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Writer & Filmmaker

Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 20 Jan 2024


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

While the promises and perils of Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been hotly debated in academic and startup circles for the past couple of decades, the release of ChatGPT in late 2022 took the world by storm, bringing AI to the forefront of global conversations overnight.

In a few short months, all the Big Tech companies have released their versions of Large Language Models (LLMs) and generative AI graphics algorithms, which underlie the AI boom. The rapid pace of worldwide adoption of these tools has everyone from technologists and ethicists to bureaucrats and politicians concerned about the possibility of humanity having ‘crossed the Rubicon’ or reached a point of no return.

While parallels are being drawn with the invention of the nuclear bomb, the implications of adopting AI without robust public debate and massive upgrades in the regulatory frameworks, especially for democracies, go far beyond those of conventional weapons and warfare.

This lecture explores the implications of AI in the critical areas of intellectual property and political speech, both of which are witnessing worrying trends in India and the Western world. At one end, AI is disrupting the incentive structures of a variety of artists, setting up high-profile intellectual property battles and forcing societies to contemplate the value of creative endeavors. On the other end, it is supercharging the misinformation and fake news ecosystem, threatening beleaguered journalistic enterprises and posing novel challenges to democratic societies.

If long-drawn Hollywood strikes, US bans on export of critical AI hardware, and President Biden’s executive order related to AI are any indication, we are only at the beginning of this new battle between technology and regulators. With real-life examples of AI implementations, the lecture tries to separate the hype from reality and underlines areas of immediate concern. It ends on a philosophical note about the meaning of machines creating rich, nuanced information – being disseminated as knowledge – to humanity.


Mauktik Kulkarni

Writer & Filmmaker

Mauktik Kulkarni is a writer and film producer based in Los Angeles, but his journey to Hollywood started with a bachelors in Electronics & Telecom Engg. (Univ. of Pune), a masters in Biophysics (UIUC), and another masters in Neuroscience (Johns Hopkins Univ.). He has spent over 14 years in the startup world in the United States and India, overseeing the development and roll-out of several AI/ML implementations in healthcare, neuromarketing and e-commerce.

Along the way, backpacking through 50+ countries led him to author two books and produce a unique travel film about India, which was directed and edited by National Award winners. With several film and web series projects in the pipeline, he is also a regular contributor to Live Mint, The Wire, Scroll and several other outlets on topics related to neuroscience, artificial intelligence, technology and society, and creative pursuits. More information is available here.

Tanuj Bhojwani


Tanuj Bhojwani is currently the head of people+ai, a not-for-profit working on ai for good. Since 2016, he has been working on various technical, legal and policy aspects of Digital Public Infrastructure (DPIs) with Nandan Nilekani. Tanuj has also co-authored a book The Art of Bitfulness with Nandan.

Tanuj is currently on the Board of the Digital Public Goods Alliance. Tanuj was previously a Fellow at iSPIRT Foundation, where he worked on policy issues related to digital identity, payments, data protection and drones. He holds a chemical engineering degree from IIT Bombay, and attended Ashoka University to study liberal arts at the Young India Fellowship.Prior to iSPIRT, Tanuj has been a VC and an entrepreneur.