The Atomic Human

The Atomic Human

The Atomic Human

event Saturday, September 28, 2024 schedule 11.30am - 12.30pm BST
event Saturday, September 28, 2024 schedule 11.30am - 12.30pm BST
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Understanding ourselves in the age of AI.
In-person at Sidgwick | £15
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
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Our fascination with Artificial Intelligence stems from the perceived uniqueness of human intelligence; we believe it’s what differentiates us. Fears of AI not only concern how it invades our digital lives, but also the implied threat of an intelligence that displaces us from our position at the centre of the world. Join Professor Neil Lawrence as he discusses our fascination and fear, and expands on his new visionary book showing why these fears may be misplaced. He will delve into how AI affects our digital lives and questions the perceived uniqueness of human intelligence.


Professor Neil Lawrence (St John's 1998)

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Professor Neil Lawrence is the inaugural DeepMind Professor of Machine Learning at the University of Cambridge where he is also the academic lead of AI@Cam, the University’s flagship mission on AI. He is also a Senior AI Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield and author of the forthcoming book The Atomic Human (release date 6th June 2024).

Reading list

The Atomic Human: Understanding Ourselves in the Age of AI is a book to be published with Penguin’s Allen Lane in the UK on 6th June 2024.

Booking information

In-person lectures at the Sidgwick Site as part of Alumni Festival cost £15 per person.



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