Future SciBars

David NolanAll talks begin at 6:30 at the Park Tavern, but get down early to get a seat and a beer.

Here’s a sneak peek at who’s to come:

Now You’re Talking: the Story of Human Conversation for Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence

Monday 28th January 2019

Speaker: Professor Trevor Cox, Acoustical Engineering, University of Salford

Being able to speak is what makes us human. Neanderthals may have had some form of protolanguage and birds can mimic speech, but only mature humans have that killer combination of anatomy and cognitive ability to hold conversations. As we chat we give away cues about ourselves, as our voice is part of our identity. And if speech what makes us human, what happens when computers begin to join in?