CANCELLED Species survival: how AI solutions can save wildlife in Africa and beyond

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 20 May

The Conversation Room

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

This event has been cancelled

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, this event has been cancelled. All attendees will be contacted to offer a full refund.

Many of the planet’s biodiversity-rich areas happen to be in cash-poor places. What if endangered species could, in effect, pay local communities for their own protection?

Jonathan Ledgard explores the AI methodology behind an ‘interspecies money transfer service’. By giving a value to a local species, donated money would be distributed to the local human community.

Join us for the last talk in the AI Science Café Series 2020 in collaboration with Czech Centre London.

About the speaker

Jonathan Ledgard is a leading thinker on nature, advanced technology, and political risk. He is a fellow at the Prague Artificial Intelligence Centre. Previously, as a director at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, he invented the cargo drone and droneport concept for Africa. He is an advisor on near future trends to companies, governments, and inter-governmental institutions.

He spent 18 years as an award-winning foreign and war correspondent for The Economist, filing lead stories from over 60 countries.

As J.M. Ledgard, he is an acclaimed novelist. His novel Giraffe is being developed for television. Submergence, a New York Times Book of the Year, was adapted for Hollywood.

Your chair for the evening is Henry Mance, chief features writer at the Financial Times. He has reported on a variety of environmental and animal welfare issues, and is currently writing a book about humans' relationship with other animals, due to be published in 2021. Before joining the FT in 2010, he worked at a biodiversity thinktank in Colombia.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

About Science Café

Science Café is a new series of popular science presentations and talks by the best Czech scientists of today presented by the Czech Centre London. It aims to present current and timely topics alongside the proposals for innovative, bold and inspirational solutions to tackle key issues.

Inspired by the phenomenon of Cafe Scientifique which was first established in the UK in 1998 and spread across the world as a place where anyone could come to discuss the latest ideas in science and technology over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, Science Café is an informal forum for the discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. Come and mingle with people with different interests while enjoying a glass of wine or beer. An informal presentation from the speaker introducing the topic will be followed by a discussion where everyone will have an opportunity to ask questions.


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