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Rise of the machines: mass unemployment or luxury for all?

Party conference

Location

Chamberlain Suite, Copthorne Hotel, Birmingham, B3 3HJ

Overview

Royal Statistical Society and Royal Society Conservative conference fringe event

A computer can beat a human at Go, one of the most fiendish games that mankind has created, and suggest which movie you might want to watch next. But can it substitute for a person on the end of a phone?

Join us to find out what robotics and artificial intelligence can already do, where we might expect to be in twenty years’ time and what this means for government. Will computers be taking over our jobs, or creating new jobs? Will we be able to do anything without a computer knowing about it? How can we exploit this new technology to improve our lives in a way that we are all comfortable with?

Speakers include:

  • Dr Sabine Hauert, Lecturer in Robotics at the University of Bristol and Member of the Royal Society’s Machine Learning project working group
  • Timmandra Harkness, journalist and author of Big data: does size matter?
  • Sarah O’Connor, FT Employment Correspondent
  • Matt Warman MP, Member of Parliament for Boston and Skegness and member of the Common Science and Technology Committee

This event is taking place during the Conservative party conference, but is outside the conference secure zone so accessible to those that have not bought conference passes.

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