How to build a 'Truth Engine'

Tuesday 13 November 2018

18:00 - Registration and Refreshments (Please sign in at ground floor security desk when you arrive)
18:30 - 2018 AGM Agenda (BCS Members only allowed to vote)
19:00 - Keynote Address: How to build a 'truth engine’
20:00 - Networking, wine and Buffet
21:00 - Close

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Cost: Free to attend for BCS, ISACA or IIA Members and invited guests.

Speaker: Prof. Peter Cochrane, Professor of Sentient Systems/CEO University of Suffolk/Cochrane Associates Ltd


The internet has recently proved to be an outstanding facility of factual distortion surpassing all previous forms of publication and debate. In the information sense, it seems likely that the majority internet postings and sources are in error, deliberately misleading, or in the extreme, pernicious. For modern societies this poses a serious risk. If errors, falsehoods and lies become the norm a collapse of trust, political systems and, institutions generally follows.

So the big question is; can we veracity check everything on line, and can we purge the net whilst also throttling back the fools and those of evil intent?  In short; we need Truth Engines to continually assess, rate, flag and correct everything on net, or at least at the point of access.  Is such an ‘auto-immune system’ even feasible let alone possible?  I think it is, and my research is concerned with building such a machine...

About the speaker:

Peter CochraneAs CTO @ BT Peter had a 1000 strong research team engaged on optical fibre, fixed and mobile networks, security, complex systems, AI, AL, VR, AR, futures, and human behaviours. Since leaving BT in 2000 he has been employed by the defence, logistics, travel, retail, energy, healthcare, transport and pharma sectors, and as an advisor to governments and numerous companies. He also started over 20 new companies with eBookers and Shazam Entertainment being the most visible. Peter was the UK's first Prof for the Public Understanding of Science & Technology @ Bristol in 1998; received the Queen's Award for Innovation & Export in 1990; numerous Honorary Doctorates; and an OBE (1999).  He recently became a Prof of Sentient Systems at the UoS Ipswich.

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Further London Meeting Dates for your calendar - 2018/19 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - John Mitchel - “IT Ethics” 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - Brian Shorten - “It’s not the media. It’s the information”

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - Zuzanna Bitterova - “Training vs. Risk mitigation within ISMS”

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - Chris Sluman - “A discussion on Identity, Persona, Authority, Authorization…”

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - (Not finalised yet)

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