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Does Technology Threaten Our Survival?

Does Technology Threaten Our Survival?

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  •  177 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6PJ
Suitable for: Adults
Dr. Anna Machin is an evolutionary anthropologist, writer and broadcaster.  She is fascinated by the science behind close human relationships; those between lovers, friends, par... More Info »
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‘Our future is a race between the growing power of our technology and the wisdom with which we use it. Let’s make sure wisdom wins.’ Stephen Hawking 2018

Human innovation is amazing. It has enabled us to inhabit the earth, to out compete all rivals and even to control our environment. But for the first time in our history it threatens to impact our survival, to erode what makes us who we are. Because for the first time technological evolution is drastically out stripping biological evolution meaning that what are supposed to be our tools are now our masters.

Join evolutionary anthropologist and presenter of Funzing’s five-star Neuroscience of Love, Dr Anna Machin, as she brings a unique evolutionary point of view to the debate surrounding our use of social media and artificial intelligence. She will argue that it is the mismatch between these two essential aspects of our evolution which has led us to experience a mental health crisis, an epidemic of loneliness and a drastic reduction in life satisfaction, particularly among young adults.

Using evidence from evolutionary theory, neuroscience, genetics and philosophy she will argue that we need to learn to take back control; using our new tools for our benefit and avoiding their costs. And she issues a warning for the future that unless we come to understand who we are as a species and learn from our experiences with social media AI threatens the very essence of our humanity. It is time to re-discover our critical and intellectual faculties, instigate a debate and ensure that wisdom wins.

Venue: Number 177, Hoxton Street, London N1 6PJ

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.

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