In this unmissable conversation Jaron Lanier, one of the most celebrated pioneers of digital innovation in the world, who first alerted us to the dangers of social media, will draw on his insider’s expertise to explain precisely how social media works – by deploying constant surveillance and subconscious manipulation of its users – and why its cruel and dangerous effects are at the heart of its current business model and design. Offering ten simple arguments for liberating ourselves from its addictive hold, Jaron Lanier will also outline a vision for an alternative that provides all the benefits of social media without the harm. In association with Exponential View. Exponential View is one of the best newsletters about the near future of technology and society. Azeem Azhar critically examines the fast pace of change, and its deep impact on the economy, culture, and business. It has been praised by the former CEO of Reuters, founder of Wired, and the deputy editor of The Economist, among others. Read more.
An unmissable Chopin literary and musical evening in the magical setting of Burgh House, Hampstead with Paul Kildea, the former artistic director of Wigmore Hall, talking about and playing extracts from Chopin’s 24 Preludes. In November 1838 Frédéric Chopin, George Sand and her two children sailed to Majorca to escape the Parisian winter. They settled in an abandoned monastery in the mountains above Palma, where Chopin finished one of the great works of musical Romanticism – his 24 Preludes. There was scarcely a decent piano on the island, so Chopin worked on a small pianino made by a local craftsman, which remained in their monastic cell for seventy years after he and Sand had left. This talk traces the history of Chopin’s 24 Preludes through the instruments on which they were played, the pianists who interpreted them and the traditions they came to represent. It begins and ends with the Majorcan pianino, which during the Second World War assumed an astonishing cultural potency as it became, for the Nazis, a symbol of the man and music they were determined to claim as their own. Venue: Burgh House – Music Room 3 Read more.