Baroness Doreen Massey of Darwen has been a Labour Peer in the House of Lords since 1999 and has a particular commitment to promoting children's rights.
She was formerly a teacher and education advisor, graduating from the University of Birmingham with a BA in French Language and Literature and a PGCE in Education. She also has an MA in health education in which she subsequently specialised, with a particular focus on preventing drug and alcohol misuse and promoting sexual health.
Baroness Massey has been involved in a number of children's rights-related committees in the House of Lords. She currently sits on the EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee which led the recent inquiry into the situation of unaccompanied migrant children in Europe. She previously led the all-party Children Group and has been involved in inquiries relating to affordable childcare, adoption and the age of criminal responsibility. She is also a Parliamentary Delegate to the Council of Europe, working on issues relating to violence against children.
Baroness Massey encourages young people to understand politics and how democracy works and actively promotes the participation of children in Parliamentary activities.
Machine learning, the technology that teaches machines to learn for themselves from pure data, is the current innovation that’s making Artificial Intelligence hit the headlines.
Come and learn about the evolution and revolution of machine learning through the story of Featurespace, a UK start-up following in the steps of Autonomy and DeepMind. The company is the commercialisation of an idea of a university professor who conducted research on machine learning.
Martina King, CEO of Featurespace, will talk about the defining ideas behind Featurespace, how real people behaving in real-time are at the centre of Featurespace’s machine learning approach, and how machine learning is changing the way business works.
So, hear about machine learning in action and then decide it for yourself whether it is the transformative technology promised.
Julian Doyle is a writer, director, photographer, editor, movie special-effects creator. He is most famous for editing the Monty Python films and for shooting the effects for Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits and Brazil, which he also edited.
His occult movie, Chemical Wedding, has become a cult classic and his acclaimed play, Twilight of the Gods, about the tumultuous relationship between the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and the composer Richard Wagner, was described by the magazine Philosophy Now as ‘Masterful’.
Is it time to do democracy differently? Can we fix our broken politics?
Come and meet the author of The End of Politicians and hear about the alternative to our tired electoral democracy, about the groups experimenting with new ways of doing democracy (in particular the UK's first G1000) and the campaign to institute this democratic alternative by putting deliberating, informed, ordinary citizens back into politics.
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