CWIC: Debate

Barbie vs Oppenheimer

“This house believes that emerging technology will build a utopian Barbie world and not risk an Oppenheimer nuclear winter.”

Food for thought! This no doubt lively discussion will provoke some interesting ideas from the speakers and delegates about how emerging tech could play out in our society.

Is a Barbie world in fact utopia?

What is the potential for tech to cause devastation to our society?

The debate will explore the intersection of technology and humanity, looking at how tech such as AI, for example, creates both immense opportunities and potentially damaging outcomes for society, depending on how we approach it.

Session Chair: Dr Mike Short CBE, Former Chief Scientific Adviser, Dept for Business and Trade, & Chair, UKTIN Advisory Board

Debators include:

Dr Eleanor Drage, Research Fellow, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge

Professor William Webb, CTO, Access Partnership

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