How can we get AI right?

BBC’s Reith Lectures are set to conclude on the 22 December, with Professor Stuart Russell exploring the issue of human control over highly advanced AI systems

The fourth and final BBC 2021 Reith Lecture will explore the control of increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) systems. 

The lecture, recorded at the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD), is set to be broadcast on the BBC on 22 December 2021. 

The NICD, based in The Catalyst at Newcastle Helix with a combined funding of £30 million from Newcastle University and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), runs collaborative projects with businesses to equip UK workers with data science skills. 

The UK has great strengths in many areas of AI research and innovation and we are committed to ensuring that the potential of this work is realised across society and the economy – Dr Kedar Pandya, EPSRC director for cross-council programmes 

All instalments in the series of lectures explore the future of AI and ask the question: how can we get it right? 

This final episode will see Stuart Russell, professor of computer science and founder of the Centre for Human-Compatible AI at the University of California, delve into the issue of human control over highly capable AI systems. 

“The topic of AI is ubiquitous in the media, yet the opportunities for in-depth explanation are few,” said Professor Russell. 

“I look forward to opening a conversation concerning questions about our future with AI, questions in which every human being has a stake.” 

Dr Kedar Pandya, EPSRC director for cross-council programmes, said: “We are working with our partners in academia, business and government to support the government’s first national AI strategy and create an environment in which world-leading researchers and innovators will thrive.” 


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