When Machines Rule

Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 17:00

Every year, computing machines become more powerful, a fact that hasn't escaped the notice of anyone who occupies an office. Many experts now agree that within a few decades, your laptop will be smarter than you are. Not only that, but your computer will be in touch with its byte-busting brethren. When that happens, the machines will "wake up."

But what takes place next? Can we stop the machines from turning us into protoplasmic peons in a world in which they are the top intellectual dogs?
Seth and Molly go to the Singularity Summit in San Francisco, and talk to some far-sighted humans who are preparing for the next generation of brainiacs - and they won't be your offspring!


  • Eliezer Yudkowsky - Research fellow and co-founder of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Everett Sherwood - Researcher at Motorola Labs
  • Brad Templeton - Board member, Foresight Nanotech Institute, and Chair, Electronic Frontier Foundation/
  • Charles Harper - Senior Vice President, John Templeton Foundation