Debating AI in Oslo

Will AI destroy humanity or save us?

This sounds like a large question, and it is, and it is a strange question. An inherent assumption in the question, which we should not take too far, is that artificial intelligence is not us. Already here I think we need a rephrasing perhaps as simple as: will we destroy or save us? Tomorrow I will participate in a debate about artificial intelligence in a panel with four speakers. Therefore this text will be more about exploring the personalities of the different people within the field of artificial intelligence which I will be debating with tomorrow. The four are as follows:

  • Morten Irgens, Kristiania and OsloMet
  • Klas Pettersen, NORA — The Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Research Consortium
  • Marianne Fyhn, Centre for Integrative Neuroplasticity, UiO
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Tonje Hessen Schei the Filmmaker

If we look directly towards her IMDb Tonje Hessen Schei is a director and producer, known for Drone (2014), Play Again (2010) and Independent Intervention (2006). She has however worked with independent documentary production since 1996.

Morten Irgens the Deacon and Computer Scientist

He was the Deputy Principal at the Oslo Metropolitan University and is now the development Director and deacon for the faculty of economics, innovation and technology. He has been working as an industrial researcher and board member in many of the most prominent communities focused on artificial intelligence in Oslo and some in Europe. In 2018 he was part of establishing an European collaboration called Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe (CLAIRE). He is additionally a board member of NORA — The Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Research Consortium.

Klas Pettersen — CEO of NORA

Klas is a physicist with a PhD in computational neuroscience. He has been an active researcher in the field of artificial intelligence and has worked with management on different levels. He has an engagement in politics and experience communication as well. He leads the Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Research Consortium (NORA) which is a common arena for research and education within artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics.

Marianne Fyhn, Professor, Centre for Integrative Neuroplasticity

Marianne is a Professor at the Section for Physiology and Cell Biology. It is an interdisciplinary research centre working with the brain combining physics with computational modelling.


I will be participating in this debate tomorrow and I am excited to say the least. Will AI destroy humanity or save us? Perhaps I should not start in the clichéd social science way of criticising the bias of the question. I have been thinking about the consequences technology has for the environment so it is not unlikely that I will attempt to bring this aspect into the debate. It is a negative one, however we have seen solutions where the field of artificial intelligence can help to contribute. This week the focus has been on one question and it will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow. I will do my best to record the conversation and type it out.

AI Policy and Ethics at Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own.