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Addressing the Elephant in the room of our present days, this year’s event will explore the transformative scientific innovation that is impacting the world we live in and tackle the incertitude of humanity’s destiny as a species. Where are we going? Will we destroy ourselves? Will we create new selves?

The fifth edition of TEDxCERN took place on 20 November from 14:00 to 18:30 CET in the heart of Geneva. Fourteen speakers and leaders from a wide range of disciplines gave thought-provoking insights into the most hot topics in science and technology. TEDxCERN is a CERN outreach event and part of the CERN & Society programme.

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TEDXCERN 2018: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

20th November 2018 @Bâtiment des forces motrices in Geneva

The 5th edition of TEDxCERN took place on 20 November 2018 at Bâtiment de Forces Motrices in Geneva from 14:00 to 18:30 CET

This edition's theme was the Elephant in the Room, a concept defined as an obvious problem that is being ignored. It explored the kind of transformative scientific innovation that is impacting the world we live in across a wide range of disciplines. Addressing the Elephant in the room of our present days, the event tackled the incertitude of humanity’s destiny as a species. Where are we going? Will we destroy ourselves? Will we create new selves? Speakers addressed the contradictions in subjects such as biotechnologies, AI and social media amongst others. The disconnect between our science-dependent society and the science on which it is built is a major concern. 

The first videos of the event are already available on the tab VIDEOS! 

Programme:

Session 01 - Will we destroy ourselves?

  • Sinan Aral
  • Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck
  • Shermin Voshmgir
  • Maja Pantic
  • Joanna Bryson
  • Ouchhh video: Poetic AI

Session 02 - Will we create new selves?

  • Janice Chen
  • Sanushka Naidoo
  • Elena Bennett
  • TED ED video: The life cycle of a neutron star
  • Dawn Gelino
  • Juan Enriquez
  • CENC

 

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