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CANCELLED: Futures in Progress


Dr Lachlan Urquhart, Lecturer in Technology Law, School of Law; Visiting Researcher, Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham.

Title: The Changing Face of Public Space: Governing Emotional AI in Cities.


In this talk Lachlan will be discussing a series of ongoing activities examining socio-technical, ethical and governance aspects of emotional AI. Technologies seeking to understand the emotional state of individuals are increasingly being used in commercial and policing contexts. Firstly, he will present findings from the final report of a 1 year ESRC project on cross cultural perspectives on emotional AI between the UK and Japan. This is based on a series of workshops run in both countries in Summer 2019. He will then discuss findings from a recent paper examining context based emotional AI systems in public spaces. This will include reflecting on appropriate legal governance and the changing nature of citizen interactions in public spaces. Lastly, he will introduce his new 3 year ESRC/JST project looking at emotional AI in smart cities and the challenges of designing for an ethical life.

Benjamin Molineaux, Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics, The University of Edinburgh

Title: ‘Does it do what it says on the tin? : Regulatory Approaches towards Data Driven Technologies’


Minority, non-European languages – such as indigenous American ones – are critically underrepresented in the literature on historical linguistics. This not only narrow sour view of the historical interaction of peoples and languages pre-and post-dating European expansion, but also limits our understanding of linguistic change as a whole. In the absence of the hundreds of years of philological study available for Old World languages, digital methods emerge as ideal means for systematically compiling and exploring the available data for language change in the New World. This talk presents an overview of the plans and progress in the compilation of the Corpus of Historical Mapudungun (CHM), currently under development at the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics, Edinburgh. There source will document and propose analyses for the diachrony of the word-and sound-structure of Mapudungun, the ancestral language of the Mapuche people of southern Chile and Argentina. While present-day varieties of the language are mostly well described and remain in use, there is very little explicit work on their history, despite 400 years of textual evidence. Building the CHM will require the compilation, tagging, and parsing of the main body of early Mapudungun writing into units of meaning(morphemes) and sound (phones), effectively helping us write the history of the language from the bottom up. Such research represents a qualitative leap in the study of Mapudungun, while at the same time laying the groundwork for historical corpus methods to be applied to minority languages more broadly. The presentation will give an overview of historical evidence for Native American languages in general and for Mapudungun in particular, highlighting some typologically interesting features and how they present challenges and possibilities to the study of language change through corpora. Some prospects for the use of the CHM in both academic and non-academic settings are proposed, as well as list of desiderata for future developments in historical resources for minority languages.

About the Futures in Progress Seminar Series

This series is set up to allow staff whose research interests link to the Edinburgh Futures Institute to introduce themselves, present their research in a relaxed setting and receive feedback on their work. With this seminar, we particularly support showcasing the work of Early Career staff and staff members who have recently joined the University of Edinburgh and wish to create an opportunity for cross-university networking.

Everyone is welcome to attend. In support of Athena Swan, we have scheduled the formal part of the seminar in core working hours. The evening will conclude with informal networking.



Mar 25 2020 -

CANCELLED: Futures in Progress

The next Futures in Progress seminar with guest speakers Dr Lachlan Urquhart and Benjamin Molineaux.

Bayes Centre
47 Potterrow