with Robert Elliott Smith & Jamie Susskind / chaired by George Megalogenis
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Technology companies are blamed for undermining our democracies, obliterating our privacy and undercutting our industrial systems. Have they? And if so, what are we doing about it? Robert Elliott Smith (Rage Inside the Machine) and Jamie Susskind (Future Politics) look at the impact of digital technologies on our lives and societies, and the algorithms that invisibly drive them. They examine the case for and against these transformational tools, and the powerful companies that create them.
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Robert Elliott Smith is the author of Rage Inside the Machine: The Prejudice of Algorithms, and How to Stop the Internet Making Bigots of Us All. He has worked in artificial intelligence for 30 years, helping create software systems that learn fighter jet manoeuvres, describe immune systems, reveal emotion in financial markets, and suggest how social networks propagate political polarisation. He is the CTO of BOXARR Ltd. and a faculty member at University College London.
Jamie Susskind is a writer, speaker, and practising barrister whose work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Wired, New Statesman, and The Jewish Chronicle. He is the author of the award-winning bestseller Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech, an Evening Standard and Prospect Book of the Year, and a Guardian Book of the Day. Future Politics was awarded the 2019 Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize.
George Megalogenis is an award-winning author and journalist with three decades' experience in the media. His most recent book is The Football Solution, a paean to his beloved Richmond Football Club.