Atkinson Memorial Lecture 2024

Atkinson Memorial Lecture 2024

The Global Priorities Institute and the Oxford Department of Economics is pleased to announce the Atkinson Memorial Lecture 2024, delivered by Daron Acemoglu (MIT Economics). Tickets to this event are available to watch the lecture in-person and live online.

For meetings with the speaker on 1st May please email

"Reclaiming humanity in the age of AI"
3:30pm - 5pm, Thursday 16th May 2024.
Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building, OX1 3UQ

This event will be followed by a drinks reception for in-person attendees.

Please click HERE to register for this event


About this lecture: This talk will argue that human agency - the ability of humans to make decisions that shape their lives in environments – is a fundamental value and is under two related threats: (1) the growing emphasis on a single dimension of human talents centered on analytical skills and college-level education; (2) the perspective and practice of digital technologies and AI sidelining humans. The philosophical foundations of these two threats are mutually self-reinforcing. They have together led to a pattern of growing economic gaps, status differences and political voice between college and non-college workers in the industrialized world. The next stage of AI looks set to exacerbate these trends by prioritizing AGI, excessive automation and limiting autonomous human decision-making. I will also outline how a different trajectory for technological change in AI can re-energize human agency 


About the speaker


daron acemoglu

Daron Acemoglu

MIT Economics

Daron Acemoglu is an Institute Professor of Economics at MIT and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, the British Academy of Sciences, the Turkish Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, the European Economic Association, and the Society of Labor Economists. In 2005 he received the John Bates Clark Medal awarded to economists under forty judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. In 2019 he was named Institute Professor, MIT’s highest faculty honor. In 2024, Acemoglu was awarded the Sanjaya Lall Professorship at the University of Oxford. 



About the Atkinson Memorial Lecture


In memory of Professor Sir Tony Atkinson.


The Atkinson Memorial Lecture is an annual distinguished lecture series established in 2018 in memory of Professor Sir Tony Atkinson, jointly by the Global Priorities Institute (GPI) and the Department of Economics. The aim is to encourage research among academic economists on topics related to global prioritisation - using evidence and reason to figure out the most effective ways to improve the world.



For further information

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