Cambridge Festival of Ideas - A bleak or bright future with Artificial Intelligence

27 October 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Cambridge campus

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Professor Stephen Hawking claimed that AI may “be the best or worst thing to ever happen to humanity,” believing that it has the potential of leading to new ways for the few to oppress the many, and to super intelligent machines with a will of their own, or that it may eradicate disease and poverty and help us combat climate change.

Philosopher Henrik Schoeneberg looks into the likelihood of each scenario occurring and reflects on how AI can assist us in being the creators of our own destiny. This presentation invites participants to reflect on whether they think we are playing with fire or if we must embrace AI in order to progress.

Henrik Schoeneberg is a published philosopher from Copenhagen, Denmark, who has written articles for such magazines as Wired and Philosophy Now. He presents popular philosophy talks about how to think well, and on how to live well, and is currently collaborating with ArbejdsmiljoeGruppen on a series of talks about artificial intelligence and worklife.

In 2017 Schoeneberg gave two well received talks at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. One about a celebration of the tradition of philosophy and science, known as Thales Day, that he founded together with Europe’s oldest functioning observatory, The Round Tower in Copenhagen, and one entitled “Music and Honesty”, that has been turned into a documentary and can be accessed in the video section of his website:

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Event Details

27 October 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Cambridge campus
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