Lunch

Tuesday 20 November 2018

12:30pm

Martin Rees

On the future: Prospects for humanity

Humanity has reached a critical moment. Our world is unsettled and rapidly changing, and we face existential risks over the next century. Various prospects for the future – good and bad – are possible. Yet our approach to the future is characterized by short-term thinking, polarizing debates, alarmist rhetoric, and pessimism.

In his latest book, renowned scientist and bestselling author Martin Rees argues that humanity’s future depends on our taking a very different approach to thinking about and planning for tomorrow.

The future of humanity is bound to the future of science, and our prospects hinge on how successfully we harness technological advances to address the challenges to our collective future. If we are to use science to solve our problems while avoiding its dystopian risks, we must think rationally, globally, collectively, and optimistically about the long-term future.

Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow

Martin is a cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 2005 and is a member of the House of Lords.

He was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 2004 to 2012 and President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010. Formerly he was Director of the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge.

Martin has made important contributions to our understanding of cosmic phenomena and has also been extensively involved in issues of scientific and environmental policy.

"Martin Rees offers a compelling vision of our future--on Earth and in space."

Elon Musk