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2001: A Space Odyssey (U) + presentation by Professor Peter Robinson

Science on Screen


What better way to discuss the effect of technology upon us than through Stanley Kubrick's space-opera on humanity's evolution and the rise of AI's ultimate supercomputer HAL 9000?

Half a century has passed since Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi classic was released,  but it remains as a landmark in both the quality of its cinematography and its assessment of technology and artificial intelligence.

The quiet determination of a computer system to ensure the successful conclusion of its mission, even at the expense of human lives, is far more threatening than any number of homicidal humanoid robots.

Before the screening, Professor Peter Robinson will discuss progress in the development of human-like machines and compare their threats to those posed by computer systems hidden in the fabric of the world around us.

Tagged with: Cinema Science on Screen

UK/US 1968 Dir Stanley Kubrick 149 min

Presented in partnership with the London Mathematical Laboratory


About the speaker

Professor Peter Robinson is Professor of Computer Technology at the University of Cambridge, where he works on problems at the boundary between people and computers. This involves investigating new technologies to enhance communication between computers and their users, and new applications to exploit these technologies. His recent work has included  desk-size projected displays, emotionally intelligent interfaces and  applications in semi-autonomous vehicles.

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