If you are interested in science and technology and support the ideals of good public radio, you may be interested to know that the BBC is MP3s and transcripts of the famous Reith lectures. If you’re not familiar with these always enlightening and sometimes controversial broadcasts, the history and pedigree of these lectures is explained here. This year’s Reith Lecturer is the distinguished engineer, Lord Broers, who is President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee.
This year’s series is called The Triumph Of Technology and the component lectures, the first two of which are available now, are:
Lecture 1: Technology will Determine the Future of the Human Race
Lecture 2: Collaboration
Lecture 3: Innovation and Management
Lecture 4: Nanotechnology and Nanoscience
Lecture 5: Risk and Responsibility
The remaining three will be released tomorrow, next Wednesday and the following Saturday. Having listened to the first lecture and the Q&A session that followed, I can say that it is a thought provoking and necessary debate.
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