Marcus Du Sautoy on Artificial Intelligence

By on March 22, 2019

The nation’s most-loved science communicator, Oxford mathematician Marcus Du Sautoy, explores the potential of artificial intelligence to think creatively.

From driving cars to writing legal contracts, new developments in AI are shaking up the status quo, as we find out how many of the tasks humans engage in can be done equally well, if not better, by machines. But can machines be creative? Will they soon be able to learn from the art that moves us, and understand what distinguishes it from the mundane? What will it mean to be human when an algorithm can paint like Rembrandt, compose like Mozart, and write like Shakespeare?

In this exploration into both artificial intelligence and what it means to be human, Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy will examine the nature of creativity, as well as providing an essential guide into how algorithms work. How much of our emotional response to art is a product of our brains reacting to pattern and structure? Exactly what does it mean to be creative in mathematics and art, language and music? How long might it be before machines come up with something creative and will they jolt us into being more imaginative in turn?

No-one concerned with art, science, and the future of our species should miss this insightful and original talk from the UK’s most critically acclaimed science writer.


Marcus du Sautoy
Marcus du Sautoy is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, in 2008 he was appointed as the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science.

In 2009 The Royal Society awarded him the Faraday Prize for excellence in communicating science to the public and in 2010 he received an OBE from the Queen for his services to science.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016. He lives in London.

Marcus Du Sautoy on Artificial Intelligence at Emmanuel Centre will be held on Thursday 28th of March 2019.

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