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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. 
 
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Announcements

  • Online Safety Bill - Proposals
    Posted by # Probably42 Jan 27

    Our latest output looks at the Online Safety Bill including its shortfalls and a number of proposals to improve it and extend it further in the future.

  • Transforming our Democracy and Political System for the 21st Century
    Posted by # Probably42 Jan 1

    We've just completed an update of one of our key documents Transforming our Democracy and our Political System for the 21st Century, which underpins our manifesto of ideas. Do take a look. It incorporates a number of new proposals which will shortly feed into the manifesto of Ideas itself. 

     

  • Plenty on Artificial Intelligence
    Posted by # Probably42 November 27, 2021

    This month we have been interacting with both the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) for Artificial Intelligence and commented on the Government's recently published AI Strategy directly to the Office for AI, to highlight what we consider a couple of important omissions. See National AI Strategy – Feedback and Recommendations

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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:
    A bit outside our realms of expertise but our 'ordinary people's perception' provide some   seeds of ideas and an attempt to identify areas where initiatives are needed.  
    • May 11
  • # Probably42
    # Probably42 created a new document:
    Output of Probably42 discussion meetings March 2022, Issue 1.0. 
    • Mar 28
  • # Probably42
    # Probably42 created a new document:
    This document is one of our series of 'Considered Proposals', it replaces the earlier Probably42 Discussion Output of the same name.It is also the basis of the Probably42 Feedback and Recommendations to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communi...
    • Mar 3
  • # Probably42
    # Probably42 created a new document:
    This document consists of comments and proposals related to the proposed Online Safety Bill.  
    • Jan 27
  • # Probably42
    # Probably42 created a new document:
    October 21.         We agree with the three pillars of the National AI Strategy but we also believe there are two further pillars which either need to be included in the next version of the AI Strategy, or tackled separately given...
    • Jan 17
  • David Sinclair
    David SinclairStuart Challinor: Welcome to P42, Stuart. I hope you get as much from it as I do. It certainly keeps the little grey cells in working order in retirement!
    • December 24, 2021
  • Stuart Challinor
    Stuart Challinor has just signed up. Say hello!
  • Chris Barnes
    Chris BarnesGeoff Osborne: Oh dear, this could be a good virtual meeting! (Couldn't find an interrobang).
    • October 2, 2021
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  • Chris Barnes
    Chris BarnesGeoff Osborne: This doesn't bode well for tomorrow afternoon as it's just been photographed on the railings of St. John's in town!
    • October 1, 2021
  • 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
    • March 11, 2021
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    Ben Ralston has just signed up. Say hello!
  • 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