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Presentation & Discussion: AI Existential Risk

Dec 6, 2017 · Victoria, Canada

Much heat and little light has been shed on the matter of existential risk from AI. While it's easy to dismiss the Cassandras as sensationalist or focused too far in the future, many people with impeccable credentials are lining up behind the "Look Out" banner. We'll discuss the near-term, more certain disruptions (such as employment), and the more distant and speculative risks. Is an AI takeover in our future? What role should government have in governing the impacts and safety of AI?

Our discussion will be led by Peter Scott, author of "Crisis of Control: How Artificial SuperIntelligences May Destroy or Save the Human Race". Peter holds a master's degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University, and has worked for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for over thirty years, helping to advance our exploration of the Solar System. Peter's appearances include Bloomberg News and an upcoming talk at TEDx.

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For some background reading on this fascinating topic, please check out Wait But Why's excellent blog post The Artificial Intelligence Revolution (https://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-1.html)

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