Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas #2


August 20


06:30 pm - 09:00 pm

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Just Festival

Take a couple of top academics, some dangerous ideas, add one comedian and it’s the force of nature that is the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas.

Hosted by comedian Susan Morrison, and now in its ninth year, CODI is sixty minutes of rapid-fire research from some of the finest minds in the country.

Making a welcome return to JUST festival, CODI is curated by the University of Edinburgh as part of Beltane Public Engagement Network and produced by Fair Pley.

All algorithms are bastards!

Artificial intelligence is powerful: machine-learning algorithms recognise your voice and your face, predict whether you will default on your loan, guess what you will vote in the next elections, know how you are feeling, and can even find your next romantic date! But algorithms also routinely over-criminalise ethnic minority groups, discriminate against women, worsen socio-economic injustices and spread harmful stereotypes. Is inequality the price of efficiency? Whose lives does A.I. really improve? Join Dr. Raphaële Xenidis (The University of Edinburgh and University of Copenhagen) to find out how equality law can help society reap the benefits of technology.

Are we primal spiritual beings or primal spiritual consumers?

Drawing on his research on spirituality, alternative festival space and consumption, Ross Tinsley will discuss post-secularism as a means to understand complex and contradictory interactions of religion and politics in contemporary times. Primarily focussing on the rise of alternative spirituality, particularly in western liberal democracies, Ross’s piece considers how neo-liberal economics has helped create a spiritual marketplace and associated wellness industry. Yet, by considering alternative festival sites, he argues such complex and contradictory space has the possibility to transcend the marketplace, avoid a spiritual escapism, and reach for enlightenment through political activism.