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Machines are pretty good at playing chess and Go, driving cars, flying planes, doing math, managing wealth, trading stocks and so much more. What is left for humans to do? How will we compete with increasingly faster, smarter and more reliable machines? What is the purpose of mankind’s life?

With these questions in mind, I therefore invite you to our second Rise of AI – Human coexistence with Machines in Berlin. I have two amazing speakers for you and a solid guest list of investors, founders, CEOs and AI-interested people.

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Your host – Fabian Westerheide – Introduction 2.0 to Rise of AI
I am an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with a passion for Artificial Intelligence and our human future to the point of Singularity. Check out my blogAsgard or follow me on Twitter.

Speaker #1 – Dr. Anish Mohammed – Path to Singularity: How Authentic Are Thoughts?
Anish is a multi-disciplinarian who has worked as a medical doctor, bio-informatician and cryptographer. His research interests include AI and the ethics of AI. As a worthy Futurist, he is also a Singularity University alumnus. Follow him on Twitter.

Speaker #2 – Dr. Trent McConaghy – Reflections of a Recovering Bio-Narcissist on the Singularity (Or, Why Elon is Wrong)
Trent is an AI researcher, blockchain engineer, entrepreneur and global citizen. After completing his PhD in electrical engineering, he worked for the Canadian Department of National Defense. Thereafter, 12 years ago, he started his first AI company. Currently, he is the founder of ascribeSolido and BigchainDB. He has published several books, papers and holds 20 patents. Follow Trent on Twitter.

18:00 Registration and networking (you should come early)
19:00 Welcome & Introduction by your host Fabian Westerheide
19:20 Dr. Anish Mohammad
20:15 Dr. Trent McConaghy
21:15 Open end & discussions

Talk to the speakers & other guests
Rise of AI is more than just great talks by experienced speakers. It is about the people who share the same room, visions, passions and questions with you. After the talks, the speakers will be around for more personal questions. Take the opportunity to have great conversations with the other guests as well.

Organizational details
Affordable drinks can be purchased upstairs at the conference space, but we’re not sure if they serve food as well. Please eat before the event if you are hungry!

The innospace is not easy to find. You have to enter the Betahaus, walk trough the café and then take the stairs to the 4th floor. There should be some signs.

#RiseofAI is the official event hashtag – use it to share your thoughts and questions with @bootstrappingme @trentmc0 and @anishmohammed.

If you missed the first Rise of AI, you can watch the Youtube recordings here.


Dr. Anish Mohammed – Path to Singularity: How Authentic Are Thoughts?
This talk will examine medium term challenges of ethics, authenticity, and privacy leading towards the Singularity. It will cover design of ethical of algorithms, which might help create more generalised AGIs. It will take a peek at the possible path of brain computer interfaces. It will discuss questions about authenticity of thoughts, and privacy of thoughts, that arise even before we get to full silicon existence. It will quickly survey technologies needed to enable a world with the properties described above

Dr. Trent McConaghy – Reflections of a Recovering Bio-Narcissist on the Singularity (Or, Why Elon is Wrong)“
I will describe the current most likely singularity scenario (AI waking up), why that is, and the forces catalyzing it (e.g. Google’s biz plan). I will discuss the OpenAI approach of Elon Musk et al, its assumption (that we can actually regulate AI, or create friendly AI), why that assumption is mistaken, and therefore why it may actually be worse for humanity (catalyzes AI even more, without real protection on the downsides). Then I will talk about ways to frame what „humanity“ actually is, and why our bio selves are not the essence of humanity, why it’s rather the patterns of intelligence. In other words, it’s the software not the substrate. I will point to 100 years in the future where no matter the route, the majority of intelligent entities will be thought patterns on silicon; and how „AI waking up“ is only one path, and how that actually could be framed as a next evolution of „humanity“, albeit not that palatable to us because our personal thought patterns don’t continue. I will describe a couple other singularity scenarios that *do* preserve our thought patterns and which are therefore more happy scenarios: the Em scenario, and the BW++ scenario. I will describe the state of the art of tech behind each, and what we can do to give a better chance to one of these scenarios happening.


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