Sunday Assembly Brighton

Ghost in the Machine

Sunday 13th November 11.00 – 12.15 pm

Middle Street School, 37 Middle St, Brighton BN1 1AL

You are invited to join us at 11am on Sunday 13th November for our monthly celebration of life.

This month we’ll be asking “What’s Up Bot?” when we explore ongoing progress towards creating genuine Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what humankind might learn from this journey.

Our guest speaker is the fascinating Nick Hare: technologist, thought leader and founder of Aleph Insights, a specialist data science consultancy working on a range of innovative machine learning projects. His interests include philosophy, cognitive science, music & board games and we believe him to be a human.

You probably know that computers have made astounding progress in image and text generation in the last few years (as well as other areas previously thought to be significant challenges for AI) but do they really ‘understand’ what they’re doing, in any sense of the word? Nick will examine how machines learn to do these things and what their evolution can tell us about the way we learn and understand the world.

But it’s not all science & technology this month… you can also exercise the creative side of your brain by singing along to raucous pop songs and pondering alternative reflections on this month’s theme. Plus there’ll be a serious tea & cake fest immediately afterwards – so make sure you bring your keep-cup!

Entry is completely FREE although we do have an optional collection to cover our costs and make a donation to our monthly charity.

See you on the 13th, you lovely organic people!


1. Although specific COVID restrictions are no longer in place, you are very welcome to wear a face mask, keep your distance from others or do whatever makes you feel comfortable at the venue. However, we would respectfully request that you do not attend if you have any COVID symptoms or have tested positive for the virus less than two weeks prior to the event.

2. We are still not running the Young Assembly or Foodbank features yet. Still sorry!
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The Sunday Assembly is a worldwide network of non-religious gatherings which aims to uplift and inspire through readings, talks, silent contemplation and classic pop songs.

Sunday Assembly Brighton takes place on the second Sunday of every month, previously at St Andrew’s in Hove – but NOW in our new home at Middle Street School in The Lanes, 37 Middle Street, Brighton BN1 1AL.

Please note that entry on Sunday is via the main school gates on Middle Street, which will be open from around 10am (NOT the weekday entrance to reception on Boyce’s Street).