Queen Elizabeth Hall
Thu 28 Sep 2023
7:30 pm
Subtitled in house by Queen Elizabeth Hall
Is AI an Existential Threat to Humanity? image

Tech giants like Google and OpenAI are investing large amounts of money and resources into creating AI systems that hope to outthink and outperform human intelligence, all in the name of solving some of humanity’s most complex problems, and to make profits for their shareholders.
Some experts are beginning to sound the alarm that the push to create ever more sophisticated AI could pose an existential threat to humankind.
The fear is that machines could potentially turn against us or become too powerful for us to control.
On the other hand, supporters argue that the benefits of AI far outweigh the risks, and that we can design systems with ethical considerations and safeguards to ensure their safe and responsible use.
But the risks of AI are serious, with concerns ranging from mass unemployment to life and death decisions being made by machines with no human emotion, as well as the possibility of AI being used by bad actors in cyber warfare.
Join us at the Southbank Centre for a debate on the future of technology, its impact on society and altogether one of the most pressing issues of our time.
Experts explore the pros and cons of advanced AI, and whether we can ensure its development is guided by ethical and responsible principles.
Presented in association with Intelligence Squared