Head of Technology Futures

Harry Armstrong



Join Date

January 2015

What I do

Harry currently leads Nesta’s futures work, exploring the potential impacts of emerging technology and innovations, like Artificial Intelligence, on industry, society and the economy with a goal to supporting responsible innovation in a wide range of sectors. His research has covered everything from machine learning, cybersecurity and the internet of things to nanosatellites and the emergence of local energy systems. He leads Nesta’s thinking on the ethical and responsible development of AI and machine learning tools, helping to develop and shape policy in and outside of government. He organises the Hot topics event series exploring these emerging technologies and is part of the team organising FutureFest, Nesta's flagship festival of immersive experiences, compelling performances and radical speakers about the future.


In a past life Harry could be found, pipette in hand, studying epigenetic gene regulation in a lab in Cambridge where he was also one of the founding members of Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) which helped connect and bridge the gap between early career researchers and early career policy makers from the civil service.

Twitter: @harryjarmstrong 

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