Why This Debate and Why Now?
Robots and artificial intelligence aren’t just rising — they’re here, reshaping our digital landscape. AI is revolutionizing highways, hospitals and homes, from driverless cars to automated medical devices and delivery drones. The rewards are promising, but at what cost? And who’s left out?
The risks and unintended consequences of AI are not evenly distributed or transparently regulated: data breaches, identify theft, job loss, widening wealth inequality and human rights violations that challenge top programmers and policymakers to search for safeguards. But AI also promises to cure diseases, improve climate science and save more lives.
Is AI worth the risk? Is the revolution even containable? Could we pull the brakes if we tried?
On April 3, 2019, Doha Debates will weigh the merits and challenges of AI by inviting speakers to debate critical scenarios:
- AI will improve humans’ overall well-being, so AI should be unleashed.
- AI will harm humans’ overall well-being, so AI should be slowed down and strictly regulated.
- A balance can be found between raw innovation and ethical restraint.
Advocates for AI defend it as manageable and say the risks are marginal, and the rewards life-improving, by empowering more people with instant information. But critics warn about transparency gaps and power disparities, including a slippery slope into a digital apocalypse where superintelligent machines surpass humans’ ability to control them. More than one top engineer has called AI the greatest threat to human survival.
Is common ground possible?
Mark your calendar for April 3 and search for solutions now @DohaDebates with the hashtag #DearWorld.
Three speakers, three perspectives. Each invited speaker presents a view and opinion on a possible solution to a world challenge.
Swedish philosopher, bestselling author, and director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute
The role of connector is to combine elements of each opinion to create a new response that deconstructs arguments and examines their consequences.
Senior researcher in peace processes at the Centre for Security Studies at ETH Zurich
Our debate will take place April 3, 2019
AI Debate in Qatar
7 p.m. (Doha Local Time)
How to Join the Debate
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Doha Debates will broadcast live on Twitter from @DohaDebates. Join the conversation using the hashtag #DearWorld.
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