Fred Benenson: Skynet via the Darknet: How We're Unwittingly Training the Next Gen of Strong AI





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Published on Feb 22, 2013

How do we know we're not accidentally cultivating Skynet by building stronger defenses against spammers and bots? In this Ignite talk, Fred Benenson makes the case that strong AI (e.g. artificial intelligence smart enough to appear humanlike) will not be developed by R & D departments, but rather by spammers, content farms, and black-hat hackers.

Fred steps through examples of where this is already happening on the web, and what it means for us to be implicitly help develop stronger AI every time we outsmart the darknet.

Fred works for Kickstarter as their data engineer and was previously employed as a Creative Commons' representative in NYC. He went to ITP and finished in '08, but also went to NYU for undergrad in philosophy and computer science and started Free Culture @ NYU. He's taught undergraduate and graduate students at NYU in copyright and cyberlaw. I He also writes for Wired Magazine.


This talk took place at the Ignite NYC 15 event, "Truth is a Moving Target: Oddities, Anomalies and Wonders with Data" event. 5 minutes and 20 slides rotating automatically in front of NYC's brightest geeks, what would you say? For nearly two years Ignite NYC has cultivated a vibrant community of artists, technologists, thinkers, tinkerers, and personalities to connect, develop new relationships and projects, and answer this challenge. Enlighten us, but make it quick!


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