GovAI Webinar #1 COVID-19 and the Economics of AI

12:00 PM

Join the inaugural Governance and Economics of AI webinar on Wednesday, May 20th, 1700-1815 BST (0900-1015 PT, 1200-1315 ET), featuring Daron Acemoğlu, Diane Coyle, and Joseph Stiglitz in a discussion about COVID-19 and the economics of AI. 

The panel will focus on questions such as: Will COVID-19 cause automation to increase? A decline in labour share of income? A rise of superstar companies? What does COVID-19 teach us about policy responses discussed in the economics of AI, such as universal basic income? Will we see a stable increase in AI-enabled surveillance technologies?

The event will start with a brief introduction to the seminar series by Anton Korinek and Allan Dafoe, followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A. To join the event, please register using the button above.

The event is hosted by the Centre for the Governance of AI, at the Future of Humanity Institute, based at the University of Oxford. Our focus is on the political challenges arising from transformative AI. We seek to guide the development of AI for the common good by conducting research on important and neglected issues of AI governance, and advising decision makers on this research through policy engagement.

Daron Acemoğlu is an economist and the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics and Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has taught since 1993. He was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal in 2005 and co-authored Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty with James A. Robinson in 2012.

Diane Coyle, CBE, OBE, FAcSS is an economist, former advisor to the UK Treasury, and the Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, where she has co-directed the Bennett Institute since 2018. She was vice-chairman of the BBC Trust, the governing body of the British Broadcasting Corporation, and was a member of the UK Competition Commission from 2001 until 2019. In 2020, she published Markets, State, and People: Economics for Public Policy.

Joseph Stiglitz is an economist, public policy analyst, and a University Professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979). He is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and is a former member and chairman of the US President’s Council of Economic Advisers. His most recent book, Measuring What Counts; The Global Movement for Well-Being came out in 2019.