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MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU - APRIL 1 - 7.16PM - 2019

Marcus du Sautoy - Sheldonian - 5.00pm

Assume this fullstop “.” is the Earth. That the next one to it is Mars “..” And so on to Pluto “.......”. Continuing that sense of scale and the fact I’m writing this in Bodleian’s Weston Library on Broad Street, Marcus du Sautoy’s intellect would almost certainly stretch as far as Debenhams.
Funnily enough, coming out of the talk ‘The Creativity Code: How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think’ I felt - and still do - the same kind of buzz I felt when I first walked out of ‘Star Wars’ back in 1977. Just that sense of…EVERYTHING’S CHANGED!
And here’s the thing; it’s impossible to write an academic, considered review of this event. The notes I took are flat and lifeless but here’s a quick resume anyway -
* everyone, as usual, told to switch off their phones - interesting, du Sautoy asks everyone to switch them back on
* brilliantly interactive - audience, via phones, now vote on which of two Rembrandt paintings is real and which is AI
* same test with Bach and Chopin.
* AI version of Harry Potter book
* ‘77 Drake cinema
Probably best way to sum all this up is point out that whereas previously, I’ve always founds talks on AI depressing and disturbing, this makes me frustrated as hell I can’t fast forward 50 years to see where it takes us.
Or, to put it another way… “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”

 

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner British Academy Festival academic partner Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Marlene Hauser Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 12th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Owen Mumford Sponsor of programme on science and medicine HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Festival printers Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd