Artificial intelligence and society: In conversation with Jeff Sachs

Learn more Add to Calendar 10/23/2018 05:30 PM 10/23/2018 08:00 PM Europe/London Artificial intelligence and society: In conversation with Jeff Sachs Location of the event
Tuesday 23 Oct 2018
Time: 17:30 - 20:00

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Eighty years after Alan Turing launched the digital age, the revolutionary consequences continue to unfold. The changes are so relentless and powerful that they have given rise to competing utopian and dystopian narratives. According to one view, smart machines will usher in unparalleled productivity, prosperity, longevity, and leisure time; on the competing view, smart machines will crush workers, drive wealth to top 0.0001% and end privacy.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs will argue that both of these visions are coherent and theoretically possible, and that the outcome will depend not on the technology itself but on how we govern it. Rapid advances in AI and related technologies will replace workers, drive up the wages for some groups while driving down wages for others, and tend to increase inequalities of market earnings. Yet the benefits of the digital revolution can be broadly shared if we act with foresight, ethics, and appropriate strategies regarding taxation, intellectual property, education, and governance.   

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session and a complimentary drinks reception. 



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