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Days of Future / PastAdapted from Philip K Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Harrison Ford excels as the world weary detective Rick Deckard hunting down mutinous, murderous replicants in an oppressive futuristic cosmopolis.
Join us in 2019 - the year Blade Runner is originally set - to explore the themes of artificial intelligence, robotics and humanity which underpin the film, and which are starting to move from science fiction to science fact.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the ethics of Robotics and A.I.
Dr. Alex Smith is a Research Associate at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), currently working under the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR). His background is in control theory, particularly biomimetic motor control for human-robot interaction. He is a member of the Embodied Cognition for Human-Robot Interaction (ECHOS) research group at the BRL.
Based at Bristol Robotics Lab (BRL), Katie's work focuses on the applications of social robots in positive settings such as physical therapy. Her published work has covered aspects such as the impact of emotional portrayal through robot voice and motion.
Dr Kate Devlin
Kate is Senior Lecturer in Social and Cultural Artificial Intelligence, King’s College London. Coming from an Arts and Humanities background, Kate’s work investigates how people interact with and react to technology, to understand how emerging and future technologies will affect us and the society in which we live. Her recent research has focused on cognition, sexuality and intimacy and how these might be incorporated into cognitive systems. This formed the topic of her new book, Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots (Bloomsbury, 2018).
Screening as part of Days of Future / Past - a series of events and screenings aiming to explore the impact and consequence of popular science fiction ideas in today's world.
Screening from a new 4K transfer
A programme of 4 films from one of the most prolific producers of short comedy films.
Live soundtrack performed on our 1936 Compton cinema organ by Donald MacKenzie
Charley Chase in Mighty Like A Moose - 1926
Max Davidson, James Finlayson, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy starring in Call of the Cuckoos - 1927
Harold Lloyd in Never Weaken - 1921
Laurel & Hardy in Two Tars - 1928
Tickets just £5 for children under 16
A spoiled rich girl escapes from her millionaire father, who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, she gets involved with an out-of-work newsman. When their bus breaks down, the bickering couple sets off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition.
Embarrassed by his girlfriend’s lack of sophistication, a boorish tycoon hires a personal tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette. His ill-judged home improvements backfire when pupil and teacher start to fall for one another, and his corrupt business-dealings begin to unravel.