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Episode 2 | Season 3

God, AI and the future of humanity: Is technology the key to immortality?

Nick Bostrom & Rosalind Picard

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Why have humans always sought immortality and could the rise of Artificial Intelligence and advanced technology enable humans to live forever? 

These and many more questions are tackled by two leading figures in the AI community, as they discuss the ethical, philosophical and spiritual dimensions of new technology.  Could we all end up living in a digital ‘heaven’? Is the rise of AI a threat to humanity? What are the ethics of creating ‘conscious’ machines? Could our universe be a computer simulation of an advanced AI? And where does the rise of new technologies leave the question of God?

Ros Picard, Affective Computing MIT
Ros Picard is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab and has pioneered the development of wearable AI tech. Picard, an adult convert to Christianity, often speaks of how her faith influences her approach to technology 

Nick Bostrom, The Future of Humanity Institute Oxford
Nick Bostrom is founder and director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. Bostrom a leading secular voice on AI and author of the bestselling book ’Superintelligence: Paths, dangers, strategies’.

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