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Achieving a Brighter Future: Is Science a Hope or a Threat?

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

ABSTRACT / Advances in biotechnology, cyber tech, and artificial intelligence could enhance everyone's lives. But they must be applied and regulated wisely if we are to avoid dystopian risks. These are of two kinds. First, humanity's ever-heavier collective 'footprint' on the Earth could leave a ravaged and depleted biosphere for future generations. Second, new technologies are so powerful, and our world so interconnected, that even small groups, by error or design, can create disruption that cascades globally. Minimising these risks - and ensuring that developing countries benefit fully -- poses novel challenges to society and governance.

CEU will provide simultaneous Hungarian interpretation.

The event will be livestreamed via CEU's YouTube channel,