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12th July - 8th August 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE AS AT 15th MAY 2020

We regret to announce that Summer School will not be taking place this year.

Next year's Summer School will run from 11th July to 7th August 2021.

For information about our online summer course, click here

Module Seven: Being Human in the Machine Age

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Module Seven: Being Human in the Machine Age

"The story of the twenty-first century will be, in part, the story of the drawing and redrawing of the battle lines of our selfhood, the story of Homo sapiens trying to stake a claim on shifting ground, flanked on both sides by beast and machine, pinned between meat and math".

Brian Christian, "The Most Human Human" in the 2009 Loebner Prize

 

Alan Turing, the mathematician and computer scientist, predicted that by the year 2000, artificial intelligence would have developed to such an extent that they would be able to pass as human 30% of the time. While Turing's prediction may have been slightly optimistic, computer scientists continue to develop machines that try to capture the essence of what it means to be human and are becoming more and more successful.

This module will look at the work of some of these computer scientists, along with some creative responses to technology, to consider questions about how computers are reshaping our sense of self, what it is that makes us uniquely human and how this changes as we are faced by increasingly human-like machines. 

Zoom discussions:

Thursday

Friday

    4pm - 5pm    

9.30am - 10.30am

6pm - 7pm

1pm - 2pm

 

 

 

 

 

All times given are in UK time. 

To request a place on one of the Zoom sessions, please email susie.ponsford@mcsec.co.uk