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Being human in a digital world

Do you talk to your technology? Does it talk back? With rapid advancements in A.I. and natural language processing, our relationship with computers is on the brink of another revolution. Experimental A.I. deployments like ChatGPT, offer a glimpse of what the world might look like a decade from now – but is that good or bad? Technology reporter and author, Kate Russell, looks back at her 25 years of reporting to share her thoughts and insights about shifting global tech-culture. From the days of dial-up internet and Internet Relay Chat, to ‘playing with’ NASA robots and becoming a virtual presenter in Japan, Kate will share anecdotes from her travels around the world and then imagines what the world of tech might look like in another 10 years.

Kate Russell, Working the Cloud
Technology Reporter & Author
Ferilskrá (BIO)
Journalist, reporter and author, Kate has been writing about technology and the Internet since 1995. She’s been a regular on BBC technology programme Click for over a decade and has written for National Geographic Traveller magazine for 6 years. She also speaks at conferences and digital strategy and policy meetings, as well as lecturing in schools and universities to inspire the next generation of technologists. Her website, , has won multiple awards for best technology blog and she has been honoured in the Hall of Fame for the Computer Weekly Top 50 most influential women in UK IT. She also writes sci-fi and fantasy with two published novels now available.