Meet the Panelists (02:00)
Host Gabrielle Walkers explains the format of the debate and introduces physicist Roger Penrose, computer scientist Nigel Shadbolt, and novelist Warren Ellis.
Nigel Shadbolt: The Pitch (03:08)
Humans ascribe intentionality to AI systems, but the systems are not self-thinking and will not be. Shadbolt does think that people should be careful about what narrowly programmed machines are capable of.
Warren Ellis: The Pitch (02:01)
People are not afraid of artificial intelligence, but of something called machine learning. Ellis professes that it is impossible for the Internet to suddenly gain consciousness.
Roger Penrose: The Pitch (04:31)
A machine is a computer controlled robot, and intelligent machines do not and will never exist. Penrose argues that computers perform algorithms and that computational devices cannot understand.
Theme One: Are Machines That Think Possible? - Part One (09:27)
Shadbolt defends the artificial intelligence enterprise and discusses building machines with engineering powers that rival human intelligence. Walker discusses increasingly high-tech software used for translating languages over emails. Penrose does not believe intelligence can occur without consciousness.
Are Machines That Think Possible? - Part Two (04:46)
Ellis thinks the most realistic goal for creating something with digital engineering would be something with recognition, content, and self-reflection. Machines are all still human-driven; they do not self-reproduce, and all drones are flown by people.
Theme Two: Are Thinking Machines a Threat We Should Take Seriously? (10:22)
Shadbolt says the fear should be unthinking humans that may program machines. Penrose thinks that there is a danger that people can be duped into believing that a robot can understand things when it cannot. Ellis mentions the "uncanny valley."
Theme Three: How Can We Contain the Risks Attached to AI? (07:32)
Machines are not scary, but the people in charge of machines are. The conversation moves on to companies gathering personal information about people; the machines are feared, but people are behind the invasion of privacy.
Credits: March of the Machines: Is AI a Threat to Mankind? (00:07)
Credits: March of the Machines: Is AI a Threat to Mankind?
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