Big Debate: Unpacking the potential of AI
The Ladies’ College is hosting its second annual Big Debate, exploring the motion ‘This house believes that AI is a force for good’.
The debate, taking place on 4 December from 6.30-8pm at The Ladies’ College, will this year be chaired by Sir Richard Collas. Kim Sgarlata, Group Chief Executive Officer at Oak Group will propose the motion alongside lower-sixth student, Amal Sharif. Daniele Harford-Fox, Principal of The Ladies’ College, will oppose the motion with upper-sixth student, Tilly Collenette.
Daniele Harford-Fox, Principal at The Ladies’ College, said: “Following the success of our first Big Debate earlier this year with Michael Buerk, we knew we wanted to make this an annual event. Debate and discussion are vital in developing students’ ability to not only articulate their position but also understand that the world is complex and there are multiple sides to most issues. In a growing culture of black and white, teaching children to understand the grey and nuance in arguments feels particularly important.
“Furthermore, at The Ladies’ College, we want our students to feel confident in using their voice to speak out about topics that concern them, whilst actively listening to others. With AI on everyone’s minds, our students would like the chance to debate a topic that will inevitably affect their future and career paths.’
Kim Sgarlata has 20 years of experience in financial services and has joined Oak Group as the Group Chief Executive Officer based in Guernsey. Kim excels in driving business transformation, transitioning teams to agile operational methods, implementing cutting-edge technology and data solutions and embedding ESG-linked behavioural changes.
Kim added: “I’m delighted to be participating in the College’s Big Debate. Artificial Intelligence is complex, and the boundaries of technology and ethics are becoming increasingly blurred. AI is undeniably already playing a large part in our lives and will increasingly do so in the future. It’s vital to have open discussions on how it is shaping our lives and the role we can all play in defining that future.
“We’re hoping the debate will offer insightful perspectives and stimulate thought-provoking conversations. I would highly encourage people to attend and listen.’
The College hosted its first Big Debate earlier this year to celebrate its 150th anniversary, welcoming renowned British journalist, Michael Buerk, who chaired the debate.