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Welcome to Futuremakers, from the University of Oxford.

It's your fly-on-the-wall into our colleges, where our academics debate key issues for the future of society.

Season Two: Climate Change

Season One: Artificial Intelligence

Special Episode: Quantum Computing

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Welcome to Futuremakers, from the University of Oxford.

It's your fly-on-the-wall into our colleges, where our academics debate key issues for the future of society.

Season Two: Climate Change

Season One: Artificial Intelligence

Special Episode: Quantum Computing

    Live Special: Artificial Intelligence Q&A

    Live Special: Artificial Intelligence Q&A

    Originally recorded back in September 2019 at the AI@Oxford Conference held at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School, this 'live' episode sees Prof. Millican joined by:
    Mitchell Baker
    (Chairwoman, Mozilla Foundation);
    Mike Wooldridge
    (Professor of Computer Science, University of Oxford);
    Safiya Omoja Noble
    (Associate Professor, University of California Los Angeles), and;
    Jim Wilkinson
    (CFO, Oxford Sciences Innovation).
    In it, they revisit a number of topics from the first season of Futuremakers, from the automation of jobs to algorithmic bias to AI and so called 'fake news'.
    For more information on the conference, visit: https://innovation.ox.ac.uk/innovation-news/events/aioxford-conference/ainextsteps/

    • 29 Min.
    Will climate migration lead to conflict?

    Will climate migration lead to conflict?

    Climate migration hit the headlines in January, when the United Nations made a landmark ruling (https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/01/1055671) about the legal rights of those displaced by a climate crisis.
    The UN High Commission for Refugees has warned that millions of people could become climate refugees in the coming years, and meanwhile, tensions over scarcity are stoking fears of conflict.
    With temperatures and anxieties rising, how do we prepare for changing human mobility and new kinds of conflict?
    Joining Prof. Millican in this episode is Lisa Thalheimer, a 
    DPhil student whose research focuses on quantifying the impacts of human mobility and extreme weather events, linked to climate change.
    You can find Lisa online @ClimateLisa (https://twitter.com/ClimateLisa) .
     

    • 39 Min.
    Climate change: What is the future of our food?

    Climate change: What is the future of our food?

    The world is getting hotter, drier, and more crowded. By 2050, there will be ten billion humans across the globe, while at the same time there may be far less land suitable for growing food.
    There's also a growing awareness that our diet and food choices can have a significant impact on our carbon footprint: while innovations like lab-grown foods may provide lower emission options, and new technologies may make our food supply more adaptable and robust, there are clearly many challenges ahead.
    Put simply: what is the future of food?
    Joining Prof. Millican in this bonus episode are Dr Monika Zurek and Dr Jim Woodhill, from the Food Systems Group at the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute. You can find out more about their work here: https://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/research/food/
    Find out more about Oxford’s climate research at: http://bit.ly/trueplanet

    • 1 Std. 5 Min.
    COP 25 – what happened?

    COP 25 – what happened?

    In this bonus ‘reaction’ episode, we chat to several Oxford academics who were either at, or closely following the recent events at COP 25.
     
    We ask them what (if anything) was decided at the meeting in Madrid, whether enough action was taken, and where we might go next - ahead of COP 26 in Glasgow, Scotland (2020).
     
    Interviewed on this episode were Professor Fredi Otto, Professor Nathalie Seddon, Dr Helen Gavin, DPhil students Alex Clark and Lisa Thalheimer, entrepreneur Charmian Love and lawyer Bill Clark. 
     
    Find out more about Oxford’s climate research at http://po.st/TruePlanet and keep an eye on this feed, for more bonus episodes in the new year.

    • 21 Min.
    Mark Carney on Climate Change

    Mark Carney on Climate Change

    In this special bonus episode, originally recorded on 25th November, Professor Millican travels to the Bank of England to interview its Governor, Mark Carney. This episode was recorded before it was announced that Mark Carney will become the UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance in 2020.
     
    The interview covered a range of topics, but focused in particular on the challenges that markets may need to overcome if we hope to restrict global warming to 1.5 degrees C, how federal banks are working to prepare for these, and if an even more fundamental change to our economic and political system is needed.
     
    Can markets provide a tool to promote necessary action? Is it possible to find a middle ground of sustainable economics? Can we be green, and capitalist?
     
    Find out more about Oxford’s climate research at http://po.st/TruePlanet and keep an eye on this feed, for more bonus episodes in the new year.

    • 24 Min.
    Solving climate change... nature or technology?

    Solving climate change... nature or technology?

    Solving climate change can involve either mitigation – reducing the greenhouse gases we’re putting into the atmosphere – or adaptation – the process of adjusting to our changing environment. In the last episode of series two, we wanted to learn more about how these solutions are developing, what form they take, and where we should be applying them. We were particularly interested in the contrast between two climate change solutions: engineering approaches (such as technical methods of carbon capture, novel methods of building, or physical climate defences), and natural approaches (such as reforestation, changes in farming patterns, or restoring wetlands). With the stakes so high, how far can we harness nature to help tackle climate change, or will technology provide a solution?
    With Peter to discuss this are; Nathalie Seddon, who having trained as an evolutionary ecologist is now Professor of Biodiversity and Director of the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, Jim Hall, originally an engineer and now Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks, who is an expert on climate risks to infrastructure, and who for ten years sat on the UK independent Committee on Climate Change, and Dr Helen Gavin, Oxford Martin Fellow, an environmental scientist and sustainability professional bringing 18 years of experience in both industry and education.
    Find out more about Oxford’s climate research at http://po.st/TruePlanet

    • 58 Min.

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