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September 11, 2018: Training & Tutorials
September 12–13, 2018: Keynotes & Sessions
New York, NY

Black Box: How AI Will Amplify the Best and Worst of Humanity

Jacob Ward (CNN | Al Jazeera | PBS)
10:20am–10:40am Thursday, 09/13/2018
Location: 3E
Secondary topics:  Ethics and Privacy

For most of us, our own mind is a black box: an all-powerful and utterly mysterious device that runs our lives for us. And not only do we humans just barely understand how it works, science is now revealing that it makes most of our decisions for us using rules and shortcuts of which you and I aren’t even aware. Meanwhile, every area of human activity, from criminal justice to corporate hiring to military strategy, is turning to “black box” artificial intelligence systems for cost savings, efficiency, and moral clarity. Jacob Ward reveals the relationship between the unconscious habits of our minds, and the way that AI is poised to amplify them, alter them, maybe even reprogram them.

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Jacob Ward

CNN | Al Jazeera | PBS

Jacob Ward is a science and technology correspondent for CNN, Al Jazeera, and PBS. The former editor-in-chief of Popular Science magazine, Ward writes for The New Yorker, Wired, and Men’s Health. His ten-episode Audible podcast, Complicated, discusses humanity’s most difficult problems, and he’s the host of an upcoming four-hour public television series, Hacking Your Mind, about human decision making and irrationality. Ward is developing a CNN original series about the unintended consequences of big ideas, and is a 2018-2019 Berggruen Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, where he’s writing a book, due for publication by Hachette Books in 2020, about how artificial intelligence will amplify good and bad human instincts.

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