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The global human population has doubled in the last century and is expected to reach ten-billion by 2060. Generations are now burdened with a legacy of man-made risks such as climate change, disinformation, unstable financial markets and resource scarcity. Is there hope for the future? The researchers at the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty are working hard to find out.
What Exactly is Bitcoin?
James Butterworth (PhD Student)
Bitcoin has been all over the news recently, from people making millions to deep web drug transactions. But what IS Bitcoin? Why has it become so popular over recent years and how come it is associated with criminal activity? During this talk, we will explore the mechanisms behind Bitcoin and consider whether it is worth investing all of hard earned savings into it in hopes of becoming a millionaire. During the course of the talk, we will discover that Bitcoin is based on a technology called 'Blockchain' which is set to revolutionise the world we live in.
Urban Farming: Fixing the Broken Food System & Improving Health
Paul explores the deep-seated problems with our current food system, and the devastating effects this is having on our environment and our health. Paul and the team at Farm Urban believe that by embedding aquaponic systems (where fish and plants are grown together in a closed-loop ecosystem without soil) into the fabric of society they can engage and inspire people to connect with their environment, explore their relationship with food, and start to build a sustainable and resilient food system.
Designing our Future – a human-centred approach
How do designers look into the future? Do all designers envision the same future? And why does it matter to design for our future selves? In this talk, Farnaz explores an inclusive and human-centred approach to designing for future, discussing why design for 'diversity' and 'meaning' matters and how to use them to deliver innovative and futuristic solutions.