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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Risk Assessment and Risk Planning

Risk Assessment and Risk Planning Committee
Risk Assessment and Risk Planning

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Start times: 10.30am (private) 10.30am (public)

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What are the most significant technological risks facing society? Lords ask

On 13 January, the Select Committee on Risk Assessment and Risk Planning will hear from a panel of expert witnesses on the risks associated with emerging technologies, the potential consequences of society’s growing dependency on technology, the ethical challenges related to technological advancement, and whether the UK is managing technological advances and their associated risks effectively.

Meeting details

At 10.30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Risk Assessment and Risk Planning
Group Director R2 Data Labs at Rolls Royce
Innovation Editor at Financial Times
Academic Programme Manager and Senior Research Associate at Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge
Executive Director at Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge
At 12.15pm: Private discussion
Inquiry Risk Assessment and Risk Planning

Possible questions include:

  • How can the risk assessment process be used to inform the governance of technological innovation?
  • Is failure to act ethnically in the adoption of new technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI) in particular, a risk?
  • What needs to be done to better educate society about the risks (and benefits) of AI?
  • Is the UK government adequately prepared to deal with the risk of cyber-attacks?
  • How far can risks from emerging technologies be mitigated by UK action alone or is international cooperation required?

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