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Find out about AI and click‑bait, online echo chambers and fake news. How easy is it to get caught in the web of information and misinformation, plus how does web‑scraping even work?
A Robot Read a Million News Articles... You Won't Believe What Happened Next!
Dr Chico Camargo (Lecturer in Computer Science)
Autocomplete. Autocorrect. Predictive text. Is Google reading your mind or do they just really have a lot of data on people? How do machines even learn how text works? In this talk, we will discuss how artificial intelligence really deals with text, what it does well, and what it fails at (hint: lots of things). We'll talk about how working with text is causing a revolution within AI and pointing new directions for future technology.
Why does social media make us vulnerable to misinformation?
Dr Diogo Pacheco (Lecturer in Computer Science)
We are supposedly living in the knowledge Era. We have access to more information and new types of data as never before. We have more computational power at our fingertips than the computers used to send astronauts to the moon. Yet, we have never seen so much misinformation being spread. The digital world is definitely the new arena where content is produced and shared. Thus, is social media a misinformation hero or villain? What is going on?
Caught In The #Web Quiz!
Join us for a quiz to test your knowledge on the topics raised in the talks this evening. We will be using a fancy question generator and you have the chance to win some funky Pint of Science merch, including our famous pint glasses!