Robots of Good Character

Professor Nigel Crook is head of Robotics and Machine Learning at Oxford Brookes University. In this talk he will explore whether we can build robots that have good moral character – and whether or not we should. He will broadly outline some existing approaches to building ‘autonomous moral machines’ and offer his own thoughts on what should be the key components to such machines. The idea of robots being able to make decisions based on a form of moral code…

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Killing Machines

Our lecture in 2017 about Artificial Intelligence generated much interest and discussion. Amongst the issues raised was the whole question of remotely controlled or even autonomous weapons. We are delighted to welcome two retired senior officers to help us explore this further. Lt Gen Sir Robert Fry KCB RM is a former commandant of the Royal Marines and served as coalition deputy commanding General in Iraq in 2006 before retiring to head Hewlett Packard’s Enterprise Services, Defence & Security UK. Air…

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I think, therefore I am? – Lecture by Jon Riding

Insight Lecture 9th Oct 2017 Jon Riding. In this essay I am going to give you a glimpse of a new world. It is a world in which there is scope for much relief of human suffering and where more of humanity might see hopes and dreams fulfilled. But it is equally a world which might easily become a dystopian nightmare. It is a world in which humankind are no longer the only intelligent beings and the good news is…

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I think, therefore I am?

Jon Riding, in addition to his role as the coordinator of the Insight Programme here at the Abbey, has for almost 30 years lead a ground breaking research team working in computational linguistics for the Bible Societies. He is also a theologian at Sarum College where he tutors ministry candidates and teaches biblical languages. Much of his work for the Bible Societies is in building computer systems that can learn about language for themselves. In this lecture he explores the approaching…

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Forthcoming Events
  1. Learn New Testament Greek

    Monday, 26 August @ 09:30 - Saturday, 31 August @ 15:00
  2. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I

    Wednesday, 4 September - Friday, 6 September
  3. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II

    Monday, 9 September - Wednesday, 11 September
  4. Consider the Heavens

    Monday, 16 September @ 19:30 - 21:00
  5. Robots of Good Character

    Monday, 30 September @ 19:30 - 21:00