Toby Walsh: The end of the world (as we know it)
The future is not fixed, there is this idea of technological determinism that technology will shape our future and we will have to deal with it and that is the wrong picture to think of.
By 2062, experts estimate that we will have created machines as intelligent as humans. According to UNSW Professor of AI, Toby Walsh, this will mean the end of equality, the end of politics, the end of the West and maybe, the end of us. Is this the end of everything – or a new beginning?
Listen to him share his expertise in a talk for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and chaired by Lyria Bennett Moses, Associate Professor and Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation, UNSW Sydney.
This talk is part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Living with 21st Century Technology, and was recorded live on stage at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2018.
Toby Walsh on stage
Toby Walsh is Chief Scientist of UNSW's new AI Institute. He is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI improves our lives, having spoken at the UN, and to heads of state, parliamentary bodies, company boards and many others on this topic. This advocacy has led to him being ‘banned indefinitely’ from Russia. He was named on the international ‘Who's Who in AI’ list of influencers. His most recent book is Machines Behaving Badly: the morality of AI.