Tacitus Lecture 2018

Taking place on 22 February 2018, the next Tacitus Lecture will be entitled ‘Cyber-Trade: Will AI Displace or Enhance our Work?’ and will be delivered by Nathan Myhrvold PhD, formerly Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft, Co-Founder of Intellectual Ventures and the principal author of Modernist Cuisine.

One of the world’s great polymaths, Myhrvold was born in Seattle, Washington with an education and research record spanning UCLA, Princeton University and Cambridge University in subjects relating to theoretical and mathematical physics.

Intellectual Ventures is a patent portfolio development and broking company in the areas of technology and energy which has acquired over 30,000 patents. He is also the founder of Terra Power, which aims to develop a nuclear reactor that is ‘safe and cheap’, as part of Bill Gates’ strategy to reach the goal of zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.

Myhrvold is a prize-winning nature and wildlife photographer and an accomplished and innovative chef. He has a culinary diploma from Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne and is the principal author of Modernist Cuisine, which applies scientific research principles and new techniques to cooking.

The title of Dr Myhrvold’s Tacitus Lecture will be released in the next few weeks.

Tacitus Lecture 2018 Sponsors

Sponsors of this year’s Tacitus Lecture include Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Aon employs 50,000 staff in over 120 countries and has a strong presence in the City of London and the United Kingdom.

About The Tacitus Lecture

The World Traders’ Tacitus Lecture was inaugurated in 1988 and is now believed to be the largest event of its type in the City of London. It is held annually and provides the Company with an opportunity to demonstrate to a wider audience its concern with issues affecting world trade.

It takes its name from the Roman senator Publius Cornelius Tacitus who was born in about AD 56 and may have survived the emperor Trajan who died in AD 117. His Roman education, with its elaborate series of exercises in different kinds of public speaking, turned him into an impressive and famous orator, and one of the extant works attributed to him, the “Dialogue on Orators”, is a discussion of oratorial style. It was Tacitus who, in his Life of Agricola, described ‘Londinium’ as “a town of highest repute and a busy emporium for trade and traders”. Agricola, who was the Governor of Roman Britain, was also the father-in-law of Tacitus.

This notable event has attracted important speakers of prestige and distinction in diverse fields concerned with world trade.

Future Tacitus Lecture Dates

Thursday 22 February, 2018
Thursday 28 February, 2019
Thursday 27 February, 2020

Past Lectures

2017’s Tacitus Lecture featured Sir Simon Fraser GCMG on The World is our Oyster? Britain’s Future Trade Relationships, a lecture that inevitably discussed Brexit and the role of the United Kingdom in world trade. A video and copy of his lecture can be viewed here.

Notes, and in many cases videos and transcripts of past lectures, can be viewed here.