Bristol – Consciousness, Creativity and Generative AI


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Redland Parish Halls
Redland, Bristol , BS6 7ER
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Speaker: Professor Nigel Crook

Nigel is Founder and Co-Director of the Institute for Ethical Artificial Intelligence at Oxford Brookes University

Location and time: Redland Church Hall, BS6 7HE.  Refreshments will be served from 7pm.  The talk starts at 7.30pm and will be followed by time for questions with a formal close at 9.30pm.  There is no entrance charge but if you can afford a donation, £5 would help cover our running costs.

Professor Nigel Crook

Nigel Crook is Professor of AI and Robotics, Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange, and Director of the Centre for AI, Culture and Society at Oxford Brookes University –  see here.  He graduated from Lancaster University with a BSc (hons) in Computing and Philosophy in 1982. He has a PhD in explainable intelligent machines and nearly 40 years of experience as a researcher in AI and lecturer in Computer Science. He is author of ‘Rise of the Moral Machine: Exploring Virtue Through a Robot’s Eyes’ – see here. He is an expert reviewer for the European Commission and serves on several scientific committees for international conferences. His research interests include biologically inspired machine learning, social robotics and autonomous moral machines.

Outline of talk – Consciousness, Creativity and Generative AI

Generative AI (‘GenAI’) forms the latest in a series of Artificial Intelligence breakthroughs that have rocked the world. Each previous breakthrough has raised challenging questions about what it means to be human. The latest developments in GenAI, however, appear to challenge what is generally recognised as a core element of human nature; namely our creativity. In the past, human creativity has often been cited as what separates us from machines. But now, it seems there is no area of human creativity that is beyond reach for GenAI technology, be that creative writing, artwork, music, video, or the creative aspects of science and engineering, or even our ability to converse with other people. In this talk I will give a non-technical explanation of the underlying technologies that endow GenAI with these creative capacities and present a theologically framed case for the distinctive nature of human creativity.