Forum - A World of Ideas

Forum - A World of Ideas

The world's most remarkable minds tackle a big idea. Podcast weekly on Tuesdays.

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  • Lines 18 Nov 2014

    Mon, 17 Nov 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

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    Lines: a network of connections, to allow us to link up points from A to B? Or a useful human abstraction, to help us make sense of the world? And what does a line mean to an artist, whether one who wields a paintbrush or pencil, or one who fashions words into poetic verse? Joining Bridget Kendall are distinguished South African artist William Kentridge, poet and graphic artist Imtiaz Dharker and social anthropology professor Timothy Ingold.

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  • Big Data and Us 08 Nov 14

    Sat, 8 Nov 14

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    41 mins

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    With Big Data all around us, can we trust the data-brokers, the algorithms and the often beautiful results of data visualisations? Is Big Data a threat to our privacy? Or a force for good? And if it can be both, how do we make sure we stay in control? Bridget Kendall talks to data artist Karin Von Ompteda, African governance expert Sharath Srinivasan and data researcher Adam Tanner.

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  • Uniformity 01 Nov 2014

    Sat, 1 Nov 14

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    We need some uniformity to ensure safe and consistent production and delivery of many things from transport to building regulations to medical science. But can too much uniformity, or misapplied uniformity, be bad for us? Tim Marlow talks to the multi-faceted concert pianist Kirill Gerstein, distinguished sociologist George Ritzer, and award-wining architect Alison Brooks.

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  • Robots with a Heart 25 Oct 14

    Sat, 25 Oct 14

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    Robot designers are working on making robot-human interaction more natural for us. But are there risks in making robots too emotionally appealing and inviting them into our homes? Can they ever become substitutes for human contact? Jack Stewart discusses these issues at the BBC’s World-Changing Ideas Summit in New York with designers Heather Knight and Andrea Thomaz, robot scholar Kate Darling and artist Fernando Orellana.

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