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AI, Robotics and Religion Reading Group, Faculty of Divinity

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The new AI, Robotics and Religion Reading Group will begin in Lent Term, 2016 – it will run fortnightly on Mondays in room 7 in the Faculty of Divinity. The first session will be Monday 8th February at 4pm.

In association with the Faraday Institute’s AI and Robotics Research Project, this term the reading group will consider popular science fiction that addresses ideas, hopes, and fears around technological advances, their impact on our understanding of the human, and their interactions with religious imaginings. This reading group is open to all who are interested in the subjects brought up by these fictions.

The group will begin with I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. It is a collection of short stories involving the character Dr Susan Calvin and her account of the development of robots in the coming centuries, and it outlines Asimov’s famous “Three Laws of Robotics”. Please come having read the entire text.

The first book will be introduced by Beth Singler, and then after that we hope for volunteers to take on introduction responsibilities before we open up to discussion. The reading group may be recorded for research purposes, so please let Beth know if you do not wish to be included in any transcriptions or written notes.

There may be the possibility to continue the discussion at the Anchor pub afterwards.

The following meetings and books will be:

4pm, Monday 22nd February – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? , Philip K. Dick

4pm, Monday, 7th March – Neuromancer, William Gibson

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