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Debate on Artificial Intelligence comes to Smith Soc Boston

November 16, 2016

On Tuesday evening, November 15, Smith Soc_Boston welcomed two experts on artificial intelligence and workforce automation. Nicholas Carr (left) and James Hughes (right) hold divergent views on both the promise and potential effects of the new technology on the economy, the workforce, and society in general, and they brought these differing views to a lively debate for Smith Soc members. Carr and Hughes debated several questions that come out of the study of artificial intelligence:

  • Will sophisticated computers and machines render employment or work obsolete? Are we looking at a future where no one has to work?
  • Is it even possible for a computer to replicate all of the aspects of humanity and human life? Could a machine ever be creative?
  • Should a universal basic income be considered if technology renders work limited or obsolete?

Carr, the author of The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us, believes that the potential of artificial intelligence is limited, while Hughes, the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies at UMASS-Boston, sees technology radically changing both human life and human society.

For more information on the speakers and event, click HERE.



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