TEDxExeterSalon 2017

TEDxExeter Salon 2017

Watch the talks from tech-themed TEDxExeterSalon

Artificial intelligence, pop culture and online privacy are just some of the subjects explored in six enlightening new talks released by TEDxExeter.

Videos from the first TEDxExeterSalon are now available to watch online, following the sell-out event at the Barnfield Theatre in October.

The talks – which can be found on the TEDx Talks YouTube channel – include insights into the latest developments in machine learning, how games are being used to understand complex problems like climate change, and the fundamental differences between artificial intelligence and the human brain.

Total views for talks from previous TEDxExeter events now stand at nearly 17 million.

The six talks just published on You Tube – each lasting around 15 minutes – are:

The coming privacy crisis on the Internet of Things
Alasdair Allan, scientist, author, hacker, and journalist

Artificial intelligence, video games and the mysteries of the mind
Raia Hadsell, research scientist on the Deep Learning team at DeepMind

Engineering swarms to solve global problems: From robots to nanoparticles
Sabine Hauert, Assistant Professor in Robotics at the University of Bristol

Playing with complexity: From zombies to climate change
Simon Johnson, co-director of Bristol-based games company Free Ice Cream

Living together: Mind and machine intelligence
Neil Lawrence, Professor of Machine Learning at the University of Sheffield and founder of Amazon Research Cambridge

Pop culture and technology: The shock of the new
John Robb, music journalist, singer and founder of The Membranes


The TEDxExeterSalon took place at the Barnfield Theatre on Saturday, October 7, and was broadcast live to the Exeter Phoenix’s Studio 74, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and a large screen on Exeter’s Cathedral Green.

The release of the talks comes as tickets for TEDxExeter’s 2018 ideas festival are due to go on sale via the Exeter Northcott Theatre box office at 10am on Friday, December 1. This year’s event sold out within minutes, and demand is again expected to be extremely high. Tickets for the live event at the Exeter Northcott on Friday, April 20, will cost £75, with tickets for the simultaneous livestream in the university’s Alumni Auditorium costing £25, including lunch and refreshments.

Claire Kennedy, licensee and curator of TEDxExeter, said: “We were privileged to bring together an exceptional group of speakers who are carrying out groundbreaking research in technology which is transforming our world.

“Feedback from those who attended the TEDxExeterSalon has been overwhelmingly positive, with audience members describing the talks as ‘thought provoking’, ‘fascinating’ and ‘mind expanding’.

“We’re really excited that our speakers’ ideas are now being shared with a global audience around the world.”

TEDxExeter is a not-for-profit event organised by a team of volunteers and made possible by support from sponsors, including local businesses. TEDxExeter’s 2017 annual ideas festival in April was attended by a combined audience of more than 900 people in the Exeter Northcott theatre and Exeter University’s Alumni Auditorium. Thousands more people were watching the live stream at over 180 gatherings in more than 50 countries around the world.

Thank you to the sponsors of our Salon event