Dr Ben Goldacre calls for less focus on academic achievement in medicine and more effort to be made in disseminating practical data and advice to clinicians that can quickly improve patient outcomes.
Innovation Under Austerity: Eben Moglen’s call to arms from the Freedom to Connect conference
spend an intimate evening with Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning comedian, writer, producer and television host Stephen Colbert in conversation with The New York Times. For the second year in a row, “The Late Show” has earned Emmy nominations for outstanding variety talk series, outstanding writing for a variety series and outstanding directing for a variety series. More than just an entertainer, Colbert has used his comedic talents, acerbic wit and political parodies to impact culture in extraordinary ways over the past decade. Please join Colbert — dubbed the most inventive comedian of his generation — for an exciting night of spirited and substantive conversation.
John Oliver on living in America, Dustin Hoffman and Last Week Tonight
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We’re living in yesterday’s future, and it’s nothing like the speculations of our authors and film/TV producers. As a working science fiction novelist, I take a professional interest in how we get predictions about the future wrong, and why, so that I can avoid repeating the same mistakes. Science fiction is written by people embedded within a society with expectations and political assumptions that bias us towards looking at the shiny surface of new technologies rather than asking how human beings will use them, and to taking narratives of progress at face value rather than asking what hidden agenda they serve.
In this talk, author Charles Stross will give a rambling, discursive, and angry tour of what went wrong with the 21st century, why we didn’t see it coming, where we can expect it to go next, and a few suggestions for what to do about it if we don’t like it.
At the 2014 Chairman’s Evening, MacDowell Colony Chairman Michael Chabon speaks to author Zadie Smith and radio host and personality Ira Glass about their latest work on December 8, 2014. The chat took place at New York’s New Museum and offers a peek into the conversations that often take place around the dinner table at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
Scott Forstall talks to John Markoff: The 40 minute version
Museum Historian John Markoff moderates a discussion with former iPhone team members Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra and Scott Herz, followed by a conversation with Scott Forstall.
The Scott Forstall part begins at 1h07.
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Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi stop by the Googleplex to discuss their most recent books, and each other.
Cory Doctorow’s "Walkaway" Fascinating, moving, and darkly humorous, Walkaway is a multi-generation SF thriller about the wrenching changes of the next hundred years…and the very human people who will live their consequences.
John Scalzi’s "The Collapsing Empire" Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster than light travel is impossible—until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars.
Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war—and, for the empire’s rulers, a system of control.
The Flow is eternal—but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals—a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency—must race against time to discover wha…
The third annual J.R.R Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature, Pembroke College, Oxford, 13th May 2015. https://tolkienlecture.org/
Lev Grossman is a novelist and journalist. As a novelist, he is best known for writing the critically acclaimed Magicians Trilogy, comprising The Magicians (2009), The Magician King (2011), and The Magician’s Land (2014). The series has topped New York Times best-selling lists and there are plans to make it into a television series. As a journalist, Lev has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. He has been the Book Critic for Time since 2002.
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