AI, jobs, and relationships: SUBU hold latest Student-led debate

SUBU debates – 26/11/2018

“In terms of automation I think we should embrace the technology coming in and not worry about the short-term consequences…”

Sam, SUBU Debates champion

On Monday, SUBU held their last debate of 2018 named “Have people become disposable in light of the modern age?“.

Panelists and audience members took on issues related to AI and automation effecting human life.

The proposed questions included:

  • Have people become disposable in light of the modern age?
  • Have we become shallow when choosing our relationships?
  • Should we be concerned that automation will replace jobs?
  • Should AI be integrated into society?

Some of the questions prompted some intense, thought-provoking discussion.

Particularly, the question of “Should we be concerned that automation will replace jobs?” led to debate around the economy, policy and the role of the state to intervene within the growing complexity of AI (Artificial Intelligence).

An audience contribution regarding government welfare policy sparked some intense debate on the question of how and why governments should tackle this growing issue.

Panelists and audience members with knowledge of economics and politics made for a healthy debate around the topic.

The panel also included Dr Karanasiou, a Senior Lecturer specialising in IT and Media Law here at BU

Dr Karanasiou gave some insightful pointers, particularly around technology and the discussion of disposability and shallowness in online dating, arguing that our “consumer centric world” determines humans most intimate relationships.

Head of Nerve News Drew Hyndman gave an interesting audience contribution around technology and human relationships.

Drew claimed humans have always been shallow, technology only serves to open up more information to daters.

Other audience members claimed social media created an environment of ‘instant gratification’, while some even saying online platforms create self-esteem issues and ‘less-genuine’ relationships.

The question of technology and relationships caused some great debate.

The consensus from audience members and panelists was that technology and social media had certainly effected how we see relationships.

Automation and technology are part of a growing debate around how they affect human lives.

Both sceptics and optimists were present within this week’s debate which gave the event much-needed balance.

SUBU debates was founded by former SUBU president, Daniel Asaya. It is an attempt to revitalise in-depth discussion and discourse within our uni campus.