Can Machines Play?
  • Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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Digital Art and Technology are hosting a lecture by CogNovo Fellow Michael Straeubig as part of their current Visiting Speakers programme.

Play is often described as a behaviour that serves no other purpose than itself. If this is true, what sense does it make? This talk will explore this fascinating phenomenon by discussing the question of whether or not machines can play. Visiting theories in psychology, sociology, cultural (game) studies, ethnology and ethology, Michael will discuss the construction of a playful system and how this relates to deeper concerns about consciousness, artificial intelligence, and what it means to be human.

Michael is Marie Curie Fellow at the Cognition Institute at Plymouth University. A game designer and creative coder, his work explores playful experiences in various environments with a focus on mixed reality and locative play.

This event is open to all - everyone welcome.

Contact CogNovo to reserve a place.

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