CBC: “Artificial intelligence – wonderful and terrifying – will change life as we know it”

CBC’s Sunday Edition with Michael Enright just rebroadcast a great documentary by Ira Basen about the promise and perils of AI.

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/the-sunday-edition-september-3-2017-1.4265299/artificial-intelligence-wonderful-and-terrifying-will-change-life-as-we-know-it-1.4265314

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“Is it better to ignore or embrace existential risk?” – recap of our first philosophy night

Thanks to everyone who attended and made it a great event! In our first co-hosted event with the Toronto Philosophy Meetup group, we discussed the challenging topic of existential risk: how does one live with the knowledge that AI or nanotechnology could cause our extinction? To start off, we examined how philosophies like stoicism, utilitarianism, Buddhism and existentialism can help us contextualise and cope with the anxieties such a topic can create. Towards the end we focused on the potential silver linings: shared global risks can bring people together and help us see ourselves as one as one humanity. And perhaps equally as importantly, danger and the risk of death adds urgency and value to the lives we have.

Philosophy night: Is it better to ignore or embrace existential risk?

Friday, Aug 25, 2017, 7:00 PM

Fox & Fiddle
27 Wellesley 2nd Floor, ON

36 Members Went

Climate change, engineered pandemics, nuclear war, and superintelligent AI – as we increase our technological capacity, so too does the risk that it could cause the collapse of civilisation or even human extinction. With leading scientists like Lord Martin Rees putting our odds of survival at 50-50, we are presented with a series of confounding que…

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Our Meetups are casual, small-scale events meant for anyone who wants to learn more about the impacts of technology and have an opportunity to discuss them. They complement our formal, larger events scheduled for this Fall.

Full house for ‘The Future of Nanotechnology’

Where is nanotechnology headed? What does it mean for our future ? That’s what we discussed on August 14th at our fourth Summer Meetup. We watched a series of videos and TED talks on everything from nanomedicine to climate mitigation, but spent the most time talking about atomically precise manufacturing and molecular self-assembly – ‘Nanotechnology 2.0’:

When nanotechnology reaches the stage where the average household can have a desktop ‘nanofactory’ that builds them everything they need – including food, clothing, TVs and solar panels – we will be living in a world of ‘radical abundance’. This has major implications, as Dr. Eric Drexler – considered the father of nanotechnology – explains in his book.

The Future of Nanotechnology: Watch & discuss

Monday, Aug 14, 2017, 6:00 PM

Cinema Room
370 Queens Quay W. Toronto, ON

25 Members Went

Where is nanotechnology headed? What does it mean for the world we’ll be living in?Join us to watch some TED talks and discuss the issue.All are welcome, non-experts and experts alike. We’ll also be joined by members of two other Meetup groups who are interested in the topic.The Meetup will take place in the Cinema Room of the 370 Queens Quay We…

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Our Meetups are casual, small-scale events meant for anyone who wants to learn more about the impacts of technology and have an opportunity to discuss them. They complement our formal, larger events scheduled for this Fall.

 

Virtual Reality, Black Code and AI Safety : A recap of our summer Meetups so far

As part of our warm up act for our Fall events we began organising casual summer Meetups to get the conversation going and build a community. While they started out small, a wide range of people have begun attending and participating in the discussions. In fact, the Meetups have become so popular that our room is at capacity, and there is now a wait list for our next one.

We began with Virtual Reality, watching a series of TED talks and having a great discussion.

Virtual reality! Watch & discuss

Monday, Jul 17, 2017, 6:30 PM

Cinema Room
370 Queens Quay W. Toronto, ON

8 Members Went

What’s the latest in the field of Virtual Reality? What does it mean for the world we’ll be living in?Join us to watch some TED talks and discuss the issue.The Meetup will take place in the Cinema Room of the 350 Queens Quay West building. Excellent video & audio, comfortable seating, and great discussion guaranteed.Note: if you have a VR headse…

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Then we hosted a documentary night, watching Black Code, a 2016 documentary by Toronto-based filmmaker and cinematographer Nicholas de Pencier (Four Wings and a Prayer, Watermark) that examines the complex global impact that the internet has had on matters of free speech, privacy and activism.

Documentary night: Black Code

Sunday, Jul 23, 2017, 5:00 PM

Cinema Room
370 Queens Quay W. Toronto, ON

8 Members Went

Want an insider view of the social impacts of the internet?Join us to watch & discuss ‘Black Code’, a 2016 documentary by Toronto-based filmmaker and cinematographer Nicholas de Pencier (Four Wings and a Prayer, Watermark) that examines the complex global impact that the internet has had on matters of free speech, privacy and activism.https://www…

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And most recently we hosted an evening discussing AI, Superintelligence and the existential risk it can present:

Sunday TED Talks – Artificial Intelligence is Here

Sunday, Aug 6, 2017, 5:00 PM

Location details are available to members only.

15 Members Went

Artificial Intelligence (AI) isn’t science fiction anymore. As you may have heard recently, Facebooks chat bot AI accidentally invented it’s own language. Progress is happening at a pace faster than ever predicted.These TED Talks delve into the progress we have made and the impacts already being felt all over the world.1. AI & The Future of Work …

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