The Turing's Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

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Thursday 28 Apr 2022
Time: 19:30 - 21:00

Audience type

Free – £10


What do you get if you combine top academics, contentious research and a comedian compère? Answer: the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas (CoDI)!

This year, The Alan Turing Institute and CoDI are joining forces to bring the nation what it never knew it always wanted: edgy, exciting AI and data science-based entertainment with a comedy twist.

Join us in person at The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased directly from The Stand Comedy Club's website.

Join us virtually on YouTube from anywhere in the world. Livestreaming details will be announced shortly.


About the event

Hosted by comedian Susan Morrison, and now in its tenth year, CoDI is ninety minutes of rapid-fire research from some of the finest minds in the country. In this special series, Turing Fellows will take to the stage in various locations around the country to challenge ideas around AI, data science and technology.

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their burning questions (both in-person and virtually) and join in the discussion.

Never trust a financial advisor!

Financial decision-making is increasingly automated and based on machine learning. However, can we trust machines to manage our money in our best interest? Should we let AI control our finances? Dr Andre Santos (University of Edinburgh) argues that it’s probably better – and cheaper – to trust a machine rather than your bank manager.

Is understanding life a bad idea?

More and more data is getting us ever closer to a theory of living things. This is great for science but raises important questions on our ability to re-engineer life itself. As a working scientist, at the interface of mathematics, biology and computation, Dr Diego Oyarzún (University of Edinburgh) explores these ethical dilemmas.

We need to talk about Alexa!

Dr Mhairi Aitken (The Alan Turing Institute) is having relationship trouble. Things started brilliantly; Alexa moved in right away. She always listened and was always keen to help. But now Mhairi suspects Alexa may be talking about her behind her back. Is she just using her for her data? Come and hear all the gossip and help Mhairi decide if the perks of having Alexa in her life are worth the invasion of privacy.




The Stand Comedy Club
5 York Place

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