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[liberationtech] Tomorrow: "Machines of Loving Grace": John Markoff (New York Times) talk, 5/7 11am

Yosem Companys ycompanys at
Wed May 6 14:22:34 PDT 2015

John Markoff on "Machines of Loving Grace"

The CITRIS People and Robots Initiative Presents:

A Distinguished Lecture by John Markoff of the New York Times

"Machines of Loving Grace"

Tomorrow: Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)

Banatao Auditorium, CITRIS, 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

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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