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Salisbury Conversations - Are algorithms controlling your life?

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Join us for a series of thought-provoking conversations addressing the most pertinent issues facing us today, where you can hear a panel of leading experts tackle the topics of feminism, artificial intelligence and climate change. 


Are algorithms controlling your life?

How do you feel about a machine determining your future? Would you trust a robot? Algorithms are behind the technology we rely on to shape our decisions and our lives.  From Woebot, an app created to combat anxiety and depression, to big data used to tackle national emergencies, the coder can help - but how far should we take it?

Geoff White, investigative journalist and reporter on technology for Channel 4 News and the BBC, facilitates.


  • Professor John Wyatt, medical ethicist and Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics, Ethics and Perinatology at UCL
  • Dr Karen O’Donnell, practical theologian and author of Digital Theology: Constructing Theology for a Digital Age. Karen is the Coordinator for the Centre for Contemporary Spirituality at Sarum College
  • Professor Sarvapali Ramchurn, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton
  • Dr Mike Veale, Lecturer in Digital Rights and Regulation at University College London and author of Slave to the Algorithm (with Professor Lilian Edwards).
Salisbury Cathedral and BBC Wiltshire are working together on Salisbury Conversations 2020, three one-hour panel discussions that will take place in front of a live audience inside the Cathedral. Each conversation will be recorded live and transmitted later, as well as being uploaded to BBC Sounds.
Audience members are welcome to join us for 17.30 Evensong before the recording or Compline in the Chapter House afterwards.
Tickets: Adults £5.00, Students/U16s £3.00. Wheelchair tickets include a free ticket with a companion. Click 'Book this Event' to buy tickets.
More information about the conversations can be found here.