News for Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Can We Reshape Humanity's Deep Future? Possibilities & Risks of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Human Enhancement, and Other Emerging Technologies, by Nick Bostrom

WHERE: The James A. Little Theater at the New Mexico School for the Deaf
WHEN: Sunday, June 7, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
TICKETS: Book your seats now.

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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. In this engaging lecture, Professor Bostrom will present the factors to be taken into consideration: future technology and its capabilities, anthropics, population ethics, human enhancement ethics, game theory, and the Fermi paradox.

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