“We’ll need to learn how to live well with the potential benefits – and failures – of AI," says Eleonore Pauwels in this episode of Wilson Center NOW. Pauwels, the director of the Anticipatory Intelligence Lab at the Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program, describes artificial intelligence as "a set of technologies too powerful for humankind to refuse" that is on the verge of transforming everything from medicine to urban planning to defense. But she also warns that debate among policymakers and average citizens, alike, is urgently needed to address weakening boundaries between public and private data, the impact of AI on the workforce, and the inequalities that could emerge from the fourth industrial revolution.


Eleonore Pauwels is the Director of the Anticipatory Intelligence (AI) Lab at the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Wilson Center.  She specializes in the governance and democratization of converging technologies, analyzing and compares how transformative technologies, such as artificial intelligence and genome-editing, raise new opportunities and challenges for health, security, economics, and governance in different geopolitical contexts. Pauwels regularly testifies before U.S. and European authorities, including the U.S. Department of State, NAS, NIH, NCI, FDA, the National Intelligence Council, the European Commission, and the UN. In 2016, she gave a TEDxCERN talk on the promise and perils of gene-editing and her writing has been featured in Nature, The New York Times, The Guardian, Scientific American, and other publications.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.