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Dr Hannah Fry: Being Human - How to be Human in the Age of the Machine

Friday, 22 March 2019 - 7:30pm

Would you share your family's medical history to help cure cancer? Would you trust a driverless car?  And if you were accused of a crime, would you rather your sentence was decided by a machine or a human?

Welcome to the age of the algorithm, the story of a not-too-distant future where machines rule supreme, making important decisions – in healthcare, transport, finance, security, what we watch, where we go, even who we send to prison.

So how much should we rely on them? And what kind of future do we want?

Mathematician, science communicator, television presenter, author and public speaker Dr Hannah Fry will take us on a tour of the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the algorithms that surround us. Lifting the lid on their inner workings, and revealing their power - and limitations - she'll be asking: are they *really* an improvement on the humans they are replacing, and how do we remain human in the age of the machines?

Tickets £12 (children £6.00) from

This event is part of this year's ATOM Festival. For more information about this and other ATOM events see the Festival website or email

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Abingdon School
Park Road
OX14 1DE
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