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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.

Rachel Botsman writes and talks about the power of collaboration, the network technologies that make it possible, and the implications both social and commercial. New markets have opened up with ‘mass online democratisation,’ but with data at the centre it brings a risk of power merely moving from banks and government to the tech giants. Rachel explains why every industry must adapt to service networking, why we all need to own our own data, and what trust looks like in the modern age.

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?”

The inventor of the flatbed scanner has been described as ‘the rightful heir to Thomas Edison’. Winner of the National Medal of Technology, he is also responsible for Optical Character Recognition, speech recognition and the first music synthesiser capable of recreating the piano and other instruments. Technology’s most credible optimist, he looks to a future where human biology will merge with genetics, nanotechnology and robotics to create a new species of unrecognisable high intelligence and durability.

Leadbeater advises companies and governments on innovation strategy. In his book We-Think he argues that mass creativity on sites like YouTube shows that participation is becoming the key organising idea. In presentations Charles argues that, rather than being innately selfish, most of us prefer to be cooperative. He explores what drives entrepreneurship, how big organisations can be as agile as smaller competitors, and why some bosses secretly hate innovation.

The former Newsnight reporter sums up his brief as ‘profit, people and planet.’ In presentations he sets out the risks facing business and policy makers, and the growing clash between network and hierarchy. Paul explores how economic crisis, social networking and a new political consciousness have combined to create waves of activism – from online campaigns to the rise of populist parties across the UK and Europe. He sizes up the economic and social implications.

MIT associate director Andrew is one of the world’s leading thinkers on developments in technology and IT and the positive and detrimental effects on businesses, jobs and people. He is the acclaimed author of three books on the subjects, as well as a hugely popular TED speaker with his presentations ‘What will future jobs look like?’ and ‘Are droids taking our jobs?’

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