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Talking Points series to discuss benefits, risks of AI

By Staff | Feb 21, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Ian Sherr

The next BIG ARTS Talking Points series will cover “How Artificial Intelligence Will Shape your Future,” with featured speaker Ian Sherr, on March 3 at 4 p.m. at the Strauss Theater. Editor at large at CNET – a tech news site and division of CBS – Sherr has covered technology for over a decade.

“There are a lot of benefits of Artificial Intelligence for us – we’ll get more free time, improved medical care and increased productivity. The biggest benefit of Artificial Intelligence is that a lot of problems due to human error will go away. For example, self-driving cars will reduce accidents. Automation will make our lives easier. Your groceries could be delivered automatically. You could have more free time with your family, and to do what you want to do instead of just going to work all the time. Advancement in Artificial Intelligence has been going on for some time. We are now at the inflection point. The more technology enters our world; the more our society will benefit. Artificial Intelligence will cause a lot of society’s ills to go away. But, it won’t all suddenly be perfect. There’s going to be a lot to work out about how it negatively impacts us too,” he said.

“Artificial Intelligence will be very disruptive. It will have profound impact on society – how we live our daily lives, how we learn, and how we work. The big questions I have are: How do we handle these disruptions? How do we prepare for this? Artificial Intelligence is here to stay, so now the question is how do we answer the many questions it raises? For example, can individuals be retrained to take advantage of new jobs created by Artificial Intelligence? What happens to individuals who cannot be retrained? What if there are not enough jobs for everyone because the robots can do it all? What then is the answer universal income? We will have to decide what kinds of decisions we are comfortable with when it comes to Artificial Intelligence and which ones we are not,” Sherr added.

Tickets are $20 and include a complimentary wine reception following the lecture.

For tickets, visit www.BIGARTS.org, call 239-395-0900 or visit the box office, at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. The evening of the lecture, tickets will be sold beginning at 3 p.m. at the Strauss Theatre.

The Sanibel & Captiva Trust Company is the sponsor for Talking Points.

The Strauss Theatre is at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.