Economist and member of the British House of Lords, Lord Meghnad Desai presented a keynote, Artificial Intelligence and a changing global workforce and balance of international power, at a joint event by Monash Arts and Monash Business School.
Presented by Dean of Arts Professor Sharon Pickering, Lord Desai explored the anxieties and impacts Robotics and AI have on future employment, taking us beyond cycles of innovation to new solutions.
“The progress of Artificial Intelligence is determined by human intelligence and human ingenuity,” Lord Desai said.
“It maybe possible that human intelligence may be so fantastic that you could program a machine to do everything including things you have not thought of when you have constructed the machine. There is a very interesting philosophical problem: can you actually construct a machine to do things you. have not anticipated to do? But, he says it's up to us to tell machines what to do.”
“There is a variety of things which we have to think about artificial intelligence can do before we fear the total abolition of human work.”
“Think of the variety of possibilities in the case of uncertainty which we cannot actually foresee. Scientific knoweldge and technological knowledge can deal with well known things and we can contrast things like that what science cannot do is to deal with things that have not been foreseen and solve that problem.”
Lord Desai's lecture can be viewed in full from the Monash Business School.