Humanity's Last Stand: The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence  

Right Livelihood Lecture

Humanity's Last Stand: 
The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence  

An Evening With Nicanor Perlas, Right Livelihood Award Laureate

Thursday, June 6th, 2019
Doors open at 6:55, Event starts at 7:15 PM
UC Santa Cruz, Kresge Classroom 321

*Due to popular response the event time and location have been updated* 

Lecture with Nicanor Perlas, followed by panel discussion with Anthony Aguirre, Associate Professor of Physics; Lise Getoor, Professor of Computer Science; and, Sikina Jinnah, Associate Professor of Politics.


Click here for details and to RSVP. Nicanor Perlas is also teaching the Right Livelihood Summer Institute on July 8-12, 2019. Click here for details.


The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence

The 21st century is the Age of Science and Technology. It is also the Age in which humanity faces a unique and unprecedented challenge. This is the challenge of Artificial Intelligence (AI). If properly developed and aligned with the values of humanity, AI will bring tremendous benefits to society. However, if AI is used inappropriately, it could undermine human civilization and, ultimately, with the emergence of Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI), lead to the extinction of humanity. Scientists, philosophers and engineers call this latter possibility the “alignment challenge” or "existential risk" of AI. The fate of our future lies literally in our hands. In navigating the turbulent waters of extreme technology in the 21st century, two sources of hope are visible in the horizon: new more ethical developments from within science and technology itself, and the rapid and widespread emergence of societal change agents, whether they are activists in the realm of culture and civil society, visionary legislators in the realm of polity and government, or enlightened entrepreneurs in the realm of the economy and business. Join us on June 6th for a lecture and discussion, and July 8-12 during our summer institute for the full “deep dive” weeklong seminar experience to explore these unprecedented challenges and possibilities.

Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 7:15pm

Kresge College, Classroom 321
R-3 Suites , Santa Cruz, California 95064