Keynote Speaker HP Newquist on Artificial Intelligence


Artificial Intelligence: Can Machines Think? (And Do They Want To Take Your Job And Make You Their Slave?)

Saturday, Jan. 13, 9:00 & 10:00 p.m. during Science Night Live

Guest presentations at Otronicon are a great way to learn from industry experts in an engaging, easy-to-process setting. This year’s keynote speaker is HP Newquist, who will present “Artificial Intelligence: Can Machines Think? (And Do They Want To Take Your Job And Make You Their Slave?)” during the 21-and-up event Science Night Live.

Newquist’s talk will explore the enthralling world of thinking machines, from ancient history to modern technology—and investigate how science has attempted to make computers behave like humans.

There is possibly no technology as misunderstood and feared as artificial intelligence. AI is quickly becoming part of the daily world around us, yet most people are not aware of its real-world applications, or its power.

Newquist will provide insights into the history, current uses and issues related to artificial intelligence. Throughout recorded history, the idea of intelligent entities created by man has pervaded society, from Greek myths, to Frankenstein’s monster, to The Matrix and The Terminator.

Modern science is creating AI with software that mimics the neural networks of the brain. These systems are the focus of today’s attempt to create true intelligence in machines. Renowned thinkers such as Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk fear that this machine intelligence will eventually surpass—and defeat—our own.

AI is now in our computers, phones and homes. It can drive cars and diagnose diseases. It can translate languages in real time and recognize the spoken word. It can even beat the best human competitors at Go and Jeopardy!

The newest form of AI uses “deep learning” to teach itself. In one example, Google showed 10,000,000 YouTube videos to its neural networks, and the nets figured out how to tell the difference between a cat and a dog. No human programmed them to figure that out. Neural nets now have a higher accuracy rate of being able to identify what’s in a photo than most humans do. They can make snap decisions in self-driving cars, and they can predict what music you’d like to hear. They can read X-rays better than your hospital radiologist, and they can tell you the fastest way to get home from work during a rainstorm.

If a machine can do a job better than any human, it could be inevitable that that machine will replace a human who once did the job. Some experts believe that once computers become smart enough, they will be able to think in ways that human beings could never dream of—their intelligence will dwarf ours. And when that happens, they will no longer need us.

With all the technological advances being made on a daily basis, one question remains at the core of all discussions about smart machines: Can an artificial intelligence truly think? And would it be aware that it is thinking?