Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?

Citizens’ Think-In, AI: Friend or Foe?

Stokes Building
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11 November 2021: Join us at the Stokes Building from 5.30 for refreshments and to try out some cutting-edge AI technology

Discussion starts from 6.15.

What happens to our personal information online?

We’re all being tracked, all the time. We give away huge amounts of our personal information daily. This might sound like a science-fiction story, but it is in fact the world we live in. Invisible codes, huge amounts of data and AI drive our daily exchanges and influence the way we live our lives. Companies track us through our mobile phones and the devices, websites and apps we use as we navigate both the online and offline worlds. As a result, we leave a trail of personal information behind. This information is then bought and sold by others. But does sharing these little pieces of information really matter? Our phones and the apps we use do make our lives easier… so what if we share a few random bits about our lives, right? 

The event

Join us during Science Week for an interactive event to explore the information we give to apps and home assistant devices and if the help and services they give us in return is worth it. At the event, you'll learn about AI and understand how we're sharing personal information continuously (often without knowing). You’ll take part in a fun discussion on how we might balance the benefits of AI with the loss of control of our personal information. If you're attending one of our discussion hubs in person, you'll even have the opportunity to try out some cutting-edge technology from the world-leading ADAPT research centre for AI.

How does this affect you?

Consider this…

You’re meeting some friends for dinner. As you're getting ready your doorbell camera alerts you there’s someone outside. That can’t be your friend already can it!? You check the image before answering the door, realising it is your friend and you’re officially late. Checking the commute time with Alexa, you both decide to walk to the restaurant. Once there you have a great time chatting and catching up. Obligatory selfies are taken and filters added. Once the photos are approved and everyone’s tagged (even the restaurant), the images are shared between friends and on Instagram At the end of the night you use your bank’s app to split the bill. While you’re on your phone, you open Freenow to order a taxi home. 

What could possibly be the risk in such a lovely evening? Really the only detail people can see is the restaurant name. You didn’t give away any personal data, did you? Are you 100% sure that was the only time your location was shared? Do you know you also gave access to your full photo collection on your phone, and every location you’d been to in the last 48 hours, oh and also the locations you spent money? Who now has access to all this data, and what are they likely to do with it? 

Great ideas come out of great conversations. This #DiscussAI event is organised by ADAPT and is part of Science Foundation Ireland’s Creating Our Future initiative, an opportunity for everyone in Ireland to give ideas on how to make our country better for everyone. You will be able to join the event in-person at our Hubs in Athlone, Cork, Dublin and Maynooth or online