The Good, Bad, and Beautiful of Artificial Intelligence

Does AI mark the dawn of a new era of human advancement, or is it a giant accident that leads to doom?

This timely question was explored at the second HLMA 20th anniversary public talk series “Shaping our Future”, jointly hosted by HLMA and Asia Society Hong Kong Center on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, where the speakers engaged in a riveting discussion on “The Good, Bad, and Beautiful of Artificial Intelligence”.

Technology has often spearheaded changes in our lives for the better. Our panelist, Professor Harry Shum, Council Chairman of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, highlighted the remarkable strides made in human productivity and creativity, thanks to the vast array of AI tools and software. The other panelist, Mr. Antoine Blondeau, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Alpha Intelligence Capital, shared the awe-inspiring impact of AI in the world of drug discovery by telling the audience how AI played a pivotal role in the race for vaccines during the tumultuous COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, in the world of boundless possibilities, Professor Shum cautioned about the bias and misinformation in AI-generated content. Mr. Blondeau agreed and stressed the need for a delicate balance between regulations and innovation.

As the discussion propelled the audience into the future, our speakers painted a picture of a world forever transformed by AI, defying imagination and reshaping our reality. The moderator, Professor Helen Meng, Patrick Huen Wing Ming Professor of Systems Engineering & Engineering Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, concluded by emphasizing the importance of trust as humans and AI forge a path together towards a breathtaking new world.   

Watch the full video of the public talk for more.