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Breakthroughs in science, from nuclear weapons development to genetic engineering, challenge society’s moral and legal limits – and demand debate. Answering that call, Intelligence Squared U.S. science debates bring issues of the lab, and the law, to center stage. On our stage, leading scientists and ethicists, including Nita Farahany, Steven Novella, Bill Ritter, and John Krebs, tackle scientific strife with comprehensive with vigorous debate spanning revolution in green energy, 21st Century farming, and human genome modification. Learn more: listen to both sides debate the breakthroughs that will shape our future.
As technology rapidly progresses, some proponents of artificial intelligence believe that it will help solve complex social challenges and offer immortality via virtual humans. But AI’s critics are sounding the alarm, going so far as to call its development an “existential threat” to mankind. Watch Debate