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EVENTS

A Free Exhibition 21 April–22 September 2018

This year’s summer exhibition focuses on items from the BRLSI Collections with a connection to the Pacific Ocean: corals and shells, the ethnography of the many small islands, and natural history specimens that illustrate the significance of the Wallace line, the invisible boundary which separates the ecozones of Asia and Australasia identified by naturalist Alfred Wallace (1823–1913). In addition, prints from four renowned international photo journalists, highlighting the impact of environmental change on the wildlife and peoples of the Pacific, will be on display.

 

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Mark Purdy Managing Director, Accenture Research

For a long time this question was of the stuff of science fiction. But now dramatic advances in machine sensing, robotics, and machine learning make it a very real and urgent one.

Against a background of ageing populations and declining productivity growth, artificial intelligence is increasingly seen as way to kick-start economic growth and bolster national competitive advantage. Our research shows that the economic gains are very sizable across countries and industries. But many fear that AI will also lead to widening inequality, the displacement of jobs and an erosion of individual identity as the concept of work itself changes. What can businesses and policymakers do, individually and collectively, to make AI a force for both economic and social progress? How can we build in the right frameworks and safeguards ahead of time? How can businesses, governments and society forge a ‘Digital New Deal’ that allies economic prosperity with social progress?

 

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19:00-20:15 - Free admission

THE PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE OF FITNESS TECHNOLOGY - From treadmills to wearables

University of Bath

This presentation is based on the recently-re;eased book Fitness, Technology & Society: Amusing Ourselves to Life (2018, Routledge). The claim at the centre of the presentation is that we are in the midst of a new fitness 'boom' - which is to say, a moment when fitness technologies are both proliferating and helping to change the very nature of fitness experience. 

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7.30pm £4/£2

As a foul weather painter, drawn to the periphery of the land, Janette Kerr’s paintings and drawings push at the boundaries between representation and abstraction. Dividing her time between Shetland and Somerset, she has been a visiting artist to the Meteorological Institute in Bergen, Norway, linking art and science. In this talk, she will discuss her recent travel on a tall ship that ventured around the coast of Svalbard in the High Arctic, a fragile land of ice and water that has made a significant impact upon her creative practice

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Nanoscience and nanotechnology have been with us in principle since 1959 and in practice since about 1981. However, one of the most important events in nanoscience for many was the 2010 Nobel Prize-winning isolation and study of graphene, a two-dimensional material, by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov in 2004. This talk will review recent and future work in the field of two-dimensional nanomaterials, still one of the hottest topics in condensed matter physics after around fourteen years of graphene research; examples will be drawn from work in progress in the Centre for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology at the University of Bath.

 

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Dr Karim Esmail
Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, Oxford and Cambridge Universities

One of the great religions of the world, Buddhism emerged with the birth in Lumbini (present day Nepal) of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, during the 5th century BC.

This Talk will discuss the religious milieu in India at the time it emerged, and will also consider its founder and, above all, its basic belief.

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Upcoming events

21 April 2018 BRLSI - EXHIBITION - Pacific: Ocean of Islands

A Free Exhibition 21 April–22 September 2018

This year’s summer exhibition focuses on items from the BRLSI Collections with a connection to the Pacific Ocean: corals and shells, the ethnography of the many small islands, and natural history specimens that illustrate the significance of the Wallace line, the invisible boundary which separates the ecozones of Asia and Australasia identified by naturalist Alfred Wallace (1823–1913). In addition, prints from four renowned international photo journalists, highlighting the impact of environmental change on the wildlife and peoples of the Pacific, will be on display.

 

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23 April 2018 BRLSI Business & Economics - AI: Economic Salvation or Societal Peril?

Mark Purdy Managing Director, Accenture Research

For a long time this question was of the stuff of science fiction. But now dramatic advances in machine sensing, robotics, and machine learning make it a very real and urgent one.

Against a background of ageing populations and declining productivity growth, artificial intelligence is increasingly seen as way to kick-start economic growth and bolster national competitive advantage. Our research shows that the economic gains are very sizable across countries and industries. But many fear that AI will also lead to widening inequality, the displacement of jobs and an erosion of individual identity as the concept of work itself changes. What can businesses and policymakers do, individually and collectively, to make AI a force for both economic and social progress? How can we build in the right frameworks and safeguards ahead of time? How can businesses, governments and society forge a ‘Digital New Deal’ that allies economic prosperity with social progress?

 

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24 April 2018 University of Bath - The Past, Present & Future of Fitness Technology

19:00-20:15 - Free admission

THE PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE OF FITNESS TECHNOLOGY - From treadmills to wearables

University of Bath

This presentation is based on the recently-re;eased book Fitness, Technology & Society: Amusing Ourselves to Life (2018, Routledge). The claim at the centre of the presentation is that we are in the midst of a new fitness 'boom' - which is to say, a moment when fitness technologies are both proliferating and helping to change the very nature of fitness experience. 


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25 April 2018 BRLSI Poetry - The Enigma and the Spirit of Gongora - POSTPONED

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25 April 2018 BRLSI Geography & Adventure - The Immersive Arctic: A Northern Sense of Place

7.30pm £4/£2

As a foul weather painter, drawn to the periphery of the land, Janette Kerr’s paintings and drawings push at the boundaries between representation and abstraction. Dividing her time between Shetland and Somerset, she has been a visiting artist to the Meteorological Institute in Bergen, Norway, linking art and science. In this talk, she will discuss her recent travel on a tall ship that ventured around the coast of Svalbard in the High Arctic, a fragile land of ice and water that has made a significant impact upon her creative practice

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26 April 2018 BRLSI Science - Two-Dimensional Materials and the Future of Nanoscience

Nanoscience and nanotechnology have been with us in principle since 1959 and in practice since about 1981. However, one of the most important events in nanoscience for many was the 2010 Nobel Prize-winning isolation and study of graphene, a two-dimensional material, by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov in 2004. This talk will review recent and future work in the field of two-dimensional nanomaterials, still one of the hottest topics in condensed matter physics after around fourteen years of graphene research; examples will be drawn from work in progress in the Centre for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology at the University of Bath.

 

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27 April 2018 BRLSI Belief - The Birth of Buddhism

Dr Karim Esmail
Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, Oxford and Cambridge Universities

One of the great religions of the world, Buddhism emerged with the birth in Lumbini (present day Nepal) of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, during the 5th century BC.

This Talk will discuss the religious milieu in India at the time it emerged, and will also consider its founder and, above all, its basic belief.

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30 April 2018 BRLSI Patrick O'Brian Society - ‘Nathanial’s Nutmeg’ by Giles Morton

19.30 £4/£2

Image: Mike Twohig

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30 April 2018 Explore House History - Colin Johnston

19.30


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01 May 2018 BRLSI Philosophy - Is Post-Truth Fake News?

19.30 - £4/£2


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