On March 26, 2015 Steve Omohundro spoke at the IBM Research Accelerated Discovery Lab in Almaden in the 2015 Distinguished Speaker Series about “AI, Robotics, and Smart Contracts”. There was a lively discussion about the positive and negative impacts of automation and where it is all going. The video is available here:
and the slides are here.
I recently had the privilege to be interviewed about artificial intelligence by teens Henna Hundal and Asya Gonzalez on Express Yourself Teen Radio, the #1 top rated young adult radio program in the world on the Voice America Kids Network:
We had a great discussion the impact of robots on jobs, self-driving cars, AI morality, bitcoin, and what all of this will teach us about consciousness and what it is to be human. Gartner predicts that 1 in 3 jobs will be automated in the next 10 years. “That’s a huge change in society. There are two ways to look at it: One is to say, oh my goodness, all the jobs are going away. What are we going to do? How is it going to work? The other is to say: Any job that a robot can do is probably a job you don’t want to be doing. Let the robots do those jobs! We’ll do more interesting things!”
Erik Moshe interviewed me about “The New Drone Order is Only Beginning: All is Buzzing on the Geopolitical Front”:
Very rapid developments in drones from this $600 hobby drone that can fly 90 miles an hour, to this hobby drone with an attached submachine gun (hmm, that one appears to be CGI, but this one with a handgun is apparently real), to this tiny 18 gram surveillance drone. Lots of important social questions arising from these and from versions with more intelligent control that are now being developed. Even today, they’re pretty hard to shoot down.