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A citizen's guide to artificial intelligence

2:00pm-2:30pm on Friday 26 March

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 27th March. For events on or after 28th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

This presentation will set out what my new book, A Citizen’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence, hopes to achieve. Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming an increasingly pervasive—and invasive—part of our everyday lives, affecting us at seemingly every turn, from our use of cloud computing, smart phones, and streaming services, to news consumption and even household appliances. Co-written with a team of experts, the book tries to get a handle on all the issues that AI and machine learning present to the average citizen: issues like privacy and data protection, transparency, liability, control, the future of work, and regulation of AI.

The focus of my presentation will be one chapter in particular, discussing the nature of human control over AI systems. Science fiction has tended to focus on nightmarish scenarios where machines acquire superhuman abilities and wrest power from unsuspecting human beings. These scenarios distract attention from the real problem of human control—which is not that humans will unwittingly cede control to runaway superintelligence, but that they are already surrendering control to machines that are too stupid to handle the tasks they’re charged with. 

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Age: All Ages
Timing: Available on Demand, Live Stream
Theme: Society, Health, Environment

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