Raymond Kurzweil (USA), Daniel Dennett (USA), Tan Le (USA)
16 November (6:30pm – 9:00pm)
According to Ray Kurzweil, in the 21st Century we won’t experience one hundred years of progress-it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today’s rate). We are fast-approaching a radically different future in which we merge with our machines, overcome our mortality to live indefinitely, and become billions of times more intelligent. When this happens, we might ask: What is the difference between a human brain enhanced a million fold by neural implants versus an artificial intelligence based on a reverse-engineered human brain?
According to Daniel Dennett this giant brain/mind created by the Internet’s massive connectivity is astronomically unlikely. He asks, if the Internet became the planet’s mind, what would it care about and why? If it doesn’t become much like minds, what will it become, and will it serve us or enslave us?