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SOBERING, VERY S.O.B.E.R.I.N.G - MARCH 30 - 5.55PM - 2019

Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees - 4.00pm - The Sheldonian

For me at least, this proved the perfect ending to the first day.
After all the glitz of Darcey Bussell and all the wit and whimsy of Lucy Worsley, Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees’ talk provided the perfect opportunity to reflect and collect one’s breath.
In an utterly fascinating - as well as scary, disturbing but optimistic too - interview with Ian Goldin, Professor of globalisation and development at Oxford University, he discussed and debated the theme of the Princeton University Press Lecture - ‘On The Future: Prospects for Humanity’.
Quietly but effortlessly charismatic, he spoke eloquently yet with extraordinary precision on what might await mankind during this century and beyond, inevitably touching on three furiously evolving technologies - bio, cyber and A.I. (artificial intelligence).
“Evolution in the future” he said “will be even faster” predicting that by the end of this century alone, humans will change more significantly than they have over the last 10,000 years. “The stakes are higher now” he went on, “and whatever changes there are will resonate not just for hundreds but thousands of years to come”.
Yet although his talk was necesssarily sobering, he didn’t ever overlook the fact that humour can sometimes give you the space to recharge and refocus. “I must just say a disclaimer,” he said at one point. “As the Astronomer Royal, I am often asked: ‘Do you do the Queen’s horoscope?.............................No”

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner British Academy Festival academic partner Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Marlene Hauser Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 12th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Owen Mumford Sponsor of programme on science and medicine HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Festival printers Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd