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When will robots outsmart us? Panel discussion

Friday 21 July 2017
IMAX Theatre, 19.00–20.30

In partnership with The Royal Society, this panel discussion will explore the future possibilities for intelligent robots and discover what they will do, how we will use them, and how they might use us.

Will we see thinking, feeling robots in our lifetimes, or is the idea of sentient machines a pipe dream? Join our panel to explore the social, philosophical and economic implications of advanced intelligence in robots and the dangers and opportunities this intelligence may present, and find out how close we are to being replaced as the most intelligent beings on Earth.

We are delighted to be joined by a panel of experts including Professor Alan Winfield (Bristol UWE and Bristol Robotics Lab), science broadcaster, writer and comedian Timandra Harkness, Imperial College Professor of Affective and Behavioural Computing, Maja Pantic, and Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College, Cambridge, Huw Price. Our moderator for the evening is science presenter, journalist and critically acclaimed author Adam Rutherford.

Special offer: Add a Robots exhibition ticket for 21 July to your basket and get 20% off its price.

Further information

  • This event features live speech-to-text subtitling for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people. This service is provided by Stagetext.
  • The Robots exhibition has limited capacity, so if you'd like to see it on the evening of your talk you will need to book a timed slot.
  • If you don't pre-book an exhibition ticket, you may need to queue for the next available slot. 
  • Please allow at least 10 minutes to walk from the exhibition to the IMAX Theatre.
  • The Science Museum is open until 22.00 on Fridays. Last entry to the Robots exhibition on Fridays is 20.45.

When will robots outsmart us? Panel discussion

Join us for a panel discussion exploring the future possibilities for intelligent robots
Floor: G
Price: £5
Age ranges