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Saturday, August 4, 2018

GeekSpeak – we need more Turing tests! Join the Discussion Saturday August 4th at 12pm SLT

We need the Turing test to determine if an AI is a person.  But what about Turing tests to determine what is real at all?  Is the painting on your wall real or is it a virtual reality conjured up by your Google glass?  How do you know if that chair is made from natural materials or made from a blob of nanobots?  What tests will we need to determine whether the toaster is the smartest kid in the house and should be in charge of everything?

Did your smart door kill your cat on purpose?  Did the bots that make up your mailbox eat the mailman to get more building materials?  If they did will you be held responsible?  Will your smart car need a certificate from a shrink before you can drive in it?

Does any of this matter?  Does it matter if your butler is self-aware?  If your toaster belongs to an online community of toasters?

Come and talk to us about a world in which doorknobs can be smarter than people.

IM Vulcan Viper if you have any ideas for new subjects.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

GeekSpeak – Are we custodians of our planet? Join the discussion Sat. Nov. 26th at 12pm SLT

Imagine we were planted here by an alien race who wanted us to look after our planet.  Would we have obligations to the aliens who planted us here?  Would it be a good thing if we thought we were planted here by aliens even if it is not true?  Would we take our duty to the planet more seriously?  Do we have such a duty at all?  If we had to draw up a report for the aliens what would we put in it?

If there is a chance that we were not planted here by aliens should we make a ‘declaration of rights for all living creatures’?  Or a declaration of our duties to the planet itself?  Would that keep us on the job?

Or do you think we can consume everything and hop to the next planet?

Come and discuss these and other out of the world issues at GeekSpeak – thanksgiving edition.