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SETI Talks: AI - Augmenting humanity for good - Livestream

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is probably one of the most revolutionary developments in human history, and the world is already witnessing its transformative capabilities. Like most great inventions by humans (e.g., nuclear energy), it has two sides, a side that could be used maliciously and a positive one that powers cutting-edge solutions to our problems and will help our technological civilization.

There have been significant breakthroughs in AI, which have allowed machines to process and analyze information, and in some cases, to learn on their own in a very sophisticated manner. AI algorithms are everywhere today, and there is currently a significant debate regarding the risks posed by AI to humanity, taking, for instance, control of our lives and manipulation elections, but also used as a weapon.

However, AI could also hold potential for humanity in many domains, from automation of tedious tasks to weather forecasting, disaster mitigation and response and health care. To discuss the benefit of AI for humanity at large, we invited two specialists in this field of research with decades of expertise in using AI. Siddha Ganju and Alex Lavin, both engineers, inventors and entrepreneurs, have also contributed to the Frontier Development Lab (FDL). FDL is a public-private partnership between NASA, the SETI Institute, Trillium Technologies and leaders in commercial AI, space exploration and Earth Science dedicated to finding solutions to complex problems linked with space exploration using AI.

James Parr, Founder and CEO of Trillium Technologies, an FDL partner, will moderate this discussion. The conversation will describe how networked AI can amplify human effectiveness by performing complex tasks such as complex decision-making, reasoning and learning, sophisticated analytics and pattern recognition, visual acuity, speech recognition and language translation. Of course, these AI specialists share deep worries on the use of AI and will suggest pathways to mitigate negative impacts and threats of this innovative and already omnipresent technology.

Wednesday, 01/19/22


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