Creative Tech Podcast


The Best of Series 1

Season 2, Ep. 1

Who takes their inspiration from John Cleese? Who would bin education? And you would never guess who wants to ban robots....

We kick-off series two with some of the highlights from last season. Every week, we invite some of the world's smartest thinkers in creativity and technology to have a chat with Professor Neil Maiden, the director of the Centre for Creativity enabled by AI.

At the end of every conversation we ask our guest the same three questions - What do they need be creative? What new app would they create? and What piece of tech would they bin if they had the chance?

From the godfather of user centre computer design, Ben Shneiderman, to Ted Talker and business author Margaret Heffernan, behavioural psychologist Richard Chataway, renowned digital artist and pioneer Ernest Edmonds, creative problem solving guru Scott Isaksen, and innovation expert Dr Sara Jones, we have gathered up their responses to our regular three question feature.

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Executive Producer and Presenter Sam Steele

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