Thursday 22 June
The Crown Hotel | Harrogate | 7.30pm

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Berwins Salon North is a revolutionary movement for the heart and mind; consisting of a night of the most stimulating ideas in art, science and psychology designed to change your life for the better. Join three expert speakers for three inspiring TED-style talks on the theme of ‘AI’, the First event in our ‘AI, DIY, ISpy’ series, interspersed with intervals allowing time for a well-crafted G&T! Expect the remarkable!

Arthur Miller is emeritus professor of history and philosophy of science at University College London. He is fascinated by the nature of creative thinking and, in particular, in creativity in art (on the one hand) and science (on the other). What are the similarities, what are the differences? An experienced broadcaster, lecturer and biographer, he is noted for being able to write engagingly about complex social and intellectual dramas, weaving the personal with the scientific to produce page-turners that read like novels. Arthur’s new book is the first publication to explore how computers can be creative in art, music and other pursuits, and what the future of creativity itself will look like, surveying cutting-edge developments in AI and in ‘computational creativity’, bringing them to life through interviews with key players in the field.

Alex Evans is a Campaign Director at Avaaz, the global citizens’ movement, and a Senior Fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. Over the last two decades Alex has worked on global issues in the UN Secretary-General’s office, as Special Adviser to two UK Secretaries of State for International Development (Valerie Amos and Hilary Benn), and as a consultant for organisations from Oxfam to the US National Intelligence Council. Once upon a time our society was rich in stories. They united us and helped us to understand the world and ourselves. We called them myths. Today, we have a myth gap. Does that matter? Alex Evans argues persuasively that it does. In this time of global crisis and transition – of mass migration, inequality, resource scarcity and climate change – it is only by finding new myths, those that speak to us of renewal and restoration, that we will navigate our way to a better future. Drawing on his first-hand experience as a political adviser within British government and at the United Nations, and examining the history of climate-change campaigning and recent contests such as Brexit and the US presidential election, Alex Evans explores how tomorrow’s activists are using narratives for change, how modern stories have been used and abused, and where we might find the right myths to take us forward.

Timandra Harkness is a science writer, broadcaster and comedian. Writer and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s FutureProofing series and documentaries such as Data, Data Everywhere, and Personality Politic, she’s also resident reporter on social psychology series The Human Zoo. Since winning the Independent newspaper’s column-writing competition with a short piece on goat-borrowing, she has written for many publications including the Telegraph, Guardian, Sunday Times, Evening Standard, BBC Focus magazine, WIRED and Men’s Health. Big data knows where you’ve been and who your friends are. It knows what you like and what makes you angry. It can predict what you’ll buy, where you’ll be the victim of crime and when you’ll have a heart attack. Big data knows you better than you know yourself, or so it claims. Starting with the basics – what IS data? And what makes it big? Timandra takes you on a whirlwind tour of how people are using big data today: from science to smart cities, business to politics, self-quantification to the Internet of Things.  Finally, she asks the big questions about where it’s taking us; is it too big for its boots, or does it think too small?

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