Tech Tonic Stage

The promise and peril of technology
Martha Lane Fox, founder of and leading tech entrepreneur, talks to John Thornhill, the FT’s innovation editor, on the quest for a fairer internet and responsible technology

Why brilliant ideas die
Tim Harford, the FT’s Undercover Economist, on why companies fail to recognise genius when they see it

Diversity of perspective
Simon Williams
, co-founder of QuantumBlack, on the myriad uses of AI from predicting sports injuries to improving clinical trials

AI v the Enigma code
Enigma Pattern’s Matthew Gibbons and Lukasz Kuncewicz try to crack the Enigma cipher using AI while Simon Singh, author and scientist, explains the history of code breaking

How will technology change society?
Jamie Susskind, author of Future Politics, Verity Harding of Google DeepMind, and Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of CognitionX, with Alice Fishburn, FT magazine editor, on how AI will transform our lives and politics

Making friends with robots
Professor Maja Pantic
with her AI-enabled Zeno on how robots can help humans, with Madhumita Murgia, the FT’s technology writer

On the future
Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, gazes into the future of space exploration and discusses the challenges facing us back on Earth, with Clive Cookson, the FT’s science editor


Absolutely loved it: the stimulation, the currency of issues addressed as well as the quality of speakers!
— Past Festival Attendee

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