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Is deep and meaningful human-AI cooperation possible?
A conversation between Athena Aktipis, Paul Rainey, and Andrew Maynard, on the potential, pros, and pitfalls of human-AI symbiosis.
(This event is over, but the video of it can be watched below)
The next Future of Being Human … Unplugged event will be live-streamed on Nov 20 at 1:10 PM Eastern Time, and it should be a doozy!
I’ll be joined by ground-breaking cooperation scientist professor Athena Aktipis (ASU) and leading evolutionary biologist professor Paul Rainey (Max Planck Institute) for a cutting edge conversation around the future of human-AI cooperation, and whether the possibility of symbiotic relationships is something that should excite us or have us deeply worried.
As ever with these events, the conversation will be lively, serendipitous, unscripted, and will push at the edges of current thinking around emerging tech and the future of being human.
Both Athena and Paul bring unique perspectives to the table on the future of AI, and ones that go well beyond mainstream thinking. What’s really interesting me though is how bringing together expertise on cooperation between biological organisms with deep understanding of evolutionary biology and behavior will reveal new insights into our relationships with increasingly powerful artificial intelligence.
Date: November 20, 2023
Time: 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Athena Aktipis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University and co-Director of The Cooperation Science Network and The Human Generosity Project. Athena studies cooperation across systems from human sharing to cancer. She is also the chair of the Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting; host of the podcast, Zombified, author of the book The Cheating Cell: How evolution helps us understand and treat cancer as well as author of the upcoming book A Field Guide to the Apocalypse: A Mostly Serious Guide to Surviving Our Wild Times.
Paul Rainey is a leading expert in experimental evolutionary biology. He is Director is of the Department of Microbial Population Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, Germany, a Professor at ESPCI in Paris, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Paul’s work focuses on evolutionary processes, particularly evolution through natural selection. This extends to artificial intelligence and evolutionary transitions in individuality between humans and AI.