How You’ll Live to Be 700 Years Old

October 18, 2017

From the Fountain of Youth, to the Holy Grail, to JK Rowling's Philosopher's Stone, the idea of immortality has been ingrained in humanity’s creative consciousness for thousands of years. But in the present day, eternal youth may soon move out of the realms of myth and Sci-Fi, and into a reality, thanks to developing technologies.

Joining us today are Dr Steve Davies, Head of Education at the IEA, and News Editor Kate Andrews. Steve argues that within the next few decades, the ability to halt and even reverse the aging process may well be within the reach of science. He also outlines some of the potential upsides of Eternal Youth.
 

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Post-Brexit Britain: In Conversation with Daniel Hannan

October 18, 2017

Today we're joined by Daniel Hannan, MEP for South East England, President of the Institute for Free Trade, and a leading voice in the Vote Leave campaign – interviewed by the IEA's Chief Economist Julian Jessop. 

With European and British negotiators seemingly at loggerheads - Dan gives his view on what's actually going on behind closed doors.  Dan and Julian also discuss how much - if anything - should be paid in a 'Brexit Bill', what the transitional arrangement should look like, and the potential benefits of trading unilaterally.

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Economic Nationalism: Why We Should Be Very Afraid

October 12, 2017
Today you'll hear from the IEA's Dr Steve Davies and Kate Andrews, as they discuss growing trends for economic nationalism.
 
From the left-ward shift of the Conservative Party in Britain, to the rise of Donald Trump in America, there seems to be a growing appetite for protectionism and central planning in contemporary politics. Steve and Kate examine some of the reasons behind this trend - and whether advocates of free trade are losing the "Battle of Ideas" in the 21st century. 
 
They also look at what protectionist governments hope to achieve from adopting these policies - and how likely they will be to succeed in "bringing back jobs" for declining domestic industries. 

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How Would Unilateral Free Trade Work in Practice?

September 28, 2017

Today you’ll hear an update from our Brexit Unit, run by the IEA’s chief economist Julian Jessop.

Coming up, digital Officer Madeline Grant discusses the concept of unilateral free trade with Julian – a policy he thinks should be considered during the Brexit negotiations.

Julian gives a comprehensive explanation of what unilateral free trade would mean in practice – and how after Brexit, the UK will be free to set its own trade rules and tariff barriers.

Julian and Madeline also discuss the potential disadvantages, especially in the short term, of such a policy – mainly the disadvantages to British producers, who will face increased competition, with no guarantee it’ll be easier to export to other parts of the world.

Julian argues for a pragmatic and phased approach to policy change, but remains committed to the idea that government should not be in the business of cutting off customers from the benefits of free trade.

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What’s Next for Uber and the Gig Economy?

September 26, 2017

We're joined by Diego Zuluaga, Head of Tech Policy at the IEA, and Digital Officer Madeline Grant, as they discuss Uber and the gig economy in the light of last week’s decision from TfL not to reissue Uber’s licence.

The pair discuss the ruling; how it came about, and take a look at some of TfL’s motivations.

They also explore what the decision means in practice - for the 40,000 drivers who earn a living from the platform, for the app’s 3.5 million users in London, and for the broader future of tech and innovation in Britain.

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How Technology Will Help Us Feed the World

September 14, 2017

The IEA’s Head of Education Dr Steve Davies and News Editor Kate Andrews discuss how farming technology is revolutionising our world. Although current discussions of the future of tech tend to focus on AI, automation and robotics, Steve explains how recent advancements in farming offer solutions some of the key crises of our time – allowing us to feed an ever-growing population without compromising on economic development or environmental concerns.

They also discuss some of the ongoing debates within the environmentalist movement, over these varying technologies.

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Time to Talk Transitional Arrangements

September 8, 2017

Is now the right time to consider a transitional deal between the UK and the European Union?

On our podcast this week, IEA Chief Economist Julian Jessop and Digital Officer Madeline Grant discuss the varying options for transitional arrangements for March 2019 - after the UK has left the EU, but before it pursues its full plans to exit the Single Market or the Customs Union.

Julian argues that now is the right time to start considering such arrangements and what they would look like - possibly the Norway options, zero-for-zero deal on trade tariffs allowed under WTO rules or temporary equivalency on regulations.

The pair also discuss how such a deal could impact on other areas of the Brexit negotiations, including the 'Divorce bill'.

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Intellectual Property Rights: Yay or Nay?

August 17, 2017

The Institute of Economic Affairs's Dr Steve Davies joins Kate Andrews to discuss the arguments for and against intellectual property rights - a topic that which particularly divides the libertarian movement.

In the podcast, Steve explains the philosophical arguments both for and against, ultimately arguing that copyright law forms illogical conclusions when taken to the extreme.

However, Steve thinks certain forms of intellectual property are justifiable and helpful, like trademarks, often because they spring up organically, and recognised by courts rather than determined by state policy.

He also points out, that as it becomes increasingly more difficult to monitor copyright infringement, changes to law may be needed for the 21st century.

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Will Robots Make Us Redundant?

August 3, 2017

We're joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs's Head of Education Dr Steve Davies to discuss: Will robots make us redundant?

Interviewed by the IEA's News Editor Kate Andrews, the pair discuss the future of automation, robots, and Artificial Intelligence, and the impact these innovations will have on tradition lines of work.

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What Will the Brexit Divorce Bill Look Like?

July 27, 2017

In the coming months, UK and EU negotiators are set to lock horns over one of the most bitter parts of their ‘divorce’: the Brexit bill.

On our podcast this week, IEA Chief Economist Julian Jessop and Digital Officer Madeline Grant discuss the likely bill Britain could end up paying to the European Union. Estimates of this sum vary wildly, ranging from the EU’s hefty initial demand of €100bn to nothing at all at the lower end!

Julian argues that the "upper limit" for any payment should be £26 billion - this would cover Britain’s spending commitments up to the end of the current EU budget in 2020, and would be a sensible step in forging a strong relationship with our European neighbours. The sum should be contingent, however, on reaching an acceptable trade deal.

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