The illusion of control

Sunday 23 April 2023
h. 17:00
Sala Petrassi
The illusion of control

Helga Nowotny - Former President of the European Research Council, Professor Emerita, ETH Zurich
Dialogue with Marco Motta - Journalist and Radio3 Science host

The pandemic has taught us that we are not as in control of everything as we thought. Now, with the latest wave of generative artificial intelligences such as ChatGPT, the issue of control is back in the limelight. Some argue that AI has achieved human-level cognitive capabilities; others dismiss it as hype touted by Big Tech. There are those who worry about the threats ChatGPT poses to our open and democratic societies, but the real question is whether we are losing control over machines or instead are trapped in the illusion of control.