SHDP is a public understanding of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) program based at Jesus College, Cambridge. Through conferences, lectures, publishing, exhibitions and films, SHDP brings together the scientific research community with experts from industry, government, the arts and the media to deepen and broaden the appreciation of new ideas and discoveries in STEMM, and to ask searching questions about the ethical dilemmas they pose and their impact on humanity.
NEWS – SHDP DIRECTOR JOHN CORNWELL’S AEON ARTICLE Alpha Golem – “When we pit ourselves against machines, the game can only end in tears. It is in our gift to imagine another way.”
NEWS – HUMANS THROUGH THE AI LOOKING GLASS In this short film, an AI expert, a philosopher, psychologist, theologian, and neuroscientist discuss how AI works so well as a mirror for humans.
NEWS – THE PATH TO ARTIFICIAL CONSCIOUSNESS? An AI expert, philosopher, ethicist, theologian, and neuroscientist discuss consciousness and its importance in artificial intelligence. All participated in SHDP conference the Singularity Summit at Jesus College Cambridge in 2018.
NEWS – WHAT IS THE SINGULARITY? watch our short film where AI experts Murray Shanahan of DeepMind and Anders Sandberg of the Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford, give their answers to the question: What is the Singularity?
NEWS – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN SCIENCE FICTION watch our short film on AI in Sci-Fi, the subject of our March 2018 conference. AI experts and Sci Fi authors and film makers discuss how Sci-Fi addresses AI, and the roles both the AI and Sci-Fi communities can play to communicate and discuss the hopes and fears of Artificial Intelligence.
SHDP also addresses important ethical questions, such as the controversy over human embryonic stem cell research, super intelligent machines and artificial intelligence (AI). At times we are intent on tackling subjects illustrative of knowledge purely for its own sake.
SHDP helps researchers and companies bring their work and ideas to a wide audience of experts and general public through well organised events with carefully chosen participants. We have worked with many research groups and businesses and in 2017 we collaborated with DeepMind to deliver a conference on their latest AI research in memory and imagination.
SHDP and outreach – we have a strong track record in achieving outreach from the university and the laboratory to the media and a wider non-specialist public through journalism, film and books. The project directors have produced conferences and reports on a wide range of vital issues including:
- Consciousness and Human Identity
- Artificial Intelligence
- Cyber Security
- Food Security
- The Financial Crisis
- Big Data
- Blockchain and Bitcoin
- The Future of Research-based Universities
- The North-South divide
- Ageing in the UK
- The Future of Work.
- Conference proceedings and books have been published by SHDP, Oxford University Press, Bloomsbury, Viking Penguin and Profile.
AI & the Future of Humanity Project – from August 2017 SHDP is running a two-year project consisting of three conferences on AI and the Future of Humanity. The project is funded by Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF). The first conference took place on 15-16 March 2018 and discussed our hopes and fears for AI as featured in Science Fiction – read the AI in Sci Fi conference report. The second conference, The Singularity Summit, was in September 2018 – read the Singularity Summit conference report, and third on AI, ethical and religious perspectives in May 2019 – all details here.
AI, Art and Creativity – SHDP has experience curating and producing art exhibitions. We are interested in communicating important scientific and technological ideas through the arts. We are currently planning an exhibition and events on key questions about AI versus human creativity.