The General Section organised the following events at the 2017 British Science Festival:

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

Fantastic beasts and why we see them
From the Beast of Bodmin to Big Foot, there are frequent sightings of the wild and the weird. In this event Rhys Jones explored a series of intriguing natural mysteries from New England to the Ashdown Forest. Could big cats be roaming the British countryside or is it our minds playing tricks on us?

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
Co-Recorder
: Anne-Maria Brennan