Renowned neuroscientist Beau Lotto whose TED talk has had nearly 5m views presents a groundbreaking guide to understanding perception, which will transform the way we see, and unlock our ability to create, innovate and effect change. In the aftermath of 2016, many feel weighed down by uncertainty. But, what you may not know is that while the brain hates uncertainty, it also holds the key to adapting to, and even thriving in, uncertain times. In this talk based on his ground breaking new book DEVIATE: The Science of Seeing Differently, world-renowned neuroscientist Beau Lotto will draw on over two decades of research to reveal startling truths about the brain and how it perceives the world and show how understanding the science behind our perceptions and our reactions to that understanding can allow us to literally change our brains and improve how we function in every aspect of life. PRAISE FOR DEVIATE ‘If someone else told me that reality is something we create in our heads – I’d up my medication. This brilliantly written book shows us that this is actually the road to liberation. We have the ability to change our internal landscapes. Making our lives a masterpiece rather than a ‘been there done that’ cliché.‘ – Ruby Wax OBE ‘‘ is a neuroscience book that, while explaining what we know about the brain’s functioning, explores the deeply personal issue of perception. Beau Lotto’s insights constitute a real breakthrough in our understanding of how we perceive (and react to, and imagine ourselves within) reality. And his capacity to make complex scientific concepts and research results easy to understand, and to explain their relevance to our life, makes this an utterly readable book.‘ – Bruno Giussani, European director of TED and curator of TEDGlobal Read more.
Former World Chess Champion Gary Kasparov talks about where Machine Intelligence ends and Human Creativity begins – followed by a conversation with legendary former MIT Media Lab Professor Mike Hawley. In May 1997 the greatest chess player in the world was defeated for the first time – by an IBM supercomputer named Deep Blue. As George Steiner remarked: ‘There may come a day when historians realise that the most important event in the twentieth century was not the war or the financial crash, but the evening when Kasparov lost a game against a little metal box.’ The Kasparov–Deep Blue contest remains the single most totemic event in the history of AI, and a watershed moment in the history of technology. For the first time machine intelligence outperformed human intellect, and chess – as always – was the border crossing, a game in which there are more possible positions than there are atoms in the universe. One version of what happened on that day in 1997 is that Kasparov made no mistakes, and equally that Deep Blue made no calculations: that the computer thought its way to victory. Even today we know as little about the conceptualizations generated by a computer as about the mental resources mobilised by a Grand Master to defeat it. You are invited to hear Garry Kasparov tell his side of this epoch-making story – for the first time, twenty years on: what it was like to play against an implacable and tireless opponent, why the odds were so stacked, what were the strategies IBM used to unnerve him. But this is above all a story about machine intelligence, and how Kasparov has come to embrace it as a force for good and an ally of human creativity. Read more.
Pioneering Princeton University Psychologist, Alexander Todorov, is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of first Impressions. His work shows that we make up our minds about others after seeing their faces for a fraction of a second—and these snap judgments predict all kinds of important decisions. In this unmissable talk Alexander will give us a Masterclass in the modern science of first impressions. Read more.
with James Reed, chairman of recruitment specialists REED, in conversation with Heather McGregor.
Learn the secrets to excelling at interviews, direct from top interviewers and recruiters, in this conversation between James Reed, chairman of recruitment specialists REED and the former Miss Moneypenny, Heather McGregor, the owner of Taylor Bennett, the executive search firm. You can’t prepare an answer for every interview question. So, of the thousands of questions they might ask, which ones will they ask? After extensive research among hundreds of interviewers and thousands of interviewees, finally here’s the talk based on the book Why You? that will give you the answer. Why You? is based on direct input from top interviewers in REED’s unrivalled recruitment network. It offers powerful preparation techniques, the lowdown on how to answer the most common questions and – above all – how to adopt a winning mindset at interview, one that will help you succeed on the day. From classic questions like ‘tell me about yourself’ and ‘what are your greatest weaknesses?’ to puzzlers like ‘sell me this pen’ and ‘how many traffic lights are there in London?’, James Reed reveals what interviewers are really asking. Read more.
What makes a great leader in business or in football? In this groundbreaking talk developed after extensive research amongst general managers, executives, and others skilled at building elite teams, Sam Walker will identify the seven characteristics shared by all elite captains/ leaders and explode the myth of the transcendent celebrity superleader. The men and women who make up the captain class are never the most skilled, nor are they paragons of sportsmanship. They are often modest role players; allergic to the spotlight, disliked by the public, and inarticulate. In short, their defining traits will challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like. Told through riveting accounts of some of the most legendary moments in football from Puskas’s Mighty Magyars beating England at Wembley in the ‘match of the century’ to Barcelona’s “Figo Game” against Real Madrid in 2002 and by analysing why so many teams pick the wrong captain and why from Bobby Moore to Wayne Rooney, no England Captains make the Top 16 Captains, Sam Walker will present a compelling, counterintuitive take on leadership. Read more.
In this major talk, the acclaimed MIT Professors Eric Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, co-authors of the bestselling ‘The Second Machine Age‘, will present a user’s guide to the Digital Economy explaining how digital technologies are changing the ways that companies organise themselves, perform, improve and compete. With the largest taxi company owning no vehicles and employing no drivers, when software can quickly reach super-human performance at games whose rules and strategies it never learned and when you can now execute complex financial transactions without banks – understanding how digital disruptions stem from three main sources: the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms, and of the core and the crowd – is critical to success. Join us at this unmissable talk and learn how to harness the digital revolution. In association with Contagious. Read more.
Join us as Nick Clegg discusses the tectonic shifts in our political landscape over the past year. One year ago as Between the Extremes, Clegg’s widely-praised insider’s dissection of the coalition government came out, politics was changing. Now it has changed. But the Brexit and Trump victories have only reconfirmed the liberal belief that, if the future is to work, politics must occupy rather than desert the middle ground. Whether or not the recent referendum was an act of national self-immolation, it was undoubtedly a lightning conductor for the clash between a politics of anger or grievance and one of moderation. And if you thought coalition government was a brief and unBritish interlude – think again. We are en route to far-reaching realignments. Navigating our future will rely more than ever on collaboration and a politics of reason. This liberal vision has a renewed sense of purpose and a voice: to reclaim the dangerously eviscerated centre ground before it is too late. It will need candour and courage, qualities acknowledged as characterising one of our least tribal politicians in an age of tribalism. Whatever your persuasion, come and listen. Read more.
In this unmissable talk, Professor Ghose from New York University, will take us on a journey into the mobile marketing revolution of smartphones, smarter companies, value-seeking consumers, and personalized, curated offers and explain the best way to harness the power of mobile data and deliver value to consumers. He will identify the nine forces that drive purchasing decisions— among them saliency, crowdedness, trajectory, and weather—and examine these forces separately and in combination, drawing on consumers’ responses in the real world. Expect an eye-opening insight to the future of mobile. Read more.