Berwins Salon North is a revolutionary movement for the heart and mind; consisting of a night of the most stimulating ideas in art, science and psychology designed to change your life for the better. Join three expert speakers for three inspiring TED-style talks, interspersed with intervals allowing time to visit the bar for refreshments and enjoy lively discussion on the topics of the evening – Expect the remarkable! Launching into 2019, Berwins Salon North asks our experts, What Matters Most?…
To Live in Peace (with smart machines)
The smart machines revolution is re-shaping our lives and our societies. Roger Hampson will be on hand to dispel terror, confusion, and misconception as he looks at how smart machines are transforming us all –and what we should do about it. We are not about to be elbowed aside by a rebel army of super-intelligent robots of our own creation. We were using tools before we became Homo sapiens, and will continue to control them. How we exercise that control – in our private lives, in employment, in politics – and make the best of the wonderful opportunities, will determine our collective future well-being. Roger will argue we CAN live harmoniously alongside smart machines, the subject of his latest book co-written with Sir Nigel Shadbolt, The Digital Ape.
We all know good friends matter, but did we realise quite how much? Author and journalist Kate Leaver’s book The Friendship Cure – is a rousing, thought-provoking manifesto for reconnecting with your actual friends – and there are incredible reasons to do as she says. Kate’s research explains and documents exactly how much your health, happiness and even sanity could depend on your relationships with your friends. What a great excuse to bring your mates along!
Mark Miodownik MBE will make the surprising case for liquids being one of the things that matter most. The NYT Bestselling author of Stuff Matters, former Head of the Materials Research Group at King’s College London and Faraday Prize winning materials scientist believes a proper grasp of materials science – particularly liquid – might be in all our interests. In fact it might even help us avoid a global human catastrophe, and who are we to argue with a man who Bill Gates described as a ‘great talent.’ Mark is at Berwins Salon North to present his research in to liquids, or as he describes them The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives.