'Robot World' heading to MSP



Manchester Science Partnerships is hosting an engaging and interactive discussion on one of society’s hottest topics during the upcoming Manchester Science Festival.

The debate, called ‘Robot World’, takes place on October 26 at the leading science and technology park operator’s recently launched flagship, Bright Building, and will ask what the future holds for robots and humans working together?  

The interactive discussion will explore the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on jobs and industries and consider the pros and cons of the rise of robots in our everyday lives.

From automation in manufacturing, to the use of AI in the recruitment process, the session will discover how close we are to living in a robot world and what the impact on society might be. The issue is already high on the agenda amid suggestions that companies using robots to replace human labour should face higher taxes.

Robot World features a panel discussion with a number of academics, thinkers, business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the region.

They include: David Levine CEO of Digital Bridge, an exciting MSP-based technology business which has developed a room visualisation tool for home decor brands; Dan Jamieson, founder and CEO of Biorelate, also an MSP customer, whose business creates biomedical knowledge databases;  Dr Jonathan Shapiro, Reader at the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester;  Robin Pinning from the Hartree Centre, an organisation transforming UK industry through high performance computing, big data and cognitive technologies and Tim Ng, Chief Technology Officer at tele-medicine company Now Healthcare Group.

The discussion will be moderated by noted academic Professor Haifa Takruri MBE, Associate Dean of Engagement in the School of Computing, Science and Engineering at the University of Salford. To register for a free ticket please click here.

Anne Dornan, Head of Innovation and Partnerships at MSP said: “We are thrilled to host this fascinating discussion at our beautiful new Bright Building – a workspace designed to inspire creative thinking from the brightest minds.

“MSP is passionate about igniting curiosity in the power of science and technology and our support of the Manchester Science Festival provides a perfect platform for us to do so.”

Antonio Benitez, Director of the Manchester Science Festival, said: "The ways in which the rise of the robots will affect our lives is a fascinating theme running throughout many of this year's festival events. Nowhere is the advance of robotics more notable than at work, be it through automation or developments in AI, and this event promises to be a fascinating insight into what our future workplaces may look like, featuring experts from some of the most cutting-edge companies in Manchester."

MSP is an active supporter of the Manchester Science Festival through its long-standing and close partnership with Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry, which delivers the festival every October.

Manchester Science Festival is the North’s leading celebration of science and innovation. Its series of events creates a place for innovative, surprising and meaningful experiences, where people of all ages can ignite their curiosity in science.

The full event programme for the Festival, which runs from October 19 to 29, can be accessed here.

- Image credit "REEM Robot" (CC BY 2.0) by asvensson