What’s the Focus?
Multidisciplinary Approach: Our model in analyzing the dynamic interplay of accelerating technology is based on opportunity analysis. In this sphere, much of our focus is on technologies that help humanity overcome odds. Looking into the near-term future, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, dynamic interfaces, and anticipated future technologies foster new forms of energy and opportunities for space exploration. Our theoretical interests focus on posthuman topics of brain simulation, automated collaborative filters, mind uploading, and singularity.
Date: July 15, 2018 from 10AM – 5PM
Venue: UCCA (The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art located in 798 art district)
As AI robotics, and associated technologies advance, more and more of the practical functions now served by humans will be done by automated systems. There will also arise possibilities for humans to fuse with machines in various ways. The impact of all this on human life will depend on psychology, social organization and culture. In the best scenarios, liberation of humans from the necessity to carry out practical tasks, will lead to a flourishing of human and transhuman fulfillment.
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- Yi Zeng, Professor of Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Science
- Weike Deng, Biological and Biprocess Engineering,University of Sheffield
- Ben Goertzel, Chair, Humanity+ and Founder/CEO SingularityNET
- Natasha Vita-More, Executive Director, Humanity+ and Professor UAT
- David Pearce, Advisory Board, Humanity+ and Co-Founder WTA
- Amy Li, Board of Directors Humanity+, and Founder Dance4Healing
Talks and panels will explore questions including:
- In what order will various human jobs and tasks be automated, and with what timing?
- Will AIs and robots be able to carry out creative and artistic pursuits as well as more practical ones?
- What human jobs and tasks will require general intelligence at the human level or beyond, versus being doable by sophisticated narrow AIs?
- What new human occupations will be created by the advance of AIs and robots?
- How will various forms of cyborgs (human-machine hybrids) fit into the future world, alongside “legacy humans,” AIs and robots?
- To what extent will future AGIs and advanced narrow AIs exist as independent minds, versus as an interconnected mind-network dominated by coherent overall activity?
- To what extent will the future “AI mind network” be centralized versus decentralized? What role may blockchain and associated technologies play in the advent of decentralized AI networks?
- How may AIs and robots assist humans in their personal, intellectual, artistic and spiritual development?
- How might AR and VR technology help people to adapt in a healthy way to a future world in which AI and robots play a pervasive role?
- How might brain-computer interfacing help people to understand each other and AIs better, and grow a greater sense of togetherness? Where does a greater sense of togetherness end and a “borg mind” begin?
- At what point (if any) will a Universal Basic Income be rolled out to enable people to flourish economically in a world where most practical tasks are done by AIs and robots. How will Universal Basic Income get rolled out in the developing world?
- What should people be doing and studying now if they want to improve their adaptation as an AI and robot infused future unfolds?
Humanity+ conferences explore innovations of science and technology and their relationship to humanity. Recent conferences have been held at RMIT University Melbourne – Australia, San Francisco State University, Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, California Technology Institute, and Harvard University.