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Un-artificial Intelligence: How People Learn (Melinda Seckington)

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Hi, thanks for visiting!

We will be back on Thursday June 18th, meeting a little earlier from 6:45/7:00pm, with a session from Melinda Seckington. Melinda Seckington is a Rails developer at FutureLearn (, a social learning platform, backed by the Open University, offering free courses from a wide range of university partners and cultural institutions. She loves attending and hacking at Hackdays, BarCamps and other tech meet ups, and since 2009 has been organising them at Geeks of London, including HACKED at the O2 last year. She also runs (, a blog about all things geeky and girly.

Session Title:

Un-artificial Intelligence: How People Learn

Session Description:

HAL, Skynet, KITT...we’ve always been intrigued by artificial intelligence, but have you ever stopped to considered the un-artificial? Most developers are familiar with the basics of AI: How do you make a computer, an algorithm, a system learn something? How do you model real world problems in such a way that an artificial mind can process them? What most don't realise though is that the same principles can be applied to people. This talk looks at some of the theories behind how machines learn versus how people learn, and maps it to real life examples of how specifically our users learn their way around interfaces and how designers and developers apply learning methodologies in their day-to-day actions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We'll be meeting from 6:45pm/7:00pm and kicking off the session at 7:15pm which leaves plenty of time to have a drink and a chat in the bar afterwards.

Please RSVP ( to guarantee a seat! Please only RSVP if you can definitely make as spaces are limited.


Lou (@loulou)