Artificial Intelligence

The Revd Dr William Lamb

It was recently announced that the University of Oxford is to provide the home of a new Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence. It will form part of a new Centre for the Humanities, following a generous donation of £150 million to the University.

Clearly, this area of research has struck a chord. The brave new world of artificial intelligence is coming to a mobile phone, hospital or supermarket near you. What are the challenges and opportunities autonomous systems may bring as they are more deeply integrated with our human experience?

On Monday 21 October, at 7.30pm, the Rt Revd Steven Croft, the Bishop of Oxford, will be in conversation with Professor Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics Information in the University of Oxford. Bishop Steven is currently a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on AI. He is interested in the way in which this technology will shape our understanding of human identity. Likewise, Professor Floridi is intrigued by the notion of human ‘exceptionalism’ in respect to any other entity or creature. How will AI impact on human self-understanding?

This event is offered as part of the IF-Oxford Science and Ideas Festival. Lots of people have already indicated that they are coming, so please do join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening. 

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