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January 14|25 2018

The future of blurred boundaries between humans and machines is a recurrent theme in science fiction. This future is today.

Join us for two weeks of discussions, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and cultural and recreational events that will inspire our shared vision for a brighter, human-machine future. 

Is the future human?

Sensors monitor our state, health and behavior, relaying this data to configure a digital signature that is as much part of us as our biometric traits. Fed at petabyte levels, our digital signatures allow increasingly powerful machine learning algorithms to learn from the continuous data streams we generate and anticipate our needs and behaviors as consumers. 

Machine learning algorithms can increasingly mimic the function of our brain and will soon establish a direct interface that allows for the seamless control of robots. Robots are endowed with powerful sensorial capacities in order to interact with other humans, as well as their robotic avatars, through virtual networks that may eventually replace much of our human-to-human interactions. 

While this human-machine future offers to bring about unlimited potential, it also creates risks—of losing our privacy and the social traits inherent to our human nature. We live in a world where machines are increasingly embedded in our everyday lives. Machines shape our individual identities, social interactions, and society as a whole. During the 2018 Winter Enrichment Program (WEP), we invite you to immerse yourself in a diverse and stimulating program, touching on the opportunities and risks of a future where the boundaries between machines and humans will become even more diffuse. 


Friday, January 19, 2018
Community Life, in conjunction with WEP 2018 are hosting a 5k/8k Fun Run on Friday 19 January, starting from Harbor Sports Field with a warm up led by the Saudi Olympic runner, Abdullah Aljoud.   ... more

Robots (2005)

Location: Discovery Cinema

About this Movie In a robot world, a young idealistic inventor travels to the big city to join his inspiration's company, only to find himself opposing its sinister new management. We are excited ... more

Metropolis (1927)

Location: Discovery Cinema

About this Movie *This movie projection is offered exclusively to KAUST community members and is rated PG-13. In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, th ... more

Farmers Market - Friday

Location: Discovery Square

The KAUST Farmers Market, part of the sustainable food movement, will feature on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 locally sourced produce, nuts, seeds, honey, and fresh fish for purchase.  This ev ... more

Star Wars I (1999)

Location: Discovery Cinema

About this Movie *This movie projection is offered exclusively to KAUST community members and is suitable for the whole family. The Phantom Menace: Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find ... more