Our Smartphone Lives: Of Humans and Robots

14:15 – 15:45
October 12

Ray Kurzweil, one of the world’s most well-known futurists, anticipates that AI will reach singularity in 2045. This is the breaking point when machines will be technically able to teach themselves everything. From that point on, their intelligence will grow at an exponential rate beyond human capacity and imagination. There are areas where AI could complement humans in their endeavours, e.g., in the diagnosis of genetic diseases. On the other hand, AI could also be disruptive. It could simply automate human labour altogether – cashiers, accountants, IT programmers, and radiologists, for example, may all be at risk – and thereby disrupt the social contract.

Among the questions to be addressed:

  • How will AI change the labour market in the long-run?
  • Which jobs will be automated and how can governments redistribute gains reaped by AI to all members of society?
  • Is it possible that Artificial Super Intelligence is capable of controlling humanity?
  • How can we ensure that humans retain crucial decision-making power?