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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. 

 



Saturday, January 20, 2018

Old Jeddah Tour

Location: TBD

By Paul Bennett

WEP 2018: join us on a trip to Old Jeddah! Saturday, January 20th 2018 This fascinating trip, part of WEP 2018, includes the following: Al Tayebat Museum Safeya Binzagr Art Gallery Lunch at the ... more

Meet The Robinsons (2007)

Location: Discovery Cinema

About this Movie *This movie projection is offered exclusively to KAUST community members and is suitable for the whole family. Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets mysterious stranger named Wilb ... more

Robot & Frank (2012)

Location: Discovery Cinema

About this Movie *This movie projection is offered exclusively to KAUST community members and is suitable for the whole family. Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son ... more

CANCELLED: Piano Recital

Location: Bldg. 20 Auditorium

By Lukas Larisch

Please note that this event has been cancelled.   Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 CS PhD Candidate, Lukas Larisch, an accomplished and talented musician, will perform selections from Johann&nb ... more

Festival Chorus - 1/4

Location: Bldg. 20, Rehearsal Room

By John Perkins

About this event - four mandatory sessions plus a perfomance:  This course will train a Festival Chorus for a short, on-campus performance during WEP 2018. The Festival Chorus will be prepared i ... more

Eva (2011)

Location: Discovery Cinema

About this Movie *This movie projection is offered exclusively to KAUST community members and is rated PG-13.  Set in 2041, humans of planet Earth now live side-by-side with androids. A well-kn ... more