Agora Lecture (13 Aug. 2013) – Kevin Warwick: The Disappearing Human-Machine Divide
January 25, 2013 § Leave a comment
In this presentation Kevin Warwick will look at 1. The latest results with implant technology (linking human brains with computers), 2. Culturing biological neurons and putting them in a robot body (robots with biological brains) and 3. Practical Turing Test results (can you tell the difference between a human and a machine from interactive communication?). New experimental data will be presented in each of these areas and participants will be able to see for themselves if they can tell the difference, in a Turing sense, between human and machine dialogue. A brief look will be taken at the future and what all this might mean.
Kevin Warwick is Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, England, where he carries out research into artificial intelligence, control and robotics. He was born in Coventry and took his first degree at Aston University, followed by a PhD and research post at Imperial College London. He subsequently held positions at Oxford, Newcastle and Warwick Universities before being offered the Chair at Reading. As well as publishing over 500 research papers Kevin has been awarded higher doctorates (DSc) both by Imperial College and the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague and has received Honorary Doctorates from 6 Universities. He has appeared in the Guiness Book of Records for his research on several occasions and is perhaps best known for his implant self-experimentation, linking his own nervous system with a computer network.