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The Future of Intelligence: AI and the society of tomorrow


We would like to invite you to the next in a series of Global Futures events
‘exploring burning questions for global society’:

The Future of Intelligence: AI and the society of tomorrow

Richard Harper

Monday 14th May, 4pm – 6pm+ in
LEC, Training Rooms 1 & 2

There is a society-wide interest in the remarkable developments in the field of AI. Many people are saying that AI will supplement and even substitute human reasoning, with its powers being amply demonstrated in the capacity of AI machines to beat humans at even the most complex rule-based activities, such as the game of Go. In the longer term, AI will be at the heart of self-driving cars, humanless factories and service industries ‘populated’ by artificial assistants. The benefits of all this are, of course, immense. But so are the concerns. If robots can do more work, will that mean unemployment for those who currently do that work? In the long run, what will be the effect on human dignity if work is no longer the central currency of identity? More philosophically, if machines are able to reason more effectively than people, what will be the future of learning and further education? Why should society invest in people if machines are better learners? In this talk, I will outline what AI is, explain the basics of how it works, and with illustrations, explore what might be the answers to these and other questions.

Professor Richard Harper is Co-Director of the Institute for Social Futures. He is concerned with how new technologies shape us and how we in turn shape our technologies – in the space that is often known as Human Computer Interaction, or HCI. He has worked at Xerox PARC, Microsoft Research Cambridge, and led his own Start–up Companies. Along with 25 patents, he has written 13 books including Trust, Computing and Society, (CUP -2014) and Choice (Polity, 2016). He has researched, patented and written on the social impact and design of mobile phones, the future of search engines, and artificial intelligence. He is a Fellow of the IET and of the Royal Society of Arts and Fellow of the ACM in the USA.

Talk (around 45 minutes)
Q & A
Wine and cheese

Those who want to will regroup, glass in hand, to discuss implications for Lancaster and the University.
The event will bring together people from across the university, the city and the local area, so that the issues can be explored from fresh angles in a lively but relaxed setting.

For catering purposes please let us know if you will be attending the event by
9th May via email: isf@lancaster.ac.uk

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