What can humans do that machines will not soon be doing too? In this event, author Tom Chatfield explains why he believes this is the wrong question to ask – and we should look instead at what it is that humans love and demand to do, and where the unique value of human experience lies in a digital age. Tom’s recent “Live This Book!” (Penguin) is a print-only journal exploring everyday habits, interactions and cognition – and he explains why he turned to pen and paper to address the future of human-machine interactions, and what it means to thrive in a digital age.

About the speakers

  • Tom Chatfield

    British writer and commentator

    Tom Chatfield (@TomChatfield) is a British writer and commentator. The author of six books exploring digital culture – most recently Live This Book! (Penguin), How to Thrive in the Digital Age (Pan Macmillan) and Netymology (Quercus) – his work has appeared in over two dozen territories and languages. He also creates and designs content for games, apps and interactive media, including the award-winning game The End. He speaks and broadcasts around the world on technology and the arts and media. Appearances include TED Global and the Cannes Lions Festival; authors@Google; the World Congress on Information Technology; Science Foo Camp; Intelligence Squared; the Houses of Parliament; Aspen Seminars for Leaders; and venues ranging from the Sydney Opera House to the Googleplex. A launch columnist for the BBC’s worldwide technology site, BBC Future, he writes and commentates widely in the international media, as well as guest lecturing at universities in the UK and Europe. Tom is also an associate editor at Prospect magazine