Scientific Controversies No. 12: Artificial Intelligence

Scientific Controversies, or Sci Con, is a a series of conversations between scientists hosted by PW Director of Sciences Janna Levin.

We are biological machines, a naturally evolved intelligence bound in carbon and water, with ambitions of a legacy built on Artificial Intelligence in metal and silicon. We have already built machines vastly more capable at raw computations and data processing than our minds. However, machines can’t recognize a face, reproduce, or learn unassisted…yet. Will machines ever exceed us in consciousness and willfulness? Would we be able to comprehend their minds and thoughts and motives if they do? Will they be malevolent? Director of Sciences Janna Levin invites Yann LeCun, Director of AI research at Facebook and NYU professor, and Max Tegmark, Director of the Future of Life Institute and MIT professor, to consider if humanity’s role in evolution will be to initiate the era of Artificial Intelligence at the peril of our own species.

Join us after the conversation in our garden for music by resident DJ Black Helmet and star gazing with the Amateur Astronomers Association of NY.

Doors at 7pm
Conversation at 8pm











When: Fri., September 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer St., Red Hook, Brooklyn
718-596-3001
Price: Free, RSVP requested
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Scientific Controversies, or Sci Con, is a a series of conversations between scientists hosted by PW Director of Sciences Janna Levin.

We are biological machines, a naturally evolved intelligence bound in carbon and water, with ambitions of a legacy built on Artificial Intelligence in metal and silicon. We have already built machines vastly more capable at raw computations and data processing than our minds. However, machines can’t recognize a face, reproduce, or learn unassisted…yet. Will machines ever exceed us in consciousness and willfulness? Would we be able to comprehend their minds and thoughts and motives if they do? Will they be malevolent? Director of Sciences Janna Levin invites Yann LeCun, Director of AI research at Facebook and NYU professor, and Max Tegmark, Director of the Future of Life Institute and MIT professor, to consider if humanity’s role in evolution will be to initiate the era of Artificial Intelligence at the peril of our own species.

Join us after the conversation in our garden for music by resident DJ Black Helmet and star gazing with the Amateur Astronomers Association of NY.

Doors at 7pm
Conversation at 8pm