Sun, 9 May 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

Framers – Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil

Tim Harford Meets Kenneth Cukier

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From pandemics to populism, humanity faces unprecedented challenges that threaten our very existence. Only by transforming how we think can we solve the most pressing challenges of our age.

To frame is to create a mental model of the world that enables us to see patterns, predict how things will unfold, and make sense of new situations. People have long focused on traits like memory and reasoning leaving framing all but ignored. However, with computers now outshining humans at those cognitive tasks, framing stands out as a critical function—and only humans can do it.

In conversation with Financial Times columnist Tim Harford, senior Economist editor Kenneth Cukier will offer a guide to turning this innate human ability into a skill to solve our 21st century challenges.

Framing is not just a way to improve how we make decisions in the era of algorithms. It will be a matter of survival for humanity in a time of societal upheaval and machine prosperity. It will revolutionise not only how we think about our future, but how we think all together.

Why is advice to ‘think outside the box’ useless? What can thought leaders learn from a historic 1976 Israeli commando raid? How did the startup Spotify triumph over Silicon Valley giant Apple? How did ‘framing’ deliver New Zealand from the COVID pandemic?

We’ll explore all these questions and more in this unmissable conversation between two of the most creative minds in the world of business and technology today.

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Kenneth Cukier

Senior Editor at The Economist

Kenneth Cukier is a Senior Editor at The Economist, and host of its weekly tech podcast Babbage. He is also an associate fellow at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, researching artificial intelligence. Kenn was a foreign correspondent for two decades in Europe, Asia and America and was also a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Financial Times and Foreign Affairs, among others.

Tim Harford

Economist, journalist and broadcaster

Tim Harford OBE is an economist, journalist and broadcaster. He is author of “The Next Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy”, “Messy”, and the million-selling “The Undercover Economist”. Tim is a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of Radio 4’s “More or Less”, “Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy”, and “Cautionary Tales”. He is an associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford and an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.