Will robots be a danger to humans? When will we colonize space? What will urban life look like? And how fast will wireless communication become?
These are some of the topics that will be covered at the second TEDx event organised by the University of Nicosia (UNic).
The all-day event takes place on Saturday, at Nicosia’s Filoxenia Conference Centre.
This year’s TEDxUNic addresses the theme “The Future is…” featuring an impressive line-up of philosophers, neuroscientists, security analysts, architects and artists.
TED is about ideas worth spreading. The concept began three decades ago in California, evolving into a worldwide phenomenon as a forum for thought leaders, innovators, and specialists – each of whom gives a “TED Talk” of approximately 18 minutes, which is then made available, online at TED.com.
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized TED-style events that combine live speakers and musical performances, with videos of select TED Talks.
Last year’s TEDxUNic, which asked everyone to “Look Deeper,” was attended by more than 400 people, with many more participating via a live Web link.
Some of the speakers participating at “The Future Is…” include Geraint Rees, Dean of Life Sciences at UCL, discussing the neural basis of human consciousness, philosopher of science Ioannis Votsis, and Rachel Wingfield of Loop.pH who will explain how architecture, design and technology can be combined to transform spaces into experiences that rethink the future.