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UBC Okanagan Debates: Artificial Intelligence

May 3, 2023 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Artificial Intelligence promises to revolutionize and disrupt at breakneck speed.

For the optimist, it will cure disease, free us from the burden of simple tasks and automate the mundane—saving time and money. It will create millions of new and more fulfilling jobs, pushing humanity further into the reaches of what’s possible.

For the skeptic, AI will crush our creativity and divide us further through biased data and algorithms. It will rob us of real, human connection and strip away our identity all in the pursuit of an insatiable obsession with technology.

The truth may lie somewhere in between or beyond what can even be imagined today. When it comes to AI, should we pause or persist?

On May 3, join Nora Young, host of CBC’s Spark, as she moderates the inaugural UBC Okanagan Debates. This is an in-person event and will not be live-streamed or recorded.


UBC Okanagan Debates is a signature event hosted by UBCO’s Principal and Deputy-Vice Chancellor. This event is designed to model civil discourse in a polarized world by bringing together renowned experts to discuss disputed and timely topics.


May 3, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Commons (COM)
3297 University Way
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7 Canada
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Registration/RSVP Required
Yes (see event description)
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Forum, Talk/Lecture
Policy and Social Change, Science, Technology and Engineering
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Families, Partners and Industry, Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Associates