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Are You Scared Yet, Human?

As artificial intelligence changes our world, it has sparked a new arms race between China and the US. Experts warn that without urgent regulation, we could lose control of AI.

From Amazon’s Alexa to improvements in cancer care, artificial intelligence is changing our world. But today leading tech figures from Silicon Valley worry about the future that’s being created. Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, believes George Orwell's 1984 could become reality by 2024. Panorama has uncovered new evidence of AI being used by police in China to recognise the emotions of detainees in order to help determine guilt or innocence. China has vowed to become the world's AI superpower by 2030, sparking a new arms race with America. Both countries are pouring billions into cutting-edge military tech, including autonomous weapons. AI could usher in a golden age, but without urgent regulation, experts warn we could lose control of artificial intelligence, a prospect, they say, that should scare us all.

59 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    Rob Dougan

    Clubbed To Death

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  • 00:07

    The Prodigy


  • 00:08

    Aphex Twin


  • 00:24

    Boards of Canada

    White Cyclosa

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    Do Matter

  • 00:45

    Philip Glass

    Opening From Mishima


Role Contributor
Director Matthew Hill
Producer Matthew Hill
Producer Alex Mattholie
Producer Eamonn Walsh
Executive Producer Sandy Smith
Editor Karen Wightman


  • Wed 26 May 2021 19:30
  • Wed 26 May 2021 22:45
  • Wed 2 Jun 2021 00:30