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Think-In Discussion Topics

At previous #DiscussAI Think-Ins we covered many different topics surrounding Artificial Intelligence. From the ethical minefields to the effects on society and on individuals lives. These discussion topics begin at co-creation workshops, where people work together to create a discussion scenario that resonates with them.

Do you think that smart doorbells or community surveillance affects our privacy? Is it for the greater good? Are there any implications if AI is used to record our medical data?

Check out the scenarios below by clicking on the image or “Read More”.  We would like to hear your opinions, or if you would like to be involved in the next Think-In contact us.


How can technology support us as we grow older?

How does technology like online banking, smart home devices (like Alexa) and social media platforms (like Facebook and Whatsapp) support us as we age?


Who should you trust with your personal information?

Our personal information is often spread across different locations like our GPs, in hospitals, private clinics and now even on our phones as the use of smart wearable devices that track and collect our fitness data increases.

“Data Pods” are a new way for people to store their own data so they have more control over who they want to share it with.


Can a Smart Doorbell keep you safe?

Susan’s mother lives alone. She loves her independence but her family worries about her safety and security in a large house on her own. What happens if she falls and can’t reach the phone, or if a stranger comes to the door?

Susan and Charlotte have been reading up about smart doorbells online. There are clear benefits to installing these devices, but they have concerns.


What is your Health Information?

With use of new technologies to manage our health records,
concerns are arising about who can access our information. All the while it is very difficult to access our own health information.

Take the example of Barney, who has a family history of a common hereditary disease. Although Barney doesn’t have the disease, he has consented, along with his brother, to being monitored by a specialist. They are part of a clinical trial of an experimental drug to prevent the disease developing.


Do you care if Big Brother is watching you?

In China, a system is in place where AI-based facial recognition software allows the State to identify and monitor the behaviour of its citizens in public, on transportation, on the road and on the streets and it will also monitor people’s behaviour online.

If you have a low social credit score, you could lose access to international travel, while those with a high score could get access to lower interest rates and faster security inspection at rail stations


Should AI have a place in the virtual classroom? 

During COVID, many schools and universities were forced to quickly move all their teaching online. Classrooms became virtual, requiring a camera, a microphone, and a computer to run video conferencing software (e.g. Zoom) so as to take part in class.

But imagine that you are a student and a college or school you are studying in has unveiled a new feature within Zoom that aims to help teachers “read a room” through analysing the video and sound coming from your laptop when in class. Is this too invasive or just another educational tool? 


Is AI or a human making decisions that impact you?

Using Artificial Intelligence to aid decision-making offers huge benefits. From reducing drug discovery times, to speeding up and increasing the accuracy of medical diagnoses, AI contributes to progress in many different spaces.

But is it important to know how and when AI is used to aid a decision for the person the decision impacts?