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20 May 2020 19:00

*** POSTPONED *** AI Science Café Series 2020: Species survival - how AI solutions can save wildlife in Africa and beyond. With Jonathan Ledgard

Many of the planet’s biodiversity-rich areas happen to be in cash-poor places. What if endangered species could, in effect, pay local communities for their own protection? Jonathan Ledgard explores the AI methodology behind an ‘interspecies money transfer service’. By giving a value to a local species, donated money would be distributed to the local human community.

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The discussion after Jonathan Ledgard's presentation will be chaired by Henry Mance.

Jonathan Ledgard
is a leading thinker on nature, advanced technology, and political risk. He is a fellow at the Prague Artificial Intelligence Centre. Previously, as a director at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, he invented the cargo drone and droneport concept for Africa. He is an advisor on near future trends to companies, governments, and inter-governmental institutions. He spent 18 years as an award-winning foreign and war correspondent for The Economist, filing lead stories from over 60 countries. As J.M. Ledgard, he is an acclaimed novelist. His novel Giraffe is being developed for television. Submergence, a New York Times Book of the Year, was adapted for Hollywood.

Henry Mance is the chief features writer at the Financial Times. He has reported on a variety of environmental and animal welfare issues, and is currently writing a book about humans' relationship with other animals, due to be published in 2021. Before joining the FT in 2010, he worked at a biodiversity thinktank in Colombia.

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Read more about Jonatahn Ledgard's work in Ben Taub's article for The New Yorker

Tickets: £7 – £16

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The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm.

The AI Science Cafe Series  is kindly supported by AVAST


This talk is in collaboration with The Royal Institution


Artificial Intelligence is the new phenomenon of the 21st century and has evolved out of the realm of science fiction and at best, a few technologically advanced minds and IT professionals, to everyday topics of discussion and one of the key drivers of the future progress of humankind. The objective of the AI Science Café series, which will consist of five presentations by high profile, world acclaimed experts, is to introduce, present and publicly discuss various topics that impact our professional as well as our personal lives. As AI topics clearly generate more questions than answers, the series will strive to unveil trends and expectations from the inevitable social and technological changes which the future will bring.

Science Café is a series of popular science presentations and talks by the best Czech scientists and innovators of today presented by the Czech Centre London. Inspired by the phenomenon of Cafe Scientifique which was first established in the UK in 1998 and spread across the world as a place where anyone could come to discuss the latest ideas in science and technology over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, Science Café is an informal forum for the discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues.








The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BS


20 May 2020 19:00


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