Science and Human Dimension Project
SHDP is a public understanding of science and technology based at Jesus College, University of Cambridge.
Through conferences, publishing, and films, SHDP brings together the scientific research community with experts from industry, government, the arts and the media to broaden the appreciation of new ideas and discoveries in science and technology and broader STEMM, and to ask searching questions about the ethical dilemmas they pose for humanity.About the project
Addressing important ethical questions
SHDP addresses important ethical questions, such as the controversy over human embryonic stem cell research, super intelligent machines and artificial intelligence (AI).
At times we tackle subjects illustrative of knowledge purely for its own sake.
Helping to bring work to a wider audience
SHDP helps researchers and companies bring their work 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, for example organising a conference in 2017 with DeepMind on AI, memory and imagination.
SHDP and Outreach
SHDP have a strong track record in achieving outreach from Cambridge University and research beyond 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; Inequality; Infrastructure; 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
From August 2017 SHDP ran a two-year project consisting of three conferences on AI and the Future of Humanity. The project was 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.
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 have advised cultural institutions on AI versus human creativity and are also working with a foundation to develop a new arts, craft and technology residency in the Middle East (Qatar).