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Ian McEwan in conversation with Murray Shanahan

AI: Fact vs Fiction

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For many of us, our first introduction to artificial intelligence will have come from works of fiction, but in 2019 how much of what used to be make-believe is becoming reality?

This event, programmed to coincide with our AI: More than Human exhibition, brings together two individuals that share an interest in AI, but explore it from very different perspectives.

Ian McEwan is one of the UK’s most beloved authors, and his 2019 release Machines Like Me tackles the subject of AI head-on. Taking place in an alternative 1980s, where Alan Turing has achieved a breakthrough in AI, two lovers’ relationship is put under strain by the introduction of a synthetic human.

Murray Shanahan is Professor of Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College London and a Senior Research Scientist at DeepMind. He is an expert on AI, robotics and cognitive science, but is no stranger to fictional portrayals of AI having acted as the scientific advisor on the 2015 film Ex Machina.

The event will be chaired by academic and broadcaster Sarah Dillon.

Tickets to this event include entry to AI: More than Human.
Entry to the exhibition can be accessed at anytime, but is not guaranteed at busy times.

Produced by Barbican International Enterprises in association with VINTAGE


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