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12 BYTES: DISCUSSING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WITH JEANETTE WINTERSON

5:30pm-6:30pm on Friday 1 April

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Author Jeanette Winterson will be talking to Cambridge University Librarian, Dr Jessica Gardner, about her new book 12 Bytes: How We Got Here. Where We Might Go Next (July 2021); a series of essays exploring her years of researching Artificial Intelligence and the implications it is having on the ways we live and the ways we love.

There will time for your questions at the end. Submit them live using Zoom’s Chat function, or if you would prefer, email them in advance to events@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Jeanette Winterson CBE was born in Manchester and raised in Lancashire, by adoptive parents. She was raised in the Elim Pentecostal Church and, intending to become a Pentecostal Christian Missionary she began evangelising and writing sermons at age six. By age 16 Winterson left home. She soon after read for a degree in English at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

After moving to London, her first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published when she was 24 years old. It won the 1985 Whitbread Black for a First Novel, and was adapted by Winterson in 1990, which in turn won the BAFTA Award for Best Drama. She won the 1987 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for The Passion.

Winterson’s subsequent novels explore the boundaries of physicality and the imagination, gender polarities, and sexual identities, and have won several literary awards. Her most recent novel, Frankissstein: A Love Story was longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize.

Winterson holds an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). She is Professor of New Writing at the University of Manchester. She believes that art is for everyone and it is her mission to prove it.

12 Bytes: How We Got Here. Where We Might Go Next is her latest book.

Dr Jessica Gardner has spent her career in university libraries, and has been the University Librarian for Cambridge since 2017. Before coming to Cambridge, Jessica was the Director of Libraries at the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, and started her career working in archives and special collections at the University of Leeds in the 1990s.

She holds a PhD (in British & Commonwealth Literature), MA (in Commonwealth Literature) and BA (in English) from the University of Leeds. Jessica is Chair of Research Libraries UK (RLUK), a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge, and one of the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellors for ceremonial events.

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Additional Information

Age: All Ages
Format: Talk
Timing: Live Stream
Cost: Free - booking required
Theme: Society, Discovery
Accessibility: Closed Captions
Image copyright: Sam Churchill. 2015.

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