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2017 Festival

Missed an event at the Cambridge Science Festival 2017? We have a selection of videos and recordings available here.


Towards General Artificial Intelligence

Dr Demis Hassabis, CSAR.

Dr. Demis Hassabis is the Co-Founder and CEO of DeepMind, the world’s leading General Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, which was acquired by Google in 2014 in their largest ever European acquisition. Demis will draw on his eclectic experiences as an AI researcher, neuroscientist and videogames designer to discuss what is happening at the cutting edge of AI research, including the recent historic AlphaGo match, and its future potential impact on fields such as science and healthcare, and how developing AI may help us better understand the human mind.

Inside out: how the brain gut changes the brain’s view of the world

Professor Fiona Gribble and Professor Paul Fletcher, Metabolic Research Laboratories

It is tempting to see brain and gut as fulfilling different roles, one concerned with higher matters while the other does the dirty work: processing, absorbing and digesting the nutrients that we take in. Professors Fiona Gribble and Paul Fletcher will challenge this view and show that close interactions between brain and gut shape our eating behaviours. Including the opportunity to talk informally with the speakers over drinks.


14th Annual Disability Lecture: Innovating towards a more inclusive future


Saqib Shaikh, a software engineer at Microsoft, has personal experience of how technology has greatly improved his life, as someone who is visually impaired. He describes his research at Microsoft to empower disabled people, and how he believes that innovations for a specialist group can lead to mainstream technologies, and thus create a more inclusive environment.



Recordings from the Cambridge Series at the Hay Festival 2017

The Hay Festival is one of the most prestigious cultural and literary events in the world. For the last nine years the University of Cambridge has been partnering with the Festival to deliver The Cambridge Series which gives a taste of the research being conducted at the University. The Series is part of the University’s public engagement work and draws on the University’s two flagship public engagement events, the Cambridge Science Festival and the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The Hay Festival ran from 25th May to 4th June 2017.