A 30-second animation introducing what I talk and write about.
A one-minute video
A short video made with Creative Capital.
A five-minute video made with a Spanish agency called Thinking Heads.
And here’s another short video, this time made with PwC, explaining the power of exponential change.
A recent talk and discussion in Barcelona, at an event sponsored by Telefonica and LaVanguardia.
Whither humanity? Discussion with Gerd Leonard
Gerd and I disagree on a lot. He fears that we may lose our humanity as our machines become more powerful, while I argue that if we are smart, our technology can improve our lives immeasurably, even if we change radically in the process. The two things we agree on are that these are vital issues, and that we will only resolve them through honest but considerate discussion.
As Gerd explains here, you can engage us to discuss these issues at your next event.
Discussing AI with George Osborne
One of the many worrying aspects of the Brexit referendum in the UK and the Trumpularity in the US is that most politicians are not yet talking about the challenges posed by the coming impact of powerful artificial intelligence. This needs to change.
This conversation with George Osborne, formerly UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, gave modest grounds for hope.
Annual investors meeting
Beringea is one of the UK’s leading private equity companies, investing in high-growth businesses. They invited me to address their annual investors’ meeting.
A meeting of chartered accountants
A talk at an event hosted jointly by PwC and the ICAEW, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
ThinkNation is a brilliant initiative. The brainchild of Lizzie Hodgson, it is “where young people, artists and thought leaders tackle how technology is impacting everyday life and shaping our futures.” Given the profound importance of the changes sweeping through our lives in the coming years and decades, there aren’t many more important subjects to address.
Fondaction BankInter is a leading global think tank based in Madrid. This talk is about how technology will change the world, so with splendid irony, the technology failed during the presentation, so fans of schadenfreude will particularly enjoy the section at 23 minutes 37 seconds. Fortunately, the Fondacion staff came to the rescue with great efficiency and aplomb, and the talk re-starts at 28 minutes 27 seconds.
AI at the IMAX
CIPA, the Chartered Institute of Patent Lawyers, organised a debate on the motion “This House believes that within 25 years, a patent will be filed and approved without human intervention.” Together with Chrissie Lightfoot, author of The Naked Lawyer *, I spoke in favour of the motion. Although the audience was mostly patent lawyers, the motion passed, 80 votes to 60.
The event was ably chaired by Tom Clarke, Channel 4’s Science Editor, and our valiant but trounced opponents were Nigel Hanley and Ilya Kazi.
* Essential reading for lawyers!
The launch of “Surviving AI”
Compered by Kenn Cukier of The Economist and chaired by David Wood of London Futurists, September 2015.