Author and filmmaker James Barrat will discuss the promise and peril of artificial intelligence.
This speaker series is presented by the Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival and UNLV - Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering.
Time Magazine named Barrat one of the “5 Very Smart People Who Think Artificial Intelligence Could Bring the Apocalypse” because of his groundbreaking nonfiction book: Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era.
Barrat contends intelligence, not strength or speed, is the superpower that enables humans to steer the future. Scientists around the world are developing machines whose intelligence grows exponentially, and will someday dwarf our own. If we fail to learn how to control these machines, before we create them we will be stuck in an unwinnable dilemma: we will have to rely on their kindness to survive. Should we bet our existence on it?
As an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Barrat has made a career from introducing audiences to complex ideas in engaging and provocative ways. His films have set ratings records on National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, and other broadcasters in the US and Europe. Barrat’s take is about what is wrong with the development and application of advanced AI. It is about short term problems – like unemployment and killer drones – and the long term specter of sharing our planet with creatures a million times more intelligent than we are. It is about AI’s soaring potential, and an apocalyptic downside you will never hear about from Google, Apple, IBM, Facebook, or Amazon.
Why have Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking raised the alarm about the dangers of artificial intelligence? Join Barrat’s quest to engage the world in the most important conversation of our time.