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28 EpisodesProduced by Oxford UniversityWebsite

Welcome to Futuremakers, from the University of Oxford.It's your fly-on-the-wall into our colleges, where our academics debate key issues for the future of society.Season Two: Climate ChangeSeason One: Artificial IntelligenceSpecial Episode: Quantum Computing

28 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

15: Live Special: Artificial Intelligence Q&A

March 22nd, 2020

Originally recorded back in September 2019 at the AI@Oxford Conference held at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School, this 'live' episode …

14: Will climate migration lead to conflict?

March 15th, 2020

Climate migration hit the headlines in January, when the United Nations made a landmark ruling about the legal rights of those displaced by a climate …

13: Climate change: What is the future of our food?

March 8th, 2020

The world is getting hotter, drier, and more crowded. By 2050, there will be ten billion humans across the globe, while at the same time there may be far less land suitable for growing food.

There's also a growing …

12: COP 25 – what happened?

December 19th, 2019


In this bonus ‘reaction’ episode, we chat to several Oxford academics who were either at, or closely following the recent events at COP 25. We ask …

11: Mark Carney on Climate Change

December 15th, 2019


In this special bonus episode, originally recorded on 25th November, Professor Millican travels to the Bank of England to interview its Governor, Mark Carney. This episode was recorded before it was announced that Mark …

10: Solving climate change... nature or technology?

December 8th, 2019

Solving climate change can involve either mitigation – reducing the greenhouse gases we’re putting into the atmosphere – or adaptation – the process …

9: Is climate conflict inevitable?

December 1st, 2019

In 2010, Jeffrey Mazo outlined in his book ‘How global warming threatens security and what to do about it’ four ways in which climate and …

8: Climate change: Who should we sue?

November 24th, 2019


To date, there have been climate change legal cases in at least 28 countries. From Greta Thunberg leading a group of young people in filing a lawsuit against five countries at the UN to the Hague Court of Appeals …

7: Can we be green and capitalist?

November 17th, 2019

Many of our panellists in season two have described barriers that are standing in our way if we hope to restrict global warming to the 1.5 degrees C limit that the 2018 IPCC report outlined, and some have advocated how …

6: Should nuclear power be part of our energy system?

November 10th, 2019

Nuclear energy is still a controversial idea for many people, with dangerous accidents and destructive bombs being at the top of their minds when they hear the words, yet other renewable energy sources are not without …

5: What did the Paris Climate Agreement change?

November 3rd, 2019

On the 12th December 2015, at the 21st COP in Paris, representatives of 196 states reached an agreement to combat climate change that was celebrated around the world. With the long-term goal of keeping global …

4: Climate change: do individual actions matter?

October 27th, 2019

With a lot of Government work relying on geo-political understanding between nation states and large multinational corporations, is there still …

3: How do you build a greener country?

October 20th, 2019

What does the current infrastructure in the UK look like, and how far is it from where we need to be to meet our international commitments, or even our own challenge to be Net Zero by 2050? How much do our working …

2: Climate change and politics - why haven’t we done more?

October 13th, 2019

With the IPCC warning that policymakers have limited time to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5° C, beyond which the climate-related risks to …

1: Twelve years to climate disaster?

October 6th, 2019


The IPCC’s 2018 Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C broke into the public consciousness through media reporting that we only had twelve years to limit climate change catastrophe.  But was this really the …

Trailer: Futuremakers season two coming soon...

September 22nd, 2019

Rising sea levels? Burning forests? 12 years to act?

These are the issues that will come to define our time. Join us as we bring together leading experts from Oxford and beyond to discuss the existential threats from …

Could quantum computing change the world?

April 7th, 2019


Once we believed that the world around us behaved according to the laws of classical mechanics, and it took us hundreds of years to work out that actually something else was going on. Quantum computing offers what we …

10: Season Finale: AI selection box

December 23rd, 2018


In the final episode of our series, we’re looking back at the themes we’ve discussed so far, and forward into the likely development of AI. Professor Peter Millican will be joined by Professor Gil McVean, to further …

9: Is China leading the way in AI?

December 16th, 2018


In the penultimate episode of series one, we’re looking at the development of AI across the globe. China has set itself the challenge of being the …

8: What does AI mean for the future of humanity?

December 9th, 2018


So far in the series we’ve heard that artificial intelligence is becoming ubiquitous and is already changing our lives in many ways, from how we search for and receive information, to how it is used to improve our …

7: Has AI changed the way we find the truth?

December 2nd, 2018


Around the world, automated bot accounts have enabled some government agencies and political parties to exploit online platforms in dispersing …

6: From Ada Lovelace to Alan Turing – the birth of AI?

November 18th, 2018


Many developments in science are achieved through people being able to ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’ and in the history of AI two giants in …

5: Should AI have gender?

November 11th, 2018


As chatbots and virtual assistants become an ever-present part of our world, and algorithms increasingly support decision-making, people working in this field are asking questions about the bias and balance of power in …

4: Is AI good for our health?

November 4th, 2018


With AI algorithms now able to mine enormous databases and assimilate information far quicker than humans can, we’re able to spot subtle effects in …

3: Is the banking sector about to change for ever?

October 28th, 2018


AI is already playing a role in the finance sector, from fraud detection, to algorithmic trading, to customer service, and many within the industry …

2: Are all algorithms biased?

October 21st, 2018


Our lives are increasingly shaped by automated decision-making algorithms, but do those have in-built biases? If so, do we need to tackle these, and …

1: How will the automation of jobs progress?

October 21st, 2018


In 2013 two Oxford academics published a paper entitled “The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?”, estimating that 47% of U.S. jobs were at risk of automation. Since then, numerous studies …

Trailer: season one launching 22nd October!

October 12th, 2018


Down winding streets, beyond the dreaming spires, inside the college walls, debates are happening - in every study room and lecture theatre - about …

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