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The Creative Partnership of Humans and Technology

Chatham House, London


Professor Edward Lee, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley; Author, Plato and the Nerd
Chair: Rowland Manthorpe, Associate Editor, WIRED 


Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are revolutionizing many sectors of the labour market, accelerating the advent of new technology and changing employment prospects. With the AI market set to double in value during 2017, what does this mean for the future of jobs and industry? And is there a foreseeable point in time when AI might become more advanced than human intelligence making  humankind almost economically redundant?
Edward Lee will discuss the possibilities for collaboration and the co-evolution of human and artificial intelligences. He will argue that AI is not, as Elon Musk has claimed, humanity’s 'biggest existential threat' but evolves alongside and is nurtured by humankind. Given this contention, Professor Lee will analyse whether computers will ever be able to reproduce human cognition or whether directing them to replicate humans underestimates their vast potential.