May 2014

Sci-Screen at Cineworld: "Her" or "Falling in love with AI" British Science Association: Science meets Cinema

Dr Mark Sprevak introduces the screening of 'Her' by talking about what artificial intelligence is and how humans might interact with artificially intelligent systems in the future.

After the film, there will be a Q&A with Dr Sprevak and opportunity for further discussion in the cinema bar.

Prof. John O’Keefe just been named joint winner of the 2014 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

Prof. John O’Keefe, first speaker at the Royal Institution's public lecture series organised by Michela Massimi for Monday 2nd June, has just been named as a joint winner of the 2014 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for the discovery of specialised brain networks for memory and cognition. The announcement was made by live broadcast a few minutes ago: http://www.kavliprize.no/

Academic Visitors: Professor Tim Kenyon and Boselaw Czarnecki

Professor Tim Kenyon from University of Waterloo is visiting Eidyn in May and June 2014. He is currently working on ethical aspects of language pragmatics, and a few interrelated issues regarding testimony-based belief.

New Major AHRC Project "A History of Distributed Cognition" (2014-2018)

"Neither the bare hand nor the unaided intellect has much power; the work is done by tools and assistance, and the intellect needs them as much as the hand."

Francis Bacon, The New Organon, 1620

Dr Mark Sprevak in the latest Big Ideas postcast

Following the passion on display at the "Does technology make you smarter?" event at Summerhall on the 17th of April, our own Dr Mark Sprevak has been invited to take part in the Big Idea podcast of the University of Edinburgh to talk about how technology, rather than making us less intelligent, is making us differently intelligent.