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SXSW Interactive 2014

The Machines Will Free Us All

Artificial intelligence has advanced to the point where it’s no longer just science fiction. Computers now perform intelligent tasks such as collect bridge tolls, drive cars, deliver newspapers, make and serve food, and will soon take over human-centered tasks in every industry. Instead of fearing the “rise of the machines”, we should learn to embrace their power to free ourselves from mundane tasks. In a world run by machines – which is closer than you think – humans could devote more time to building a more equitable society, instead of spending most of their waking hours at work. The relationship between man and machine is becoming more of a partnership, rather than the ominous depiction seen in movies. Will computer-human interaction and the rise of AI create a more just society? And, just as importantly, will computers free us to spend more time at the beach and less time in the office? In this session, hear a not-so-farfetched vision from a noted AI computer scientist.

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  1. Is our fear of AI/robot takeover warranted?
  2. Is AI now advanced enough that computers can think, work, and act like humans? If so, what will be the first practical applications of advanced AI technology?
  3. Can AI help humans “spend more time at the beach” by freeing up our time and improving our everyday lives?
  4. If AI can free humans to work less, could we redirect that energy to creating a more just and humanitarian world?
  5. In what industries will AI make the most substantial financial impact?



George John, CEO and co-founder, Rocket Fuel

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  • Tags: robots
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Future15
  • Track: AI and Intelligent Devices
  • Level: Intermediate
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