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AI and the future of your mind

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Discover how AI will change the human mind and what machines can tell us about being human at this fascinating evening event

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Join leading Artifical Intelligence researchers Susan Schneider, and Beth Singler, for an evening exploring how AI will affect human intelligence and what we might learn from intelligent machines. You will be guided through the evening by a New Scientist host

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Artificial you

Susan Schneider, NASA's Baruch Blumberg Chair of Astrobiology and director of the AI, Mind and Society groups at the University of Connecticut

Humans may not be Earth’s most intelligent beings for much longer: the world champions of chess, Go, and Jeopardy! are now all AIs. Given the rapid pace of progress in AI, many predict that it could advance to human-level intelligence within the next several decades. From there, it could quickly outpace human intelligence. What do these developments mean for the future of the mind?

It is inevitable that AI will take intelligence in new directions, but in this talk, Susan Schneider will argue that it is up to us to carve out a sensible path forward. As AI technology turns inward, reshaping the brain, as well as outward, potentially creating machine minds, it is crucial to beware. Homo sapiens, as mind designers, will be playing with “tools” they do not understand how to use: the self, the mind, and consciousness. To flourish, we must grasp the philosophical issues lying beneath the algorithms.

What machines can tell us about being human

Beth Singler, research fellow at Homerton College, University of Cambridge

How do humans understand and interact with artificial intelligence and robots? What are the implications of smart machines for our understanding of what the human is, and what it might become? In this talk Beth Singler will discuss the current developments in intelligent technology and our aspirations for our machines and ourselves. Drawing on real world examples such as transhumanism, companion robots, AI assistants - as well as bringing in the significance of popular robots and AI from science fiction and digital culture.

Beth Singler is the Junior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Beth’s research explores the social, ethical, philosophical and religious implications of advances in artificial intelligence and robotics. As a part of her public engagement work she has produced a series of four documentaries, and the first, ‘Pain in the Machine’, won the 2017 AHRC Best Research Film of the Year Award. She has spoken about AI and our future at New Scientist Live, the London Science Museum, Cheltenham Science Festival, the Edinburgh Science Festival, and Ars Electronica, and she has been interviewed by CNBC, New Scientist, The Verge, Forbes, and the BBC, among others. Beth is an experienced social and digital anthropologist, and her previous research has examined expressions of digital identity.

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Doors: 6.30pm

Talks start: 7.00pm

Close: 9.00pm

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The event will be held at Congress Hall, Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS

Doors will open at 6.30pm with talks commencing at 7.00 pm. The event will finish at 9.00pm.

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