On the 24th and 25th May, Nigel Shadbolt will be appearing at How the Light Gets in, the world’s first and largest philosophy and music festival. Held in Hay on Wye, Hereford, this year is promising to be the biggest in the event’s history. Festival goers can look forward to 650 talks and panels, 270 music acts, with a 200-strong army of speakers, all set to explore this year’s theme of “Fantasy and Reality”.
Over the course of two days, Nigel will be involved in three thought-provoking debates. On 24th May, he’ll be kicking off with, “March of the Machines”, a session investigating Artificial Intelligence. Physicist Roger Penrose and novelist and digital age icon Warren Ellis join Nigel to debate whether intelligent machines are the most serious threat facing mankind, or whether a mind free from human prejudices could create a better world. You can get a taste of Nigel’s thoughts on AI here.
On Monday 25th May, Nigel will lend his expertise to a discussion on the changing political landscape, “The new left and right”. Left and right are so central to politics that it is hard to imagine a cultural space without them. But Tony Blair claims in an information age we should instead speak of Open and Closed. Does this mean “Left” and “Right” is a fantasy that has had its day? Or is it the reality at the heart of all politics? As chairman of the ODI, Nigel brings a unique perspective to this debate with Labour politician Jon Cruddas and Conservative MP Charlotte Leslie also taking part.
Nigel’s final debate, “The End of Secrets”, also on 25th, examines the concept of privacy in a modern world. In many aspects of our lives we want and expect privacy. Yet when it comes to leaders and politicians we look for openness. Would full transparency improve government and increase citizen freedoms? Or would it do the exact opposite, increase state control and police individuals? Telegraph columnist Dan Hodges and Director of the Oxford Internet Institute Helen Margetts join Nigel to speak the truth about transparency.
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