You have unlocked a challenge brave Ye Olde Futurist Member.

Your challenge, should you accept, is to join us on stage and present a 2 minute in argument in favor or against the resolution. You will be in good company. You will receive a special limited edition gift of honor. You will be remembered.

Does AI enable us to reach our potential?

Can we contain our own creation?

Does AI dumb us down?

Does AI enable a life of leisure and the pursuit of higher goals?

Are we ready for a robot arms race?

Which side will you vote on?

Resolution: We Welcome our Robot Overlords

Kent Brockman reports: “One thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; the robots will soon be here. And I for one welcome our new robot overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.” An Empire of the Robots is coming, and H.G. Wells’ fantastical vision of the future may become reality unless Elon Musk has his way.

In its inaugural debate, Ye Olde Futurist Union will confront the growing fear of artificial intelligence with AI and robotics expert Sabri Sansoy.

File under: robots, artificial intelligence, universal basic income, self driving cars, singularity, HAL, automation, Watson, chatbots…