To celebrate the first UK Robotics Week (25 June - 1 July 2016) Plymouth University organises an afternoon of academic presentations, followed by a public exhibition and debate on robotics and artificial intelligence.
From 15:00 onwards you are welcome to a series of quick-fire academic presentations on cutting-edge robotics research by the University’s research team. At 17:30 there is the opportunity to visit the robotics labs at the University and see robots in action, all while having a drink and chatting to our research team. This will be followed at 19:00 by a public debate on 'Robots and Artificial Intelligence: bright future or impending gloom?'.
- 15:00 - research presentations (venue: Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building)
- 17:30 - robot and lab demonstrations and welcome drink (venue: Ground Floor and 1st Floor, Portland Square Building)
- 19:00 - panel discussion (venue: Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building)
Robots and Artificial Intelligence: bright future or impending gloom?
As part of the UK Robotics week, Plymouth University invites you to attend a debate on robotics, artificial intelligence and its impact on society. An expert panel will consider whether robots and artificial intelligence pose a threat to society, whether these are technological breakthroughs from which we all will benefit, and whether the public is informed enough to understand this cutting edge science and technology.
The media, supported by high profile figures such as Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates, warn us about the rise of robots. According to these report, robots and artificial intelligence will take our jobs, take over our lives and might even compete with us for the planet.
On the other hand, artificial intelligence and robots are used by millions every day, most often without us realising. Most daily activities, from using your smartphone, placing an order on Amazon, to looking up a flight schedule, rely on artificial intelligence and robotics.
So, should we be concerned about a robot uprising? What can robots currently do and what can’t they do? And what can scientists and engineers do to help the public separate fact from fiction?
The event, chaired by Professor Tony Belpaeme, brings Professor Iain Stewart, Professor Kerstin Fischer and Professor Angelo Cangelosi around the table for a debate. The panel also looks forward to questions and opinions from the audience.This event is open to all and no booking is required. Seating in the lecture theatre is available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Contact Tony Belpaeme (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
About the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS)
The CRNS, part of the University's Cognition Institute, builds on the world-leading and international excellence performance in the field of computer science, cognitive robotics and neural computation. Please visit the above link for further information.