In a world where humans coexist with technologies they no longer control or understand, who holds the future?
George Dyson is one of the world’s leading historians of Artificial Intelligence and digital technology. Raised in the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study as the rebellious son of physicist Freeman Dyson and mathematician Verena Huber-Dyson, his family history is intimately interwoven with the story of 20th century science – and the foundations of our own networked age.
Now he joins futurist Sinead Bovell for a spellbinding exploration of the emergence of the digital age and an unsettling vision of what comes next.
From an eighteenth-century Russian expedition to the furthest reaches of North America, to the mirror signals that heralded the age of digital long-range communications and the invention of the vacuum tube, George and Sinead will interweave historical adventure with scientific insight in a deeply personal story that frames the pursuit – and cost – of the digital revolution in a captivating new light.
Don’t miss this chance to discover the hidden connections that underpin the world’s digital transformation, and hear a powerful premonition of what might follow.
Praise for George Dyson’s Analogia:
“This book pierces through the fog of everyday life. Read and you will become aware of history you need to know, and of how the last few centuries of the human story sit within a much larger, epochal frame. An extra treat is insight into the remarkable Dyson family” Jaron Lanier
“The most delightfully peculiar book I’ve ever read. It’s grand and intimate, personal and cosmic, and about digital computing and archaic hunter gatherers. Every paragraph is a surprise” Kevin Kelly, Wired
This event takes place at 6:30pm BST.