Join The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas and challenge your preconceptions on hot button issues!
Can Google Really Translate?
What does it mean to be a human in the era of Google Translate? Is it really taking over human translation? What if it isn’t just words after all? Can machines replicate human feelings and language nuances?
Paola Ruffo (Heriot-Watt University) explores how the boundaries between humans, words and machines are being redrawn.
Join her at the edges of the magic world of translation to discover what happens when humans and machines meet new languages. Can you tell the difference between a text from a human and one written by a machine?
Reading Is Bad For You!
How do you read? Drowning in neverending email? Rapidly devouring whodunnits, then immediately forgetting them? Perhaps you are seduced by clickbait or read the news and get depressed? Do you cherrypick political statements to find only what you want to hear, then suspiciously pick apart whatever the other side says? The ways we read today are often unhealthy. But there is another way. Medieval monks used to read slowly, with body, heart and soul.
Find out how and try it for yourself.
Join Dr Daphne Loads [University of Edinburgh] for some Divine Reading.