Nell Watson is an engineer, entrepreneur, and futurist thinker who grew up in Northern Ireland. She has a longstanding interest in the psychology of technology, and how that combination creates emerging social trends.
In 2010 Nell founded Poikos, the ‘Instagram for body measurement’. Nell’s patented technology ‘dematerialises’ the 3D body scanner, by providing accurate 3D scans of the body with only 2D camera hardware, such as that found within smartphones, or laptops. This may then be applied to a range of markets, such as fashion, mass customisation, and health.
Possessing a long-term mindset, she also serves as an advisory futurist to The Lifeboat Foundation, helping to pinpoint the trajectories that human beings are on. The Lifeboat Foundation has a mission to protect humanity from existential risks that could end civilization as we know it, such as asteroid collisions, or rogue artificial intelligence. She is also an advisory technologist to several startups, accelerators, and venture capital funds.
Nell lectures globally on Machine Intelligence, AI philosophy, Human-Machine relations, and the Future of Human Society. Currently she serves in the Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Faculty of Singularity University.
Singularity University is a Silicon Valley think tank that provides educational programs and innovative partnerships to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments understand cutting-edge technologies. The « University », which also serves as a startup accelerator, is a place that brings together philanthroproneurs, scientists, academics and innovators who come together to try to understand how to utilize new technologies to positively impact billions of people.