The incomparable Stephen Fry, actor, comedian, journalist, author, tech enthusiast and polymath presented his Shannon Luminary Lecture "The future of humanity and technology" on September 25, 2017. With over 150 film, TV, and audio performances and over 20 written works, as well as over 12 million Twitter followers, Fry’s wit and wisdom have been read, seen or heard around the globe over multiple generations.
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Fry explored the impact on humanity of emergent technologies and, in classic Bell Labs style, looked back at human history to understand the present and the future. He outlined how humans have adapted to revolutionary changes in all aspects of life over the past millennia, and used this as a basis for conjecture about the future of human existence in the machine or industrial internet age, and how best to navigate these murky technological and societal waters.