Philosophy

Edinburgh International Science Festival: From AI to the cosmos

Mark Sprevak explores what’s next in artificial intelligence research and Michela Massimi looks at ways to approach dark matter and dark energy at the 2018 Edinburgh International Science Festival

Philosophy researchers Dr Mark Sprevak and Professor Michela Massimi will feature in the upcoming Edinburgh International Science Festival discussions about artificial intelligence and dark matter.

Mark Sprevak

Michela Massimi

Who lives and who drives?

Tuesday 3 April, 8pm–9.30pm in Summerhall (Dissection Room)

Would you board a plane that is self-piloted? Or a self-driven car? Artificial intelligence is becoming more of a reality every day and some important questions arise with this.  How far should intelligent robots and machines decide on human affairs?

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the School of PPLS Mark Sprevak explores these issues alongside other experts at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Attend the discussion with Mark to learn about the potential implications of creating ethics and morale-based algorithms and who will be held accountable for these decisions.

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Who lives and who drives? - Edinburgh International Science Festival 

Searching for dark matter and dark energy

Wednesday 4 April, 5.30pm–7pm in the National Museum of Scotland (Auditorium)

Is the cosmos made mostly of dark matter and dark energy? What does this mean and which philosophical questions loom on the horizon?

Professor of Philosophy of Science at the School of PPLS Michela Massimi is joined by cosmologists and astrophysicists in this discussion presented by the European Research Council.

Join Michela to explore how the Dark Energy Survey is undertaken and the methodologies it follows at this Edinburgh International Science Festival event

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Searching for dark matter and dark energy - Edinburgh International Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival

The festival is a celebration of science and technology, taking place each year during the Easter break. It was the first of its kind in the world and is still one of the largest science festivals in Europe, with almost 300 events running each year.

Edinburgh International Science Festival