Futures

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Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig and guests

What Do We Want?

Hay Festival 2015, 

Eight hundred years after a gang of barons met in a tent by a river, which Rights do we want to fight for today? A fortnight after what looks like a rough old election, let’s dream about what a better world might look like and talk about how that might be achieved.

The festival President hosts this first in a Magna Carta series of twenty events at Hay Festival 2015, and is joined by international guests to discuss equalities.

Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig and guests

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Eric Schmidt

The New Digital Age: Reshaping The Future Of People, Nations And Business

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Google Executive Chairman examines the future of a connected world with its extraordinary potential for education, medical tech, communication and translations and the huge global challenges to privacy and security. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

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Barbara Adam, Chris Groves, Elen Stokes, Catherine Butler

Cardiff University Series 1: Futures In The Making

Hay Festival 2013, 

How do we take care of a future world we decisively shape but may not live to see? A panel discussion on futures in the context of energy, new technologies and law. Adam and Groves from the Social Sciences Dept discuss with psychologist Butler and property lawyer Stokes.

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Alison Rust, Zita Martins, Nicole Grobert, Jenny Nelson

The Royal Society Platform 2: The Next Big Thing

Hay Festival 2013, 

From volcanoes to nanotechnology, four researchers talk about what we are only just finding out. Chaired and introduced by Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, John Sulston FRS.

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Lieutenant General Sir James Bucknall, John Holmes and Philippe Sands talk to John Kampfner

The Google Debates 4: The Future Of Intervention

Hay Festival 2013, 

What are the lessons to be learnt from Libya, Syria and Afghanistan? The senior NATO officer, Commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, is joined by the UN Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and the leading international lawyer.

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Laura Bates talks to Anita Anand

Everyday Sexism: The Project That Inspired a Worldwide Movement

Hay Festival 2014, 

In 2012 after being sexually harassed on London public transport a young journalist started to collect stories for a piece she was writing on the issue. Astounded by the response she received and the wide range of stories that came pouring in from all over the world, she quickly realised that the situation was far worse than she’d initially thought. Sexism is endemic – socially, politically and economically. And enough is enough. Welcome to the fourth wave of feminism.

Laura Bates talks to Anita Anand

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Mark Welland

Cambridge University Series 2: The Future Is Nano

Hay Festival 2013, 

An introduction to the development and progress of nanotechnology, and a reasonable expectation of what it can do – from miniaturisation of mobile phone tech to the understanding and treatment of human diseases. Professor Welland is the director of Cambridge University’s Nanoscience Centre, and was Chief Scientific Advisor to the MoD.

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Martin Rees

Cambridge University Series 7: A Post-Human Future?

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Astronomer Royal and former Royal Society President discusses his hopes and fears for the coming decades, and speculates about more distant time-horizons, and a possible post-human era.

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Tim Minshall

Cambridge University Series 13: Building The Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

Engineers are fantastic – they are the people who change the world. Engineers put a man on the moon, develop the internet, build skyscrapers, rebuild bodies…and so much more. Yet not many people know what engineers actually do. This talk will reveal – in just ten words – the secrets of what engineers really get up to as they work hard to build a better future for us all.

Please note this event is aimed at secondary school age children

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Robert Llewellyn, Juliet Davenport and Kate Henderson

Good Energy Series 2: From NIMBY to IMBY

Hay Festival 2015, 

Energy generation has to take place somewhere – what would you prefer in your backyard? Is policy determined by those who shout loudest rather than those with the strongest argument? What would it take for communities to say yes rather than no to new energy developments? Robert Llewellyn is an actor, comedian and author, Kate Henderson is CEO of the Town and Country Planning Association and Juliet Davenport is founder and CEO of Good Energy. They talk to journalist and author Oliver Balch.

Robert Llewellyn, Juliet Davenport and Kate Henderson

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Carl Bernstein, Jaime Abello, William Sieghart and Perihan Magden chaired by John Kampfner

The Google Debates 1: The Future Of The Free Press

Hay Festival 2013, 

With Leveson on hold in the UK, what does press regulation look like in the rest of the world? Abello is Director of Gabriel García Márquez’s Latin American Journalism Foundation, Sieghart is the Chair of Forward Thinking, and Magden is a columnist for the newspaper Taraf who was tried and acquitted of ‘threatening Turkey’s unity or the integrity of the state.’

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Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera and Jaideep Prabhu chaired by John Kampfner

The Google Debates 3: The Future Of Britain In Europe

Hay Festival 2013, 

The international view of Britain’s place in Europe from the French Ambassador to Berlin, the Colombian author of When Latin America Rules The World and the Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

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Peter Barron, Nik Gowing, Linda Yueh and Benedict Brogan chaired by Francine Stock

The Google Debates 2: The Future Of News

Hay Festival 2013, 

In a world of instant record, global publication and media turmoil, what and who is the future of news? Google’s Barron is joined by the BBC World anchor and author of Skyfull Of Lies Gowing, China expert Yueh, and Brogan, The Telegraph’s Deputy Editor.

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Roly Keating

The Mechanical Curator and Other Stories

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Director of the British Library browses the infinite possibilities for Libraries and Creativity in an Age of Data. ‘These are times of historic disruption in the whole global system of information and publication, and it seems right that the great knowledge institutions – with their historic remit to think and act with a view far into the future – should play a full part in shaping the changes that lie ahead.’ Chaired by Gaby Wood, Head of Books at The Telegraph.

