The Apocalypse and How to Avoid It
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The Royal Institution: The Apocalypse and How to Avoid It


Published on: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Apocalypse and How to Avoid It

In billions of years, the sun will expand to engulf the Earth and life on this planet will become impossible. But there are plenty of ways it could end much sooner!
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Join Lewis Dartnell and a panel of scientists and disaster experts including Rosalind Eggo, Vinay Gupta and Hugh Lewis for a discussion on how to cancel the apocalypse.

Lewis Dartnell is a research scientist, presenter and author. His most recent book, The Knowledge, looks at the essential information and skills needed to rebuild after an apocalypse. You can buy it here -

Rosalind Eggo is a mathematical modeller at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She builds mathematical and computational models to explain how diseases spread through populations, with the aim of designing interventions that can prevent that spread. She has worked on models to understand the transmission of Ebola, influenza, other respiratory viruses and Zika.

Vinay Gupta is a technologist and policy analyst with a particular interest in how specific technologies can close or create new avenues for decision makers. This interest has taken him through cryptography, energy policy, defence, security, resilience and disaster management arenas. He is the founder of Hexayurt.Capital, a fund which invests in creating the Internet of Agreements™. He is known for his work on the hexayurt, a public domain disaster relief shelter designed to be build from commonly-available materials, and with Ethereum, a distributed network designed to handle smart contracts.

Hugh Lewis is a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southampton, author of the space debris evolutionary model DAMAGE and he lead the Astronautics Research Group’s space debris and space situational awareness activities. He is also a member of the UK's delegation to the UN Space Mission Planning Advisory Group, a roundtable of experts who discuss how to prepare an international response to near Earth objects (ie asteroids).

This talk was filmed at the Royal Institution on 28 June 2017.

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