Metropolis at the Showroom

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Cyberselves’ Robosapiens film series continues Tuesday, 23 November at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield with a screening of the sci-fi silent classic, Metropolis.

And as a special treat, the film will be introduced by Professor Noel Sharkey: computer scientist, Robot Wars legend and Chair of The International Committee for Robot Arms Control.

Please be in attendance at 6pm. Tickets are available from the Showroom box office.

Cyberselves at Being Human Festival

On Thursday, 19 November, Cyberselves will be hosting an Exhibition of robotics and virtual reality at the Circle in Sheffield.

The ‘Cyberselves exhibition’ encourages visitors to experience cyber-worlds with cutting-edge technology and be involved in the debate around issues such as, ‘How are we being transformed by our participation in cyber-spaces?’, ‘What are the consequences for our conceptions of self when we can transport ourselves to virtual worlds?’ and ‘How have we imagined such transformations of the self through technology in popular media?’. This hands-on demonstration and talk by Dr Michael Szollosy and team from Sheffield Robotics will take your thinking to a whole new level about how our everyday lives are being transformed by our participation in cyber-worlds.

Details on the event can be found here. You can book, but if you are in the area please do feel free to drop in (pre-booking is not necessary, whatever it might say on the event page). We look forward to greeting you!

Being Human is a Festival of the Humanities, hosting events across the UK from the 12-22 November. Sheffield is privileged to be one of the host ‘Hubs’, with numerous events across the city. See this article for more details.

Our Being Human exhibition will be capped with a screening of the classic film Metropolis at the Showroom cinema on Tuesday, 24 November, part of our Robosapiens film series. Metropolis will be introduced by the one and only Professor Noel Sharkey. Bookings for that event are available here.

For more details follow @DreamingRobots @BeingHumanFest and #BeingHuman15.

Cyberselves Workshop in Oxford, 14 & 15 October

We are pleased to advertise a two-day symposium on virtual reality and telepresence on the theme of “Cyberselves in Immersive Technologies”. The symposium is sponsored by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Oxford Martin School and will be hosted at the University of Oxford on the 14th and 15th October 2015.

Our symposium will be multi-disciplinary with contributions from technologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, philosophers and cultural theorists looking at the future societal and ethical impacts of virtual reality and immersive technologies.

Technology demonstration: After the symposium has ended on the first day, there will be a showcase of new technologies and current research into virtual reality, augmented reality and teleoperation (approximately 5.30pm on 14th October).

Venue: Oxford Martin School, Broad Street, Oxford
Date and time: 14th and 15th October 2015, 9.30-4.30 (timing tbc on finalised programme)
Booking: Free to attend and all welcome, however booking is required.

For further details and to book online go to https://v1.bookwhen.com/uehiro

For the full programme, please click here.

Programme overview:

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

· Dr Johnny Hartz Søraker: ‘Virtual Environments and Subjective Well-being’

· Prof Henrik Ehrsson: ‘Neural substrates of senses of body ownership and self location’
· Dr Orit Halpern: ‘The Smart Mandate: A Brief History of Ubiquitous Computing and Responsive Environments’
· Prof JoAnn Difede: ‘On the precipice of a paradigm shift: Novel therapeutics for PTSD and Anxiety disorders’

SYMPOSIUM SESSIONS

Dr Blay Whitby: ‘Virtually anything goes: what, if any, are the ethical limits on behaviour in virtual worlds?’
Prof Ralph Schroeder: ‘Ethical and Social Issues in Shared Virtual Environments Revisited’
Prof Patrick Haggard: ‘Re-engineering the relation between self and body: private experience and public space’
Prof Paul Verschure: TBC
Prof Jonathan Freeman: TBC
Dr Tom TylerCyberselves symposium 2015 Programme: ‘How to Lose at Videogames (Repeatedly)’

The full programme is now available here.

Robosapiens at the Showroom

Robosapiens

Cyberselves is thrilled to announce that our film series, Robosapiens,is about to launch at the Showroom cinema in Sheffield.

Robosapiens will be a monthly film series that will showcase films about robots, virtual reality, artificial intelligence. Hosted by Sheffield Robotics, and funded in part by the University of Sheffield, these films screening is an important part of the wider Cyberselves project.

Each film will be introduced by an expert in the field and will be accompanied by hands-on demonstrations of new and exciting technology.

Here is the Showroom’s blurb:

Science fiction is the mirror of our future selves. Join us to explore how the future technologies of the self – virtual reality, remote presence, robotics – are imagined and reflected in film. With introductions by leading experts, and sneak previews of the latest innovations, we’ll explore how real technologies are shaping our aspirations and anxieties, and how the imaged technologies of our movie dreams and nightmares may be becoming real. Will homosapiens give way to robosapiens? Come along and find out. All welcome.

The first film in our series will be Avatar, on Tuesday 29 September, and will be introduced by Sheffield Robotic’s Professor Tony Prescott at 6pm. avatar

Join us early, as from 5pm Sheffield Robotics and others from the University of Sheffield will be on hand to demonstrate some of the latest innovations in virtual reality and telepresence. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Professor Prescott and another chance to see the technology that brings the ideas in the film closer to reality, and talk to Sheffield Robotics’ team of researchers and engineers.

Other films in the Robosapiens series include David Cronenberg’s reality-bending Existenz on Tuesday, 20 October, the iconic Metropolis on Tuesday, 24 November (showing as pat of Sheffield’s contribution to the national Being Human festival), and the Japanese animation Ghost in the Shell on Monday, 14 December.

So join us for Avatar and a unique film series that questions the limits of technology and our own humanity.