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From why people cheat to how we decide what something should cost, Dan looks at the irrational nature of people and the choices we all make, no matter how logical we think we’re being. With wit and insight he uses examples from restaurant bills to CEO’s bonuses to our health choices to highlight the irrational and make us aware of what informs our decision-making.

The author of Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead led some of Google’s biggest workplace projects from using analytics to improve people management to how to construct the perfect team. He examines how Google became one of the most envied employers in the world, how to attract and retain the best people, work smarter and prepare for the future.

Having studied physics, philosophy and computation neuroscience, Nick has become one of the world’s leading authorities on the nature and implications of artificial intelligence. The founding Director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute and the director of Oxford’s Strategic Artificial Intelligence Research Centre, his internationally acclaimed book Superintelligence has prompted debate and comment from the likes of Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk.

One of the most influential thinkers on trust and technology, Rachel looks at the implications for individuals and businesses in a world where people often trust strangers and AI over public institutions and traditional media. She considers what responsibilities the tech companies have and whether this shift will create greater division or unity.

After leading one of the biggest tech IPOs of its time, Leonard founded the pioneering citizen journalism site NowPublic. He sold the business to the sports and live promotions giant Anschutz where he led their digital strategy. He’s since partnered with talent management company CAA working on projects with their A-list talent, become co-owner of Coventry City FC, invested in around 20 businesses a year, and led The Great Rewrite project with Forbes, an examination of how industry sectors are responding to disruption and change.

From taking risks to choosing who to vote for to picking a product in a supermarket, Nick considers why people decide what they do and how robust those choices are. With easily understood insights and examples he explores how we’re influenced by language, social pressure, and a desire to appear consistent. He looks at what these behaviours mean for business and policy makers, the power of being aware of them, and how to influence change.

Working in academia, the public and private sectors, Daniel is a leading expert in artificial intelligence as well as its applications and the social, commercial, economic and ethical implications. In a world where many believe access to more and more data will lead to ever better decision-making, he looks at what AI really is, what it can achieve, and the potential pitfalls. He also asks how organisations need to change their structure and why people feel addicted to technology.

In his day job, Kaku is an authority on ‘string fields’ and continues Einstein’s goal to unite the fundamental forces of nature in one theory. He is also a thoroughly accessible writer, host of a popular US science phone-in and presenter of BBC 4’s Visions of the Future. Kaku discusses everything from artificial intelligence and teleportation to the ‘human body shop.’

Aleks switched from computer games to academia. She focuses on the interaction between psychology and technology – and the impacts it has in ways we don’t always realise. In a new series of R4’s Digital Human, Aleks explores ethical matters like privacy. After spending 24 hours in a smart home to find out what information it could collect about her and how close it was to her true self, Aleks asks “What are we afraid of, really?”

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