On Friday 26th January Craig Fenton, a Director of Google UK, visited Ditcham to talk to parents and pupils about Artificial Intelligence and Virtual and Augmented Reality. Arriving in his Model X Tesla electric car which auto drove itself to Ditcham, Craig Fenton addressed a packed audience of parents who had come to the Breakfast Lecture.
A half hour talk turned into a one hour tour de force as he talked passionately and convincingly about Google’s mission is to bring technology to everyone. He demonstrated the Artificial Intelligence, which is built in to Google’s new smart phone and brought along some goggles to demonstrate the wonders of Virtual Reality. After a brief break, Craig Fenton spent an hour talking to two groups of pupils in classrooms before addressing a Juniors Assembly and then a Seniors Assembly.
He was asked some difficult questions such as: do you agree with Professor Stephen Hawking who fears a ‘Terminator scenario’ whereby artificial intelligence will threaten the human race. Reassuringly and perhaps not surprisingly, Craig Fenton did not agree with Professor Stephen Hawking’s dystopian predictions. Craig Fenton’s talk was filmed by Form 5 pupil Josh Turnbull. An edited version of the talk can be seen here: Please click this link