How would you treat a Robot?

Dolores Abernathy is one of the main characters in Westworld.

Artificial intelligence has long fascinated authors of books, movies and television shows. The science fiction buffs were in for a treat when HBO released their new series ‘Westworld’, which takes place in a theme park where robots indistinguishable from humans entertain guests who come to enjoy and raid a world simulating the Wild West.

The show embarks on a reoccurring theme in science fiction. “How would we treat artificial intelligence which displayed emotions similar to hours.?”

IIIM director, Dr. Kristinn R. Thórisson, sat down with journalist Ásgeir Ingvarsson at Morgunblaðið and discussed A.I. and the philosophical questions the creation of generally intelligent machines would raise.

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AI Festival great success

Dr. Kristinn R. Thórisson, Prof. Doyne Farmer, Dr. Magnús Torfason, Dr. Jón Guðnason and Dr. Jacky Mallett had a panel discussion.

The annual AI Festival, Gervigreindarhátíðin, was held on November 11th 2016 at Reykjavík University (RU). Over 150 attendees flocked to learn about the latest advancements and the progress that artificial intelligence has made this year and half as many watched a live feat of the lectures online.

The aim of the AI Festival is to raise awareness of AI and high-tech companies among both the general public and industry players. This open forum allows the cluster of high-tech companies in Iceland to incoprorate artificial intelligence for a unique to problem solving.

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AI Festival 2016: Artificial Intelligence and the Economy

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-3-01-42-pmAs artificial intelligence and extensive automation invade our daily lives, what are the implications for our economic systems? Can artificial intelligence help us with the grand challenge of the 10 hour work week promised at the beginning of the 20th century? Or will ever more automation in finance and production lead to the destruction of the very financial system that’s created them?

This will be the focus of this year’s AI Festival held Friday the 11th of November at Reykjavík University.

The keynote speaker at this year’s festival is Prof. Dr. Doyne Farmer who has advocated for reforms in economic research and theory:

Dr. Farmer is a Professor at the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford and Director of the Complexity Economics program at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), as well as being an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Continue reading AI Festival 2016: Artificial Intelligence and the Economy

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