SU Gurgaon: MAN vs MACHINE
SU Gurgaon: MAN vs MACHINE

Singularity University Gurgaon Chapter

Panel Discussion


The impact of AI on Human Society

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This event concluded on April 30, 7pm at The Quorum Club, Gurgaon

If you believe some AI-watchers, we are racing towards the ‘Singularity’ — a point at which artificial intelligence surpasses collective human intelligence and machines go on to improve themselves at an exponential rate. The changes that manifest during this period will irrevocably alter the course of our future and the way we interact with technology and each other.

The general benefit of AI is that it replicates decisions and actions of humans without innately human shortcomings, such as fatigue, emotion and limited time; resulting in greater precision. However, as promising as machine-learning technology is, it can also be susceptible to unintended biases that require constant testing to avoid. Algorithms can have built-in biases because they are created by individuals who have conscious or unconscious preferences that may go completely under the radar until the algorithms are put into use. Other disadvantages range from the fear of technological unemployment, the ethical impact of AI, economic collapse and (according to some) even the end of humanity once machines surpass us – leaving us wondering whether we’re creating something that is as inherently flawed as us.

  • Will AI be Mankind’s last invention?
  • Will AI be beneficial to its creator (humankind) or serve to undermine it?
  • Will AI have the same biases – race, colour, gender, sexual orientation – as humans?

Whatever form AI takes, its journey will be fraught with ethical idiosyncrasies and met, often simultaneously, with fear and celebration. Some will worry about job redundancies, privacy and control, while others will herald the next step in human greatness.

This nuanced and invigorating debate (or panel discussion) will examine the broad theme of whether AI is a global existential risk or the fourth industrial revolution.


Sukumar Ranganathan - HT Media

Sukumar Ranganathan

Editor-in-Chief of Hindustan Times

Sukumar Ranganathan has been Editor-in-Chief of Hindustan Times at HT Media Limited since December 2017. He has also served as Editor of Mint. Sukumar is a part of the founding team of Mint. He joined HT Media in October 2006 from The India Today Group where he was the Managing Editor of Business Today. He started his career at The Hindu Business Line where he became the Marketing Editor. He then spent a little over nine years at Business Today, where he was an Associate Editor and later the Managing Editor, with both strategic and operational leadership of India’s leading business magazine.

Sukumar has a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and Masters degree in Mathematics and Business Administration.

Ravi Srivastava

Senior Partner & Managing Director, BCG

Ravi Srivastava is a member of The Boston Consulting Group’s Industrial Goods, Operations, and Marketing, Sales & Pricing Practices. He leads the Operations Practice for the Asia-Pacific region. Since joining the firm in 2000, Ravi has worked extensively with clients in the automotive, capital goods, and construction industries across the Asia-Pacific arena. He has covered a wide range of topics, focusing on operations transformation, large-project management, sales and marketing excellence, and service excellence.

Ravi has experience working across several industries, including steel and cement, where he has helped companies address issues such as market entry, growth, and organization restructuring. Before joining BCG, Ravi interned at Credit Suisse First Boston.

N. S. Nappinai

N. S. Nappinai

Cyberlaws, Constitution, Criminal & IPR Advocate, Author

N. S. Nappinai, a highly respected and senior practitioner (since 1991) before the Supreme Court of India and Bombay High Court, has pioneered the development of cyber laws in India. She is also Advisor, Maharashtra – Cyber police. Ms. Nappinai conceptualized and conducted the first of its kind Personal data protection awareness program for Maharashtra Police and other heads of Law enforcement agencies.

Ms. Nappinai is a prolific writer, whose articles have been published in leading National and International publications. She has authored a seminal book on cyber laws titled “Technology Laws Decoded” (in 2017), which has been well received.

Jaspreet Bindra

Jaspreet Bindra

Independent Consultant and Senior Digital Advisor to ThoughtWorks, Mahindra Group, IDC, IAMAI

Jaspreet is currently building a company in the Digital Transformation and Blockchain space. He is also the Digital Advisor to Mahindra Group, Adjunct Advisor to IDC and the Emerging Technologies Advisor to IAMAI. Until recently, he was the Senior Vice President- Digital Transformation, (equivalent to the Chief Digital Officer), of the $18bn Mahindra Group of Companies.

Sudhir Tiwari

Sudhir Tiwari

Managing Director, ThoughtWorks India

Designing innovative, disruptive products, charting transformation roadmaps and growing winning partnerships with ambitious customers is a short summing up of Sudhir’s passions as a technology leader.

As the Managing Director of ThoughtWorks India, Sudhir is responsible for the company’s operations in the region, business strategy, software delivery excellence, new capability development, customer relationships, balancing sustainable growth and building high-performance teams.

Sachin Bhatia

Sachin Bhatia

Co-founder & ex-CEO TrulyMadly & Co-founder & Ex-CMO MakeMyTrip.com

Sachin Bhatia co-founded Truly Madly Matchmakers Pvt Ltd. in 2013 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He also co-founded MakeMyTrip (India) Private Limited in 2000 and served as its Advisor and Chief Marketing Officer. He was responsible for establishing MakeMyTrip as a leading brand for travel to India in the US market. He launched and quickly created the brand in India too. He has a keen understanding of both traditional and new emerging media, especially in the internet and mobile spaces. He introduced and facilitated railway and bus ticketing on the website.


The Quorum

Two Horizon Center, First Floor

Golf Course Road

DLF Phase 5

Sector 43, Gurugram




About Singularity University

Singularity University (SU) is the foremost global catalyst for leveraging exponential technologies, including artificial intelligence, robotics, digital biology, and nanotechnology, to create a more abundant world. The mission of SU is to educate and empower leaders to apply rapidly accelerating technologies to tackle humanity’s grand challenges through its collaborative platform that empowers individuals and organizations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies. Through its Chapters SU has built a global network of local teams whose mission is to facilitate engaged communities to solve humanity’s global grand challenges by leveraging exponential technologies.

About The Quorum

Spread over 22,000 sq. ft., The Quorum is a new age urban lifestyle club that is community led, content driven, high design and experiential. The first of its kind, this highly transformative space is located on golf course road, the heart of Gurgaon, and is a seedbed for meaningful conversations, contemplation and positive impact. The Q puts members at the centre of a unique and curated experience that makes the transformations from work to play seamless.