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Next Live Doha Debates to Focus on Artificial Intelligence

Doha Debates - Second Live Debate

In the next live Doha Debates, four of the world’s top AI experts will discuss the pros and cons of Artificial Intelligence, and try to reach a common ground on how the world should deal with it.

The Qatar Foundation (QF) production, which will be televised live on 3 April, comes as AI increasingly reshapes day-to-day life for billions of people, revolutionising communications, transportation, workplaces, housing, and healthcare. However, with AI also being blamed for job losses, data breaches, and even disasters, critics are asking whether the benefits outweigh what they see as its negative consequences.

Debate participants will examine the merits and challenges of AI and, in the programme’s unique consensus-building majlis segment, discuss ways in which everyone can address these risks, despite their different perspectives.

Among the experts participating in the debate are Joy Buolamwini, Ghanaian-American computer scientist and digital activist at the MIT Media Lab; and Nick Bostrom, Swedish philosopher, bestselling author and director of the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute. They will be joined by Muthoni Wanyoike, Kenyan data scientist and organiser at Code for Africa and Nairobi Women in Machine Learning and Data Science; and British Dex Torricke-Barton, a former communications executive at Facebook, Google and SpaceX, and a bestselling author. Govinda Clayton, a conflict-resolution expert and researcher at Swiss Science and Technology University ETH Zurich, will be the debate’s bridge-building ‘connector’.

The debate will be held at Northwestern University in Qatar. Majority of the debate’s in-person attendees will be students from universities at Education City, with the audience – including people participating digitally from around the world – playing an active role in shaping the debate and solutions.

Ghida Fakhry will be the debate moderator while Nelufar Hedayat will be the digital host for the debate livestream.

Amjad Atallah, managing director of Doha Debates, said this debate on AI is timely and critical and that hopefully, the debate will lead AI advocates and critics to agree, in at least a few ways, on AI’s path forward, while also providing people everywhere with suggestions on how to maximise AI’s rewards and overcome its challenges.

The Doha Debates February 2019 live debate at Education City on the world’s worsening refugee crisis, garnered over four million views around the world.

To register to attend the AI debate on 3 April, visit www.dohadebates.com/ai. You can also watch on Facebook and Twitter, 7 pm Qatar time (GMT +3 hours) and join the conversation using the hashtag #DearWorld.

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