What You Can Do to Make AI Safe for Humanity | Peter Scott | TEDxBrighouse

Debate rages over whether artificial intelligence could cross a threshold of awareness that would cause it to pose an existential risk to the human race. If that were to happen, though, how might it come about, and what could we do now to be ready? Futurist and technologist Peter Scott walks through some of the forces propelling AI towards immense power and what it could do with that power. How might AI be trained to show or mimic human behavior? The answer turns out to be a wake-up call that all of us can do something about right now. Born in the United Kingdom, Peter Scott received a master’s degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University in 1983 and went to work for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. He moved to Canada in 1999 (now holding triple citizenship) and went freelance, continuing to serve JPL but also writing and speaking. At the same time, he developed a parallel career in “soft” fields of human development, getting certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and coaching. Bridging these disparate worlds positions him to envisage a delicate solution to the existential threats facing humanity arising from exponential technology progress. His 2017 book, “Crisis of Control: How Artificial SuperIntelligences May Destroy or Save the Human Race” and 2018 TEDx talk explore that issue. He is now working with coaches from around the world to assist businesses and individuals in surviving and thriving through crisis. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at