Dr. Richard Guthrie is an internationally recognized geoscientist with particular expertise in geohazards and risk assessment. He leads an expert team of specialists to solve slope, river and erosion problems related to engineering, construction, and the natural environment Our achievements come at a cost. By supplanting natural systems with those we've designed, we are increasingly exposed to the unintended impact of our success. How are we to respond? This talk builds on an article published in Nature Geoscience.