Upcoming events at Cafe Scientifique


Upcoming events at Cafe Scientifique

Events start at 7.30pm – 9 pm with doors open from 7.00pm

Tuesday 2 May

“Be quiet! You will wake up Alexa!” – Ethical and Legal Implications of Human-Machine Interaction in the era of Social Robots – Dr Argyro Karanasiou, Bournemouth University

Artificial Intelligence has permeated our lives in an unprecedented way: Driverless cars are now being tested in the US and the UK, IBM’s ROSS is an algorithmic tool supporting legal practitioners and virtual personal assistants, such as Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana are nowadays part and parcel of our daily lives. This wide use of AI reflects a number of legal issues, debated by academics, philosophers, ethicists, scientists, practitioners and technology industry players, on both sides of the Atlantic.  The talk dissects the intricacies of Automated Decision Making (ADM) and urges for refining the current legal definition of AI when pinpointing the role of algorithms in the advent of ubiquitous computing, data analytics and deep learning. What is ultimately the scope for personal autonomy in the era of automation?

Tuesday 6 June

New Zealand frogs –  the ancient weirdos of the amphibian World! – Professor Phil Bishop,  University of Otago

Phil Bishop has spent the last 20 years working with the ancient native frogs of New Zealand. Originally intending to discover how these unusually silent frogs communicate, his focus shifted towards amphibian conservation management as the phenomenon of global amphibian declines gained momentum. The leiopelmatid frogs of New Zealand are voiceless, earless with a number of unusual and unique morphological characters, and out of the breeding season have a daily  behavioural repertoire very similar to a small stone! Phil is a Professor of Zoology at the University of Otago (New Zealand) and in his spare time is the Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group and the Chief Scientist of the Amphibian Survival Alliance.

Tuesday 4 July

Research assistant Ayesha Pyke and third-year students will run a session about the use of genetics in medicine.