HOTA’s Talks & Ideas series to challenge ideas on AI, climate change, nature v nurture

As part of HOTA’s OUT LOUD Festival, and in conjunction with Griffith University, Home of the Arts is presenting a new series: Talks & Ideas, in March. Hosted by Paul Barclay of Radio National and Sarah Kanowski of ABC Radio, Talks & Ideas presents powerful conversations with inspiring authors and ideas-makers across a range of topical issues, and are a must for avid readers, the passionate and socially conscious, or just Gold Coasters wishing to be challenged and inspired. See below for details of each of the three events.

 

IN CONVERSATION WITH DR HANNAH CRITCHLOW: Nature or Nurture Revisited – How Our Genes Shape Who We Are and What We Do

Hosted by Sarah Kanowski (ABC Radio)

How predictable is your future? Join neuroscientist and author Hannah Critchlow to delve into research revealing the extent to which the course of our life is hardwired into our brains, from what we choose to eat and the anxieties and phobias we carry and who we fall in love with.

This intimate knowledge of our brain and behaviour can be used to empower us to shape better futures for ourselves.

Hannah Critchlow is the science outreach fellow at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, has been named a Top 100 UK scientist by the Science Council and is listed as one of the University of Cambridge’s inspirational and successful women.

Hannah appears regularly on TV, radio and at festivals and has co-presented BBC’s Tomorrow’s World Live, Channel 4’s The Secret Lives of 4 and 5 Year Olds, BBC 2’s Family Brain Games. She published her first book Consciousness: A Ladybird Expert Guide with Penguin in 2018 and second book The Science of Fate with Hodder in 2019.

Mon 9 Mar, 7pm. More details and bookings here.

 

IN CONVERSATION WITH DR ROBERT ELLIOT SMITH: Fake News, Privacy and Surveillance – How Big Tech is Changing Everything

Hosted by Paul Barclay (Radio National)

In this fascinating discussion, Dr Robert Elliott Smith looks at the artificial intelligence and “morals” behind the technology that increasingly rules our lives.

Dr Robert Elliott Smith PhD FRSA is the author of Rage Inside the Machine: The Prejudice of Algorithms, and How to Stop the Internet Making Bigots of Us All. He has worked in artificial intelligence for 30 years, helping create software systems that learn fighter jet manoeuvres, describe immune systems, reveal emotion in financial markets, and suggest how social networks propagate political polarisation.

He grew up in Alabama during desegregation bussing, and those life experiences inform his perspective on how algorithmic bias can affect society. He is the CTO of BOXARR Ltd. and a faculty member at University College London.

Tue 10 Mar, 7pm. More details and bookings here.

 

IN CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTIANA FIGUERES: Surviving Climate Change –  Exploring New Pathways to a More Sustainable World

Hosted by Paul Barclay (Radio National)

Join former U.N. Secretary Christiana Figueres for a bold conversation on climate change, as informed by her series of interviews with climate leaders.

Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 2010 – 2016.

During her tenure at the UNFCCC, Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and NGOs to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to well below 2°C, and strive for 1.5°C in order to protect the most vulnerable. For this achievement Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy, for which she has received multiple awards.

Since then Ms. Figueres has continued to serve her one and only boss, the global atmosphere. She sits on multiple boards and is a founding partner of Global Optimism Ltd., a purpose driven enterprise focused on social and environmental change. She convenes Mission 2020 and co-chairs the Global Covenant of Mayors.

She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the London School of Economics. She lives in Costa Rica and has two fantastic daughters.

Talks and Ideas is presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts in association with Griffith University

Wed 11 Mar, 7pm. More details and bookings here.

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