Experts debate the impact of artificial intelligence

Experts debate the impact of artificial intelligence

In the publication "Entering a New Era" experts like Vinton G. Cerf, Luciano Floridi and Yuval Noah Harari debate the future of Artificial Intelliegence.

The increasing influence of artificial intelligence on society is the subject of a published collection of interviews and essays by the Vodafone Institute. In “Entering a New Era”, high-ranking researchers from various scientific fields comment on the effects of future technologies on people’s lives.

PDF “Entering a New Era”


Interviewees include:

Professor Vinton G. Cerf (USA), Computer Scientist, Google

Pascal Finette (USA), Singulartiy University

Professor Luciano Floridi (ITA), Philosopher, University of Oxford

Dr Andrew McAfee (USA), Economist, MIT Centre for Digital Business

Dr Nuria Oliver (ESP), Computer Scientist, Vodafone Institute

Professor Huw Price (AUS), Philosopher, University of Cambridge

Professor Martin Rees (UK), Astrophysicist, University of Cambridge


Robonaut 2: NASA’s humanoid robot can decide independently which actions to perform (picture: akg-images/Stocktrek Images)

The interviews were conducted by journalist and publicist Dr Dr Alexander Görlach. In addition, the Israeli historian and bestselling author Professor Yuval Noah Harari (“Homo Deus”) contributes an essay on the possibilities of computer games as a work substitute.


Artificial Intelligence is already used in many areas of life – often unnoticed by consumers. Be it in search engines, card apps or social networks. Until a few years ago games like Chess or Go were considered an impregnable fortress of human intelligence. This changed with Deep Blue and AlphaGo.


One of the central questions of the interviews is how to deal with the tension between the benefits and possible dangers of artificial intelligence. On the one hand, the potential should be used as optimally as possible, on the other hand, this should be harmonized with ethical principles.



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