Roly Keating

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Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design

Hay Festival 2015, 

Following on the success of last year, the Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE is back for part two of his now published and bestselling book Happiness by Design. Through ‘Decide, Design and Do’, he reveals the ways in which we can actually become happier without having to think too hard about it. Change what you do, not how you think, to get more pleasure and purpose in everyday life.

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The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone

Geoff White and Glenn Wilkinson

Hay Festival 2015, 

A unique and fascinating journey into the private life of a gadget you thought was on your side. Afterwards, you’ll never look at your phone in the same way again… The brainchild of Channel 4 News’ award-winning technology journalist Geoff White and security researcher Glenn Wilkinson: welcome to a live stage performance using cutting-edge interception technology to reveal the people, places and companies your phone is talking to behind your back – and what it’s telling them.

The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone

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Martin Rees

Black Holes, Alien Life and the Multiverse – an Update

Hay Festival 2016, 

The astronomer will share his excitement about recent cosmic ideas and discoveries. Since last festival there have been new searches for life (even intelligent life) in space. One of Einstein’s greatest predictions has been confirmed with the detection of gravitational waves from colliding back holes. Images of Pluto have surprised us, and astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars, some resembling Earth. And there is speculation that physical reality encompasses more than the aftermath of our big bang: we may inhabit a multiverse.

Martin Rees

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Roger Thurow

Feeding The World

Hay Festival 2013, 

How will we feed a growing global population in the face of a wide range of adverse factors, including climate change? What contributions can the social and natural sciences make in finding solutions, and what is the role for governments and the private sector? What does it all mean for the individual farmer? The author The Hunger Season discusses with The Telegraph’s Environment Editor, Geoffrey Lean.

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Peter Davies and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

The Wales We Want

Hay Festival 2015, 

‘The Wales We Want’ conversation mirrors a global initiative by the United Nations, asking people what sort of Wales they want for their children and grandchildren. The final report was launched in March 2015 and we discuss the outcomes and how this will feed in to Welsh Government policy. Davies, Climate Change Commissioner for Wales, and Middleton, entrepreneur, designer and maverick thinker, discuss with Hay on Earth Director Andy Fryers.

Peter Davies and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

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Michelle Moram, Clare Burrage and Debra Skene

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Thing

Hay Festival 2015, 

Every year the Next Big Thing session at Hay profiles some of the most extraordinary and visionary research work being adventured in the UK. From brain imaging to materials discovery, three Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work in cutting edge science with broadcaster Claudia Hammond.

Michelle Moram, Clare Burrage and Debra Skene

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Jamie Bartlett talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Dark Net

Hay Festival 2015, 

The dark net is an underworld that stretches from popular social media sites to the most secretive corners of the encrypted web. It is a world that frequently appears in newspaper headlines, but one that is little understood, and rarely explored. The Dark Net is a revelatory examination of the most innovative and dangerous subcultures of the online world: trolls and pornographers, drug dealers and hackers, political extremists and computer scientists, Bitcoin programmers and self-harmers, libertarians and vigilantes. Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tank Demos.

Jamie Bartlett talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Ian Goldin talks to Bronwen Maddox

Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of our New Renaissance

Hay Festival 2016, 

The great names of Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Copernicus, Raphael and Michelangelo were the mark of an age that saw a rush of discovery, the breaking down of barriers of ignorance and a newly connected world both politically and economically. Today we have better education and resources, the rate of innovation is doubling every year and there are great leaps in science, trade, migration and technology. Goldin argues that the results this time could be greater, but the world faces many of the same dangers as Renaissance man: warring ideologies, fundamentalism, climate change and pandemic.

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Alec Ross

The Industries of the Future

Hay Festival 2016, 

Hillary Clinton’s innovation advisor examines the specific fields that will most shape our economic future over the next ten years, including robotics, artificial intelligence, the commercialisation of genomics, cybercrime and the impact of digital technology.

Alec Ross

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Tom Fletcher talks to Katrin Bennhold

Naked Diplomacy: Power and Statecraft in the Digital Age

Hay Festival 2016, 

In the next hundred years, the world will need to deal with the same amount of social development witnessed in the past 43 centuries – the rebirth of the city state, the battle for new energy, disappearing borders, the desire of the world’s people to move to developed nations. The former ambassador explores the core principles of a progressive C21st foreign policy: how to balance interventionism and national interest, and to use global governance to achieve national objectives. He discusses smart power, soft power and the new interventionism alongside lessons from the most notorious leaders and diplomats across the world including Talleyrand, Kissinger, Mandela and the Kennedys.

A former frontman, teacher, boxer and salesman, at 36 Tom Fletcher became the youngest senior British ambassador for 200 years. He pioneered using new technology to connect with people across a Middle East in upheaval. He is now a Professor of International Relations, and a campaigner for global education, the creative industries and coexistence.

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Fumiya Iida

Cambridge Series 7: Robot Intelligence Versus Human Intelligence

Hay Festival 2016, 

How intelligent (or otherwise) are robots? Is it a good thing that they can steal our jobs? And will robots ever take over the world? Dr Iida is a Lecturer in Mechatronics at Cambridge.

Fumiya Iida