcome to Probably 42. We hope you enjoy being a member. As you probably know you can be take part as much or as little as you choose. You will receive a Newsletter every month keeping you informed of our activities, discussion...  more
    • November 10, 2020
  • Keith Hill
    Keith HillDavid Reilly: Hello David, a belated welcome to Probably42. Your interests are very much in line with a key part of P42's philosophy. I would like to invite you to join the Zero Gravity Group that I lead, it is principally for people outside the Reading area where P42...  more
    • November 10, 2020
    • Keith Hill
      David Reilly keith, I am going to have to delcine right now because I have too much going on to make a constructive contribution, thanks for thinking of me, David
      • November 10, 2020
    • Keith Hill
      Keith Hill That's not a problem David. I should say though that as a member you don't have to contribute, it just makes it easier to keep you up to date.
      • November 10, 2020
  • Keith Hill
    Keith HillZero Gravity: The Output of our October discussion on Law and Order can be found here http://probably42.net/documents/133/99/law-and-order-2020-output-zero-gravity
    • November 10, 2020
  • Keith Hill
    Keith Hill created a new document:
    This document is the Output of the Zero Gravity Group on the subject of: Law and Order - Root causes, symptoms and treatment of criminal behaviour
    • November 10, 2020
  • Keith Hill
    Keith Hill created a new document:
    This output from the ZG Discussion Group has now been fed into and replaced by the Probably42 'Considered Document' on the subject which can be found at:  http://www.probably42.net/documents/1/90/environment-agriculture-fisheries-and-food 
    • October 14, 2020
  • David Sinclair
    David SinclairDavid Reilly: Hi David. Welcome to P42. I'm that you'll enjoy your time with us and that you'll find it stimulating. I certainly do, so I hope you experience the same.
    • October 6, 2020
  • Tony Clack
    Tony ClackDavid Reilly: Hi David, I've just posted our 'Considered Document' on AI. It's viewable under the Ideas tab and you'll see it's top of the list. Hope you find time to take a look. Tony
    • October 6, 2020