22 Aug 2022 - 29 Aug 2022Episode launchPodcast


Thoughtlines: academic thinking outside the box

Series 2 | Episode 2: We are innovation & communication with Gina Neff

In this episode we talk tech, power, and the endless hell of phone storage with sociologist Gina Neff. As the Executive Director of the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy at Cambridge, and the Professor of Technology and Society at Oxford, she briskly rejects the mythology of a ‘lone genius’ in Silicon Valley coding every aspect of our daily lives.  Instead, she champions those she calls the ‘unsung heroes’ of innovation – essentially everyone struggling to make a “better, faster, new way of working” actually … work.Her academic research spans industries as diverse as fashion, construction, and healthcare, and she’s equally at home online, winning a coveted Webby award for her beginner’s guide ‘The A to Z of AI’.Her love of a good data story well told is anything but dry, and her pandemic project is still flourishing.  But her main goal is to empower us all to answer two key questions: what kind of future do we want? And what choices must we make today to make that happen?

  • Presented by broadcast journalist Catherine Galloway and produced by Carl Homer of Cambridge TV.
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