Quantum Conference confirms 2016 keynotes: Baroness Rebuck, Penguin Random House | Professor Nick Bostrom, Oxford University and The Future of Humanity Institute

Quantum Conference confirms 2016 keynotes: Baroness Rebuck, Penguin Random House | Professor Nick Bostrom, Oxford University and The Future of Humanity Institute

The London Book Fair welcomes leading trade publisher as keynote speaker and world expert on artificial intelligence as Author of the Day to its Monday Conference programme.

NEWS FOR RELEASE, LONDON, 18 December 2015: The London Book Fair is delighted to announce two keynote speakers for the inaugural edition of the Quantum Conference on Monday 11 April at Olympia Conference Centre, London. Baroness Gail Rebuck will deliver the conference’s opening keynote speech, while leading Oxford University professor of philosophy Professor Nick Bostrom will join the Quantum Programme as Author of the Day.

Presented in association with the UK Publishers Association and sponsored by Copyright Clearance Center, Quantum: Publishing & So Much More is the conference that will consider how the content industries are changing as developments at the cutting edge of science and technology take us beyond the digital and into the quantum age.

As one of the UK’s longest serving trade publishers, Baroness Rebuck’s appearance at Quantum continues in The London Book Fair conference’s tradition of presenting keynote speakers drawn from the very top of the book, media and technology sectors.

Baroness Rebuck commented: “Being asked to speak about ‘Publishing and the Author – past, present and future’ may at first seem counterintuitive as Quantum was established to explore innovation trends in our industry, but sometimes we need to remind ourselves of the centrality of the author and their book whether in physical or digital form. It reminds me of the campaign slogan in the 1992 Clinton election – ‘it’s the economy, stupid’. Substitute ‘book’ for ‘economy’ and we have an interesting provocation.”

Professor Nick Bostrom’s pioneering work at the multidisciplinary research institute he co-founded at Oxford University, The Future of Humanity Institute, brings mathematics, science and philosophy together to consider how artificial intelligence will affect our world. He is a celebrated TED speaker, and‘Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies’, the groundbreaking book Bostrom wrote based on his research, recently led to him being profiled in The New Yorker as one of the most important figures in this exciting and fast developing field.

Professor Bostrom’s Author of the Day appearance is presented in association with Bookomi and will be complemented by a consumer-facing evening event as part of the London Book & Screen Week. It also marks the first time that an author of non-fiction has addressed The London Book Fair’s Monday conference. His addition to the Quantum programme in its first year demonstrates how the new format will provide a platform for world-leading thinkers to explain how innovations in science and technology could impact the future of the publishing industry.

The nature of Bostrom’s work, which sees him collaborate with researchers from other disciplines to answer questions larger than their individual fields, also provides an intriguing model on how publishers could collaborate more effectively with content professionals from other media.

Quantum will also mark the third day of the 31st annual gathering of the global publishing industry, the International Publishers Congress, which takes place at The London Book Fair in 2016. Organised by the International Publishers Association in partnership with the UK Publishers Association and The London Book Fair, the IPA Congress at Quantum will offer a delegation of senior publishers the opportunity to network, analyse and debate the key issues facing the development of the content industries today.

Tickets for Quantum: Publishing & So Much More are available now, with an EARLY BIRD booking offer: £360.00 (inc VAT) valid until 11 February 2016.


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 Notes to editors:

THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, OLYMPIA, LONDON: Tuesday 12 -Thursday 14 April 2016


The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2016, the 45th Fair, will take place from Tuesday 12-Thursday 14 April 2016, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the third year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a seven day programme. London Book and Screen Week will begin on Monday 11 April. For further information, please visit: www.londonbookfair.co.uk


Quantum: Publishing & So Much More will succeed Publishing for Digital Minds as the conference that launches The London Book Fair, taking place on Monday 11 April at Olympia Conference Centre, London. The name is inspired by the principle that the second decade of the 21st century will come to be dubbed the beginning of ‘The Quantum Age’ by future historians, in recognition of how current developments in science and technology are driving fundamental changes in wider society. Quantum will offer delegates a data-driven overview of the global publishing industry, blending insight, research and networking in a new context where digital and physical coexist harmoniously. It will continue in The London Book Fair conference’s tradition of presenting keynote speakers drawn from the very top of the book, media and technology sectors.


Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), and its subsidiary RightsDirect are global leaders in content workflow and rights licensing technology. CCC solutions provide anytime, anywhere content access, usage rights and information management while promoting and protecting the interests of copyright holders. We serve more than 35,000 customers and 15,000 copyright holders worldwide, and manage more than 950 million rights from the world’s most sought-after journals, books, blogs, movies and more. Since 2008, CCC has been named one of the top 100 companies that matter most in the digital content industry by EContent Magazine.


Founded by media entrepreneur Richard Kilgarriff in 2012, Bookomi provides independent advice to organisations seeking published speakers for their events. Specialising in business, technology, science and culture, Bookomi is trusted by clubs, companies, publishers, literary agents and speaker bureaus to deliver social learning experiences and meaningful connections for authors and their work. Bookomi produces and hosts Books for Breakfast events for Soho House and publishes a monthly Tip Sheet for event planners.


The Future of Humanity Institute is a multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford. It enables a select set of leading intellects to bring the tools of mathematics, philosophy, and science to bear on big-picture questions about humanity and its prospects. The Institute belongs to the Faculty of Philosophy and is part of the Oxford Martin School.

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