The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth

24Nov2015 18:00 - 19:30

Lecture

Robots may one day rule the world, but what is a robot-ruled earth like? Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or ems. Scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer and you have a robot brain, but recognisably human. Ems make us question common assumptions of moral progress because they reject many of the values we hold dear. Applying decades of expertise in physics, computer science and economics, Robin Hanson uses standard theories to paint a detailed picture of a world dominated by ems.

 Speaker:

Dr. Robin D. Hanson is professor in Economics at George Mason University and research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He has pioneered prediction markets since 1988 and is author of The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth. Oxford University Press, March 2016.

 Venue:

Common Room

Amsterdam University College

Science Park 113, 1092XG Amsterdam  

Convenors: 

 Dr. Emma Cohen de Lara (AUC) and Dr. David Zetland (LUC)

Published by  Amsterdam University College