Nicky Clayton in ‘Savoir, Penser, Rêver’. The NEW book from Flammarion, featuring the lives of 12 important scientists.

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15 top thinkers on innovations that will most change our lives by 2050. Ahead of Hay Festival 2018, WIRED magazine asked writers to paint their vision of the world in 30 years’ time~ with a contribution from Nicky Clayton and Clive Wilkins

wired-magazine-logo.pngThirty years ago, Stephen Hawking published A Brief History of Time, Steve Jobs unveiled the NeXT Computer, and Die Hard hit cinemas for the first time. The World Wide Web had not yet been invented.

A lot can change in a few short decades, whether guided by advances in science and technology or by changing ideas and politics. Ahead of the 2018 Hay Festival, WIRED asked 15 leading writers and thinkers to answer one question: Which innovation will most change the way we live by 2050?

Their responses – which range from driverless cars to neural implants, plus a rather unexpected bet on the return of snail mail can be seen at:

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Prof. Nicky Clayton FRS in conversation with the author Clive Wilkins at the Hay Festival 2018

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The Moustachio Quartet at The Hay Festival 2018. The author Clive Wilkins talks to Prof. Nicky Clayton F.R.S.

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BBC2 Winter’s Weirdest Events. Prof. Nicky Clayton discusses snowboarding crows and tool use in corvids with Chris Packham

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Filming took place in Cambridge botanical gardens on a warm November afternoon 2017. The programme was broadcast on Christmas Eve and repeated on Christmas Day.

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Nicky Clayton and Mark Coker discuss~ the minds of birds~ at The London School of Economics

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Nicky Clayton, Professor of Comparative Cognition, University of Cambridge
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Jonathan Birch, Fellow, The Forum; Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE

What is it like to be a bird? What do they think and how do they feel? What can comparative psychology tell us about the intelligence of birds? And what can we learn about birds, and about ourselves, from our encounters with them? In this dialogue, world-leading comparative psychologist Nicola Clayton and author and naturalist Mark Cocker give us a bird’s eye view on the world, and consider how human thought and culture have been shaped by interaction with birds.

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Nicky to appear on BBC2 Winter’s Weirdest Events- Xmas Special~ with Chris Packham. 24th December 2017.

Prof. Nicky Clayton will discuss remarkable footage of crows (corvids) engaged in some fascinating behaviour.

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