The Ratio Club - 2017 Meeting

The first meeting of the Ratio Club in over fifty years took place on 6th December 2017, with representatives from the University of Manchester, University of Lancaster, Imperial College London and De Montfort University, as well as colleagues from IAAC and the National Centre for Cyber Security (NCSC). The guest of honour was Sir Dermot Turing, nephew of Alan Turing and trustee of Bletchley Park, and the invited speaker was Professor Colin Williams, who gave a lecture to the group on the importance for modern computer scientists of knowing the history of their field and the benefits this holds for multidisciplinary collaboration.

In the spirit of the original Ratio Club, the ensuing debate was wide-ranging and free-spirited, covering topics from sentience in non-human biological entities, the boundaries of systems and cybernetically-augmented humans. 

One participant noted that the event was ‘exactly the sort of thing [they] went into academia for – putting interesting people in a room, stirring them up, and seeing what emerges’ proving as effective a tool for multidisciplinary thinking today as in the days of the original Club.

An article by Dr. Daniel Dresner covering the event is available here.