Chances are you're reading this on your phone, right? And if you
like what you read, you might tweet about it - and then pray for
the retweets. Such is life after the digital revolution: our little
technological accomplices are never far from our side. In the 25
years since the creation of the World
Wide Web, life, work and culture have been turned upside down
and anyone worth his or her salt is starting to wonder what it all
means. Luckily, Vanity
Fair and Intelligence Squared have got
it covered with their Digital
Summit, in association with O2. Throughout the afternoon of
June 11th, the brightest minds in technology, politics, business
and culture will come together in person to consider the tsunami of
change we have already experienced - and what is yet to
Hear from the internet's early pioneers, including
Martha Lane Fox, on how their hopes and dreams measure up to
reality. Probe the danger of artificial intelligence with Professor
Nick Bostrom, author of
Superintelligence (the book on everyone's lips), and
find out who's throwing money at the problem (clue: web giants only
need apply). Speaking of these giants, with a small number of firms
controlling an increasingly large part of the digital landscape,
how can London compete? What must young entrepreneurs do to stay
independent? Should they even want to stay independent? These are
among the questions - expertly curated by Vanity
Fair's London editor Henry Porter -
which will be asked of industry figures such as
Baroness Joanna Shields, the PM's Advisor on the Digital
Economy, and Rohan
Silva, co-founder of the startup hub Second Home.
Other highlights include Vanity Fair's European
Khan in conversation with co-founder and CEO of Tinder Sean
Rad on the aspirations of the world's biggest dating app,
The Dark Net author Jamie
Bartlett on the nether regions of the web, and founder
of SBTV Jamal
Edwards on the internet's ability to create stardom from
the unknown. After everything you've heard, there will be no
sitting on the fence in the final debate, marshalled by the
Paxman, considering whether "The Internet is a Failed Utopia".
In a world of uncertainty, one thing is sure: this is an unmissable
afternoon of entertainment and enlightenment.
Tickets are £150, and £75 for students. Click here to
Vanity Fair - Intelligence
Summit, Thursday 11th June, 2-7pm.
Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW.
Vanity Fair and Intelligence
Squared offer all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the
chance to win a pair of tickets (worth £300) to the Digital Summit
on Thursday 11th June.
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