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 Singularity, that moment when Artificial Intelligence begins to rival and perhaps surpass human intelligence and asks what this might mean for human identity and well being.
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