Futurist Martin Ford shares his thoughts on why we should treat artificial intelligence like a utility, the impact a robot revolution will have on the economy, and how machines may enhance our creativity by encouraging new forms of innovation. Martin Ford is a futurist and the author of four books, including Rule of the Robots: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Everything (2021), the New York Times Bestselling Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future (winner of the 2015 Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and translated into more than 20 languages), Architects of Intelligence: The truth about AI from the people building it (2018), and The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future (2009). He is also the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm. 🧠 Find out more: http://futurespodcast.net​​​​ 🎧 Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/futurespodcast-apple​​​​ 🎧 Spotify: http://bit.ly/futurespodcast-spotify​​​​ 🎧 Stitcher: http://bit.ly/futurespodcast-stitcher 🎧 Deezer: http://bit.ly/futurespodcast-deezer​​​​ 🎧 Soundcloud: http://bit.ly/futurespodcast-soundcloud 📝 Rate & Review: http://bit.ly/futurespodcast-review​​​​ — CREDITS — 💻 Produced by FUTURES Podcast 🔴 Recorded, Mixed & Edited by Luke Robert Mason — SOCIAL MEDIA — 🐦 Twitter: http://twitter.com/futurespodcast​​​​ 📷 Instagram: http://instagram.com/futurespodcast​​​​ 📰 Facebook: http://facebook.com/futurespodcast​​​​ #FUTURESPodcast​​​​ #MartinFord #AI
Joscha Bach, Cognitive Scientist and AI researcher, as well as Anthony Aguirre, UCSC Professor of Physics, join us to explore the world through the lens of computation and the difficulties we face on the way to beneficial futures. Topics discussed in this episode include: -Understanding the universe through digital physics -How human consciousness operates and is structured -The path to aligned AGI and bottlenecks to beneficial futures -Incentive structures and collective coordination Find the page for this podcast here: https://futureoflife.org/2021/03/31/joscha-bach-and-anthony-aguirre-on-digital-physics-and-moving-towards-beneficial-futures/ Apply to be the FLI Podcast Producer here: https://futureoflife.org/job-postings/ Follow the podcast on: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2Op1WO3gwVwCrYHg4eoGyP Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/future-of-life-institute-podcast/id1170991978?mt=2 SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/futureoflife Have any feedback about the podcast? You can share your thoughts here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/DRBFZCT Timestamps: 0:00 Intro 1:58 What is truth and knowledge? 11:39 What is subjectivity and objectivity? 15:13 What is the universe ultimately? 20:32 Is the universe a cellular automaton? Is the universe ultimately digital or analogue? 25:59 Hilbert’s hotel from the point of view of computation 39:14 Seeing the world as a fractal 43:00 Describing human consciousness 57:46 Meaning, purpose, and harvesting negentropy 1:02:30 The path to aligned AGI 1:05:13 Bottlenecks to beneficial futures and existential security 1:16:01 A future with one, several, or many AGI systems? How do we maintain appropriate incentive structures? 1:30:39 Non-duality and collective coordination 1:34:16 What difficulties are there for an idealist worldview that involves computation? 1:37:19 Which features of mind and consciousness are necessarily coupled and which aren’t? 1:47:47 Joscha’s final thoughts on AGI This podcast is possible because of the support [More]
Come to New America for a half-day mini-conference on the intersection of science fiction, futurism, and real-world AI policy! Our anxieties about what we can do with AI versus what we should do are reaching a fever pitch. While companies scramble to define what “AI ethics” means for them and citizens see algorithmic decision-making creeping into their daily experience, policymakers are facing tough choices about how to regulate this new computational wild west. Yet public dialogue about the future of AI seems to be stuck in a loop, repeating the same stories about killer robots, job-stealing AIs, and god-like super-machines. Is science fiction to blame for selling us simplistic visions of AI apocalypse? How can we make sure the stories we tell ourselves about intelligent machines will examine real-life challenges like data-based discrimination and privacy invasion, not just far-fetched threats like “Terminator” uprisings? What lessons can we learn about present-day policy conundrums from the rich history of AI in science fiction literature and film? Join Future Tense and New America’s Open Technology Institute for a lively afternoon of discussion on sci-fi and AI with policy and tech experts, futurists, and science fiction authors—including Malka Older (Infomocracy, Null States), whose political science fiction novels were just nominated for the prestigious Hugo award for best sci-fi series. Follow the conversation online using #AIfutures and following @OTI and @FutureTenseNow. Reception to follow. Agenda 1:00 – 1:05 PM: Introductory remarks, Kevin Bankston & Ed Finn 1:05 – 1:15 PM: Solo Talk: The Sci-Fi Feedback [More]
5G networks, smart devices, artificial intelligence, digital citizenship — what does all this mean for education? ISTE CEO, Richard Culatta, asks educators how we’re preparing our students to thrive in a world of high-speed networks and AI. How can we redefine digital citizenship to be positive and proactive? Help us take bold steps towards a world where we’re using technology to bring people together, to talk with people we disagree with about important issues, to use technology to serve our community and make the world around us a better place, to give a voice to the voiceless. ISTE AI resources: https://www.iste.org/learn/AI-in-education ISTE digital citizenship resources: https://www.iste.org/learn/digital-citizenship #DigCitCommit: https://digcitcommit.org #ArtificialIntelligence #DigCit
I had a mind-bending fireside chat with Sam Harris at Tim Draper’s CEO Summit. We spoke about the Ethics of AI and what it tells us about humanity and our collective future. So much of his writing (at least the 5 books that I have read) can be seen through this perceptual prism to the future. After a musical transition, we start with the inevitability and importance of AGI: “This is the most important game that we’re playing in technology. Intelligence is the most valuable resource we have. It is the source of everything we value, or it is the thing we use to protect everything we value. It seems patently obvious that if we are able to improve our intelligent machines, we will. So, the only alternative is to not be able to do that. And if you look at the reasons why we might not be able to do that, those are, by definition, terrifying. These are civilizational catastrophes that prevent us from making improvements to hardware and software, permanently. There are many assumptions here that confuse people about this picture of inevitability. One is: many people assume we need Moore’s Law to continue or exponential progress. No, we just need progress; it can be as incremental as you like.” “Many of you probably harbor a doubt that minds can be platform independent. There is an assumption working in the background that there may be something magical about computers made of meat.” “Many people are common sense dualists. [More]