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Successful Studium Generale lecture Daniel Mügge about AI in geopolitical conflict

09 November 2022

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a transformative set of technologies, powerful in the hands of those who control it. Effectively governing AI is therefore a key challenge for 21st century societies.

On November 1, 2022 Studium Generale Groningen, in collaboration with Young Academy Groningen and the Jantina Tammes School for digital society, technology and AI , organised a lecture by Daniel Mügge , Professor of Political Arithmetic at the University of Amsterdam. The event took place in the Aula of the Academy Building of the University of Groningen.

Prof. Mügge spoke about how rising geopolitical tensions are changing the tone of AI debates: there is an increasing emphasis on the potential AI has for military purposes. The war against Ukraine illustrates uses and failures of AI on the battlefield. And both the USA and China underline how in an emerging stand-off between these global tech superpowers, military dominance is the ultimate prize in the AI race. What room does that leave for an approach that enlists AI as a support of human wellbeing and thriving, rather than as a tool of conflict and control?

Prof. Mügge also showed an example of the use of AI online nowadays. In a search with one, not very sharp picture of himself , an enormous amount of pictures popped up in just seconds, with an amazing large, accurate result just by uploading one.

Did you miss the lecture? Watch it here or on the Studium Generale channel .

Last modified:28 November 2022 12.38 p.m.

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