LIVESTREAM: Towards a posthuman future

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 16 June

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr

Price

Free. Suggested donation £10.

Event description

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR 6 AUGUST 2020 AT 7PM.

Humanity has reached a critical moment. Our world is unsettled and rapidly changing, and we face existential risks over the next century.

This talk explores how advances in biotechnology, cybertechnology, robotics, and artificial intelligence, if pursued and applied wisely, could empower us to boost the developing and developed world and overcome the threats humanity faces on Earth.

World-renowned scientist and bestselling author Martin Rees discusses how the future of humanity is bound to the future of science and hinges on how successfully we harness technological advances to address our challenges.  

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About the speaker

Martin Rees is a leading astrophysicist as well as a senior figure in UK science. He has conducted influential theoretical work on subjects as diverse as black hole formation and extragalactic radio sources, and provided key evidence to contradict the Steady State theory of the evolution of the Universe.

Martin was also one of the first to predict the uneven distribution of matter in the Universe, and proposed observational tests to determine the clustering of stars and galaxies. Much of his most valuable research has focused on the end of the so-called cosmic dark ages — a period shortly after the Big Bang when the Universe was as yet without light sources.

As Astronomer Royal and a Past President of the Royal Society, Martin is a prominent scientific spokesperson and the author of seven books of popular science. After receiving a knighthood in 1992 for his services to science, he was elevated to the title of Baron Rees of Ludlow in 2005. His latest book 'On the Future: Prospects for Humanity' is available now on Amazon and in all good bookstores.

How to watch live

1. Register for the livestream by clicking the ‘Register now’ button above.

2. Enter your first name and email address and click ‘Register now’.

3. The registration completion page will give you your link to the live stream 'room'. Simply click the link and bookmark the page so that you can return to it later

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Your link gives you access the WebinarJam live stream room. If the live stream hasn’t started yet, this will be a ‘waiting room’. When the live stream begins, you can submit your comments and questions via the chat forum. Keep an eye on the chat forum for further links, e.g. if you'd like to buy the speaker’s book

Don’t worry if you miss the live stream. You will receive an email with a link to access a replay video, which will be available for 24 hours after the live stream. Check your spam filter if you don't receive this email. The video will also be uploaded onto our YouTube channel.

If you have any issues with your registration, please contact us at richannel@ri.ac.uk.

Timing

The stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm.

If you miss the livestream, it will be available to watch on WebinarJam for the following 24 hours.

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