AI: Controlling the future

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marchantArtificial intelligence (AI) has rapidly developed to the point it is all around us. From digital personal assistants to autonomous cars to robotic doctors to autonomous weapons, AI can create tremendous benefits, but also serious concerns.

Gary Marchant, Ph.D. J.D., will be in PebbleCreek at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, to explain exactly what AI is and why there is so much excitement about the technology. He will describe both the major advantages and risks of AI and conclude by addressing the challenges and opportunities for ensuring responsible AI development.

According to Marchant, the two concepts most relevant to describing AI are disruption and responsibility. Disruption because the rapidly expanding capabilities of AI are affecting every sector of society. Responsibility because to benefit and thrive in the era of AI, we as individuals, businesses, nations and a species, must find ways to ensure this new frontier is developed and used in a controlled manner.

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. He teaches courses, such as 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, before earning his master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government and 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

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