Will robots destroy the human race? A debate at the Art Club

The full video of the debate that took place at the Art Club in London on Monday 14th September 2015. For the motion were Ian Yorston (Director of Digital Strategy at Radley College) and Dale Lane (Senior Developer at IBM Watson). Against the motion were Murray Shanahan (Professor of cognitive robotics, Imperial College) and George Zarkadakis (author, digital leader at Towers Watson). Moderator was Aidan Laverty (commissioning editor BBC).

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English Language and Science: a lecture and discussion

I was honoured to be a participant in a public discussion about Science and the English Language, held at the English Speaking Union in London on 13the November 2014. My co-panelists are astrophysicist Roberto Trotta and geneticist Aarathi Prasad. The discussion follows a lecture by Trotta around his book entitled “The Edge of he Sky”. The event was co-organised by the British Council.

Famelab International for the best “stand-up scientist”

This is the final of Famelab International 2014, held at the Cheltenham Science Festival on June 5, 2014. I was one of the three judges, together with Jim Al-Khalili and Alice Roberts. I have been involved with Famelab International since its conception in 2007, have trained contestants, co-organized national competitions, and have judged most of the international finals. It is a great celebration of science communication, always renewed and enriched by the enthusiasm and creativity of the young contestants.