Tech Tonic Stage
Hosted by FT’s innovation editor, John Thornhill
The Tech Tonic stage will explore the many miraculous - and alarming - ways in which technology is transforming our lives. The Nobel prize winning scientist Venki Ramakrishnan will explain how we are advancing the frontiers of knowledge while novelist Jeanette Winterson will discuss how Artificial Intelligence is redefining what it means to be human. We also debate the end of work, the threat of deep fake videos, the impact of algorithms, and the nature of computational creativity.
11:00 - 11:50 HOW AI CHALLENGES HUMAN IDENTITY
Jeanette Winterson brings the themes and ideas of her novel Frankisstein to the FT Weekend Festival in an unmissable, tech-enabled tour de force performance
12:00 - 12:45 CAN YOU SPOT A ‘DEEP FAKE’?
Marc Warner, founder of Faculty AI, demonstrates how to create - and counter - fake news videos that threaten to strain geopolitical tensions and roil financial markets. Interviewed by John Thornhill, the FT’s innovation editor
13:00 - 13:45 IS OUR FUTURE GOING TO BE ONE LONG GAP YEAR?
Will robots do all the work for us? Calum Chace of the Economic Singularity Club, Mike Wooldridge, professor of Computer Science at Oxford and Kathryn Parsons, founder of Decoded, moderated by Madhumita Murgia the FT’s European technology correspondent
14:00 - 14:45 LIVING IN AN ALGOCRACY: HOW TO BE HUMAN IN THE AGE OF THE MACHINE
Tim Harford, the Undercover Economist, in conversation with Hannah Fry, author of Hello World and BBC’s The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry
15:00 - 15:30 PLATFORMS AND DIGITAL COMPETITION
Warwick Business School’s Pinar Ozcan talks about the nature of digital competition and asks whether Big Tech should be broken up
15:30 - 16:00 BREAK
16:00 - 16:45 SO, YOU THINK ONLY HUMANS CAN BE CREATIVE?
Marcus du Sautoy, author of The Creativity Code, discusses with John Thornhill how well computers can write, paint and think. Will you be able to tell the difference between real and computational music played by Moses Ng of the Junior Royal Academy of Music?
17:00 - 17:45 THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE
Interview with Venki Ramakrishnan, Nobel prize-winning president of the Royal Society, with Clive Cookson, FT’s science editor