SF – Singularity or Multiplicity? Envisioning a Benign Robot Future

Date/Time: July 27, 2017

Speaker: Ken Goldberg, Professor, UC Berkeley

At July’s What’s Now: San Francisco, Ken Goldberg took on those who are churning up fears of a near future where half of all current jobs are taken over by robots and powerful AI—let alone a slightly more distant future where robots rule over us. Ken doesn’t buy into the prevailing robot panic of our times. His experience running a robotics lab suggests that AI and robots will empower humans, not replace them. “The important question is not when machines will surpass human intelligence, but how humans can work together with them in new ways.” Ken explained what’s really going on in the field now, and why he expects the field to move towards a more benign future.