Futurology - The Future of Proof

BCS (Bedford)

DateMonday 06 Nov 2023

18:30 for 18:45 - 20:30


Bedford Mercure Hotel, 2 Saint Mary's Street Bedford MK42 0AR

SpeakerMatthew Lucas FBCS, Senior Product Manager, IBM

With a prevalence of online misinformation and an epidemic of scams, the issue of trust has never been more important. Identity theft alone costs the UK around £4bn each year and is accelerating due to the cost-of-living crisis and the increasing amount of personal data we place online.

In this engaging and interactive talk, we will look at the computing techniques that allow us to safely prove facts about ourselves to other people without oversharing; we will look at common sets of algorithms such as Zero Knowledge Proofs, and how they can be used in future identity systems to combat the rise in fraud.


Matthew Lucas FBCS is a Senior Product Manager at IBM and has spent over 25 years helping businesses understand and adopt new technology, including AI and blockchain.

He is also a teaching associate at Warwick Business School, covering various undergraduate, MSc and MBA modules, and is currently studying for a doctorate in business administration.

For several years, he has been a regular columnist on IT futures for the BCS Magazine (ITNOW).

18:30 Registration, refreshments and networking
18:45 Futurology - The Future of Proof, Matthew Lucas FBCS
19:30 Questions and answers
19:45 Bedford Branch AGM
20:20 Event ends
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