Writer, Presenter and Broadcaster
Timandra Harkness is a science writer, broadcaster and comedian. She has performed maths standup, presented on Radio 4, and written a book; Big Data: does size matter? After performing improvised and standup comedy, hosting cabaret, and touring with a tented circus, Timandra formed the first comedy science double-act in the UK with neuroscientist Dr Helen Pilcher. Timandra has fronted documentaries such as Data, Data Everywhere, and Personality Politics. Combining unusual facts with insight and humour, she looks at how the future will affect business and society. As well as looking at big data, she tackles AI and robotics, and considers topics around our relationship with science and technology.
Daniel H Wilson is the author of the New York Times-bestseller 'Robopocalypse' and its sequel 'Robogenesis', as well as seven other books, including 'How to Survive a Robot Uprising', 'A Boy and His Bot', and 'Amped.' He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Masters Degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. His latest novel is 'The Clockwork Dynasty'. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon.
Paul Papadimitriou is a leading thinker, strategist and consultant on innovation and technology. Looking at what he refers to as the third industrial revolution, Paul examines how digital has changed lives and businesses - from how we learn to how we buy - and how the speed of change can overwhelm, distract and excite in equal parts. Whether it’s the world of work as seen by millennials and the different technological perspectives of various cultures and generations, Paul has given his insight to businesses including SAB Miller, Unilever, Tumblr and IBM.
Former Director of Digital at Universal Music
Paul Smernicki is a 20 year music industry vet and former Director of Digital at Universal Music where he was at the frontline of the digital revolution. His natural disposition is always to be looking far over the horizon and asking "what if?" and as IA exerts a growing influence on all aspect of music it is rapidly become THE industry talking point.
Managing Director Filament
Phil is Managing Director of Filament, an expert service provider in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. A former Director at IBM and a specialist in applied Artificial Intelligence, Phil previously ran the IBM Watson Ecosystem in Europe, leading their Smarter Cities business in Southeast Asia and launching the global IoT services practice. A specialist in AI use cases, business models and enterprise transformation, Phil is a technology advisor to HRH Prince Andrew’s Pitch@Palace, an Entrepreneur in Residence at Nottingham University Business School and holds an MBA from IESE Business School and Columbia University.
Co-founder Design Consequential Robotics
Industrial Designer Sebastian Conran leads product design studio ‘Sebastian Conran Associates’, and is also Designer in Residence at the University of Sheffield’s Science and Engineering faculty. Sebastian is a 'closet inventor’ and a keen advocate of design process and creative thinking being used to address more general issues. His approach is both playful and pragmatic, enjoying the thoughtful transformation of science, technology and engineering into user experience, consumer lifestyle and social culture.