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2018 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate

Part of Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Isaac Asimov suggested three laws of robotics as ethical safeguards in the development of artificial intelligence, but as Alexa guides our homes and automated cars replace human drivers, are those three laws enough? The power of A.I. is opening doors to limitless possibilities—are we ready? Join Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, and a panel of experts as they explore and debate the benefits and consequences of a future with A.I.

Meet the Panelists

John Giannandrea is currently a Senior Vice President of Engineering at Google, where he leads the Search and Google A.I. teams. 

Helen Greiner is co-founder of the iRobot Corporation, maker of the iconic Roomba Vacuuming Robot, and founder of the drone company CyPhy Works.  

Ruchir Puri is Chief Architect, IBM Watson, and an IBM Fellow, who has held various technical, research, and engineering leadership roles across IBM's A.I. and Research businesses. 

Max Tegmark is a professor doing physics and A.I. research at MIT, and an advocate for positive use of technology as president of the Future of Life Institute.

Michael P. Wellman is Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he leads the Strategic Reasoning Group.

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The late Dr. Isaac Asimov, one of the most prolific and influential authors of our time, was a dear friend and supporter of the American Museum of Natural History. In his memory, the Hayden Planetarium is honored to host the annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate—generously endowed by relatives, friends, and admirers of Isaac Asimov and his work—bringing the finest minds in the world to the Museum each year to debate pressing questions on the frontier of scientific discovery. Proceeds from ticket sales of the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debates benefit the scientific and educational programs of the Hayden Planetarium.