Discussion "Loss of Free Will: Can Humans Stay in Charge?" (video)

13th June 2018

This was a panel discussion during the 'Riga StratCom Dialogue 2018.' Watch the video recording here.

Modern society was built on the idea that educated and empowered human beings are the source of progress and development. But what happens when computers are becoming increasingly intelligent and powerful? Power and knowledge seem to increasingly reside in networks beyond individual human understanding and control. Does this threaten the ability of individuals to shape society for the better? Does the answer lie in embracing ‘dataism’ to save the humans species? This panel will discuss the limits of Artificial Intelligence, big data, the future role of humans, and tomorrow’s governance of societies. These issues converge on the existential question “What is the role of free will in a changing world?”

Moderator: Mr Eric Applewhite (Director, Risk Consulting, KPMG LLP)

Speakers: Ms Marina Gorbis (Executive Director, Institute for the Future), Dr Katie Woodward (Principal Psychologist, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory [Dstl] Human Behaviour Team), Mr Ramsay Brown (Chief Operations Officer, Boundless Mind, Inc.)