The Night of ideas | Alive!

1/30/2020, 6:00 PM - 1/30/2020, 8:00 PM

Nuit des Idées - Night of ideas – Debate after dark

The Institut Français promotes French culture worldwide and works closely with the Alliance Française which promotes both the French language and the French art de vivre.

The French are well known, and lauded, for their willingness to debate and discuss ideas, often in more abstract terms than do we.

Launched by the IF in 2016 the NIGHT OF IDEAS is a project which runs simultaneously in Paris, London and worldwide and on the 30th January 2020 it’s coming to Jersey.

It has quickly become a major Franco-British event and previous participants have included Nicolas Hulot, Thomas Pesquet, Timothy Peake, Posy Simmonds, Ken Loach, Anthony Grayling or Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

For Jersey’s inaugural Nuit des Idées in 2020 the Alliance Française, in close collaboration with the Institute of Law Jersey, is organising a discussion and a debate. If, for example, you are a fan of Melvyn Bragg’s BBC Radio 4 series “In Our Time” this will be a treat for you, but also if you don’t follow that programme you will find much to enjoy.

Taking a British, French and wider European perspective the Nuit des Idées will engage audiences in discussion and debate the latest issues central to the challenge of being alive today.

What does it mean for a human being to be alive today? Some say artificial intelligence will bring our species to the brink of extinction … and then decide to dispense with it. Others look forward to building mankind anew. With the natural world seemingly under threat from all quarters and technology now all-powerful we need to discuss, openly and collectively, the frontiers of what it means to be human. We need to dare to question what has long been taken for granted and ask; where does the border lie separating humans from machines, where will it lie and where should it lie?

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