The future of AI

6:30pm, 5 Jun 2024

A panel of journalists from MIT Technology Review discusses the future of artificial intelligence and how the magazine is covering it.

In our private and professional lives, from the way we communicate with one another to how we form mathematical conjectures, the impact of artificial intelligence will be transformative. Writers and editors from MIT Technology Review have been following and commenting on the rise of AI for years. In this panel discussion, which is organised by the MIT Club of Great Britain, members of the magazine’s editorial team talk about what is exciting them in artificial intelligence, how they think about the technology, and what the future holds. The senior AI editor, Will Douglas Heaven, and the senior AI reporter, Melissa Heikkilä, will be moderated by the magazine’s executive editor, Niall Firth. The event will conclude with a Q&A.

Founded in 1899, MIT Technology Review is an independent award-winning bimonthly magazine, which reports on the newest technologies and their commercial, social and political impacts. The MIT Club of Great Britain is the association for MIT’s UK-based alumni. The event is open to members and non-members of MIT Club, but tickets must be booked before the event using the link below.

Event info

The event takes place on Wednesday 5 June at the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences, which is on the second floor of the Royal Institution. Come for a glass of wine from 18:30, before being seated in Tyndall’s Parlour for the panel discussion at 19:00, followed by a Q&A. There will be drinks and light refreshments afterwards in the Old Post Room. To attend this event, please book your tickets here.

Programme

  • 6:30pm Arrival and drinks, Old Post Room
  • 7:00pm Panel discussion and Q&A, Tyndall Parlour, with panellists Will Douglas Heaven and Melissa Heikkilä, moderated by Niall Firth
  • 8:00pm Drinks
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Speakers and panellists

Niall Firth

Niall Firth is the executive editor, newsroom, of MIT Technology Review. He oversees all the magazine’s online journalism and newsletter as well as managing the reporting team. Previously, he was Chief News Editor at New Scientist, where he also worked as technology editor.

Will Douglas Heaven

Will Douglas Heaven is senior editor for AI at MIT Technology Review, covering new research and emerging trends. Previously, he was the editor of BBC website Future Now and chief technology editor at New Scientist. He holds a PhD in computer science from Imperial College London.

Melissa Heikkilä

Melissa Heikkilä is a senior reporter at MIT Technology Review, where she covers artificial intelligence and how it is changing society. Before joining the magazine, she wrote on the policy and politics of AI for Politico. She has also worked at The Economist and as a news anchor.