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Princeton Lecture. On the Future: Prospects for Humanity

Martin Rees Interviewed by Ian Goldin

Saturday, 30 March 2019

4:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£8 - £20

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Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees says we need to take a different approach to thinking about and planning for tomorrow in the face of existential risks to our world.

Rees says that our prospects depend on how well we harness technological advances to address the challenges we face and to care for our planet. He argues that we must think rationally, globally, collectively and optimistically about our long-term future. Advances in biotechnology, cybertechnology, robotics, and artificial intelligence could address threats from climate change and nuclear war if applied wisely.

Rees is Astronomer Royal and a former master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and president of the Royal Society. He is a member of the House of Lords and involved in international science and issues of technological risk. His previous books include Our Cosmic Habitat and Our Final Hour. Here he talks to Professor Ian Goldin, professor of globalisation and development at the University of Oxford and a former vice-president of the World Bank.

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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 Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute 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 Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden