Science speaker Hannah Fry

Hannah Fry

Mathematician & Broadcaster; Author of Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine

Speaker Hannah Fry is a renowned mathematician, television and radio personality, and best-selling author who explores human behavior patterns and their application to social issues. As a Professor at UCL, she presents acclaimed documentaries, co-hosts popular radio series, and writes insightful books, making complex mathematical concepts accessible and engaging for all audiences. Recently, she was appointed President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

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    Hannah Fry biography

    Speaker Hannah Fry is a renowned mathematician, television and radio personality, best-selling author, and sought-after keynote speaker. As a Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London (UCL), she explores patterns in human behavior, applying her research to various social issues such as shopping habits, transportation, urban crime, and even terrorism.

    Speaker Hannah Fry has presented numerous documentaries and television programs. Her latest series, “The Future with Hannah Fry,” which premiered on Bloomberg Originals in early 2023, delves into how scientific and technological advancements will shape our future. Among her critically acclaimed BBC documentaries are “The Secret Genius of Modern Life,” “Horizon: Diagnosis on Demand? The Computer Will See You Now” and”Britain’s Greatest Invention.” Additionally, she co-hosts the long-running radio series “The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry” on BBC Radio 4 and “The Maths of Life” with Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6.

    As an accomplished author, Hannah Fry has also penned several books. Her book, “Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine,” won the 2020 Asimov Prize and made the shortlist for both the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and the Royal Society Book Prize. She also contributes regularly to the New Yorker, creates educational videos for the Numberphile YouTube channel, and hosts the DeepMind podcast​.

    As a speaker, Hannah Fry excels at making complex mathematical concepts accessible and engaging to diverse audiences. She uses her platform to introduce innovative approaches to understanding and analyzing the world, inspiring people of all backgrounds to appreciate the beauty and utility of mathematics​.

    Moreover, in January 2024, Hannah Fry was appointed as the new President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), marking another significant milestone in her illustrious career.

    Hannah Fry Speaking Videos

    Hannah Fry - The mathematics of love
    Hannah Fry - Should Computers Run the World?

    Hannah Fry Keynote Topics

    Imagine knowing the exact day of your death through science, having conversations with animals via technology, or erasing your worst memories with machines—would you choose to experience these advancements? Hannah Fry, a Professor of Mathematics, has spent the past decade as a science writer and broadcaster, exploring these cutting-edge technologies worldwide. She offers a unique perspective on the imminent technological breakthroughs and their societal implications.

    In her engaging and interactive talk, Hannah shares captivating stories from her journeys: about companies decoding brain waves, NGOs leveraging satellites to prevent conflicts, scientists communicating with elephants, and the convergence of AI and quantum computing ushering in an era of extraordinary technological progress.

    Data often carries an undeserved reputation for being completely objective. While statistics can shed light on various issues, they can also perpetuate exclusion and discrimination if gathered without care. Our relentless drive to quantify everything can create a disconnect between what truly matters and what is merely measurable.

    In this talk, I will use humor and empathy to explore how bias has become a significant modern problem, how it can be intensified, the real harm it causes, and potential solutions. I will delve into the concept of fairness, examining its definition and achievability, and argue why determining who is counted and who is not is one of the crucial challenges of our time.

    In the age of Big Data, we often assume that enough information makes human behavior entirely predictable, and in many cases, it does. There are countless examples where data has provided solutions to our most pressing questions.

    However, data can also mislead us. Even top scientists have been guilty of seeing patterns that don't exist, missing critical signals, or over-relying on data, mistakenly believing it represents objective truth.

    In this talk, I will explore key lessons science has learned from 2020 onwards. We'll examine why these lessons are significant, share extraordinary stories of data missteps, and investigate the boundaries of quantitative analysis. Together, we'll identify what aspects of our future can truly be forecasted, showcase the immense power and potential of data, and understand its limitations.

    We often view ourselves as master decision-makers, driven by reason and logic. While this is an appealing notion, the reality is far more complex. Human decision-making is influenced by conflicting incentives, flawed memories, and inherent biases.

    In the modern era, data analytics seeks to automate decision-making to minimize these human errors and biases. However, decisions driven by data are not without their own blind spots. This brings us to a critical dilemma: both humans and machines are flawed. So, who should we trust to make decisions? Who should be the ultimate authority when both sides have significant risks?

    This session, rich with audience interaction, aims to uncover hidden flaws in our decision-making processes and the systems designed to replace us. It explores the greatest ironies of automation and sheds light on the challenging questions we face in the future.

    Over the past decade, I have dedicated my work to exploring data, uncovering mathematical patterns in human behavior. During this journey, I have discovered incredible stories embedded in the numbers that reveal profound insights into who we are as individuals.

    In this optimistic talk, I will share some extraordinary and surprising tales from the forefront of data science. These stories illustrate how data can provide a unique perspective on our lives, influencing areas such as dating, healthcare, and even criminal investigation. By viewing humanity through a mathematical lens, we can reimagine and redesign our society to better meet our needs and solve complex problems.

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