May 30, 2021
Brave New World Podcast: Episode 13: Can a Machine have Human Values?
As artificial intelligence gets more and more powerful, the need becomes greater to ensure that machines do the right thing. But what does that even mean? Brian Christian joins Vasant Dhar in Episode 13 of Brave New World to discuss, as the title of ...
May 13, 2021
Brave New World Podcast: Episode 12 Are We Becoming a New Species?
Social media is changing human behaviour. How and why are humans being transformed by algorithms? Molly Crockett joins Vasant Dhar in episode 12 of Brave New World to describe her work at the meeting place of technology and morality. Listen to the ep...
April 30, 2021
Brave New World Episode 11: The Future of Liberal Education
In these polarised times, what should the colleges of tomorrow look like? Michael S Roth, the president of Wesleyan University, joins Vasant Dhar in episode 11 of Brave New World to discuss his vision for liberal education. We should empower indiv...
April 22, 2021
Facial Recognition Technology in Law Enforcement in India: Concerns and Solutions
This paper outlines the use cases of facial recognition technologies in the Indian context and unpacks the technological and institutional aspects, with respect to the police, governing facial recognition technologies. It further gives short-term and...
April 19, 2021
Brave New World Podcast: Episode 10 Understanding QE in the New World
Covid was a shock to the global economy. Policy makers have responded with Quantitative Easing. Paul Sheard joins Vasant Dhar in episode 10 of Brave New World to discuss the nuances of QE and its possible impacts. Also discussed: the role of monetary...
April 02, 2021
Brave New World Podcast: Episode 9 Waiting for Doctor AI
Artificial intelligence can transform healthcare — and the medical profession may be behind the curve. Regina Barzilay joins Vasant Dhar in episode 9 of Brave New World to talk about how doctors, programmers and lawyers need to find a meeting poi...
April 01, 2021
DGN Policy Brief 12: Balancing Privacy with Technology Use: Lessons from Covid-19
Privacy is a non-negotiable right at any given time. Yet, governments may use crises to justify a significantly lower degree of individual privacy to be maintained.
March 18, 2021
Brave New World Podcast: Episode 8 How Social Media Threatens Society
The internet has changed our lives, mostly for the better. But there is a flip side. Jonathan Haidt joins Vasant Dhar in episode 8 of Brave New World to describe how social media is a threat to democracy and public discourse — and to the mental h...
March 05, 2021
Brave New World Podcast: Episode 7 The Nature of Intelligence
Trying to build artificial intelligence can teach us so much about intelligence itself. AI pioneer Yann LeCun, a winner of the Turing Award, joins Vasant Dhar in episode 7 of Brave New World to discuss how the field of AI has evolved and where it is ...
February 20, 2021
Brave New World Podcast: Episode 6 The China Question
How should the Biden administration treat China? The same way the Trump administration did, Peter Berkowitz tells Vasant Dhar in episode 6 of Brave New World. The USA, argues Berkowitz, must not lose sight of its core values as a great democracy. ...