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Dr Joanna Bryson
Dr Joanna Bryson

Press Release - 07 January 2008

Science Café: Artificial intelligence is here to stay

Machines that have their own artificial intelligence are often thought of as science fiction but they are already all around us, says the speaker from the next Bath Science Café, (The Raven pub in Queen Street, 7.30pm, Monday 14 January 2008).

“From chess computers to intelligent agents that search for information on the internet, artificial intelligence is all around us,” said Dr Joanna Bryson, from the University of Bath’s Department of Computer Science.

“Even your pocket calculator could be said to be artificially intelligent; 100 years ago, no one would have expected a machine to know how to do maths.”

Dr Bryson will explore the nature of artificial intelligence and show that it already exists in different forms.

“Science fiction would have us believe that intelligent robots will one day take over the world,” said Dr Bryson

“But the reality is that artificial intelligence is one way that computer science may be able to help the world.”

Dr Bryson holds degrees in behavioural science, psychology and artificial intelligence from Chicago, Edinburgh and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 2002 she has been a lecturer at the University of Bath.

The Science Café is an ongoing series of monthly events where some of the country’s leading scientists will talk informally about their research over a pint.

The event will be held in The Raven pub in Queen Street in the centre of town. No tickets or reservations are required - just turn up at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

Organisers will ask for a small voluntary donation to cover travel costs for the speakers.

To register for e-mail alerts about forthcoming Science Café events, contact Melissa Spielman.

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