Computers and the future

The invention of the computer in 1948 has changed our world radically but we are only in the early years of this industrial revolution. What disruptions will quantum computing bring?  What can we learn from technology foresight and the first seven decades of our cyber enabled world that will help us to design the best […]

Computers and warfare

Stuxnet, the attacks on the Ukrainian power grid, and autonomous armed guards are only the beginning. Computers are changing warfare profoundly because military strategy has always been geographically based but there are no borders in cyberspace. We shall investigate the implications for the future of international conflict and of national defence. If the next war […]

Internet of Things – IOT

Many televisions, baby monitors, central heating and even light-bulbs are already connected to the internet but this is only the start. Over the next few years, many millions of devices will be connected and machine-to-machine data will become the main internet traffic. Why is this happening, how will all this data be processed and what […]

Should we vote online?

Online voting in local and national elections could be more convenient, greatly increase voter turnout and deliver results within a few minutes of the polls closing. Some countries have adopted online voting and some have regarded it as extremely dangerous for democracy. What are the facts? Lecture Date: Tuesday, 13th February 2018 – 6:00pm at The Museum […]

Computer bugs in hospitals: A new killer

  Computer bugs, reported in heart pacemaker software and many other devices, are but one example of the risks that IT systems can create for patients. The extent of the problem of software bugs in the medical arena, and elsewhere, suggest an increasing number of avoidable deaths and injuries in UK hospitals. A joint lecture […]

Bitcoin and the Block Chain

The block chain is the distributed ledger technology (DLT) that underlies the successful Bitcoin cybercurrency. How does it work, and why does a Government report say that DLTs have the potential to be radically disruptive? Lecture Date: Tuesday, 9th January 2018 – 6:00pm at The Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN

Is Society ready for driverless cars?

Discuss this lecture: Driverless cars are already here, but there are many issues that should be considered before they are licensed for general use on public roads. How much evidence would be enough to show that they were at least as safe as human drivers? Should the car be programmed to protect the passengers above […]

Artificial Intelligence

Discuss this lecture: Alan Turing famously proposed a test of artificial intelligence. What has been achieved? Professor Stephen Hawking has said that real artificial intelligence will mean the end of mankind. Is that a real threat? Are there limits to what a silicon brain might do? Lecture Date: Tuesday, 13th June 2017 – 6:00pm at The Museum […]

The Worshipful Company of IT Professionals – Professor Martyn Thomas

What is the Worshipful Company of IT Professionals and how has it come to work with Gresham College? —Gresham College Martyn Thomas, Gresham College’s new IT Livery Company Professor of Information technology. In this short clip he explains the work of the livery company and how it has come to work with Gresham College to create […]

Why Are Public Lectures Important? – Professor Martyn Thomas

Why are public lectures important? —Gresham College In the age of the computer, is there still a place for the public lecture? Professor Martyn Thomas believes there is and explains the importance. Martyn Thomas is an internationally recognised expert in software engineering who holds visiting professorships at three top Universities including the University of Oxford. […]

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