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


Singularity University Gurgaon Chapter

Panel Discussion

MAN VS MACHINE

The impact of AI on Human Society


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April 30, 7pm | 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.

Speakers

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.

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.

Kushe Bahl

Kushe Bahl

Partner at McKinsey & Co., Leader of Digital & Analytics Practice


Kushe Bahl leads the McKinsey Digital and McKinsey Analytics Practices in India, helping leading companies across sectors accelerate their digital journeys.


Experienced Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry, Kushe is a strong entrepreneurship professional skilled in Digital Business Building, Digital Transformation, Marketing & Sales, Telecom, Retail, and E-commerce.

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.

Location

The Quorum

Two Horizon Center, First Floor

Golf Course Road

DLF Phase 5

Sector 43, Gurugram

122002

Haryana

India

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.