How Safe is Artificial Intelligence?

Exeter Phoenix

£6.00 Ticket

Whether it’s a deepfake of Taylor Swift or Rishi Sunak’s summit at Bletchley Park, news about Artificial Intelligence seems unescapable. And it’s accelerating at an unprecedented rate. With a group of world experts, we’re getting behind the headlines to look at what’s really happening in AI safety, particularly the role that law and politics play in providing regulation and reassurance.

The AI landscape is complex, ranging from positive impacts such as healthcare advances to those more negative that affect real-life opportunities and services. So, what are the risks of AI as well as the transformative opportunities?

Come and join us to discuss, make comments, and ask questions.

This event is part of AI UK Fringe and in partnership with the University of Exeter’s Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and the Alan Turing Institute.


Sabina Leonelli

Professor of Philosophy and History of Science
Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI)
University of Exeter

Sabina Leonelli is a professor in philosophy and history of science at the University of Exeter, where she co-directs the Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (Egenis). She gained her PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, following an MSc in history and philosophy of science at the London School of Economics and a BSc (hons) in history, philosophy and social studies of science at University College London.

Her research focuses on the methods and assumptions involved in the use of big data for discovery; the challenges involved in the extraction of knowledge from digital infrastructures, and the implications of choices in data curation for the outputs and uses of science and technology; the role of the open science movement within current landscapes of knowledge production, including concerns around inequality; and the status and history of experimental organisms as scientific models and data sources. She published widely in a variety of disciplines including philosophy, history, social studies of science, data science and biology; and is active in science policy, particularly as adviser on Open Science implementation for the European Commission and the steering boards of various research data infrastructures.

Atoosa Kasirzadeh

Chancellor's Fellow
School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
The University of Edinburgh

Atoosa is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Department of Philosophy and the Futures Institute.  She previously held the positions of Visiting Research Scientist at Google DeepMind in London and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Humanizing Machine Intelligence Grand Challenge at the Australian National University. Her research and teaching focuses on the ethics and philosophy of AI and computing, the roles of mathematics in empirical sciences and normative inquiry, and modelling of morality.

Atoosa holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science and Technology from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. At Montreal, she was part of the Group for Research in Decision Analysis (GERAD) that works on developing mathematical models and computational algorithms for large-scale, data-driven decision problems.

Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh

Programme Director of AI: Futures and Responsibility
Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
University of Cambridge

As Programme Director of AI: Futures and Responsibility, Seán’s research interest include emerging technologies, global risk, science and technology policy, and horizon-scanning and foresight. He specifically focuses on the impacts of artificial intelligence on societies. He is the founding Executive Director of the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and has developed the centre’s research vision in collaboration with its other founders.

Seán has led research programmes on the topics of emerging technologies and AI at the Future of Humanity Institute (Oxford) from 2011-2015, and co-developed both the Strategic AI Research Centre (Cambridge-Oxford collaboration), and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (Cambridge-Oxford- Imperial-Berkeley collaboration) in 2015. Prior to Cambridge, Sean established the FHI-Amlin Collaboration on Systemic Risk. He has a PhD in genomics from Trinity College Dublin.

Anthony King

Director of Strategy and Security Institute
University of Exeter

Professor Anthony King is the Director of the University of Exeter’s pioneering Strategy and Security Institute and makes regular appearances on national and international media to discuss issues related to security and defence policy. Professor King’s work is wide-ranging but unified by an enduring sociological interest in the rich life-worlds of exclusive social groups, including football fans, infantry soldiers, military headquarters, and their historical development.

Following the 9/11 attacks, he began to explore the question of war, the armed forces, and miliary culture. He has worked in the field of military sociology and security studies for the last twenty years, publishing four monographs, including a trilogy of military transformation; The Transformation of Europe’s Armed Forces (Cambridge University Press, 2011), The Combat Soldier (Oxford University Press, 2013), Command (Cambridge University Press, 2019). His most recent book, Urban Warfare in the Twenty-First Century, was published in 2021; a second edition of this book will appear in 2025. He is currently working on a monograph of AI and military transformation, called AI, Automation, and War, to be published by Princeton University Press in 2025.



Rebecca Kesby


Rebecca Kesby is a freelance journalist, broadcaster and live host. She joined the BBC’s local radio in 1996 and has been at the BBC World Service since 2000.

Evidence based, accurate, fair and responsible journalism are front and centre in Rebecca’s work. She likes digging into the detail, challenging the discourse, rigour, context and substance. She has reported from Africa, China and the US. She is also an audio and visual filmmaker.