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Techno-Solutionism in AI

The Melting Pot

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After analysing AI existential risks and the platform economy, we are going deeper in our AI & Social Innovation series, demystifying now how AI works and exploring its limits.

As AI is developed further and AI-powered tools become more promising and widely available, there's a temptation to assume this technology is a definitive answer to most of our troubles. However, human problems require human actions to be solved, even if new instruments can help to foster innovative solutions. In this roundtable, we'll analyse how techno-solutionism can be an issue in matching expectations when delivering social innovation.


Steph Wright (Head of Scottish AI Alliance). Steph has a diverse background ranging from astrophysics to genomics in academia and film & TV to dance in the arts and the third sector. A project and programme management professional, she loves to develop and build collaborations across organisations to help people with their data/AI journey. Steph led on Data Lab’s efforts in support of the Scottish Government in developing Scotland’s AI Strategy and she’s now leading on the delivery of the strategy’s vision for Scotland to be a leader in trustworthy, ethical and inclusive AI. She is also Co-Founder of Diverse AI and was recognised as one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics in 2023 and one of the Top 10 Women in Tech in Scotland in 2023.

Angela Bradbury ( COO at HelpFirst). Angela has 12 years of experience as a management consultant and executive in a range of organisations including McKinsey, Farewill, User Voice and the Cooperative AI Foundation. She has particular expertise in the intersection between strategy and organisational effectiveness.

David Sarmiento (Research Project Manager at The Alan Turing Institute). David is an Andalusian engineer more interested in asking why than how, which led him from robots to smart cities and from programming to design. After some years in product management pushing for user centred design methodologies, he moved to Edinburgh to study Digital Sociology to go deeper into the social shaping of technology.

What to expect from attending the AI & Social Innovation series:

📝 Learn from experts on AI, data protection, cryptocurrency and more

🤖 Thought-provoking discussions about the future of AI

🔗 Meaningful connections with like-minded people

☕️ A delicious selection of coffee & tea at the arrival

17:30-20:00, 26 June 2024
Xabier Villares
+44 (0)131 510 1553
From £8
Attendance type
In-person only
15 Calton Road, Edinburgh (The Melting Pot)
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