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Meet the Panelists (02:00)


Host Gabrielle Walkers explains the format of the debate and introduces physicist Roger Penrose, computer scientist Nigel Shadbolt, and novelist Warren Ellis.

Nigel Shadbolt: The Pitch (03:08)

Humans ascribe intentionality to AI systems, but the systems are not self-thinking and will not be. Shadbolt does think that people should be careful about what narrowly programmed machines are capable of.

Warren Ellis: The Pitch (02:01)

People are not afraid of artificial intelligence, but of something called machine learning. Ellis professes that it is impossible for the Internet to suddenly gain consciousness.

Roger Penrose: The Pitch (04:31)

A machine is a computer controlled robot, and intelligent machines do not and will never exist. Penrose argues that computers perform algorithms and that computational devices cannot understand.

Theme One: Are Machines That Think Possible? - Part One (09:27)

Shadbolt defends the artificial intelligence enterprise and discusses building machines with engineering powers that rival human intelligence. Walker discusses increasingly high-tech software used for translating languages over emails. Penrose does not believe intelligence can occur without consciousness.

Are Machines That Think Possible? - Part Two (04:46)

Ellis thinks the most realistic goal for creating something with digital engineering would be something with recognition, content, and self-reflection. Machines are all still human-driven; they do not self-reproduce, and all drones are flown by people.

Theme Two: Are Thinking Machines a Threat We Should Take Seriously? (10:22)

Shadbolt says the fear should be unthinking humans that may program machines. Penrose thinks that there is a danger that people can be duped into believing that a robot can understand things when it cannot. Ellis mentions the "uncanny valley."

Theme Three: How Can We Contain the Risks Attached to AI? (07:32)

Machines are not scary, but the people in charge of machines are. The conversation moves on to companies gathering personal information about people; the machines are feared, but people are behind the invasion of privacy.

Credits: March of the Machines: Is AI a Threat to Mankind? (00:07)

Credits: March of the Machines: Is AI a Threat to Mankind?

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March of the Machines: Is AI a Threat to Mankind?

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Evil artificial intelligences are luckily confined to fiction. Yet leading scientists claim that intelligent machines are "the most serious threat facing mankind." Are they right or could a mind free from human prejudices create a better world? Or is all talk of artificial intelligence a deluded fantasy?

The Panel

Physicist Roger Penrose, computer scientist Nigel Shadbolt, and novelist and digital age icon Warren Ellis consider the threat of intelligent machines. Gabrielle Walker hosts. Sponsored by Wired.

Length: 44 minutes

Item#: BVL115750

ISBN: 978-1-63521-106-1

Copyright date: ©2015

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