A.I. - Connecting the Dots - Panel Discussion on Superintelligence


Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephan Hawking are among the most prominent admonishers of A.I.. They depict headline-grabbing near-future scenarios of massive job losses and autonomous warfare. However, they are also concerned about the long-term perspective of A.I. - could it become so powerful so as to pose an existential threat to humanity?

To many - in particular A.I. researchers - this dystopian scenario sounds more like science fiction than an urgent real-life matter to address. However, since Oxford-Professor Nick Bostrom published his book Superintelligence, the issue of A.I.'s existential threat received much attention. Bostrom argues that the greatest risk for humanity does not stem from robots but simply from A.I. systems with a substantially higher level of intellect than humans could ever achieve. Thus, we ought to presently take measures to create benign A.I. capabilities. But should we really create machines that will soon outsmart us? What will be the place of humans in such a world?

Join us for the evening to find out!



Robin D. Hanson is associate at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He thinks that superintelligence could shower the world with unprecedented productivity and wealth.

Max Daniel is the executive director of the Foundational Research Institute. He argues that superintelligence would likely entail the end of our species. 

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Friday, October 27th 2017

19:00 - 20:30

Panel discussion

20:30 - 21:30
ETH Foyer
Apéro and personal discussion with the speakers


ETH Hauptgebäude
Rämistrasse 101
8092 Zürich



A.I. – Connecting the Dots is a joint project between reatch and ETH Zürich. 

This panel discussion is the second of a series of events debating the potential impact of A.I. on various aspects of society. For more information on the rest of the series, see https://www.reatch.ch/de/ai-project. Share the Facebook event page with your friends!