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How is AI changing the Cultural Landscape? Panel discussion hosted by Nick Ahad.

Event information

Date: 12 June 2024

Time: 7.30pm

Cost: £6 - £9 (including booking fee)

Venue: Howard Assembly Room, 32 New Briggate Leeds LS1 6NU

Type: Talk

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Presented as part of Opera North and University Of Leeds DARE Liberty Lecture series, in collaboration with Foxglove for Smeaton300. Join us for a fascinating conversation with industry experts looking at the relationship between AI, creativity and social ethics. Multi award-winning writer and broadcaster, Nick Ahad leads the conversation to discuss how AI will impact copyright legislation, to what extent machines can be creative, the potential for societal harm, and and how creative thinking can influence the future of AI.

Panel Hosted By Nick Ahad
Nick Ahad is a multiple award-winning writer and broadcaster working across TV, theatre and radio. His most recent play is The Boy at the Back of the Class (Rose Theatre, Kingston, Children’s Touring Partnership, national tour 2024), TV writing includes an episode of Better, a BBC primetime drama made by Sister Pictures, and radio work includes four-part comedy Umbreen’s Junction for BBC Sounds (2021). Nick is an award-nominated broadcaster for BBC Radio Leeds. In November 2020 he joined the leading Radio 4 arts programme Front Row as a presenter. Nick has appeared on BBC Breakfast as a cultural commentator and hosted dozens of live events for festivals and arts organisations. Former Arts Editor of the Yorkshire Post, he is currently the Yorkshire Post theatre correspondent and chief critic and his feature writing has appeared in the Guardian and The Independent.

Professor Shawn-Naphtali Sobers
Shawn is Professor of Cultural Interdisciplinary Practice at University of the West of England, Bristol. He is a visual anthropologist, working in film, photography and writing. His work has been published, exhibited and screened nationally and internationally, and he has directed and produced documentaries for BBC1, ITV and Channel 4. His research interests often explore different aspects of belonging and community – in the forms of hidden histories, unheard stories, everyday life and material culture. As a researcher his work has spanned a wide range of topics, including; community media, creative education, trans-Atlantic slave trade, disability and walking, religion, Rastafari, Ethiopian and Caribbean cultures, and photography & generative AI. His recent book Black Everyday Lives, Material Culture and Narrative: Tings in de House’ was published by Routledge in 2023, and nominated by BBC History as one of the best books of the year.

Shawn will be joining us by video call.

Lara Carmona
Lara works as Director of Policy & Engagement at Creative UK, which is an investor, connector, supporter and champion of creative businesses working to generate the right conditions for a thriving creative economy. Creative UK represents hundreds of members that incorporate thousands of individuals from 22 sub-sectors across the cultural and creative industries, including Createch, Broadcasting, TV & Film, Advertising, Marketing & PR, Music and Performing Arts, Fashion, Videogames and Architecture and Design’

Katie Gardner
Dr Katie is the programme lead for the PGDip in Performing Arts Education, which is delivered in partnership with Opera North, and teaches across performance, musicology, and opera modules. Her research and creative practices are broadly situated at the intersection of opera and circus arts, with a particular interest in examining the interdependent relationships and tensions between voice, bodily action, and technology in live performance.

David Hogg
Professor David Hogg is Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Leeds. He is internationally recognized for his work on computer vision, particularly in the areas of video analysis and activity recognition. He works extensively across disciplinary boundaries, applying AI in engineering design, biology, medicine and environmental sciences. Together with many other prestigious positions, he has been a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Leeds (2011-2016), Chair of the ICT Strategic Advisory Team at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK, Chair of an international review panel for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence commissioned by EPSRC (2017), and a Turing Fellow.

The Smeaton300 x University Of Leeds Programme
John Smeaton, a self-taught engineer who built bridges, canals and lighthouses, was interested in the development of machine-based technology to benefit society. He kept most of his work patent-free to allow it to be improved on by others. Smeaton believed that when ideas and systems were freely shared there was no limit to the good purpose they could be applied.

Smeaton300 is a Foxglove project inspired by the work of John Smeaton, the UK’s first Civil Engineer born in 1724. The Smeaton300 creative programme takes Smeaton’s work as a leaping off point to help us understand how engineering has shaped our world today.

In 2024 Foxglove are partnering with the Cultural Institute at the University of Leeds to deliver Smeaton300 events, projects and research. Smeaton300 x University Of Leeds is a Foxglove partnership led by the Cultural Institute and the School Of Civil Engineering.