“We aren’t dealing with ordinary machines here”

Professor Tony Prescott shakes hands with the iCub robot

Director of Sheffield Robotics and contributor to our free online course Building a Future with Robots Professor Tony Prescott has written this illuminating article for The Conversation entitled Why watching Westworld’s robots should make us question ourselves. In it, Professor Prescott uses the new HBO series Westworld as his basis for discussing how the design of increasingly complex AI…

How Learners on an English Literature MOOC Prompted Academics to Engage in Social Media in a Way They Had Never Before

A computer keyboard with social media icons

On 18 December 2015, Sheffield Hallam University hosted its inaugural Social Media in Higher Education Conference. Ahead of that event, Layla Croll and the University of Sheffield’s Online Learning Team took over the School of English blog for a very special one-off post to discuss the surprising role that social media played in the delivery of our Literature…