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New Scientist Big Thinkers Online Lecture Series

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Ten online evening lectures throughout 2021 from some of the finest minds in science

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Big Thinkers Series

The new Big Thinker series from New Scientist events features ten online evening lectures throughout 2021, covering everything from end of ageing to extraterrestrial life and quantum computing to AI, all brought to you by world-class scientists and experts.

Save £50 off the standard ticket price by purchasing an annual subscription to all 10 live online "Big Thinker" lectures (also available on-demand) or purchase single tickets for just £13 per lecture (early booking rate), to hear from the finest minds in science in 2021.

Online Event: The End of Ageing with Aubrey de Grey

Thursday 21 January 2021 | 6pm - 7pm GMTRejuvenation biotechnology, regenerative medicine and other new medicines will eventually be so comprehensive that people will stay truly youthful however long they live, which means they may mostly live very long indeed. In this talk, Aubrey de Grey will discuss both the biology and the sociology of what will be the most momentous advance in the history of civilisation.

Online Event: Extraterrestrial life with Avi Loeb

Thursday 11 February 2021 | 6pm - 7pm GMTThe search for extraterrestrial life is one of the most exciting frontiers in Astronomy. Our civilization will mature once we find out who resides on our cosmic street by searching with our best telescopes for unusual electromagnetic flashes, industrial pollution of planetary atmospheres, artificial light or heat, artificial space debris or something completely unexpected. We might be a form of life as primitive and common in the cosmos as ants are in a kitchen. If so, we can learn a lot from others out there.

Online Event: Origins of life with Sean B Carroll, evolutionary biologist, writer, and film producer

Thursday 22 April 2021 | 6pm - 7pm GMT

In this talk Sean B Carroll will tell the stories of the mother of all accidents, the accident of all mothers, and much more in an entertaining and awe-inspiring tale of the surprising power of chance in our lives and the world.

Online Event: Artificial Intelligence with Susan Schneider

Thursday 20 May 2021 | 6pm - 7pm

In this talk, Susan Schneider urges that it is inevitable that AI will take intelligence in new directions, but it is up to us to carve out a sensible path forward. As AI technology turns inward, reshaping the brain, as well as outward, potentially creating machine minds, it is crucial to beware.

Susan will discuss the ways we can test for machine consciousness, questions whether consciousness is an unavoidable by product of sophisticated intelligence, and considers the overall dangers of creating machine minds.

What’s included in your ticket:

  • 10 online lecture tickets for events held from January - November 2021
  • Each live lecture will last 60 minutes including audience Q&A
  • On-demand access to a recording of the lecture and Q&A for 12 months
  • Bonus content from New Scientist including articles and additional on-demand video

Audience information:

This event is suitable for anyone with an interest in the subjects under discussion or a more general scientific interest. However if you are attending the event in a professional capacity you may be interested to know that this event is accredited by the CPD Certification Service and CPD certificates are available to attendees on request by contacting live@newscientist.com.

Booking information:

These events will run between Thursday 21 January 2021 and 30 November 2021. Each event will last for approximately one hour. Access to a recordings of each event will be exclusively available to ticket purchasers for the 12 months following the live event. The on-demand recording will be available to view within 24 hours of the live discussion.
Eventbrite will email you a confirmation immediately after purchase. You will receive a separate email for each event with a link to access the event. These will be sent prior to each event; please note that each link is unique and should not be shared. The event auditorium will also provide access to the other items included in your ticket.
Tickets are non-transferable to any other New Scientist event.
All tickets are non-refundable.
New Scientist reserves the right to alter the event and its line-up, or cancel the event. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all tickets will be fully refunded. New Scientist Ltd will not be liable for any additional expenses incurred by ticket holders in relation to the event.
Tickets are subject to availability and are only available in advance through Eventbrite. To secure your place we recommend you book in advance.
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