Rise of the Machines short film screening

Film screening with panel Q&A as part of the Ground Zero Earth exhibition and Cambridge Science Festival hosted at the Alison Richard Building.

‘Rise of the Machines’ is a quartet of short films by Dr Beth Singler, made with the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge, with support from ARM for Friend in the Machine and Good in the Machine.

This screening co-insides with a launch of the fourth instalment in the series. Ghost in the Machine explores what consciousness is and whether a machine could be truly conscious? How do we know we're conscious, should machines that "think like us" be free and what would happen if we merge our consciousness with machines.

The film features insights from top thinkers in the field - Murray Shanahan, Anders Sandberg, Karina Vold and many more. The evening will involve a screening of the film, a panel discussion and a drinks reception. Watch international experts discussing topical issues within the field of artificial intelligence, such as: Can a robot be a true friend? How can we make 'good' AI? What does it mean for a machine to be ethical, and how can we use AI ethically? All films produced and directed by Colin Ramsay and James Uren of DragonLight films, Cambridge.

This event is part of Cambridge Science Festival.

About exhibition Ground Zero Earth exhibition:

The exhibition takes place between 14th February - 22nd March 2019 at the Alison Richards Building, open 9am-7pm.

Ground Zero Earth has been curated by Yasmine Rix in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER). The exhibition explores the work of CSER, a research centre based at the University of Cambridge dedicated to the study and mitigation of existential risks. It brings together five artists exploring anthropogenic themes to address what is at stake and ways in which we should be looking at the present and near future. 

In a world of increasing technological power, and multiplying existential risks, art’s ability to help understand those relationships, and provoke dialogue about them, could turn out to be a critical component of our toolkit for survival.

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