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Future Debate: Is more automation for the better?

Technology is great; it helps us to keep connected, get places faster and cheaper and speeds up everyday tasks. But it is technology always a good thing? Will more automation threaten our jobs and what happens when machines get more intelligent – will they be able to think for themselves?

Find out the answer to all these questions and more at the British Science Association Futures Debate:

Is more automation for the better?

Thursday 28th January
6:30pm for a 7:00pm start
Outlaws Yacht Club, Leeds
Tickets FREE, but must be booked in advance

The West Yorkshire Branch would be delighted if you’d join us to debate in the British Science Association’s ‘FutureDebate’ series. We want to find out what people think of a big issue in science and technology that could potentially have a significant impact on our society. Each year, Future Debates focus on a particular issue. Our topic for this year is Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS).

Each speaker will present their viewpoint, before we open the floor to question and discussion. This is your opportunity to engage with experts on an ethical topic.


Dr. Helen Morley – University of Leeds

Dr. Kevin Macnish – Lecturer in Applied Ethics, University of Leeds

Dr. Jordan Boyle – Lecturer in Engineering Systems, University of Leeds

Prof. John Allport – Professor of Automotive Engingeering, University of Huddersfield

Bring your comments and questions – looking forward to seeing you there.

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