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Echoes of AI - To Be Human in a World Being Rapidly Transformed by AI


May 04 2024 to May 04 2024 6:30 p.m.



Bangalore International Centre

7 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

Event Description

On the surface, an Indian doctor, a British poet, an UberEats courier in Pittsburgh, and a Chinese activist in exile have nothing in common. But they are in fact linked by a profound common experience―unexpected encounters with artificial intelligence. In her debut book Code Dependent, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Non-fiction, Madhumita Murgia shows how automated systems are reshaping our lives all over the world, from technology that marks children as future criminals, to an app that is helping to offer medical diagnoses to a remote tribal community. AI has already infiltrated our day-to-day, through language-generating chatbots like ChatGPT and social media. But it’s also affecting us in more insidious ways. It touches everything from our interpersonal relationships, to our kids’ education, work, finances, public services, and even our human rights. By highlighting the voices of ordinary people in places far removed from the cozy enclave of Silicon Valley, Madhumita explores the impact of this often-exploitative technology on individuals, communities, and our wider society. She exposes how AI can strip away our collective and individual sense of agency, and shatter our illusion of free will. AI is already changing what it means to be human, in ways large and small, and this book reveals what could happen if we fail to reclaim our humanity. Madhumita will be in conversation with lawyer, Vidushi Marda. A Q&A with the audience will follow. 

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