Artificial Intelligence and Human Lives: Looking forwards 2025-2070

17 December 2020

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the kind of intelligence displayed by machines. It can be very good at doing tasks that we as humans either don’t like doing or are not good at. It is already an integral and positive part of how we lead our lives day to day, for example in banking, defence, driving, medical diagnosis and treatment, policing, and scientific research. The Pandemic has highlighted the importance of AI, in the way we interact with each other, and in our efforts to track the spread of the virus and to discover and distribute vaccines. 

The approaching end of the Pandemic Year is a good time to take stock of the future. The rapidly increasing scope and pace of change in the implementation of AI means that for most of us it is almost unimaginable how AI will evolve and relate to human lives over the next 50 years. Some people worry that AI will destroy jobs and everything that makes life enjoyable, while others hail it as a liberating technology that will allow humans to concentrate on being creative. In her Christmas Lecture, Professor Joanna Bryson will shine a light on this little understood phenomenon of our time. Her general point is that AI is there for us to control, not the other way around.

Joanna Bryson moved from the University of Bath to the Hertie School of Governance in February 2020 to become their full Professor of Ethics and Technology.  In July of this year she was named one of Germany's nine representatives to the Global Partnership for AI, of which the UK is also a member. She holds degrees in psychology and artificial intelligence from the University of Chicago (BA), the University of Edinburgh (MSc and MPhil), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD)

BRLSI Victor Suchar Christmas Lecture

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Professor Joanna Bryson, Hertie School of Governance
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