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“Machines of Loving Grace” John Markoff, New York Times

The CITRIS People and Robots Initiative Presents:

A Distinguished Lecture by John Markoff of the New York Times

“Machines of Loving Grace”
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015   |  Time: 11am-12pm
Location: Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley


In Machines of Loving Grace, New York Times reporter John Markoff, the first reporter to cover the World Wide Web, offers a sweeping history of the complicated and evolving relationship between humans and computers. Over the recent years, the pace of technological change has accelerated dramatically, reintroducing this difficult ethical quandary with newer and far weightier consequences. As Markoff chronicles the history of automation, from the birth of the artificial intelligence and intelligence augmentation communities in the 1950s, to the modern day brain trusts at Google and Apple in Silicon Valley, and on to the expanding tech corridor between Boston and New York, he traces the different ways developers have addressed this fundamental problem and urges them to carefully consider the consequences of their work.


We are on the verge of a technological revolution, Markoff argues, and robots will profoundly transform the way our lives are organized. Developers must now draw a bright line between what is human and what is machine, or risk upsetting the delicate balance between them.


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