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Creativity and Artificial Intelligence

Philosophy Taster Lecture

Speaker: Dr Ioannis Votsis, Associate Professor, Faculty of Philosophy

Date: Tuesday 2nd November 2021, 4:30-5:30pm (GMT)

The question of whether machines can be truly creative has been with us at least since the advent of modern computers. Although the tide seems to be turning, the naysayers still represent a sizeable share of the voices out there. 

In their view, machines are ultimately incapable of the deeply transformational creativity that human beings exhibit, especially that found in the most outstanding examples of us, e.g. a ‘Mozart’, a ‘Dali’ or an ‘Einstein’. In this talk, Dr Votsis subjects the kinds of reasons they offer to a careful examination.

This taster will also include an introductory overview of studying at NCH, and there will be ample time for Q&A with Faculty and Student Ambassadors.

Here’s what previous participants have said about our Philosophy Taster Lectures:

“The topic was really interesting, and the lecturer explained it in detail, but still with a lot of clarity for someone without previous knowledge of the subject. Questions were also answered well and the information about the university itself was very informative.”

“Very interactive, enjoyable topics, friendly and attentive staff.”

“It was the perfect mix of learning about NCH, whilst getting a taste of what and how we would learn in Philosophy. It was a really interesting discussion, and my answers regarding the university and the topic we were discussing were well answered.”

“It was highly interesting and interactive; I actually learned so much! I didn’t expect to be as interested as I was, but I was genuinely disappointed when it was over.”

“It gave me a really good feel of what the course would be like, and also raised questions for me to ponder in my own time.”

“It was interactive, topical and informative. The team’s answers on the Q&A were equally as impressive and useful.”

“It felt like a real university lecture!”