Bristol

Bristol

Bristol CiS is a local group aimed at people in and around the Bristol area who are interested in discussing the relationship between science and faith. Please email Prof Andrew Halestrap  – ahalestrap (at) hotmail.com for more information. CiS Bristol now has a facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/cisbristol/

As well as our lecture series we continue to run a regular discussion group (in person with others joining online)Please contact Prof Andrew Halestrap  – ahalestrap (at) hotmail.com for more information.

Brinklings

Brinklings is a small support group of Christian writers based near Bristol.  We have tended to meet in person from time to time for fellowship and discussions.  To get in contact, please email brinklings (at) outlook.com.   Please note that we do not publish material ourselves directly and cannot respond to unsolicited manuscripts.

 

Upcoming Talks

Friday 3rd May

Professor Nigel CrookConsciousness, Creativity and Generative AI

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.

 

Recordings:

For those of you who could not attend, there is audio and video of many of the previous talks, kindly put together by Dr Roger Tucker on his website outsideecho.