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Pint of Science presents: Big Data or Big Stalker?

Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you. It’s your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science (and have a pint with them). 

Artificial Intelligence: Between a tech utopia and human extinction

Dr Shahar Avin (Research of Existential Risk)

Will artificial intelligence jeopardise the existence of humanity? With nanotechnology and other innovations nearer to the brink of altering how materials are manufactured; What are the implications? Some warn of machines taking our jobs and, ultimately, the atoms we’re made of for their own purposes, What’s real, what’s hype, and what should we do about it?

Big data & privacy – a dire warning from the future

Dr Terence Eden  (computer scientist)

Does your electricity meter know what TV programme you’re watching? Have your security cameras been secretly taken over? Are your lightbulbs controlled by China? Are your kids’ toys silently recording everything they say?

Find out how your data is mined, categorised and used by companies and governments.

The Hacker Inside

Zoë Rose (AKA 5683monkey) and David Prince

Starting with a simple demo, David and Rose will walk you through how as digital defenders, they protect and solve problems focusing on human behaviours, cyber security, and awareness – by teaching others how to hack. The media likes to portray “hackers” as these hoodied beings, that magically find a way into systems through advanced tactics often described as being indistinguishable from witchcraft. However, the majority of cases reveal that these “hackers” are simply innovative, taking legitimate services and features and exploiting them because of, often, simple bugs in the code.