Join Us for an Event on Sci-Fi, A.I., and Policy

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What lessons can we learn about present-day policy conundrums from the rich history of A.I. in science-fiction literature and film?

Our anxieties about what we can do with A.I. versus what we should do are reaching a fever pitch. While companies scramble to define what “A.I. ethics” means for them and citizens see algorithmic decision-making creeping into their daily experience, policymakers are facing tough choices about how to regulate this new computational wild west. Yet public dialogue about the future of A.I. seems to be stuck in a loop, repeating the same stories about killer robots, job-stealing A.I.s, and godlike supermachines. Is science fiction to blame for selling us simplistic visions of A.I. apocalypse? How can we make sure the stories we tell ourselves about intelligent machines will examine real-life challenges like data-based discrimination and privacy invasion, not just far-fetched threats like Terminator uprisings? What lessons can we learn about present-day policy conundrums from the rich history of A.I. in science-fiction literature and film?

Join Future Tense and New America’s Open Technology Institute in Washington on May 7 for a lively afternoon of discussion on sci-fi and A.I. with policy and tech experts, futurists, and science fiction authors. For more information and to RSVP, visit the New America website.

Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society.