Should space be a biz-free zone? Join us on June 22 to find out

What do you call a bunch of venture capitalists in orbit? A start…

Wait. Can you hear it? Yes, it’s final countdown for The Register Summer lecture series, bringing space and robots to a connected home near you.

Actually, the venue is the Yorkshire Grey, just down the road from the Reg offices. But we can definitely guarantee spending an evening with us will leave you a lot more clued up our digitally enabled, robot staffed future beyond the stars.

We’ll be starting with space, the venture capitalists’ new frontier, on June 22, when we’re joined by International Space University’s Prof Chris Welch.

Chris will be discussing how space exploration is the latest frontier for business. He’ll cover the new generation of space explorers, the technology they are exploiting and developing, and the venture capitalists behind them. You can buy tickets right here.

From nanosats, to asteroid mining, and beyond, this talk will be a must for anyone whose scientific or business ambitions stretch further than this planet.

On June 28, we welcome Murray Shanahan, Professor of Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College, who will explain whether we should be scared about the prospect of AI and robots matching our own intelligence - and indeed whether we’re already lagging behind.

And on July 5 IBM inventor and Newcastle Uni visiting prof Andy Stanford-Clark will explain what the internet of things really means for your job, for your home, for society in general, and the Isle of Wight ferry service.

The talks will be at the Yorkshire Grey on Theobalds Road, London. The doors will be open from 6pm, with the talk proper kicking off at 7pm.

The format remains unchanged, meaning our speaker will give you a 40 minute dive into the topic at hand, with at least the same amount of time for questions. After a suitable break for refreshments of course. And there’ll be plenty of time to quiz our speakers after the main talk, and to connect with your fellow Reg readers before and after.

It’s the perfect way to exercise the grey matter and work your social and intellectual muscles before schools break up and the BBQ season kicks off. We look forward to seeing you there. ®


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