September 2018

Super secret (for now) public talk 🙂


22nd September 2018

New Scientist Live

I’ll be on the Technology stage on the Saturday talking about What machines can tell us about being human 🙂

June 2018

Cheltenham Science Festival

A special panel, sponsored by the AHRC to celebrate our short documentary on AI, Pain in the Machine, the winner of the 2018 Best Research Film of the Year Award. After a screening I will be discussing the film with Murray Shanahan (Google DeepMind, Imperial College, London) and Barry Smith (Institute of Advanced Studies, University of London) 🙂

April 2018

Edinburgh Science Festival, 2018:

Appearing on two panels, one on the legacy of Frankenstein (Let’s Talk Frankly), and one on how What Do Robots Think About When No One’s Around.

April 2018

Keynote speaker at CenSamm’s conference on Apocalyptic AI, Bedford, discussing ‘Mind Out of Place: Thinking About AI Apocalypticism Anthropologically’

March 2018

Appearing with the rest of the AI Narratives crew for a panel on AI at Imagining the History o the Future: Unsettling Scientific Stories, York University

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February 2018

Speaking at the Symposium on Light, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany.

January 2018

Dr Singler will be in Lisbon to be interviewed as a part of the CCB’s Imagine 2084 series of speakers, recorded to be broadcast as well.

November 2017

Beth appeared on BBC Click Live, discussing Pain in the Machine (at about 16 mins in):

November 2017

Along with three experts on medical history, medicine, and the science of swearing, Beth discussed Pain in the Machine on Start the Week:

November 2017

Beth presented to the Lords Select Committee on AI as a part of the AI Narratives team, one of the four projects from the Centre for the Future of Intelligence that were asked to report on the work of the centre to the committee.

November 2017

Pain in Machine, the first film in our series, won the AHRC award for best research film of the year.


November 2017

The second film in our series, Friend in the Machine, was released:


10th- 12th October 2017

Beth was in Tokyo for the symposium on AI and Society and a one day workshop on beneficial AI. She also took the opportunity to do some fieldwork and visited Asimo at the Museum of Science and Emerging Technology, the robot hotel, and the robot restaurant:

AI and Religion on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Programme:

Beth appeared as a guest on the Sunday Programme to talk about the religious language used by technologists and transhumanists about the future of AI and humanity.


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New Scientist Presents: The Transhumanists’ Club

Should we accept that humanity’s time is nearly up? 

Panel discussion as a part of the Barbican’s Into the Unknown exhibition

With Adam Rutherford, Joanna Kavenna, and Frank Swain

Details here

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Interview with Beth on BBC Click for their episode on the robots of the future

Upcoming speaking engagements:


The Knowledge at the Science Museum – How to Make a Robot


  1. How we built RoboThespian Ben Russell, lead curator, Robots, in conversation with Will Jackson of Engineered Arts
  2. Putting the mind in the machine Roger Highfield, Science Museum Director of External Affairs, in conversation with Dr Beth Singler, AI and Robotics Research Associate, Faraday Institute
  3. How can humans and robots work together? Jon Milton, author of The Super Intelligent, High Tech Robot Book, in conversation with Dr Michael Walters, Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire

Talk: How to make a robot + private tour of Robots exhibition
Saturday 24 June 2017
Robots, Level 1 + Lecture Theatre


Cheltenham Science Festival

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The Machine Mind

Do androids dream of electric sheep? From incognito twitter-bots to grandmaster-beating machines, artificial intelligence capable of highly sophisticated interactions is no longer restricted to science fiction. Artifical intelligence expert Murray Shanahan and digital anthropologist Beth Singler investigate the machine mind – exploring how we engineer intelligence, what we know about robot thought processes, and how similar they might be to our own. Chaired by Dallas Campbell

Sat 10 Jun 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm

At The Crucible

27/05/2017 and 28/05/2017

Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts


Beth Singler has been selected as one of the Hay 30

Beth will be appearing on the BBC stage for BBC Click Live on Saturday 27th May, and on Sunday 28th May she’ll be on the Starlight stage discussing her research into the implications of developments in AI and robotics, as a part of the Cambridge Series of speakers. On the Sunday she’ll be showing her project’s short documentary film Pain in the Machine (made with Little Dragon Films and Ewan St John Smith, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge).

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The Annual Centre for the Application of Research (CSAR) Debate: ‘This House believes that AI/Robotics will make us happier’

Presiding: Dr. David Cleevely, CBE Proposing: Prof. Alan Blackwell, University of Cambridge

Seconding: Dr Fumiya Iida, University of Cambridge

Opposing: Dr. David Good, University of Cambridge

Seconding: Dr. Advait Sarkar, Microsoft Research,

Cambridge Sweeper against: Dr Beth Singler, University of Cambridge

Sweeper for: Nigel Miller, Telegraph Media Group