CISD: Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal Sun, 2017-11-26 17:18

Lord Martin Rees  –  Astronomer  Royal and Fellow  of Trinity College Cambridge

Peering into the Future: The Bumpy Road Ahead

Hosted by CISD, Co-hosted by British Pugwash

Our Earth is 45 million centuries old. But this century is the first when one species – ours – can determine the biosphere’s fate. There are threats to climate and biodiversity from the collective ‘footprint’ of 9 – 11 billion people seeking food, resources and energy. In addition, our globally-linked society is vulnerable to the unintended consequences of powerful new technologies – not only nuclear, but (even more) biotech, cyber, advanced A.I., and so forth. We need international guidelines to promote maximum benefits of new technologies, while minimizing catastrophic risks.

Lord Martin Rees is a leading astrophysicist as well as a senior figure in UK science. He has conducted influential theoretical work on subjects as diverse as black hole formation and extragalactic radio sources, and provided key evidence to contradict the Steady State theory of the evolution of the Universe.

As Astronomer Royal and a past President of the Royal Society, Martin is a prominent scientific spokesperson and the author of seven books of popular science. After receiving a Knighthood in 1992 for his services to science, he was elevated to the title of Baron Rees of Ludlow in 2005.

Recorded: 6 November 2017

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