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Tuesday, October 15 • 8:00pm - 9:30pm
AI, Robots, and the Future of Humans

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Co-presented by Craig Newmark Philanthropies and Silicon Valley Robotics

Award-winning science journalist and author David Ewing Duncan presents an evening devoted to considering our human-robot futures. What robot and AI systems are being built and imagined right now? What do they say about us, their creators? Will they usher in a fantastic new future—one that includes toy bots, polticial bots and sex bots—or destroy us? These possibilities are explored in Duncan’s new anthology of 24 stories, Talking to Robots: Tales From Our Human-Robot Futures, which Vanity Fair called "intensely readable, downright terrifying, and surprisingly uplifting.” Joining him will be anthology contributors Tim O’Reilly (author and founder of O’Reilly media), Jane Metcalfe (co-founder of Wired and NEO.LIFE magazines), UC Berkeley robotics professor Ken Goldberg, and filmmaker and Webbys founder Tiffany Shlain. What will our human-robot futures be like? Come learn—and fantasize. $10 adv / $15 door

Authors and Participants
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Tiffany Shlain

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and founder of The Webby Awards. Tiffany’s films and work have received over eighty awards and distinctions including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s... Read More →
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Tim O’Reilly

Tim O’Reilly has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. If you’ve heard the term “open source software” or “web 2.0” or “the Maker movement” or “government as a platform” or “the WTF economy,” he’s had a hand in framing each... Read More →
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Jane Metcalfe

Jane Metcalfe is the co-founder, with Louis Rossetto, and former president of Wired Ventures, creator and original publisher of the magazine Wired. Prior to that, Metcalfe managed advertising sales for the Amsterdam-based Electric Word magazine. Metcalfe and Rossetto co-founded Tcho... Read More →
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Ken Goldberg

Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and roboticist. He is William S. Floyd Jr Distinguished Chair in Engineering at UC Berkeley and Chief Scientist at Ambidextrous Robotics. Ken is on the Editorial Board of the journal Science Robotics, served as Chair of the Industrial Engineering... Read More →
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David Ewing Duncan

David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning science journalist in print, television, and radio; and the best-selling author of nine books published in 21 languages. He is Curator of Arc Fusion, a recent columnist for the Daily Beast, and a frequent contributor to Wired, Vanity Fair, MIT... Read More →



Tuesday October 15, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm
CounterPulse 80 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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