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Dr Beth Singler
Company: University of Cambridge
Job Title: Junior Research Fellow
Dr Beth Singler explores the social, ethical, philosophical and religious implications of advances in Artificial Intelligence and robotics. As a part of the project she is producing a series of short documentaries: Pain in the Machine, Friend in the Machine and Good in the Machine are complete. Pain in the Machine won the 2017 AHRC Best Research Film of the Year Award.
Beth is also an Associate Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, collaborating on a CFI/Royal Society project on ‘AI Narratives’ with Claire Craig, Stephen Cave, Sarah Dillon and Kanta Dihal. In 2017/18 she will be on the advisory board for the RSA/Google DeepMind Citizen Juries.
Beth has appeared on Radio4’s Today, Sunday and Start the Week programmes discussing AI, robots, and pain. In 2017 she spoke at the Hay Festival as one of the ‘Hay 30’, the 30 best speakers to watch. She was also one of the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 – the list of the most influential people in various fields.
Beth is an experienced social and digital anthropologist, and her first academic book is a ground breaking in-depth ethnography of the ‘Indigo Children’ – a New Age re-conception of both children and adults using the language of science, evolution, and spirituality.
Dr Beth Singler Seminars
It’s the End of the World and I Feel Fine – Artificial Intelligence, Apocalypticism, and Human Identity Wed 3rd Oct 13:40 - 14:10
It’s the End of the World and I Feel Fine – Artificial Intelligence, Apocalypticism, and Human Identity
Anthropologist Dr Beth Singler will introduce some of the key narratives round artificial intelligence that are affecting the public conception of the technology and its development. She will address the impact of science fiction as well as science fact on hopes and fears for humanity’s future in a world of ‘nearly human’ machines. Drawing on anthropological fieldwork at tech conferences, transhumanist gatherings, among the existential risk eco-system, and among online communities, she will explore how public perception on Artificial Intelligence is shaped and what those shapings might mean for the future of this technology.
Time / Place
Wed 3rd Oct 13:40 to 14:10
PANEL: IP EXPO HOT TOPIC: AI Wed 3rd Oct 15:40 - 16:30
PANEL: IP EXPO HOT TOPIC: AI
No longer purely in the realms of science fiction the use of AI has exploded in the past few years, already being used to improve healthcare, enable self-driving cars, and stop security breaches. Undoubtedly the hottest topic in IT right now, AI is redefining how we live, interact and do business – it is set to have a profound impact on our everyday lives.
Most companies already use AI to some degree, for example it is now commonplace as part of a spam filter. However it is accepted wisdom that in the future AI will become a core part of every company’s technology strategy. Learn what is already possible with AI directly from the companies using or developing this technology and discover what will be possible in the near future.
Time / Place
Wed 3rd Oct 15:40 to 16:30