Science, technology and the future

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Science, technology and the future

University of Sunderland Sex, Love and RobotsSex, love and robots, University of Sunderland

In this adults-only evening session, participants will be led on a journey through the ways in which sex and love embody some of our deepest (and darkest) hopes and fears. How will new technologies, particularly robots, impact our relationships? We will need to programme robots. Can they consent, should people be able to marry their robot lover, will robots be flawed like us, or impeccably perfect? What might all this tell us about the possible futures of sexuality?

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University of Dundee H G Wells at 150 Martian AutopsyH G Wells at 150: Martian autopsy, University of Dundee

The UK’s leading forensic scientist, Professor Sue Black, will conduct a historically minded mock-autopsy on a Wellsian alien in a special, one-off event. It will showcase the impact of the literary imagination on scientific endeavour and the scientific imagination on literary practice, using both Wells’s fiction and speculative essays about future human evolution. Featuring Dundee playwright Eddie Small, as Herbert Unwells.

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University of Oxford Don't Panic promises & threats of science & technologyDon’t panic! Promises and threats of science and technology, Museum for the History of Science, University of Oxford

We invite you to explore hopes and fears in relation to science and technology. Using performance and the three floors of the Museum for the History of Science, the evening will bring to life the eruption of Krakatoa, early film responses to the nerve racking nature of modern life, Dorothy Hodgkin’s work on the structure of penicillin and the personal and political dimensions of climate change.

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University of West England We, RobotsWe, Robots, University of the West of England

In science fiction, human-like robots often take the form of teenage girls. But while these figures are designed to be like girls, they are rarely designed by girls, or with them in mind. This is an opportunity for girls (aged 13–17) to actively engage with science fiction and robotics technology. In an afternoon filled with immersive presentations, hands-on robotics tinkering, and a creative writing workshop, the group will explore how fantasy, technology, and creativity collide.

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De Montfort University Meat the Machine We Cyborg!Meat the machine: we CyborgDe Montfort University

How far away are we from the genetic manipulation of a new species of human life: cyber Homo sapiens Human v2.0? This special event will consider what it means to be human in an age of cyber-citizenry and in a world that we shall soon share with machines and robots. It includes provocative introductory talks and a moderated discussion that promises to be absorbing and lively.

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