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Oh, and now it's more like 13 years!
Meanwhile, some are working to smooth our integration with robots. RoboPsych is a website dedicated to easing the human/robot interface. If you haven't had much interaction with robots, we are all going to experience this a great deal in the next few years. This week I was interviewed by RoboPsych's founder, Tom Guarriello that was podcast on the website. Our discussion was somewhat rambling (as interviews often go) but I got across most of the main points I wanted that much of the danger we face is hidden. I won't go into it here, but essentially the greatest danger doesn't emanate from the machines but from our own underestimated vulnerabilities in interacting with them. Tom is more optimistic than I about the future, but we really need open discussions like this to come to a real understanding.
To that end I'm helping sponsor a symposium, “Tech Tsunami: Preserving the Human”, also sponsored by the Montana Universities, which will be presented at Carroll College, Helena, MT, Oct. 28-30, featuring some AI giants. It will be geared to the general public, not experts, with the intention of involving a greater number of people in the discussion of what it means to be human and what kind of future we will build for ourselves. If we don't participate, one day the robots will simply take their place at the controls. It's up to us.