Ex Channel 4 News economics editor Paul Mason is gearing up for a thought-provoking chat about his latest tome, Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being with broadcaster Stuart Maconie. Not out until 2 May (so you’re getting a sneak preview), the book explores what it is to be human in the 21st century and, through it, writer, film-maker and thinker Mason urges us to take back control by recognising the importance of human rather than market values. We don’t want to put a downer on your day, but he reckons we’re faced with a triple threat: the rise of authoritarian politicians and the destruction of verifiable truth; the rise of intelligent machines whose existence will wipe out human rights and consciousness, and the rise of fatalism and irrationality. Not to worry: Mason says we’re still capable of shaping our future, more than puppets, customers or cogs in a machine. /end transmission/
Tue 30 Apr, Dancehouse Theatre, 10A Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 5QA, Tel: 0161 237 9753, 7.30pm, £15, www.thedancehouse.co.uk
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Published on: Fri 8 Feb 2019