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Friends of the Bridport Literary Festival: Apocalypse How with Oliver Letwin on Saturday 04 April 11:30am

£15.00

Friends of the Bridport Literary Festival 2020

Apocalypse How: Technology and the Threat of Mass Disaster

Oliver Letwin in conversation with Howard Davies

Saturday 04 April 11:30am

The Electric Palace, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Tickets: £15.00

Tickets are non refundable

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Friends of the Bridport Literary Festival present –  A Special Event Open To All

Apocalypse How: Technology and the Threat of Mass Disaster

Oliver Letwin in conversation with Howard Davies

An urgent and eye-opening examination of how technology is leaving society open to myriad catastrophic threats

As the world becomes better connected and we grow ever more dependent on technology,the risks to our infrastructure are multiplying. Whether it’s a hostile state striking the national grid (like Russia did with Ukraine in 2016) or a freak solar storm, our systems have become so interlinked that if one part goes down the rest topple like dominoes.

In this groundbreaking book, former government minister Oliver Letwin looks ten years into the future and imagines a UK in which the national grid has collapsed. Reliant on the internet, automated electric cars, voice-over IP, GPS, and the internet of things, law and order would disintegrate. Taking us from high-level government meetings to elderly citizens waiting in vain for their carers, this book is a wake up call for why we should question our unshakeable faith in technology. But it’s much more than that: Letwin uses his vast experience in government to outline how businesses and government should respond to catastrophic black swan events that seem distant and implausible – until they occur.

For more information please visit www.bridlit.com

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