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Independent Thinking

Independent Thinking is the new podcast from Chatham House.

Each week our director, Bronwen Maddox, will host conversations with leading policymakers, journalists and our own Chatham House experts to provide insight and depth on the big international questions of the week.

Independent Thinking gives you, the listener, the opportunity to engage with the high-level conversations that the institute hosts, and, for Chatham House members, to ask questions directly to the participants in each episode.

Jul 21, 2023

On the show this week we discuss artificial intelligence, the hopes, and opportunities the technology may bring, as well as the challenges and even the risks it presents to governments and above all democracy.

This week the United Nations Security Council, operating under the UK presidency, met for the first time to discuss the issue of AI, with UN officials and diplomats alike urging the world to take the emergence of this new technology seriously. Meanwhile in the UK, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is preparing to host the first global summit on artificial intelligence in the autumn. 

Joining Bronwen Maddox on the show to help us understand the enormous implications of this subject are Dr Talita Dias, a Senior Research Fellow with our International Law Programme; Alex Krasadomski, a Senior Research Associate with our Digital Society Initiative; Dr Milly Zimeta, until very recently with the Open Data Institute and writer and journalist Carl Miller.

Read our expertise:

Why are we building AI?

Artificial intelligence: hear from the experts

The nuclear governance model won’t work for AI 

Global AI governance: What is the UK’s role?

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Presented by Bronwen Maddox. Produced by John Pollock. Sound by Matthew Docherty.