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The Future of Humans and Machines: Partnership, Fusion or Fear?

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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Intelligent Systems Center (MP-2)

7701 Montpelier Road

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The Future of Humans and Machines: Partnershiop, Fusion, or Fear?

Machine learning, robotics, autonomy, and neuroscience are exploding onto society. Governments, industry, and private citizens alike are moving towards a future where humasn are living with increasingly intelligent machines, with far-reaching consequences. No one player has everything it takes to shape a bright, tech-enabled future.

Join Reid Hoffman, Admiral James Stavridis, Dr. Geoff LIng, and other thoughtful leaders in the intelligent systems technologies for an exploration of the current state of technology, cutting-edge research, and the challenges ahead in a world where these technologies are ubiquitous.

Panel 1: Machines with us?

What might a future look like if/when intelligent machines are fully integrated into our lives? Is that a future we find attractive, one that we fear, or a little of both? How do we know what is good for society? How do we build toward that end? How do we engage with the public as we move forward?

For this panel, we will bring together technology leaders from government, commercial companies, and academia to discuss what is coming soon in the world of machine learning and robotics: how to shape the path forward, engage the public, and avoid the dystopian outcomes depicted in popular science fiction.

Panel 2: Machines & Us.

Which decisions and tasks should we delegate to machines and which are better left to people? What degree of autonomy will today’s technology support? For applications where machine intelligence is sufficiently advanced, what will it take to gain trust in machines as semi-autonomous teammates? How do we create partnerships between humans and machines were each do what they do best?

For this panel, we will bring world leaders in artificial intelligence together with key stakeholders from government to explore the frontier of machine learning and robotics and discuss the path towards fully realizing the potential of these technologies in critical defense and civilian applications.

Panel 3: Machines a Part of Us!

How do we couple humans and machines to unlock the brain’s true power? How might we tap directly into the brain to bypass the limitations of the human body? How do we enable a new generation of brain-computer interfaces that don’t rely on invasive surgery? What exciting new capabilities might we develop by doing so and which essential aspects of our humanity might be at risk?

For this panel, we will bring together the field’s top innovators in applied neuroscience to envision the future of brain-computer interfaces, highlight exciting new advances and pursuits in this area and examine the most challenging issues still holding us back.

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