Paul Horn, New York University’s senior vice provost for research and former IBM executive, will deliver, “The Co-Evolution of Humans and Machines,” on Monday, September 24, 5 p.m. at NYU’s Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center (100 Washington Square East/enter at 31 Washington Place).
The event is free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 212.998.8100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street).
Horn, who came to NYU as a distinguished scientist in residence in 2007, was previously senior vice president of the IBM Corporation and its executive director of research. Under his leadership, IBM Research produced a string of technological breakthroughs, including the chess-playing supercomputer, Deep Blue, the world’s first copper chip, the giant magneto-resistive head, strained silicon, which allows chips to run up to 35 times faster, and BlueGene, the world’s fastest supercomputer.
A number of well-known scientists and technologists say we are on the verge of a “singularity”—a transition in evolution from life as we know it to a post-biological future, bringing an end to the “human era.” The boldest of these “singularitarians” predict that the epoch will arrive in less than 30 years. Horn’s lecture will outline this line of evolutionary thought while separating fact from fiction.
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