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With the increasing use of artificial intelligence, how can we maximise the potential of this powerful technology while safeguarding our future?
Thursday, 7 November 2019 - 6.00pm to 9.00pm GMT
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Science and technology

Join Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope (Trinity 1983) and Dr Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, from the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, and Dr Kanta Dihal from the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence on the evening of Thursday 7 November.

Together, they will examine the nature of artificial intelligence and its profound effect on our world. Human beings have shaped our own environment for millennia, but now we have greater power to do so than ever before.


Professor Stephen J Toope

Professor Stephen J Toope 2019

Professor Stephen J Toope became the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 2017.

Previously Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, he is a former President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and Dean of Law at McGill University. He has served as Chair of the Board of Universities Canada, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and as Director of the Public Policy Forum, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Professor Toope is an expert on international dispute resolution, international environmental law, human rights, the use of force, and international legal theory. He is writing with Professor Jutta Brunnée exploring mechanisms and processes fostering stability and change in international law. He has served as Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances, and as Fact-Finder for the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Government Officials in relation to Maher Arar.

Alumni information: 
Trinity 1983

Dr Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh

Dr Sean O hEigeartaigh

Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh is the Director of the AI:Futures and Responsibility programme (AI:FAR) at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, which is an interdisciplinary centre that explores the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence. The AI:FAR programme focuses on foresight, security and governance related to artificial intelligence.

He is also Co-director of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER), a research centre focused on emerging global risks and long-term challenges.

Dr Ó hÉigeartaigh’s research spans the impacts of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, horizon-scanning and foresight, and global risk. He led research programmes on these topics at the Future of Humanity Institute (Oxford) from 2011-2015, was founding Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, and co-developed both the Strategic AI Research Centre, and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. His paper An AI Race: Rhetoric and Risks (with Stephen Cave) recently won joint best paper at the inaugural AI Ethics and Society Conference. Dr Ó hÉigeartaigh has a PhD in genome evolution from Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Kanta Dihal

Dr Kanta Dihal

Dr Kanta Dihal is a postdoctoral researcher within the AI: Narratives and Justice programme at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. She is the Principal Investigator on the Global AI Narratives project and the Project Development Lead on Decolonising AI.

In her research, Kanta explores the ways in which fictional and non-fictional stories shape the development and public understanding of artificial intelligence. She has published on AI narratives in Nature and Nature Machine Intelligence, and is co-editor of the forthcoming book AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking About Intelligent Machines (Oxford University Press, February 2020). Kanta's work intersects the fields of science communication, literature and science, and science fiction. She has a DPhil in English from the University of Oxford.

Robinson College alumni event

Join your fellow Robinsonians for a bite to eat and catch up following the presentations, at The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen, 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh. 

Menus start from £20 per person

Guest of alumni are welcomed to attend

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Booking information

Book now to secure your place. Booking will close at 9am GMT on Monday 4 November


£20 inc VAT


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Location information

Access to this event will be via the Gardens Entrance (from Princes Street Gardens).