Dr Hannah Fry:

Being Human - How to be Human in the Age of the Machine

Human Body – “Pores for Thought”

Would you share your family's medical history to help cure cancer? Would you trust a driverless car?  And if you were accused of a crime, would you rather your sentence was decided by a machine or a human?


Welcome to the age of the algorithm, the story of a not-too-distant future where machines rule supreme, making important decisions – in healthcare, transport, finance, security, what we watch, where we go, even who we send to prison.


So how much should we rely on them? And what kind of future do we want?


Mathematician, science communicator, television presenter, author and public speaker Dr Hannah Fry will take us on a tour of the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the algorithms that surround us. Lifting the lid on their inner workings, and revealing their power - and limitations - she'll be asking: are they *really* an improvement on the humans they are replacing, and how do we remain human in the age of the machines?


Friday 22nd March 2019

19:30 at Amey Theatre, Abingdon School

Tickets £12.00


Speaker Bio


Dr Hannah Fry is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL where she studies patterns in human behaviour. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.


Her critically acclaimed BBC documentaries include ‘Horizon: Diagnosis on Demand? The Computer Will See You Now’, ‘City in the Sky’ (BBC Two), ‘Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World of Maths’, ‘The Joy of Winning’, ‘The Joy of Data’, ‘Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic’ and ‘Calculating Ada’ (BBC Four).  


As an author, Hannah has written: ‘Hello World’ (Transworld, 2018), ‘The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas’ (Transworld, 2016) and ‘The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation’ (Simon & Schuster/ Ted, Feb 2015).


Hannah also co-hosts the long-running BBC Radio 4 show "The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry", and her YouTube videos have clocked up millions of views, including her popular TED talk, The Mathematics of Love.





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