Cambridge AI expert to speak at Hay Festival 2019


24-04-2019

What are the implications of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) for society? This is just one of the many topics up for discussion at Hay Festival 2019 next month.

The Hay Festival is a wonderful way of sharing with the public the research and learning that happens in Cambridge.

- Ariel Retik

Dr Adrian Weller, Senior Research Fellow in Machine Learning, will address the topic of machine learning and AI, and the importance of ethics, trust and transparency, on Wednesday 29 May, at 1pm, as part of the eleventh Cambridge Series of talks.

Dr Weller is among 19 Cambridge academics from a range of disciplines who are taking part in one of the most prestigious literary festivals in the world. The Cambridge Series is now an established feature of the Hay Festival and this year’s speakers include experts on the localised effects of climate change, combatting fake news, black holes, food security and the impact of dinosaurs on the British landscape.

The Series is part of the University of Cambridge’s commitment to public engagement. The Festival runs from May 25 to June 2 and is now open for bookings.

Peter Florence, Director of Hay Festival, said: "The University of Cambridge is home to some of the world's greatest thinkers at the forefront of debate and exploration in the arts, sciences and global affairs. We're proud to open those ideas into conversations that resonate around the world from our field in Wales. Join us."

Ariel Retik, who oversees the Cambridge Series, said: “We are proud to continue our valued relationship with Hay. The Festival is a wonderful way of sharing with the public the research and learning that happens in Cambridge. We have found that Hay audiences are diverse, engaged and intellectually curious. They are an incredible cross-section of the public: from potential students and tourists, to journalists and policy-makers – everyone is represented. They are always interested in the research and, importantly, ask fantastic and challenging questions! We are excited for another year of talks and debates around the research and emerging ideas from Cambridge, which have global relevance and potential for world-changing impact."

Reproduced courtesy of University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering

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