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What's the Future?

My talk at the White House Frontiers Conference at CMU on October 13, 2016. I was one of the warmup acts for the President, talking about why we should embrace an AI future. Full text can be seen here

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What's the Future?

  1. “…47 percent of jobs are “at risk” of being automated in the next 20 years.” Carl Frey and Michael Osborne, Oxford University “The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?”
  2. The weavers of Ned Ludd’s rebellion couldn’t imagine…
  3. The future of health care is out for delivery.
  4. “ God did not make being an auto worker a good job!” —David Rolf, SEIU
  5. “The New Deal’s Reconstruction Finance Corporation helped light up America — moving it from 10 percent of homes having electricity in 1930 to more than 60 percent a decade later. [We] utterly transform[ed] the economy in about five years, by using idle capital.” –Louis Hyman Borrow: The American Way of Debt
  6. Are we done yet? “ Technology is the solution to human problems. We won’t run out of work till we run out of problems.” –Nick Hanauer
  7. AI will help us tailor treatment to each individual.
  8. The White House Brain Initiative: Could AI help us build “cognitive prosthetics”?
  9. Climate change is for our generation what World War II was for our parents and grandparents.
  10. “It takes a machine to get inside the OODA loop of another machine.” Observe Orient Decide Act A DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge team
  11. But we do have a responsibility to get the transformation right! “The great question of the 21st century will be “Whose black box do we trust?” —John Mattison