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Altered State, the self-styled ‘conversations for grown-ups’ Southville-based event started in February this year by Paddy Irwin and Al Farquhar, has announced the following talk for May. 

OLD McDONALD’S HAD A FARM - THE POLITICS OF FOOD is on May 16th. The talk will examine the lack of sustainability in the UK and global food supply chain, the impact of that on the climate crisis, how to enable ethical choices and look at the diet and obesity issue coming down the tracks that’s headed straight at our creaking NHS. Paddy says ”Food is an increasingly politicised subject – over a quarter of UK adults are considered obese and farmers are under pressure to farm ethically, but is ethical eating the privilege of the elite? We want to look at how some of these issues can be tackled”.

Host Louise Leigh will be joined by a panel comprising:

Catherine Withers of Yew Tree Farm. Catherine provides organic produce is a sustainable way from the city’s last farm whilst fighting a high profile campaign to save a hay meadow from destruction. 

Johnathan Napier, Science Director at Rothamsted Research. Johnathan’s research centres on food security and nutrition, with a focus on equity and utility.

Joy Carey, author of Who Feeds Bristol and a director of the Bristol Food Network, who aim to make the city’s food supply sustainable.

 

Al adds “as with all Altered State talks, we hope to accentuate the positives and give our audience a toolbox to take away with them so we can move towards a more holistic ‘good food’ approach”.

Altered State have launched a monthly podcast The Altered State which features highlights of their talks with their own commentary added. It can be downloaded here. 

They support Freestyle Bristol, who provide opportunities in the city’s creative industries to young people from the more marginalised communities. 

 

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AI - IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (March 2024 Press Release)

Join Graphcore founder and CEO Nigel Toon and others in a grown-up conversation about AI, with Altered State, on 24th April 2024 in the Hen & Chicken, Southville.

 

Following the success of their first two events that discussed the landscape for protest and the state of Britain’s rivers, Paddy Irwin and Al Farquhar continue their Altered State series of talks with AI - IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT. “We want to hear the positives, how AI can better our health outcomes and if climate change can be tackled” says Irwin, but “there’s fear out there about what an unregulated tech sector might deliver that can’t then be put back in a box”, adds Farquhar, “communities want to know what this much vaunted 4th industrial revolution is going to do to their jobs and elections, its impact on reporting and the very notion of truth”.

Following the success of their first two events that discussed the landscape for protest and the state of Britain’s rivers, Paddy Irwin and Al Farquhar continue their Altered State series of talks with AI - IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT. “We want to hear the positives, how AI can better our health outcomes and if climate change can be tackled” says Irwin, but “there’s fear out there about what an unregulated tech sector might deliver that can’t then be put back in a box”, adds Farquhar, “communities want to know what this much vaunted 4th industrial revolution is going to do to their jobs and elections, its impact on reporting and the very notion of truth”.

 

Our panel comprises:

 

Nigel Toon, founder and CEO of Graphcore, Bristol’s largest AI company. Nigel is a global leader in the AI sector and sits on the board of UK Research and Innovation, a public body that directs £8 billion annually.

 

Heather Child, award winning author of speculative and short fiction. Heather’s debut novel ‘Everything About You’ concerned data seemingly coming alive in the form of a missing loved one.

 

Colin Gavaghan, professor of digital futures at the University of Bristol. Colin is a specialist in the ethics, law and regulation of emerging technology.

 

As well as likely changes to our core ways of life and the political process, we will talk about the balancing act between innovation and regulation, the many ways that AI can actually help us and hopefully meet the doomsday scenarios head-on.

 

The evening will be hosted by Rudy Millard and will include time for the audience to ask the panel questions. Each Altered State ends with THE TOOLBOX, where panelists give the audience their most succinct piece of advice concerning the issue. The event will be recorded and a podcast distributed by Altered State.

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