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Chartwell Events: How to think about technology with Sumit Paul-Choudhury

Recently, we were lucky enough to host a fascinating session with the New Scientist’s editor-in-chief, Sumit Paul-Choudhury on the big trends shaping how we think and deal with technology and its ever increasing impact on our lives, jobs and existence.

Sumit’s talk spanned the bredth and depth of technology’s ‘hot topics’ from artificial intelligence, self-driving cars to the future of the Anthropocene and the perils of social media.


Sumit talks so intelligently on the future of society and technology, and how both are impacting on humanity. As comfortable with the worlds of business and culture as he is with science, Sumit makes complex subjects comprehensible and relevant to any audience.


Sumit trained as a physicist at Imperial College but subsequently turned his hand to journalism for fifteen years before returning to science. Highly informed and impassioned, Sumit makes complex subjects comprehensible and relevant to any audience – from climate change to black holes –  leaving his listeners fascinated and far better informed. We are now working with Sumit for speaking engagements worldwide and would welcome enquiries so do get in touch for more information.

Chartwell Events is a regular interactive and topical event series showcasing expert keynote speakers from the worlds of business, science, culture and tech with world-changing ideas, hosted by Chartwell Speakers & Literary Agency.


Sumit Paul-Choudhury on technology | “How to think about technology”

Sumit Paul-Choudhury on social media | “How to think about technology”


Sumit Paul-Choudhury on self-driving cars | “How to think about technology”

Sumit Paul-Choudhury on the rise of robots (automation) | “How to think about technology”

Sumit Paul-Choudhury on the Anthropocene | “How to think about technology”

Sumit Paul-Choudhury on the ‘smart’ future | “How to think about technology”

“Forget smartwatches, smartcars will drive the next revolution” explains tech commentator Tom Chatfield

Tom Chatfield speakerTom Chatfield, a pioneering commentator on the interactions between technology, business and society, believes that it will be smartcars, rather than smartwatches that drives the next revolution.

Despite the hype – particularly with the recent smartwatch release by Apple – Tom notes that “technologists have yet to demonstrate that most people either need or want to connect their smartphones to their wrists and faces.” On the other hand, “when it comes to driving and being driven…we’re already knee-deep in unrealised needs, anxieties and desires.”

Tom goes on to explain that the “key question is not whether autonomous systems will take over, but rather how they might help us to improve our own performance.” Whilst so much current technology is designed to distract, he argues that if seen in the right light, cars “can help us think differently and more richly about human-machine interactions.”

Tom concludes by saying that “we must ask more of our tools – by allowing them to ask more of us.” Click here to read the full article.

For more information on how to book Tom Chatfield as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Dr Tom Chatfield is a British author of six bestselling books, broadcaster and tech philosopher. He has advised many of the world’s leading technology firms, and is currently a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. The latest edition of his book “Netymology: a linguistic celebration of the digital world” was published by Quercus US on 2nd August 2016.

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