Tech Tonic Stage


The promise and peril of technology
Baroness Martha Lane Fox, founder of, a charity fighting for a fairer internet and responsible technology, with the FT’s Innovation Editor, John Thornhill

Why brilliant ideas die
Tim Harford the FT’s undercover economist

Diversity of perspective

Diversity is key for every business but diversity runs much deeper than gender. Simon Williams, Co-Founder and Director at QuantumBlack, on the role of diversity in improving AI performance. From ensuring you have diverse datasets to diversity of skills

Artificial intelligence v the Enigma code
Enigma Pattern’s Matthew Gibbons and Lukasz Kuncewicz try to crack the Enigma cipher using Artificial Intelligence while Simon Singh explains the history of code breaking

How will technology change society?
Jamie Susskind and Verity Harding of Google DeepMind with FT Magazine Editor Alice Fishburn on how artificial intelligence 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 the FT’s Technology Writer Madhumita Murgia

On the future
Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, gazes into the future of space exploration and discuss the challenges facing us back on Earth, with the FT’s Science Editor Clive Cookson


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

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