#012: Artificial Intelligence and The End of the Human Era with James Barrat

This week I sit down with James Barrat, documentary film maker and author of “Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and The End of the Human Era.” James walks us through the history of AI, outlines the potential dangers, and talks about the need for a thoughtful and honest conversation about how to reap the benefits and mitigate the risks of AI in the future.

Guest bio:

Time Magazine named author and filmmaker James Barrat one of 5 Very Smart People Who Think Artificial Intelligence Could Bring the Apocalypse because of his groundbreaking nonfiction book, Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era. 

For more than 20 years Barrat’s award-winning documentary films have set ratings records for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, and other broadcasters in the US and Europe.

Show links:

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