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Conferences are hard enough to organise without worrying about the technical side.

Let us take care of that.

Oxford Film Shed has filmed dozens of conferences in Oxford and beyond, including Europe and the US, and we're familiar with most conference venues in Oxford.

We offer high-quality, two-camera filming as standard, with more cameras if you need, plus slide and screen capture. Additional AV services such as live audio mixing, room amplification and overspill are also available. For events requiring a very fast turnaround, we can provide an on-site editor and mobile post-production station, or for instant engagement beyond just the venue, consider our live streaming service as an add-on.

After the event, we deliver your files as full high-definition (HD), web-ready MP4 videos suitable for iTunes or YouTube.

We can also provide still photography to capture attendees, and profile shots of presenters to share on social media. With our additional outreach & promo filming service, we offer coverage of your event and can film audience testimonials (vox-pops) on site to provide positive feedback on your event for use in a promotional highlights video.

Oxford Film Shed filming Julia Donaldson and the Gruffalo at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Oxford Film Shed filming the Symposium on Comparative International Commercial Arbitration at Wolfson College, Oxford (top) and Julia Donaldson and the Gruffalo rehearsing for a live performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (bottom).


Sir Roger Penrose - AI, Consciousness, Computation, and Physical Law

Sir Roger Penrose - AI, Consciousness, Computation, and Physical Law

Sir Roger Penrose Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford A common scientific view is that the actions of a human brain could, in principle, be simulated by appropriate computation, and even that it may not be too far into the future before computers become so powerful that they will be able to exceed the mental capabilities of any human being. However, by using examples from chess and mathematics, I argue, that the quality of conscious understanding is something essentially distinct from computation. Nevertheless, I maintain that the action of a conscious brain is the product of physical laws, whence consciousness itself must result from physical processes of some kind. Yet physical actions, over a huge range, can be simulated very precisely by computational techniques, as is exemplified by the LIGO gravitational wave detectors confirming precise calculations, within Einstein’s general relativity theory, of signals from black-hole encounters in distant galaxies. Despite this, I argue that there is a profound gap in our understanding of how Einstein’s theory affects quantum systems, and that there is reason to believe that the events termed “collapse of the wave-function” take place objectively (gravitational OR), in a way that defies computation, yet should be observable in certain experiments. It is argued that each such event is accompanied by a moment of “proto-consciousness”, and that actual consciousness is the result of vast numbers of such events, orchestrated in an appropriate way so as to provide an actual conscious experience (Orch-OR).
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