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Will Self-Taught, A.I. and Robotics Be the End of Us?

It would be the ultimate cosmic irony and yet, it’s a moral story which has been told many times and in many different ways throughout human history: will the pinnacle of humanity’s innovation eventually render humans redundant? 

“Success in creating effective A.I.,” said the late Stephen Hawking, “could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization. Or the worst. We just don’t know.” Are we creating the instruments of our own destruction or exciting tools for our future survival? Once we teach a machine to learn on its own—as the programmers behind AlphaGo have done, to wondrous results—where do we draw moral and computational lines? In this program, leading specialists in A.I., neuroscience, and philosophy tackle the very questions that may define the future of humanity.

Host Tim Urban speaks with panelists Yann LeCun, Susan Schneider, Max Tegmark, and Peter Ulric Tse. Watch:

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