Forget about Brexit – let's talk Orbits, Digits, Robots

We can go it alone, in spaaace...

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If you’ve had it up to here with politicos arguing how we should redefine our relationship with Europe, join El Reg at our summer lectures where we’ll be discussing how to redefine the relationship between Earth, space, technology and humanity itself.

This year’s run will be kicked off by International Space University’s Prof Chris Welch on June 22, who will be discussing how business and science are coming together to forge a new era in space exploration, potentially ending the nation state's monopoly on off-planet affairs.

Chris is professor of space engineering and director of Master’s Programs at Europe’s International Space University. He is also a vice president of the International Aeronautical Federation and a winner of the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education. All of which means his interests and experience stretch far beyond the theoretical and academic.

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. Buy tickets here.

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. Buy tickets here.

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. Buy tickets here.

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. And yes, there’ll be refreshments, both liquid and solid, on hand.

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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