Future Debates: Do we really want smart Robots? on 15th February.



Welcome to Future Debates, a series of public events supported by the British Science Association.

The Thames Valley branch would like you to come along to an evening exploring the ever-closer links humans are having with their robot creations. From driverless cars and smart homes to life-like humanoids and robotic pets, there is huge potential for robotics and automated systems to enrich our lives. However, ever-increasing advances in artificial intelligence bring potential to completely shake up the way we live our lives. Will robots out-smart us? Are robots going to “steal” our jobs? Can robots take better care of us than we can? Come to our Future Debate on Robotics & Autonomous Systems where you can ask the experts, hear current ideas on where we are now and share you views on where we should be going.

Sitting on our panel will be 3 experts in robotics, artificial intelligence, and social responsibility:

  • Professor Kevin Warwick, vice-chancellor at Coventry University and world-leading researcher in artificial intelligence and robotics;
  • Slawomir Nasuto, professor at the University of Reading and cybernetics researcher;
  • & Dr Kathleen Richardson, senior research fellow in the Ethics of Robotics at De Montfort University.

View our Future Debates YouTube trailer.

To come to this event, please book a place using our Eventbrite page here: http://bsa.sc/reading

All tickets are free, but we are limited to 100 places for this event so book early if you’d like to ensure a place.

Held at the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) doors will open from 7pm, with the debate to run from 7:15pm until 8:30pm. This event is suitable for 16+ and the option of continued discussion afterwards in The Great Expectations next door is open to all.

These ‘Future Debates’ are part of the British Science Association’s work to make science a fundamental part of British society and culture. We want to empower many more people – not just scientists – to constructively engage in debates over the applications and implications of science in their lives, their local economy and the UK’s future.

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