We need to talk about AI – a film by Futurist Gerd Leonhard: thoughts on artificial intelligence

This is my latest short film sharing some thoughts on my #1 speaking topic: humans versus/with machines, artificial intelligence and the future of humanity in a world where machines can hear, see, speak, learn and ‘think’.

On the one hand, artificial intelligence (AI) clearly has the capacity to improve our lives in pretty much every aspect, from energy to medical to smart cities; on the other end it could fundamentally change who we are as humans, and what we think of as ‘human’. It could be a great destroyer of jobs but it could also free as from unsatisfying routines. But if machines become truly ‘intelligent’ what will be left for us to do… you may ask.

I think it will all come down to what I call DIGITAL ETHICS i.e. how will we use technology to our collective human benefit (i.e. embrace it but don’t become it), and how will we deal with the yet mostly unknown externalities caused by exponential technological change. Technology will have almost unlimited power in less than 20 years, at which point the key question will be WHY and WHO, not if or how. Do we need a global digital ethics counsel on AI, and if so, how would we realize it?

My latest book TECHNOLOGY vs HUMANITY has a lot more details on these topics: please visit to find out more.

Download the MP4 file here: re-use is permitted and subject to creative commons attribution non-commercial license (like all my materials).

A big THANK YOU to my fabulous art director and producer Jean Francois Cardella, who also heads up my film production company, TFA Studio see

Thanks also to Jeremy Joly and his team at Studio Chamberlin in Sophia Antipolis (other credits are listed at the end of the film)

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