What do Mr Data and the Suffragettes have in common?

As some of you may know, I am heading to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow to run a British Council robot workshop

The British Council are also running events based on the Cafe Scientifique idea, and have asked me to run one while I am out in Malaysia. After some discussion, we chose the title “I think, therefore I robot” which will discuss whether we should make ‘intelligent slaves’ and will they ever want the vote.

After Prof Andrew Ware’s inspirational inaugural lecture on Tuesday, entitled Learning from Data (the Data in question being the android from ‘Star Trek’), I am rather looking forward to this. If any of you have suggestions, please comment.

I thought I would start with the wonderful Old Glory Insurance Robot Policy video (There is a transcript here for hard of hearing, etc as the sound is not always perfect.) If you watch it, you will see why it is so wonderful for starting the debate about robot rights and whether we should build thinking machines!


    Mark Brake

    March 17, 2005

    _Cafe Scientifique_, eh? What an interesting little idea to counter
    social exclusion from science. Multicultural and multiracial
    science waxing over a Beaujolais? Hmmm.

    One looks forward to further developments of a similar ethos:
    _Whist Drive Scientifique_ perhaps, or _Squash Ladder Scientifique_?
    How about _Volvo Owners Scientifique_?

    _*On the Piste Scientifique*_!?


    March 17, 2005


    a mildly concerned student has just informed me that you’re in Indonesia (my mental map puts Kuala Lumpur firmly in Malaysia, but who am I to argue with him?), and asked me to inquire whether you’re alright and safe…

    So on the off chance that you are/were in fact in Indonesia, and near the earthquake, how are you doing?

    Best regards,

    (the creative writing one)

    Mike Reddy

    March 17, 2005

    Was in Kula Lumpur (Malaysia) and my plane took off a short
    while before the quake it (apparently). However, there is a
    quantum universe, where I decided to stay longer and visit
    Penang (68+ dead so far), which focusses the mind; it was 50/
    50 as to whether we would make that excursion, so we could
    have been among the casualties…

    Thanks to all who texted or rang to ask where we dead!

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