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AI: The End of Society?

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Artificial intelligence is all around us and most of us interact with it without even realising. But what does the rise of AI mean for society? How does it affect our social interactions and what impact will this have on future generations? Join our panel of experts, Dr Simon Hammond (UEA), Dr Oliver Buckley (UEA), Dr Beth Singler (Cambridge University) and Prof Tony Prescott (Sheffield Robotics), as they share their research and views on this hot topic. Chaired by Lucy Marks, Norfolk Network.

Dr Oli Buckley

Oli BuckleyDr Oli Buckley is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security in the School of Computing Sciences at UEA.

His research is centred on the way in which people interact with technology, with a particular focus on privacy security and trust.

Oli has active research projects on digital identity, user trust in chatbots and social justice in algorithmic decision making.

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Dr Simon P Hammond

Simon HammondDr Simon P Hammond is an Applied Psychologist and Lecturer in Education in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia.

Dr Hammond is interested in how digital technologies continue to reshape everyday social possibilities for action across the life course. His work explores how people experience default assumptions of digital inclusion, participation and equality.

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Dr Beth Singler

Beth Singler credit Nick Saffell
Credit: Nick Saffell

Dr Beth Singler is the Junior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Prior to this she was the post-doctoral Research Associate on the “Human Identity in an age of Nearly-Human Machines” project at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. Beth explores the social, ethical, philosophical and religious implications of advances in Artificial Intelligence and robotics. As a part of her public engagement work she has produced a series of short documentaries on AI, and the first, Pain in the Machine, won the 2017 AHRC Best Research Film of the Year Award.

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Prof Tony Prescott

Tony PrescottTony Prescott is Professor of Cognitive Robotics at the University of Sheffield, Director of Sheffield Robotics, a cross-disciplinary research institute with over 200 researchers, and the co-creator of the award-winning animal-like robots Scratchbot, Shrewbot and MiRo.  His background mixes psychology and brain theory with robotics and AI, and his research aims at answering questions about human nature by creating synthetic entities with human-like capacities such as perception, memory, emotion and sense of self.  His interests extend to include the societal and cultural impacts of future robotic, AI, virtual reality and telepresence technologies; particularly how they may alter the human sense of self.  His research has been covered by the major news media including the BBC, CNN, Discovery Channel, Science Magazine and New Scientist.


Supported by:
UK Research and Innovation

Thursday 24 October
Venue: The Forum, Auditorium
Cost: Free, booking required
Age: 14+

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