On Friday 27 October, the Future Advocacy think tank organised an excellent talk by Max Tegmark, author of Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Max discussed AI and how wisdom is vital to ensure AI is aligned to humans' objectives. He addressed key questions, such as how can we increase our prosperity through automation, without leaving people unequal or lacking purpose? Max explained eloquently the importance of investment in AI safety as well as research.

The evening concluded with a tribute and award to the family of Vasili Arkhipov, a naval commander, who helped avoid nuclear catastrophe 55 years ago by revoking his submarine captain’s order to fire, thus ensuring that 27 October is not the anniversary of the start of WWIII. Max Tegmark explained that Arkhipov was an example of an incredibly brave individual.