Artificial Intelligence: An Inhuman Future? | Full Panel Discussion | Oxford Union

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In this dynamic new technological age, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data are impacting our lives in unprecedented ways. Siri can anticipate our commands, Facebook leverages analytics for targeted electoral advertising, and Google Maps applies complex data sets to plan routes for autonomous drivers.

While these developments are regarded by some as an opportunity to achieve a more comfortable and efficient future, others voice strong concerns about the threats Artificial Intelligence and the rise of Big Data pose to humanity and morality. How will these new and developing technologies shape the future of humanity? Will they create the conditions for a higher quality of life? Or do we face a bleak future of rising unemployment, a loss of privacy, and a more divided society?


Kenneth Cukier: Senior editor at the Economist and co-author of Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think.

Dr. Catherine Havasi: Scientist who runs MIT’s natural language AI program “ConceptNet”, and is CEO of “Luminoso”.

Dr. Tshilidzi Marwala: Artificial Intelligence specialist who has written more than eleven books and 280 papers on the subject.

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