Cambridge Science Festival 2016: artificial intelligence stole the show

This year was marked by the considerable interest from both the public and the media in many of the artificial intelligence and machine learning events, testament to both the fascination and the concern we all feel with our growing interaction and reliance on machines.On the first day of the Festival, the event ‘Will artificial intelligence be superior to the human brain’ was a sell-out and every spare seat was taken. The interest continued in the second week, when the BBC World Service sent their ‘Click’ team to the Festival for a special outside broadcast focused on artificial intelligence, and later when Professor Kevin Warwick appeared on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch to talk about his event, ‘Turing’s imitation game’ which involved trying to distinguish between a human and a machine during…


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