Coming Of Age - Letters To 2021

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01Niall Ferguson2021010420210105 (R4)As the century turns 21, five essayists offer their personal appraisals and advice. Niall Ferguson gives a historian's view of lessons from previous centuries in a wry take on the past 800 years. "I've invited seven of your big brothers and sisters - from the twentieth century all the way back to the fourteenth - to give you some fraternal or sororal advice".
Niall Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Producer: Sheila Cook

As the century turns 21, five young essayists offer their personal appraisals and advice.

As the century turns 21, five essayists offer their personal appraisals and advice. Niall Ferguson gives a historian's view of lessons from previous centuries in a wry take on the past 800 years. "I've invited seven of your big brothers and sisters - from the twentieth century all the way back to the fourteenth - to give you some fraternal or sororal advice".
Niall Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Producer: Sheila Cook

02Jane Burston2021010520210106 (R4)As the century turns 21, five essayists offer their personal appraisals and advice. Jane Burston says now is the time to get really serious about climate change. "Decisions will be made and the actions taken that determine the very future of life on this planet. In the next decade, either the climate emergency will be turned around, or it'll run out of control."
Jane Burston is Executive Director of the Clean Air Fund. She was previously Head of Energy and the Environment at the National Physical Laboratory. She has been named as a "Young Global Leader" of the World Economic Forum.
Producer: Sheila Cook

As the century turns 21, five young essayists offer their personal appraisals and advice.

As the century turns 21, five essayists offer their personal appraisals and advice. Jane Burston says now is the time to get really serious about climate change. "Decisions will be made and the actions taken that determine the very future of life on this planet. In the next decade, either the climate emergency will be turned around, or it'll run out of control."
Jane Burston is Executive Director of the Clean Air Fund. She was previously Head of Energy and the Environment at the National Physical Laboratory. She has been named as a "Young Global Leader" of the World Economic Forum.
Producer: Sheila Cook

03Brian Christian2021010620210107 (R4)As the century turns 21, five essayists offer their personal appraisals and advice. Brian Christian addresses his reflections to Artificial Intelligence. He identifies its developmental milestones in the twenty first century and sees its coming of age as posing fundamental questions about what it means to be human.
"In adulthood you become part of society. And that means learning how to get along. How to contribute. How to be a functional part of the whole.
Brian Christian is an American author, poet and programmer. His books include "Algorithms to Live By" and his new publication, "The Alignment Problem".
Producer: Sheila Cook

As the century turns 21, five essayists offer their personal appraisals and advice. Brian Christian reflects on the progress in the twenty first century of Artificial Intelligence, seeing its coming of age as posing fundamental questions about what it means to be human.
"In adulthood you become part of society. And that means learning how to get along. How to contribute. How to be a functional part of the whole.
Brian Christian is an American author, poet and programmer. His books include "Algorithms to Live By" and most recently, "The Alignment Problem".
Producer: Sheila Cook

As the century turns 21, five young essayists offer their personal appraisals and advice.

As the century turns 21, five essayists offer their personal appraisals and advice. Brian Christian reflects on the progress in the twenty first century of Artificial Intelligence, seeing its coming of age as posing fundamental questions about what it means to be human.
"In adulthood you become part of society. And that means learning how to get along. How to contribute. How to be a functional part of the whole.
Brian Christian is an American author, poet and programmer. His books include "Algorithms to Live By" and most recently, "The Alignment Problem".
Producer: Sheila Cook

04Ashley Hickson Lovence2021010720210108 (R4)As the century turns 21, five essayists offer their personal appraisals and advice. Ashley Hickson Lovence writes a letter to his younger brother who has grown up with the century.
"I worried about what the future would be like for you growing up in this environment of danger and fear. You were too young to understand it then, but it was a scary time to be a teenager and all I wanted to do was protect you."
Ashley Hickson Lovence is the author of the novel, "The 392". He is also a teacher and a PhD student in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia.
Producer: Sheila Cook

As the century turns 21, five young essayists offer their personal appraisals and advice.

05Dina Rezk2021010820210109 (R4)As the century turns 21, five essayists offer their appraisals and advice. Dina Rezk gives a personal British and Egyptian perspective on the defining moments in the twenty-first century of 9/11 and the Arab Spring. Dr Rezk is Associate Professor in Middle Eastern History and Politics at the University of Reading. She is also a New Generation Thinker on the scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Producer: Sheila Cook

As the century turns 21, five essayists offer their personal appraisals and advice.

As the century turns 21, five young essayists offer their personal appraisals and advice.