On 30th and 31st May, 2015 AXNS Collective presented two events as part of the Southbank Centre’s Web We Want Festival.

The festival is inspired by the work of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and produced in partnership with Sir Tim’s World Wide Web Foundation. It aims at celebrating all that is wonderful and extraordinary about the Web – and also to explore its challenges and difficulties.

 

When Science Fiction becomes Reality: AI in the digital age

Saturday 30 May
15:00 – 16:00

Over the last year, the issue of Artificial Intelligence has become one of international public import. Yet sci-fi writers and film-makers have been predicting such things for decades. AXNS collective and a panel of experts delve into the history of sci-fi to explore some of its more prophetic moments, including machines like HAL 9000 and Wintermute. We ask, what aspects of sci-fi have become reality and what are the ethical consequences of this? How will use of AI in the digital realm affect our relationship with technology?

Speakers: 

Dr Sarah Dillion is Lecturer in Literature and Film at Cambridge University and is also currently presenting the series, ‘Close Reading’, on BBC Radio 4’s literature programme Open Book.

Murray Shanahan is Professor in Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College London and speaks regularly on the subject of artificial intelligence both in the media and at festivals and conferences both in the UK and internationally.

Richard Adams is an artist, musician and writer who has created computer art and produced interactive entertainment and services over his career, working at BSkyB, BBC, Aviva and Microsoft Studios, among others. He currently works at the Royal Shakespeare Company and serves as Senior Fellow in Digital at the University of Lincoln.

Khalil Sullins is a writer-director – his debut feature film, the sci-fi thriller Listening, was released in 2014.

 

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The talks will be part of the day pass programme, which is £12 per day for an adult or £20 for a weekend pass (30-31 May). We also have concessions, and tickets priced at £6 per day for under-18s and £3 per day for under-12s.

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Neuro-plasticity and the web

Sunday 31 May
15:30 – 16:30 

The human brain has amazing plasticity. It has the ability to physically change itself when needed. In this age of rapid technological development, AXNS Collective and a panel of leading neuroscientists, developers and artists ask if technology is affecting the architecture of our brains

Speakers: 

Rita Carter is a science writer, lecturer and broadcaster who specialises in the human brain: what it does, how it does it, and why. She contributes to, among others, the Independent, New Scientist, Daily Mail and Telegraph. She was twice awarded the Medical Journalists’ Association prize for outstanding contribution to medical journalism.

Dr Rebecca Ross is MA Communication Design Course Leader at St Martins School of Art, and an interdisciplinary and multi-modal researcher. Her long-term focus has been on how pictures, media, and data, are actively intertwined with spatial conditions, drawing upon fields including visual culture, architectural and urban studies, and interaction design.

Gordana Novakovic is Artist in Residence and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of London Department of Computer Science. She has twenty years of experience with the use of electronic and digital technologies as artistic tools.

Dr Anastasia Christakou Associate Professor in Cognitive Neurobiology at the University of Reading.

Dr Gustav KuhnSenior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths University.

 

The talks will be part of the day pass programme, which is £12 per day for an adult or £20 for a weekend pass (30-31 May). We also have concessions, and tickets priced at £6 per day for under-18s and £3 per day for under-12s.

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