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Convoco 3.0 in Berlin

"Artificial Intelligence and the Common Good" in Berlin


Dear Friends of Convoco,
The topic for 2017 is "The Common Good in the 21st Century". On April 1st in Berlin we talked about "Artificial Intelligence and the Common Good". Please find the videos below.

Introduction by Corinne M. Flick - The Common Good
In the 21st century, the common good needs to provide practical procedures by which we can thrive as a society (Aristotle) and act as an abstract guiding principle (Plato). It is central that we look at both afresh.

Introduction by Bruce Pon - Artificial Intelligence
We are on the cusp of giving machines the power that was once the exclusive realm of humans. What are the consequences if, according to Hawking, these machines have 'the potential to evolve faster than the human race'? Trent McConaghy - AI, Blockchains, and Humanity

Talk by Trent McConaghy - AI, Blockchains, and Humanity
AIs could end up with control of all our resources. In fact, we might actually give it to AIs in the name of efficiency. This is an existential threat to humanity. How do we prevent it? Safe AI is a mirage. There’s another way: join the machines.

Talk by David Dindi - Collective Intelligence
Combining human inductive reasoning and artificial deductive reasoning will result in collective intelligence, a hybrid intelligence that will draw upon both strengths to move us towards encompassing infinite knowledge.

Talk by Julie Maupin - Making AI Socially Intelligent
If we want to live in a world where AI is socially intelligent, we must also look to the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to inform our decision-making along this tremulous path toward “the singularity”.

Panel 1: Challenges and Opportunities of AI for our Society

Panel 2: How to stay Human in the Age of AI
Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with the artist Hito Steyerl and the philosopher Matteo Pasquinelli

Might Walter Benjamin be right with the idea that the self-alienation of humankind has reached such a degree that it can experience its own destruction as an aesthetic pleasure of the first order?

All the best,
Your Convoco Team