Can We Reshape Humanity’s Deep Future?: Possibilities & Risks of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Human Enhancement, and Other Emerging Technologies
Event, James A. Little Theater
Sunday, June 7, 2015, 2:00 pm, $10.00-$25.00
Dr. Nick Bostrom spends much of his time calculating the possible rewards and dangers of rapid technological advances — how such advances will likely alter the course of human evolution and life as we know it. One useful concept in untangling this puzzle is existential risk — the question of whether an adverse outcome would end human intelligent life or drastically curtail what we, in the infancy of the twenty-first century, would consider a viable future. Figuring out how to reduce existential risk even slightly brings into play an array of thought-provoking issues.