Australian Parliament member speaks on future of artificial intelligence

A member of the Australian House of Representatives said Tuesday afternoon people should be aware of the changing marketplace as he spoke about rapid technological innovation and the economic impact of artificial intelligence. Andrew Leigh, a member of Australia’s Parliament, visited Northwestern as part of the Distinguished Public Policy Lectures hosted by the Institute for Policy Research and the Buffett Institute for Global Studies. He began his lecture by referencing stereotype-induced fears of robots and artificial intelligence, focusing on singularity — a hypothetical point in time when artificial intelligence is capable of improving itself — and how humans would adapt if that point is reached. “In almost all science fiction there is the singularity, the notion of a turning point where computers become capable of recursive self-improvement.” Leigh spoke humorously…


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