Max Tegmark, Author, Co-Founder of the Future of Life Institute

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems evolve, once-unthinkable features are becoming everyday realities. During the second annual Digital Workforce Summit (DWS), MIT professor and best-selling author Max Tegmark talked about AI’s potential to fundamentally change business and the world.

Max’s presentation touched on how the accelerated evolution of AI inevitably leads to the emergence of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), in which advanced AI matches the capabilities of the human brain. Once AGI comes online, humans will no longer be the most intelligent entities on Earth — which doesn’t necessarily spell doom, nor does it necessarily lead to utopia, but it will probably happen a lot sooner than many people expect. Therefore, Max explained, it’s in humanity’s vital interest to proactively shape the impending The Age of AI.

“We’re all here to celebrate this amazing opportunity that we have to create an inspiring future with AI,” he told the audience. “And I feel that the essence of this future should be that we all become not overpowered, but empowered by our technology.”

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