Author will bring artificial intelligence warnings to CSUB

Smartphones worry author and documentary filmmaker James Barrat. It’s not just smartphones, either. Self-driving cars, Facebook, IBM’s Watson cognitive computer, the National Security Agency — they all deal in artificial intelligence, or AI, a field growing so quickly that experts agree machines will almost certainly be smarter than humans within 100 years, if not much sooner. Barrat, whose speech Thursday night at Cal State Bakersfield represents the Kegley Institute of Ethics’ fall lecture, wrestles with this question: Could this event, whenever it occurs, lead to a loss of human volition? That is, will it destroy our ability to make decisions for ourselves? He fears it will, and that machines will effectively take over the world. “My thesis is this: We have to think about AI as a dual-use technology like nuclear…

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