A Real Time Club Event
Future near, Future far: Surveillance and AI
The future will be different. A trivial truism, that conceals our inability to successfully predict much about the times to come.
Our speaker, Dr Stuart Armstrong will look at two futures:
Firstly, the very likely and near term rise of universal surveillance, and the great changes (and the great similarities) it could cause.
Secondly the very uncertain impact of artificial intelligence, and the far greater transformations it would trail in it's wake, either starkly terrible or wondrous.
Do you, like many, see 'AI' as the rise of a demon that will take us towards a dystopian future? Or perhaps helping people do their jobs better, thereby making our lives easier and our locations safer, making technology more personal and purposeful than ever before?
Stuart Armstrong started his career in mathematics and medical research, before the Future of Humanity Institute drew him in with its exciting ideas – and ended up making him care.
He’s contributed to various projects to address understudied, low-probability, high-impact risks, making contributions to anthropic probability, AI safety, model assessment, expert and prediction accuracy, total surveillance, population ethics, and the far future of humanity.
Since the world hasn’t yet ended, he considers his work a success. He has been working on several methods of analysing the likelihood of certain outcomes and in making decisions under the resulting uncertainty, as well as specific measures for reducing AI risk.
His booklet "Smarter than Us: the rise of machine intelligence" lays out some the challenges in this area, and why it's an important focus areas.
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Real Time Club
Born as an IT dinner club nearly 50 years ago, the Real Time Club is one of London’s foremost networking institutions. The Club’s networking events bring together people from diverse professional backgrounds with common interest in technology and society. The Club’s membership includes entrepreneurs and professionals form the tech industry, public sector, academia and finance.
Every year the Real Time Club runs a series of dinners with distinguished speakers on current issues of the information age. The Club’s dinners encourage robust and well-informed debate, while enabling interesting people to meet one another. There are around six dinners a year, most of which take place at the National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1.
Real Time Club dinners are open to non-members. Everyone is welcome to attend.