SAVILE SCIENCE – PROFESSOR RICHARD HARVEY ON THE FUTURE’S DIGITAL: BUT WHAT ON EARTH DOES THAT MEAN?

Politicians, social commentators and other fans of the new are fond of proclaiming that the future is digital.  Indeed “digital” or “cyber” has become the universal appendage to make everything sound groovy and fresh.  Let’s take Shakespeare’s seven ages of man from the “mewling and puking infant” to the “lean and slippered pantaloon” and see how digital technology might affect each age.  There are certainly many dire prognostications – especially for children – but also some rather uplifting possibilities. I hope and expect that the audience will be able to contribute and modify my predictions which, as a Computer Scientist, may be too sanguineous.

Richard Harvey is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of East Anglia (UEA) .  He is also the Worshipful Company of IT Professor at Gresham College.  His speciality at UEA is solving problems in pattern recognition which is branch of Artificial Intelligence .  In this domain he is probably best known for a system that can automatically identify and block pornography and for building a computer that can lip-read humans.  At Gresham College he gives six public lectures per year which are also available online.  In his spare time he is Academic Director of Admissions at UEA he visits quite a few places extolling the virtues of studying in the UK.

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