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Two teams of heavy-hitters go head-to-head in the annual Beaker Street Festival debate, taking sides on the fate of humanity in a world of Artificial Intelligence. Be entertained, persuaded, and enthralled by a battle of brains and bravado! The team that gets the rowdiest applause takes the coveted Tip Shop Trophy. Our two team captains will be returning debate champion, the legendary and formidable Professor Barbara Holland, and star of Gimlet’s award-winning, chart-topping podcast “Science Vs,” Wendy Zukerman. This annual Festival favourite is chaired by ABC Radio National’s Natasha Mitchell, and was recorded for broadcast on the Big Ideas program.

Captured live on stage at the Theatre Royal, as part of Beaker Street Festival 2023.


This video was recorded at Beaker Street Festival, an annual celebration of science and art held in Hobart, Tasmania each August.  It’s a place to share ideas, culture, and excellent Tassie food and drink — bringing warmth, connection and inspiration to lutruwita/Tasmania’s winter. The Festival promises entertainment, education, debate, and community in a participatory atmosphere.