Join the Union Debating Society on Thursday, 26 November as we debate the motion "This House Believes Artificial Intelligence is a Threat to Humanity". We will be examining the motion from a scientific, economic, and broader societal viewpoint, and all are welcome to attend!

The evening will commence with a port reception held in Lower Parliament Hall at 19:30, which will be attended by our fine speakers, where students and community members can meet the speakers and ask any questions that they might have prior to the debate. The debate will commence at 20:00, and is free for all with seating operated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Speakers include:

Professor Alan Bundy of the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications

Dr Frank Guerin of the University of Aberdeen's School of Natural and Computing Sciences

Professor Ruth Aylett of Heriot-Watt University's School of Computer Science, and

Dr Ekaterina Komendantskaya, a Senior Lecturer in Computing at the University of Dundee

with more to be announced soon!

This event is generously sponsored by the British Science Association as part of their Future Debates programme. These events are part of their work to make science a fundamental part of British society and culture. They want to empower many more people – not just scientists – to constructively engage in debates over the applications and implications of science in their lives, their local economy and the UK’s future.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Sarah Bliss, the Union Debating Society's Internal Secretary at Alternatively, visit, or find us on Facebook!

This event is FREE but please register on Eventbrite here or by clicking the 'Book' button below.

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