Some animals are smart but we humans have the upper hand on creative intelligence. At least for now. At least on this planet. But what if we build intelligent machines, machines that are smarter than we are? Would these machines be our “last invention,” the end of humanity as we know it, as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking somberly warned? Or is the possibility of a true AI more hype than science? What about aliens, creatures somewhere in outer space who are smart, perhaps much smarter than we are? Can we find them? Can they find us? Or are we alone in this vast universe?
Join Dartmouth physicist Marcelo Gleiser, world-renowned philosopher Patricia Churchland, and Jill Tarter, astronomer and a pioneer of the Search for Extra-Terrstrial Intelligence (SETI, the real-life model for Jodie Foster’s character in the movie Contact) for a unique conversation about the nature of intelligence and our future in the digital age.