Visiting Speaker
Max Tegmark
Professor, MIT
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Wed
Feb 7, 2018
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2:00 pm
177 Huntington Ave
11th floor
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We've traditionally thought of intelligence as something mysterious that can only exist in biological organisms, especially humans. But from my perspective as a physicist, intelligence is simply a certain kind of information processing performed by elementary particles moving around, and there's no law of physics that says one can't build machines more intelligent than us in all ways. This suggests that we've only seen the tip of the intelligence iceberg, and that there's an amazing potential to unlock the full intelligence that's latent in nature and use it to help humanity flourish - or flounder. I discuss recent progress both in building AI and in staying on ensuring that it’s societal impact is beneficial, keeping us on the right side of that flourish/flounder balance.

about the speaker
Max Tegmark is a professor doing physics and AI research at MIT, and advocates for positive use of technology as president of the Future of Life Institute. He is the author of over 200 publications as well as the New York Times bestsellers “Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” and "Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality". His work with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year: 2003.”

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