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How should we respond to the disruptions being caused by significant technological innovations?

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With rapid advancements in artificial intelligence and telecommunications and the growing importance of data in our decision-making, we are witnessing a period of significant digital disruption. The resource-intensive nature of these technologies has also created a growing divide between the leaders and the followers, and the winners and the losers.

Experts will discuss how the current disruption materialises socially, economically, and
geopolitically. This is not the first wave of disruption in recent history, so how can we learn from earlier examples, and is it different this time? How can policymakers not only manage the risks, but ensure the new technologies benefit society as a whole?

Guest speakers

  • Emran Mian, Director General for Digital Technologies and Telecoms, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT)
  • Prof Gina Neff, Executive Director of the Minderoo Centre for Technology & Democracy, University of Cambridge
  • Brittany Smith, UK Policy and Partnerships Lead, OpenAI


  • Prof Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy and Co-Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy

This discussion was a part of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy Annual Conference 2024 recorded on Friday 22 March 2024 at Churchill College, Cambridge, UK