The General Section's Presidential address for the 2017 British Science Festival is:

AI: past, present and future
Can a computer be intelligent, creative, or even conscious? Cognitive scientist and author Margaret Boden will reflect on her several decades researching artificial intelligence, in conversation with science writer Jon Turney. Discover the wide-ranging applications of AI, and hear how a computational approach has shaped our understanding of what it means to be human.

President 2017: Professor Margaret Boden, University of Sussex
President 2016: Professor Chris Stringer, Natural History Museum
President 2015: Professor Barry C Smith, School of Advanced Study, University of London
President 2014: Jonathan Porritt, CBE

Co-Recorder: Susan Watt
: Anne-Maria Brennan