ACX meetup April 2nd - local AI futurists on the future of AI and humanity

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Dan Elton

Mar 13, 2024, 3:55:39 PMMar 13

Hello ACXers: 

Join us for a special gathering on April 2nd at Microsoft New England where we ask some of the most important questions facing us as we consider the future of AI and humanity.

Space is limited -- please make sure to RSVP on AICamp to guarantee a spot and get your name on the guest list.

How can we best guide the transition to superintelligence? Should we try to pause all AI or AGI research to keep extinction risk low? Should we let AIs become our "mind children" and our descendants, to populate the galaxy in our stead? Or should we try to merge with AI?

Agenda for the evening:
5:30 - 6:15 pm Socializing with pizza and light refreshments
6:15 - 7:15 pm Talks from our speakers
7:15 - 7:30 pm Short Break
7:30 - 8:15 pm Panel discussion with audience Q&A
8:15 - 9:00 pm Socializing and wind-down

RSVP on AICamp (for tickets, same link as above)
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Speakers and panelists:

Talk title: "Will humanized AI be humanity’s savior or successor ... or both?"
Preston Estep, Ph.D  is Chief Scientist and co-founder of the Mind First Foundation and the RaDVaC project, which received an Astral Codex Ten grant. He studied neuroscience at Cornell University and holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard University, where he worked in the lab of George Church. He has been a founder or advisor to the Harvard Personal Genome Project, and to many biotech startup companies. He will be talking about the desirability and possibility of human-AI merger.

Talk title: "Childhood's end and the 'AI alignment problem' problem"
Brian M. Delaney is Chief Philosophy Officer at the Mind First Foundation and Clinical Trials Liaison at RaDVaC. He has founded and run several nonprofit and not-for-profit research organizations focused on health and longevity, with a particular emphasis on mental and neurological health. He did AI research long ago with Eugene Charniak at Brown University and recently has been thinking and writing extensively about the co-evolution of AI and humanity (upcoming unpublished work).

Talk title: "Posthumanism and AGI: Exploring the Intelligence-trajectory Political Matrix"
Daniel Faggella is CEO of Emerj Intelligence Research, a leading AI research and advisory firm. He is host of the "AI in Business" podcast and is frequently called upon to speak in front of large audiences about AI. He will be speaking about decels vs accels and his intelligence trajectory political matrix.

Your host and panel discussion moderator is Dan Elton. He will attempt to provide hard questions and ideas from an AI safety and x-risk reduction perspective. He has a Ph.D. in physics and has done research on AI applications for eight years. He writes about accelerating scientific and technological progress on his Substack, More is Different.

This event is co-organized and sponsored by Boston Astral Codex Ten in conjunction with the Mind First Foundation, AICamp, and Microsoft.

For more AI events in Boston, check out my Boston in-person events listing.

-- Dan 

Dan Elton, Ph.D. (he/him) 
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