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Artificial Intelligence: Think Again
April 20, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
Jerry Kaplan, CodeX Fellow, The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics
Room 190 1st Floor
F.I.R. Hall, Classroom Building
Stanford School of Law
559 Nathan Abbott Way
We recommend parking at Wilbur Field Garage/Parking Structure 6.
Parking is free after 4:00 pm.
6:30 Doors Open, Food & Networking
*** Please arrive by 7 PM due to Security ***
The common wisdom about Artificial Intelligence is that we are building increasingly intelligent machines that will ultimately surpass human capabilities, steal our jobs, possibly even escape human control and take over the world. This narrative is both misguided and counterproductive. A more appropriate framing–better supported by actual events and current trends—is that AI is simply a natural expansion of longstanding efforts to automate tasks, dating back at least to the start of the industrial revolution. Stripping the field of its gee-whiz apocalyptic gloss makes it easier to predict the likely benefits and pitfalls of this important technology.
AI has the potential to usher in a new age of affluence and leisure, but it’s likely to roil labor markets and increase inequality unless we address these pressing societal problems. The robots are certainly coming, but whether they will benefit society as a whole or serve the needs of the few is very much in doubt. Join me for an unorthodox tour of the history of Artificial Intelligence, learn why it is so misunderstood, and what we can do to ensure that the engines of progress don’t motor on without us.
Jerry Kaplan is widely known as a serial entrepreneur, Artificial Intelligence expert, technical innovator, bestselling author, and futurist. He co-founded four Silicon Valley startups, two of which became publicly traded companies. His non-fiction novel “Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure” was named one of the top ten business books by Business Week. His latest book, “Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” was selected by The Economist as one of the top ten science and technology books of 2015. Kaplan has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Red Herring, and Upside.
Kaplan holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, and is currently a Fellow at The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. He also teaches Philosophy, Ethics, and Impact of Artificial Intelligence in the Computer Science Department, Stanford University.