Brave Conversations London 2023
To be held at Newspeak House, Bethnal Green, London.In association with the London College of Political Technologists, Newspeak House
Helping to create Smart Humans
This was our 22nd Brave Conversations event and our third in London.
At our first in 2018 we had only just launched Brave Conversations and our work with the Web Science Trust was gaining momentum.
Since that time we have been to many different places and spaces but the conversations remain the same - how can we help Humans become Smarter in a world stuffed full of smart technologies?
Brave Conversations London 2023 took place within the maelstrom of the emergence of G-LLAMs - Gigantic Large Language Models (Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin, the AI Dilemma )
"The biggest threat facing humanity today is humanity in the age of the machines.” (Mo Gawdat)
So what are G-LLAMs and what should we be thinking about as they increasingly pervade our lives - underpinning everything from our waking moments to our sleep.
We explored exploring
- What is the definition of a human in the Age of the Smart Machine?
- What is the role of a human in this Age of the Smart Machine?
- How do we retain our humanity whilst harnessing the power of Smart Machines to improve life for all on Planet Earth?
We were guided in our conversations by the use of Mark Moore’s Strategic Triangle asking:
- What Can We Do?
- What Should We Do?
- What May We Do?
"We assumed people were going to do good things with it. We really didn’t have any idea of what bad things people would do with it.
Everything that is bad within society is writ large within the Internet. They lose their moral compass in a way."
Professor Dame Wendy Hall in Interview with Beth Ridley
The goal of Brave Conversations is to challenge everyone who participates - regardless of what background they come from, or what their skillset and expertise are - to more fully explore and understand the interplay between humans, the societies we live in, and the technologies we have created.
We want to empower people to proactively make decisions about how we live our everyday lives, how we participate as commercial actors within the economy, and how we operate as digital citizens and exercise our political rights. That empowerment comes from demystifying data and information and understanding how it informs the everyday decisions which gradually create the future.
Each of those decisions begin on an individual human level - our bodies and our minds - and then emanates out to our families, communities, societies and from there to nation states. We are all responsible for the world we are creating and never has there been a time when we have more potential to influence the changes around us. But we need to be given the space for robust debate and respectful curiosity, learning from each other, playing with ideas, and asking the questions that are both confronting and potentially will take us to uncomfortable places.
How It Works
The best way to learn is through experience and the act of playing with ideas, to imagine, to challenge, and to be creative. The things that humans do best.
Brave Conversations complements the work being done at Newspeak House to address the challenges and opportunities which face contemporary society.