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Computer says no. Things computers cannot do and why we make them do them anyway!

  • Date January 10, 2018
  • Hour 5 pm
  • Room GSSI Main Lecture Hall
  • Speaker Luca Aceto (GSSI)

ABSTRACT

Computing systems are everywhere in modern society; they are becoming increasingly sophisticated and they control key aspects of our lives. They help us command, control, communicate, do business, travel and entertain ourselves, amongst many other things; they drive cars and airplanes, and thrash the best of us at games like chess and go. Is there anything that computers cannot do? In this talk, which is aimed at a general public, I will highlight some of the scientific problems that cannot be solved by computers and how computer scientists use computers to "solve" them anyway for the benefit of all of us.