Computers are brilliant at totting up sums, pattern-seeking and performing computation. There's so much talk about the threat posed by intelligent machines that it sometimes seems as though we should surrender to our robot overlords now.
Join Junaid Mubeen as he argues humans have the edge over machines because of a remarkable system of thought developed over the millennia – maths. He identifies seven areas of intelligence where humans can retain a crucial edge over computers.
In this talk, Junaid explores a fascinating world where we can develop our uniquely human mathematical superpowers and reduce the fear of future robot overlords.
This is a theatre event, where the speaker and audience are together in our Theatre.
This event will not be livestreamed.
Junaid Mubeen is a research mathematician turned educator, working at the nexus of education, innovation and technology. As Director of Education at Whizz Education, Junaid oversees the educational strategy and development of the Maths-Whizz virtual tutoring service, which has reached over half a million students worldwide. Junaid has a PhD in mathematics from Oxford and a Master's in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He writes and speaks on a range of EdTech topics.
Junaid's latest book, 'Mathematical Intelligence: What We Have that Machines Don't', is available from Amazon and all good bookstores.
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