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November 2022

Ouse Valley Branch: ‘Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence’ by Professor Jim Norton

Thursday, 3rd November, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
King’s House, 245 Ampthill Road
Bedford, MK42 9AZ United Kingdom
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Professor Jim Norton OBE FREng, Immediate Past Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Community of Practice in Digital Systems, will discuss and debate how Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are technologies now being applied ubiquitously in areas as diverse as medical diagnosis and policing. They are immensely valuable tools and yet potentially also dangerously fallible. How can the benefits best be extracted, whilst minimising the risks? How should ethical principles be applied in the development and use…

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December 2022

Ouse Valley Branch: ‘Busking Beyond Borders’ by David Fisher

Tuesday, 6th December, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
King’s House, 245 Ampthill Road
Bedford, MK42 9AZ United Kingdom
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David has headlined at folk clubs around the country. As a director of the buskers’ advocacy group ‘Keep Streets Live’ since 2019, he has actively campaigned for the rights of street entertainers up and down the country. He has spent a number of years busking his way around nearly 50 countries. His adventures include run–ins with the police in Azerbaijan, free tickets to see Bruce Springsteen and many more. Alongside regaling the audience with his anecdotes David will be playing…

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February 2023

Ouse Valley Branch: ‘The Kursk Russian Submarine Rescue’ by Sir David Russell

Tuesday, 21st February 2023, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
King’s House, 245 Ampthill Road
Bedford, MK42 9AZ United Kingdom
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Sir David was the Chief Executive of the Harpur Trust from 2002 – 2019 and was the first Commanding Officer of HMS Vanguard, the UK’s lead Trident submarine. On Saturday 21 August 2000, the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk suffered two enormous explosions and sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea. Miraculously, 23 sailors survived in the after machinery compartments. The UK offered to help the Russians rescue the sailors and Sir David Russell led the UK rescue forces to…

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March 2023

Ouse Valley Branch: ‘The Sharnbrook Mill Theatre: Past and Future’ by Douglas and Ginny Pope

Tuesday, 21st March 2023, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, 103 Mill Rd, Sharnbrook
Bedford, MK44 1NP United Kingdom
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The Mill Theatre has been ever-present in Douglas and Ginny’s lives for 52 years and both have supported the theatre in a number of ways, including acting in a number of productions. Douglas has just retired as Chair of Governors of this unique riverside theatre which is run and maintained entirely by volunteers. He will take us through its history from wartime formation and entertaining groups stationed in Poddington, to its award winning amateur status today. His wife Ginny, has…

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