Date of release: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

FutureFestMusical pioneer Brian Eno and writer Will Self are among the speakers at the Nesta FutureFest, which takes place in east London this weekend.

Expert panels will debate the future of storytelling, sport and politics, as well as virtual reality and more. It takes place at Tobacco Dock on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September.

The university is a co-sponsor of the festival and Ghislaine Boddington, reader in the Department of Creative Professions & Digital Arts, has curated the Future Love section of the festival, as well as working on other projects with university colleagues.

One of these is Collective Reality, an installation that can be used by up to 150 people to generate visuals and sound through motion. It was trialled and tested in the TV studios at Stockwell Street by staff and students over the summer.

Ghislaine researches human interaction with robots and told Sky News recently that machines could be capable of relationships.

She said: "I think that will occur in terms that we're developing through AI empathy - the empathy side of robotics and other areas of technology. This is a side that's being pioneered at the moment."

Full details of Futurefest, including how to book tickets, are available here.

For more on the university's Department of Creative Professions & Digital Arts, part of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities: http://www.gre.ac.uk/ach

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