Tech events on the first Thursday of every month @ TheIsland, Bristol

1900-2100 Thursday 03 Apr 2014 - Bristech April 2014 RSVP

Tagged with: agile, AI

April 2014’s Bristech meetup promises to be a fantastic event - with a brilliant talk from Ric Hill, who runs the Softwire office in Bristol, about managing agile software projects; and a fascinating look at applied AI from Phil Hall.

Are we nearly there yet? Practical tracking on Agile projects - Ric Hill

Ric has been in the software development industry for around 10 years, starting off as a hands-on developer before focusing on Agile project management. He now runs Softwire’s Bristol office, but still finds himself doing bits of technical and “Agile transformation” consultancy.

Applied/experimental/academic A.I. in corporate, educational and socio-cultural configurations

Artificial Intelligence is probably the biggest smoke and mirrors experience since the Y2K fiasco, potentially the most important infrastructure experience since the roll out of non-animal powered public transportation. Misunderstanding and user-expectation is so rampantly rife one would think that the whole market has lost its relevance or viability in the world we live in.

This market has been out of control since Alan Turing set the bar for a, debatably, irrelevant and unhelpful definition of what the human computer interface should be … there are a few voices of pragmatic reason. This talk will attempt to move though a brief relevant history of A.I. and focus on the practical engineering requirements to create a ‘human reined’ layer between digital information and human beings.

It’s hard to take on such an activity without referencing privacy abuses, advertising overload, technological imperialism and the impact on the nascent Internet of the greatest minds in the world trying to force people to click-a-banner-ad.

Experiences from customer service, technical support, education and games will be offered up mainly for information & example though undoubtedly for discussion. Context from mechanical and electrical engineering and social science will be blended in, a clear picture through the murk will be attempted.

This talk will be a view from a strange, Turk filled Chinese-room like corner of the Internet that will NOT go away, and will NOT be of real use until the balance between what is mathematics heading towards gambling and what is storytelling heading to a notion of ‘consciousness’ meet in a place where humans are still relevant.

Meetup Details

As ever there will be food and drink a-plenty, so pop along, usual time, usual place.


YouTube Channel now live

Posted by James on 09 Oct 2013

We’re pleased to announce that our YouTube channel is now live and has this month’s talks on it for you to watch now.

We intend to record each month’s talks and post the videos there.


Coming soon!

Posted by James on 17 Jul 2013

Hello and thanks for dropping by. We’re starting our new meetup group very soon - please keep checking back to see what’s going on.

Meetings will be held on the first Thursday of each month, starting September 2013. We welcome talks about anything IT-based - particularly, but not exclusively, programming-centred. If you would like to present a talk, please get in touch via our Twitter account.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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