AI, science & society | Fact & Fiction: The Future of Democracy | Nobel Prize Dialogue Brussels 2024

Věra Jourová, Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, joins Demis Hassabis, CEO of Google DeepMind, and Nobel Prize laureates Ben Feringa and Paul Nurse in a panel discussion exploring the significant implications of AI on science, society and democracy, acknowledging both its positive and negative effects.

Interviewed by Maria Leptin.

In a year when citizens will cast their votes in elections across the world we’re turning our attention to the art and science of democracy and decision-making.

Democratic societies rely on fact-based world views and science, but also on narratives that can bring together large, diverse communities. At a time when democracies are straining to cope with ongoing crises and long-term existential challenges this topic is more important than ever.

Join us as we explore the role that fact and fiction play in democracies including:

– The role of science and fact-based worldviews in society: How can research and independent, quality media contribute to better governance and decision-making? 
– The power of narratives in democracy: What is the influence of storytelling and narratives in shaping political ideologies and public opinion? 
– Shocks to democracy: Social media and partisan media have been disruptive forces within democracies. A new wave of disruption may be on its way. How will artificial intelligence influence democracy?
– New narratives for healthy societies: What are the new narratives gaining traction in societies? Why are they emerging?

Speakers include Nobel Prize laureates Ben Feringa, Paul Nurse and Maria Ressa, Oleksandra Matviichuk, Head of Center for Civil Liberties, recipient of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize as well as other experts such as Demis Hassabis, CEO DeepMind, and European Research Council grantees Michael Bruter and Emilie Caspar.

The Nobel Prize Dialogue Brussels is produced by Nobel Prize Outreach in partnership with the European Research Council.