In a newly released episode of Deutsche Welle’s (“Germany’s BBC”) Techtopia series (free to view on YouTube), the focus is on artificial general intelligence. The episode features professor of computer science at Reykjavik University and Managing Director of the Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines Dr. Kristinn R. Thórisson. The program, written and directed by DW Chief Technology Correspondent Janosch Delcker, presents Dr. Thórisson’s trajectory from a 12-year old interested in robots and computers to a leading expert and researcher in artificial general intelligence. The episode’s introduction, narrated by creator Delcker, states: “They call it the ‘holy grail of artificial intelligence’: […] Building a computer that can do everything we can, or even more. Some believe that could cure all types of cancer, eradicate poverty, and create a more equal society. But other warn that such a system could turn against us, and become a threat to our very existence. So, where does work on artificial general intelligence stand … ?”
The AI Festival, organized by IIIM and CADIA, was held last Friday October 23rd, with over 100 attendees. The festival this year was devoted to the possible dangers man kind faces from the use of artificial intelligence and how AI does not need to posses a human like personality with its own goals and desires to be a threat. Continue reading Terminator at your doorstep?
Together with Reykjavik University’s CADIA, IIIM has revealed the schedule for this years AI Festival. Join us for an afternoon of lectures and discussion on Friday October 23 from 3-5.30 pm. All the lectures will be in English and the festival is open to everyone.
Location: Reykjavik University, Lecture Hall V101
15.00 Introduction – Dr. Hannes H. Vilhjálmsson, Director of CADIA
15.10 Killer Robots Coming Soon: What Can We Do? – Dr. Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor of AI & Robotics, U. Sheffield
15.55 Why an AI Lab Needs an Ethics Policy – Dr. Kristinn R. Þórisson, Director of IIIM
16.30 Panel: Noel Sharkey, Kristinn R. Þórisson & Salvör Nordal on the Ethics of AI, Robotics & Neurological Enhancement. Moderator: Þorbjörn Kristjánsson philosopher.
17.05 Artificial intelligence in industry and academia – posters and demonstrations / Refreshments
Recently, Dr. Kris R. Thorisson sat down with the Grapevine and talked about technological and ethical challenges of AI, and much more. Read the interview here.