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Our 2018 annual debate at the Royal Institution was on the science of artificial intelligence


The inclusion of self-learning algorithms into systems that underpin modern life could help us address many of the global challenges society faces. But they also carry risks that may have devastating results. Can AI truly save the world, or is it too risky to depend on machine learning to solve our problems?

Watch a live stream of the event

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Chaired by Dr Aarathi Prasad, the panel comprised:

  • Dr Ji Zhou, Phenomics Project Leader at the Earlham Institute
  • Dr A Aldo Faisal, Senior Lecturer in Neurotechnology at Imperial College London
  • Professor Maja Pantic, Group Leader of i.BUG at Imperial College London
  • Professor Nasir Rajpoot, Professor in Computational Pathology at the University of Warwick


This event was presented in partnership with the Royal Society of Biology, the Biochemical Society, the British Pharmacological Society and the Royal Institution for Biology Week 2018.


Please direct any specific event enquiries to Harriet McAra at


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