1) a16z Podcast: Artificial Intelligence and the ‘Space of Possible Minds’
“What is A.I. or artificial intelligence but the ‘space of possible minds’, argues Murray Shanahan, scientific advisor on the movie Ex Machina and Professor of Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College London.”
In this special episode of the a16z Podcast brought to you on the ground from London, Shanahan — along with journalist-turned-entrepreneur Azeem Azhar (who also curates The Exponential View newsletter on AI and more) and The Economist Deputy Editor Tom Standage (the author of several tech history books) — this podcast discusses the past, present, and future of A.I. … as well as how it fits (or doesn’t fit) with machine learning and deep learning.
But where are we now in the A.I. evolution? What players do we think will lead, if not win, the current race? And how should we think about issues such as ethics and automation of jobs without descending into obvious extremes? All this and more, including a surprise easter egg in Ex Machina shared by Shanahan, whose work influenced the movie.
2) BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: Work Available. No Humans Need Apply
“By 2029 computers will have emotional intelligence and be as convincing as people”. Ray Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering, predicts this scenario – also explored in Channel 4’s recent hit drama, Humans.
So what are the skills needed for the 21st century workplace and do humans have them?
According to Paul Mason, TV journalist and author of PostCapitalism, we face seismic change in part due to the revolution in information technology.
Paul Mason joins Richard and Daniel Susskind, authors of The Future of the Professions, who argue we will no longer need doctors, lawyers, accountants, teachers and others to work as they did in the 20th century.
Addition to line up – Lucy Armstrong, Chief Executive of The Alchemists.
Chaired by Free Thinking presenter Rana Mitter.
Read also about the important AI & Robotics trend influencing our future workforce and society: “Robot revolution: rise of ‘thinking’ machines could exacerbate inequality.”
Related posts on The Futures Agency blog
In this unique film, Futurist Gerd Leonhard reads his chapter in the 2015 book ‘The Future of Business’, entitled ‘Redefining the relationship of man and machine’. In his piece, Gerd addresses the key issues and opportunities that will arise from an increasing convergence of humanity and technology, touching on related topics such as AI, Digital Ethics, reductionism, technological unemployment and machine-thinking.