Human error

6.00pm to 7.15pm, Tuesday 28 July

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Calculator keypad

    Credit: Deborah Waller


Standard £12

Concession £8

Associate £6

Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

After a popular talk at the February Family Fun Day, Sarah Wiseman is back to give us a run down of human errors and how she works to eliminate them.

Know that embarrassing feeling of waiting for an automatic door to open then realising you have to push a button? Ever noticed how confusing it is that calculators and phones have different keypads?

Technology is speeding ahead but if we don’t know how to use it, or keep making mistakes, it’ll never work quite as imagined. Sarah Wiseman will take you through how she finds ways to make things simple, giving playful and fun examples of day-to-day human error.

About the presenter

Sarah Wiseman works at UCL trying to understand what happens in the brain when we use numbers. She started out doing a degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligent and now does talks for young people and adults on top of her research work.

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