Are the machines taking over? Join our June Cloud Café to find out

The future with Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be the subject of Stroud District Green Party’s next online Cloud Café debate, on Wednesday June 14 from 7.30-9.30pm.

The event will discuss whether there are curbs on the advance of AI and whether we can trust the tech companies and government.

Questions that will be addressed include:  

How do we ‘flag’ up when something has been produced by AI – and does it matter?

If AI is taking over work roles, what opportunities will remain for social interaction at work and in places like GP practices and libraries?

Can we make AI work for the common good by increasing leisure time, improving services and ensuring enough resources for all – or will it go the same way as factory automation, which didn’t lead to any of these benefits?

If AI takes over even more jobs, how will people provide for themselves?

Will AI cause even more confusion between truth & fiction?

The presentations will be followed by opportunities for questions and debate from the audience. The session is free and everyone is welcome. 

The speakers:

Rohit Talwar, a futurist, will talk about how AI and technological developments will make the world as we know it unrecognisable. He will describe the massive consequences for jobs, workforce training, the relationship between work and leisure, and our path to a carbon neutral future. Rohit believes that we could be bounced into accepting these massive changes, rather than developing the type of society that we want.

Natalie Bennett was leader of the Green Party of England and Wales from 2012-2016 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 2019. She has worked for several national newspapers and obtained a Master’s in mass communication from the University of Leicester, with a thesis on the relationship between readers and texts on the internet.

Tim Davies is Director of Research and Practice for Connected by Data, the campaign to give communities a powerful voice in how data is governed. He has worked at the intersection of technology, governance and open government for the last decade, including work on participatory governance of data standardisation and AI. Tim has written on Algorithms, AI and open data, and on the potential for global deliberations on AI governance. He was a 2019 residential fellow for the thematic month on AI at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center, and led the development of the Global Data Barometer, a precursor to the Global Index on Responsible AI.

To register to attend on the night or to watch a recording afterwards, go to:


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