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Från Crosstalks inspelning den 28 feb 2013. Foto: Adam

Conversations on research

An academic talkshow on current research and global challenges. Crosstalks is a format developed in cooperation between KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University. All episodes are available here.

Crosstalks broadcast: Form, function and beauty: how design shapes our lives

Form, function and beauty: how design shapes our lives

Humans are drawn to things of beauty. The design of things around us — be they products, rooms or buildings — affects us in profound ways. Of course, design is not only about looks, but about usability and utility. How do appearances and surfaces affect user experience? Are there universal rules of beauty?

Niklas Hedin

Bend or break: materials for the future

Human existence is, to a large extent, defined by the materials we use, a fact that is evident in the way we categorize parts of human history into periods such as the Stone Age or the Bronze Age. The materials that we are able to produce and manipulate also shape us in the process.

Joakim Wrethed, Stockholm University

Imagining the possible

Crosstalks is an international academic talkshow, broadcast on the web. On the show, the brightest minds meet to discuss and debate around important events, exciting phenomena and world-leading research. Crosstalks wants to be a forum for discussing global challenges with viewers around the world.

Hugo Westerlund

Work in the 21st century

Some experts and reports claim that half of all jobs on today´s market is said to be gone in 20 years. Automation and artificial intelligence is posed to make a large portion of today´s workforce redundant. Regardless of what you make of the previous statements we are in for big changes in our job markets. So where and how will we work in the future?

Gunnel Forsberg. Photo: Eva Dalin

The future of cities

The world is moving from agrarian to urban at a faster pace than ever before. How can we meet the opportunities and challenges of the modern city and build towards more sustainable and socially diverse cities where people can live comfortably?

Katherine Freese

Looking to the stars – the new space age

The new space age is here – and it's quite different from the previous space heyday of the 60s and 70s. Today, government space programs are competing head to toe with private space ventures. But there are also synergies where governments are benefiting from private innovation and vice versa.

Gustav Nilsonne

The dilemma of human enhancement

Humans have always had a desire to make themselves better, faster, stronger or smarter. Today we can. With implants, nanotechnology, artificial body parts and smart drugs we can enhance human physiology beyond our current limitations. But should we really pursue this? What are the dangers and pitfalls? And how can we do it responsibly?

Lucas Dawson  Researcher at the Department of Physical Geography at Stockholm University

Forests – the key to a more sustainable society

Healthy, thriving forests are crucial for sustaining life on earth. Humanity´s impact on climate and ecological systems is threatening the forests. But the forests are not just victims; they could also hold many keys to a more sustainable society.
 

Kristina Nilsson Björkenstam

The promise and threat of artificial intelligence

Some of the world’s brightest minds are very concerned with the development of AI technology. The rise of intelligent machines poses a grave threat to humanity, they say. Others view artificial intelligence as purely positive and soon to be as ubiquitous as electricity. We discuss how artificial intelligence might change the world as we know it.

Håkan Fischer. Photo: Adam

Understanding and mapping the human brain

What do we really know about the human brain? And how are researchers working to learn more? We discuss interesting and promising ways that researchers are trying to learn more about how the brain works.

Featured Articles

  • Crosstalks photo by Adam af Ekenstam What does design say about human nature and social structures? 2016-10-07 The design of objects around us affects us in profound ways and humans are drawn to beauty. How do appearances and surfaces affect user experience? How does the digital world change the way we interact with physical objects and spaces, and what does the future look like?
  • Crosstalks How does material science shape our future? 2016-01-25 Sustainable materials was the topic of the last episode of the academic talkshow Crosstalks ” Bend or break: materials for the future”. Human existence is, to a large extent, defined by the materials we use, a fact that is evident in the way we categorize parts of human history into periods such as the Stone Age or the Bronze Age.
  • Crosstalks How science inspires fiction and fiction inspires science 2015-12-18 The latest episode of Crosstalks “Imagining the possible” talked about how science inspires fiction and vice versa. The submarine, the helicopter and the atomic power are all inventions that were in some way inspired by the fictional works of authors like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.
  • Crosstalks Are machines replacing knowledge workers? 2015-11-20 Will half of all jobs on today’s market be gone in 20 years? Work in the 21st century was the topic of the last episode of the academic talkshow Crosstalks.
  • Crosstalks Cities – a place for opportunities 2015-10-23 The future of cities was the topic of the last episode of the academic talkshow Crosstalks. How can we meet the opportunities and challenges of the modern city and build towards more sustainable and socially diverse cities where people can live comfortably?
  • Christer Fuglesang, Katherine Freese and Ariel Goobar There is life out there - Crosstalks about space research 2015-10-02 The new space age was in focus when top researchers from Stockholm University and KTH participated in the latest episode of the academic talk show Crosstalks.
  • Crosstalks How can we live forever? 2015-09-01 The dilemma of human enhancement, and the dangers and pitfalls of using science to enable us to live forever, was discussed in the latest episode of the academic talk show Crosstalks.
  • Forest discussion at Crosstalks Collaboration is key when dealing with the forest 2015-07-15 The forests hold many keys to a more sustainable society. Cross-disciplinary education and collaboration are essential to address the complex issues forest management brings about.
  • Crosstalks on Artifical Intelligence Artificial intelligence is not a threat 2015-05-26 Recreation of human abilities, rise of intelligent machines and development of new technologies. Artificial intelligence was in focus in the last episode of the academic talk show Crosstalks, now available at crosstalks.tv.
  • Audience at Crosstalks on the human brain in Aula Magna The human brain is like a city 2015-04-29 Recovery from stroke, building a human brain, RNA modelling, and how the brain is similar to a city. The human brain was in focus in the latest episode of Crosstalks, recorded at Aula Magna on Thursday 23 April and broadcast on the same day via the talk show website.