On April 3, the Qatar-America Institute hosted a watch party for Doha Debates forum on the future of artificial intelligence. Guests enjoyed a thought-provoking discussion with Swedish philosopher and University of Oxford professor Nick Bostrom, Kenyan data scientist Muthoni Wanyoike, British author and Brunswick Group director Dex Torricke-Barton, and Ghanian technologist and Rhodes Scholar Joy Buolamwini.
The panel showcased a wide diversity of views on artificial intelligence, from alarm at its risks to optimism at its opportunities to sharp criticism of algorithms’ negative impacts on people of color. The lively discussion kept the audience engaged, and remote viewers were encouraged to tweet feedback under the hashtag #DearWorld and vote in live online polls on the panelists’ stances.
The second half of the debate featured peace process expert Dr. Govinda Clayton, who worked to find common ground with panelists, moderators, and viewers. Dr. Clayton’s participation helped form a productive dialogue as participants cooperated to balance the opportunities, risks, and harms associated with the rise of artificial intelligence.
Doha Debates is a production of the Qatar Foundation. The next live debate will take place on July 24, 2019.