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Bowland Auditorium

Berrick Saul Building

University of York

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YO10 5DD

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Information Services Lecture

What connects the grandfather of Charles Darwin to artificial intelligence? How have humans tried to talk to machines, make machines talk, and use technology to find ways to communicate? What do talking machines say about us?

Machines have been talking since long before the advent of Alexa and other virtual assistants. The history of our fascination with teaching human creations to talk is varied and can provide insights how we might use technology in new, exciting, and potentially frightening ways to communicate with both computers and each other.

In this lecture, we will explore the past, present, and future of machine communication and how people react to machines talking. From eighteenth and nineteenth century speaking machines to Twitter ‘bots’, we’ll look at automated speech, what machines say, and how this affects our ideas about them. We’ll explore teaching machines to talk with Frankenstein, machine learning, and Black Mirror, and present some of the ways that machines have helped us communicate throughout history.

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Alice Rhodes and Siobhan Dunlop

Alice Rhodes is a PhD student in the Department of English and Related Literature and the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York. Her research investigates speech production in the literature of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Siobhan Dunlop is a Teaching and Learning Advisor in Information Services at the University of York, working to develop and deliver digital skills training for students and staff with a focus on digital creativity, coding, and how digital technologies affect our lives.

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