The good, the bad and the ugly

marchant1Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly integrating into and affecting every aspect of our lives and society. From digital personal assistants to autonomous cars, from robotic doctors to autonomous weapons, AI is already creating tremendous benefits and serious concerns. To help us understand exactly what AI is and why there is so much excitement about it, Gary Marchant, Ph.D., J.D., will be in PebbleCreek at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18.

AI is already widely used in health, education, law enforcement, communications, education and national security and its use and impact will grow dramatically over the next decade. Marchant, one of LifeLong Learning's most popular lecturers will first review the recent advances in AI technology and explain why it is has become so prevalent in our lives.  He will then review many of the existing and near-future benefits of AI, which explain why the continued rise of AI is inevitable.   

Marchant will then turn to some of the growing concerns presented by AI, including problems relating to bias, privacy, safety, security, over-reliance, employment, and yes, Terminator robots (fortunately a longer-term but still real concern). His presentation will conclude with some ideas on ways government regulation of AI can pave the path forward for the many benefits of AI, while addressing the risks and fears of AI.

Marchant is faculty director of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He also serves as a professor at the School of Life Sciences and as Distinguished Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU. His courses include Artificial Intelligence and the Law; Genetics and the Law; and Big Data, Privacy, and Emerging Technologies.

Marchant received his bachelor's and doctorate degrees in genetics from the University of British Columbia, earned his master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government and his law degree from Harvard University. He frequently lectures about the intersection of law and science at national and international conferences and has authored more than 150 articles and book chapters on various issues related to emerging technologies. Marchant previously visited PebbleCreek in March 2017, when he presented “Progress in Anti-Aging Interventions."

Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last. -- Stephen Hawking

Admission to all Premier Lectures is $15 per person and can be purchased online or with cash in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater one hour prior to the lecture, subject to availability. Up to four admissions can be purchased in one transaction.

For online purchases, on the day before the event, a QR code ticket will be emailed to each person registered.  The QR code ticket is a personal code for each person registered and the printed ticket(s) are required for admittance. Bring the printed tickets with you for admittance.

Registration opens September 20:


DATE /TIME: Friday, Feb 18, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

COST:  $15


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