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March 22nd, 2018 : The Royal Geographical Society, London

Lord Chris Holmes MBE

Director of a change, insights and innovation consultancy, Diversity Adviser to the Civil Service and ex-Paralympic swimmer

Time: 10:20 - 10:45

Insights Into The Economic, Ethical & Social Implications Of Advances In Artificial Intelligence

Chris is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, which was appointed on 29 June 2017 to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence, and to make recommendations. He is also co-chair of the Parliamentary Groups on Assistive Technology and Fintech and member of the groups on AI and the 4th Industrial Revolution. He has also contributed to House of Lords Select Committees on Digital Skills, Social Mobility and Financial Exclusion and published a report; "Distributed Ledger Technologies for Public Good: leadership, collaboration and innovation" calling on the Government to look at the challenges and opportunities of this technology for improving public services.

Chris also chairs the Global Disability Innovation Hub, leading the way in applying technology and innovation to accessible design. Chris advises the Government on Diversity & Inclusion in his role as Diversity Adviser to the civil service and is non-executive director at Channel 4.

Prior to entering the Lords, Chris was Director of Paralympic Integration at the London 2012 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and is himself a former Paralympic swimmer who won nine gold, five silver and one bronze medal across four Games, including a record haul of six golds at Barcelona 1992.

Session Overview

Future challenges – preparing for artificial intelligence

How do we most usefully approach the 4th Industrial Revolution? By understanding that everything and nothing changes. The 4th IR is changing everything around us; the tools we use, the way we communicate - AI in particular and the ability of machines fed by big data with the ability to learn has incredible potential for revolutionising the way we operate in all parts of life. It has the potential to fix some of the most intractable problems of our age ranging from environmental to health – thus the defining characteristic is the "everythingness" – there is no separate world of digital.

We must grasp this fact, but we must also appreciate what does not change - the human at the heart; living, working, loving, dying... as individuals and as businesses... now even more than ever we must ask ourselves what we want and how to get there. It is not about making predictions but about making choices.

What Chris learnt about technology, as an enabler, came in the wake of a disruptive force that he encountered at the age of 14. When he woke one morning, he could not see, everything and nothing had changed and that early experience of technology as the enabler – granted the "tech" were cassette tapes and a guide dog – informs his belief that even more than leaning in – what we must all do now is dive in!