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In Conversation


The impact of AI on Our Daily Lives: Good and Bad!

Part One:
Professor John MacIntyre and David Malone in conversation
Live event at the Grand Hotel, Cabaret Room, Saturday 17th July 2021, 2:00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00 (+ Booking Fee)
Part Two:
Joanna Kavenna and David Malone in conversation: pre-recorded event available as On Demand content.
Available 9:00am Saturday 17th July 2021
Recording: £5.00

Artificial Intelligence, or AI for short, is technology that enables a computer to think or act in a more ‘human’ way. AI takes information from its surroundings, converts this to knowledge and applies what it learns. It makes decisions in ways you never imagined and therefore can influence what you do on a daily basis.

Is this big brother making decisions on our behalf? Have we willingly submitted to an algorithm that thinks on our behalf? Who controls this data? Do we care that we are being manipulated by tech companies determined to make people think and behave in a certain way? What was the last product you bought due to a pop-up advert on Facebook promoting something of interest?

This conversation explores some of these themes in a thought-provoking session that aims to address some of the issues raised through AI. Is this a dystopian society that George Orwell feared or a submissive and acceptable way of living in society? Join this exciting session to find out more!

About the panel

David Malone is an independent filmmaker, Green Party politician, and author of The Debt Generation. He started his career at the BBC science department where he eventually went on to work on the philosophy and science documentary series, Horizon. A regular chair for the How The Light Gets In festival at Hay-on-Wye. In The Debt Generation David criticises the lack of debate that occurred around the financial crisis, and the politicians that failed to oppose the banks. In recent years David interviewed over 40 of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, builders and owners of AI for the film Why We Are Here?

Joanna Kavenna is the author of Zed, The Ice Museum, Inglorious (which won the Orange Prize for New Writing), The Birth of Love, Come to the Edge and A Field Guide to Reality. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Guardian, Observer, Telegraph, Spectator, London Review of Books and New York Times. She has held writing fellowships at St Antony’s College Oxford and St John’s College Cambridge. In 2011 she was named as one of the Telegraph’s 20 Writers Under 40 and in 2013 was listed as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in Oxfordshire.

Professor John MacIntyre is the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, and Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland. He has worked at the University of Sunderland since 1992, having graduated from the University with a First Class Honours Degree in Combined Science (Computer Science and Physiology). He then went on to complete a PhD in applied artificial intelligence, focussing on the use of neural networks in predictive maintenance, which was awarded in 1996. During the 1990s John established a research centre – the Centre for Adaptive Systems – at the University, which became recognised by the UK government as a Centre of Excellence for applied research in adaptive computing and artificial intelligence. The Centre undertook many projects working with and for external organisations in industry, science and academia, and for three years ran the Smart Software for Decision Makers programme on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry.