Artificially intelligent computers have already defeated humans in Jeopardy, chess, and Go. They are packaging and shipping our purchases from Amazon. They have been assembling and will soon be driving our cars. And they are starting to do things once thought untouchable by automation like journalism, music composition, and scientific research. Intelligent machines can identify people's faces, beat video games, and make medical diagnoses. And the technology is still in its infancy.
The prospects of AI, both good and bad, are staggering. While many are excited by the possibility of improved productivity and convenience, some experts anticipate industry disruption unlike any we have seen in human history. Others, like Elon Musk, worry that we may be ushering in a robot apocolypse like we see in popular dystopian novels and movies. What is clear is that teenagers, who will be entering a very different workforce than their parents did, need to be thinking about what is possible and what is desirable when it comes to AI, and we believe the best way to do that is to employ the tools of philosophical investigation.
This conference is for any high school student who is interested in learning more about philosophical and ethical issues related to artificial intelligence. You can come to give a presentation, or you can just come to learn and meet people from other schools who are interested in the topic. You won't be disappointed. Many students who have attended the conference have not wanted to leave when it was over.