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Verity Harding: AI. Brave new world, or the road to extinction?

Verity Harding: AI. Brave new world, or the road to extinction?

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Beyond the hype on all sides, what are the real opportunities which developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning can bring about in the next few decades? What are the risks, and what can we do to make sure we make the most out of this new technology?

Verity Harding, visiting fellow at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at Cambridge University and author of the forthcoming book AI Needs You.

This event will be chaired by Struan Bartlett, founder and CEO of NewsNow. Struan Bartlett lives in Folkestone.

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Folkestone Book Festival is our annual celebration of books, ideas, reading and writing in its many magical forms. This year's festival has been curated by Jen Thatcher and James Harkin. Curating the festival for the first time, Jen and James have been inspired by Folkestone and how we can all come together through inspired discussion about global ideas, global thinking and possible futures.


This year's festival is for everyone and we want to make it possible for more people than ever before to be able to come together and enjoy a packed festival. To make this possible we have introduced a £5 ticket. This is a no questions asked ticket for those that may be struggling to afford events and performances.


We would like to thank our Principal Sponsor Saga, our Education Partner Canterbury Christ Church University, Le Shuttle and our Travel Partner, Southeastern. Creative Folkestone is also supported by Arts Council England, Folkestone and Hythe District Council, Kent County Council and The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust.


Mill Bay,
CT20 1BN

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