A 30-second animation introducing what I talk and write about.
A one-minute video
This excerpt from a video of an event hosted at London’s Hospital Club by the nice people at Creative Capital is a very quick introduction to what I talk and write about.
And here’s another short video, this time made to accompany a PwC event in Paris:
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.
A conversation I had in November 2016 with George Osborne (until recently the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer) gave modest grounds for hope.
The video (16 minutes) contains excerpts from a recent panel discussion called “Ask Me Anything About the Future”. Hosted by Bloomberg, it was organised by Force Over Mass, an early-stage investment fund manager. It was very ably chaired by David Wood, who runs the London Futurists meetup group.
Previous talks and interviews
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
This is a talk I gave in July 2016 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.
Run by David Wood, London Futurists is London’s premier meetup group for people interested in the future. This talk in October 2016 was entitled, “How I learned to stop worrying and love the AI.” The sound quality is fair, and I am largely in darkness – an ideal combination.
Fondaction BankInter is a leading global think tank based in Madrid. In 2015 it investigated the idea that machine intelligence may lead to technological unemployment. A workshop in June lead to a report which was published in November, and the Fondacion asked me and Juan Francisco Blanes, a roboticist, to give talks at the launch.
With splendid irony, my computer crashed 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
Robot Overlordz podcast
Discussion in October 2015 with podcasters Mike and Matt, hosts of The Robot Overlordz
Review the Future podcast
Discussion in September 2015 with podcaster Jon Perry, host of Review the Future
Panel discussion in June 2015 with Ben Medlock, co-founder of Swiftkey, moderated by Sally Davies of the FT.
Spanish think tank
A talk about the possibility of advancing AI causing technological unemployment at the Future Trends Forum in June 2015 organised by the Fundacion Innovacion BankInter in Madrid
The future of business
A talk in June 2015 based on a chapter I contributed to the book, “The Future of Business”
Singularity 1 on 1
Discussion with Nikola Danaylov, the creator of Singularity Weblog, in April 2015.