GeekSpeak – AI in the near future- Join the discussion Oct 7th at 12pm SLT

How do you think AI will change the world in the next ten years?  Factories have already been taken over by robots and recently a field of barley was grown in England with no human involved; all the work was done by robots.  Soon perhaps accountants, doctors, musicians, scientists will all be robots.  Will there be any middle-class jobs left?  Will there be any jobs left for humans at all?

Will the experiences of daily life change or will AI slowly grow in back offices without our realising that it is happening?  Or will AI be in everyone’s phone?  Will there be 2 more branches on the human tree, homo androidus and homo iphonetus?

When the world is run by AI will it be harder or easier to make friends with other humans?  In Japan there are people who have no real human contact at all.  Will that spread everywhere?

Come and talk to us about the next 10 years in AI.  Turn off your phone so that it cannot hear us whisper…

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GeekSpeak – is there anything we will never be able to do? Join the discussion Sat, Sept. 9th at 12pm SLT

In this technological age it seems as though everything is within our power.  ‘Never say never’ is a motto for our time.  We have left Earth, we have started teleportation, we have eradicated diseases.  Our future seems to be limited only by human imagination.

But are there limits to our technology?  Barriers we can never overcome?  Will we journey to the centre of the sun?  Send a probe into a black hole?  Travel through time?  Bring back the dinosaurs?  Make ourselves immortal?  Understand the mystery of consciousness?  Figure out what ‘covfefe’ means?

Come to GeekSpeak and search with us the limits of technology, where science ends and we can only guess what lies beyond….

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GeekSpeak – Energy from Volcanoes! Join the discussion Saturday August 26th at 12pm SLT

Yellowstone Park in America is a supervolcano and it may be ready to erupt.  A vast pool of magma lies under a thin crust.  If it erupts it could cause a worldwide winter that would last for many decades and would threaten all life on earth.

Scientists are thinking of drilling down into the magma to lessen the danger and also to get lots and lots of free energy.  What will happen if they do?  Could the drilling set off an eruption?  Could it destroy Earth’s magnetic field?  What would it mean for the oil industry if Yellowstone produces an enormous amount of cheap geothermal energy?

Do you think we should take such risks?  Or should we leave Nature to manage on its own?  Are we facing the destruction of life or centuries of cheap, safe energy?

Join us at GeekSpeak for our hottest discussion ever.

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GeekSpeak SL – Computers as Artists. Join the discussion on July 22nd at 12pm SLT

Can a computer make a work of art?  The Deep Dream program produces beautiful pictures in collaboration with human artists.  Could AI ever produce art on its own?  If it did, would you call it art?  Or is art, by definition, something that only humans can produce?

Maybe a computer could make a work of art but could it make an intellectual shift in art to produce something completely new and unique, a new style, maybe a new form of art?  Of course, not many humans can do that.

Will art, the ‘last bastion of humanity’, be taken over by computers?  Or is there a domain that will always be the realm of humans only?  If computers can be artists what will we do to feel human?  What will we need to do to achieve greatness in 2050?  What will be the point of having humans on Earth?

Get ready for AI artists in GeekSpeak.– computers as artists

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