Rupert Robson

Rupert Robson in conversation with John Russell

The Sentient Robot

This talk will give a sobering and thought-provoking glimpse into a world that may become very real for humanity at some point this century.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already shaping our future and now the race is on to create ASI (Artificial Superintelligence) – the point at which computers will leave the limits of human thought far behind. Once the stuff of science fiction and great movies (remember Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey?), the pace of progress towards ever smarter AI becomes ever faster as robots are become ever more capable, dexterous and indispensable.

The critical breakthrough in ASI will be the creation of a sentient robot – a robot with consciousness. Philosophers, computer scientists, neuroscientists and psychologists are still far from certain what consciousness actually is – never mind the way our brains use it. The Sentient Robot proposes a tantalising answer and helps us to understand the new, superintelligent world opening up before us – whether we like it or not.


Date and Time

11 October 2023 at 4:15 pm


United Reformed Church, Mere

Ticket Prices

£10 per person

Tickets for this talk will be available 01 September for Friends of the Festival, general sale will be available 08 September 2023.

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