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Professor Murray Shanahan speaks in Cambridge - February 20th 2015
We're pleased to announce the second in the Centre for The Study of Existential Risk's (CSER) monthly seminar series:
Who:Professor Murray Shanahan (Imperial College London)
When: Friday 20th February, 16:00 – 17:30
Where: Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge
The event is free, open to all and will be followed by a drinks reception.
Professor Shanahan is professor of Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College London, where his research focuses on cognition and consciousness realised both in nature and artificially, and the long-term implications of AI technology, both its potential and its risks.
As well as being scientific advisor for the current blockbuster movie 'Ex Machina', Professor Shanahan was on the Scientific Organising Committee of the recent Chatham House Rule conference on the Future of Artificial Intelligence. The conference was co-organised by CSER and led to an open letter promoting "robust and beneficial development of AI", signed by leaders in AI worldwide. His latest book 'The Technological Singularity' is forthcoming with MIT Press.
Abstract: Writers who speculate about the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and its attendant risks often caution against anthropomorphism, the tendency to ascribe human-like characteristics to something non human. An AI that is engineered from first principles will attain its goals in ways that would be hard to predict, and therefore hard to control, especially if it is able to modify and improve on its own design.
We look forward to seeing many of you on Friday 20th!
University of Cambridge
Posted on 05/02/2015
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