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‘A future where humans and super-smart technology can work in creative partnership’: University forum continues the AI debate

AS THE revolution in artificial intelligence unfolds, experts at the University of Northampton are sharing their visions for how the technology can positively impact our lives.

The talks by some of the university’s senior lecturers in fashion and education form part of the third Vulcan Works Sessions organised by Digital Northants, a partnership between UoN and West and North Northamptonshire Councils.

The free event, entitled AI and Creativity, takes place on January 26 10am-noon at The Vulcan Works in Guildhall Road, Northampton.

Jane Mills, the University of Northampton’s deputy head of subject for fashion, textiles, footwear and accessories, will share the profound impact on her work of breakthroughs in the technology. 

“I have delved into the technology and it has had a hugely positive influence on how I view creativity,” she says. “I have come to believe there is a realistic promise of a future where humans and super-smart technology can work in creative partnership to achieve outcomes we simply cannot imagine right now.”

David Meechan, a senior lecturer in education, will share key points from a chapter in his upcoming study skills book for students Getting Started with Generative AI.

“I have been supporting academics and students to develop their use of AI-based tools across their work and study,” says Mr Meechan. “I think there is a case for arguing in favour of a blended approach where AI can ethically assist us in real life, study and work situations. I look forward to sharing specific applications I have found and how they are currently being used with students and colleagues at UoN.”

Both councils in Northamptonshire are keen for the county to reap the positive benefits of AI. “It is here to stay and it will evolve at pace,” says Jason Smithers, leader of North Northamptonshire Council.

“We need to understand AI and harness its potential. There will be countless benefits in education and creativity and holding events like this with our partners is paramount if we are going to make best use of new technologies to improve people’s lives.”

Cllr Dan Lister (pictured left), cabinet member for economic development, town centre regeneration and growth, adds: “We are thrilled to host the AI and Creativity workshop at Vulcan Works. This workshop reinforces our commitment to making West Northamptonshire a thriving place for innovation.

“Our aim is to encourage more businesses to explore the opportunities available here and highlight the potential of Vulcan Works as an Innovation Hub. By teaming up with the University of Northampton, we hope to provide expert support to local businesses, fostering sustainable growth and contributing positively to our economy.

Reserve a spot for The Vulcan Sessions 3: AI and Creativity – click here.

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