Many futurists would have us believe that all we need do is recline and await a cornucopia of technology pouring its riches over our heads. But then why do many crises seem imminent? What if the technologists don’t have all the answers? What if the key to navigating the existential threats around the corner lies in all our hands? When artificial intelligence will advance the future in ways we can scarcely imagine, what if its safety depends on skills we're barely exercising?
Peter Scott will talk about the future of work, business, and society in a technological revolution that no one has a full grasp on. He is from a non-profit foundation, the Next Wave Institute, formed to educate this generation and the next, on dealing with the peril and promise of exponential technological progress. Expect to be challenged and to bring your best thinking to the table.
Drinks and nibbles will be provided.
Date & time: 15 Nov 2019 18:00 - 20:30
Location: Cambridge Bradfield Centre, Cambridge
0.00 GBP + VAT - Member
5.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member
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After receiving a master's degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University, he worked for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an employee and contractor for over thirty years, helping advance our exploration of the Solar System. He started in the Navigation section, which maneuvers spacecraft to hit tiny targets a billion miles away, then moved to IT infrastructure, providing solutions for enterprise architecture in distributed computing and institutional cybersecurity.
Over the years, he branched out into the Open Source community, writing technical books and videos, and delivering convention speeches and onsite trainings. Yet at the same time, he developed a parallel career in "soft" fields of human development, getting certifications in Neuro-Linguistic Programming from founder John Grinder and in coaching from the International Coaching Federation. Bridging these disparate worlds positions him to envisage a delicate solution to the existential threats facing humanity.
His book, “Crisis of Control: How Artificial SuperIntelligences May Destroy or Save the Human Race” explores these threats. It offers us a fascinating look at advancing technology and how we will either be greatly helped or gravely harmed by it depending on how we act now.
Scott has recently founded the Next Wave Institute, a nonprofit foundation partnering with educational institutions to develop curricula, trainings, and events for preparing the current and next generations to address radical change. He has spoken to many groups about this topic, including a TEDx talk.
And beyond the immediate timeframe, the future holds even more fantastic possibilities for the evolution of employment and humanity…
Scott lives in Victoria, Canada with his wife and two daughters.