the Annual South by Southwest festival (SXSW), devoted to music, film and technology and this year was traditionally visited by many famous personalities. Elon Musk and CTO of Google ray Kurzweil argued, threatens humanity if artificial intelligence, and guests of the event were able to discuss the rewrite of the human body, augmented reality, the fight against Internet terrorism and Russian trolls, blockchain, robots and strengthening the position of women. The Correspondent Of”.ru” visited the festival and shared their impressions.
a vague Discussion of the future of humanity began with the unexpected appearance of Elon musk in a meeting with the Director and actors of the futuristic television series “the Wild West”, the second season of which aired in April of this year. In the “World Wild West” the plot develops in an amusement Park where the members perform intelligent robots. “It’s not a very optimistic series,” admitted his Director Jonathan Nolan.
When the actors told us that do not have the slightest idea about the content of future episodes and plot twists filming them annoying, appeared on stage Masks. “The earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot eternally live in a cradle” — he quoted Tsiolkovsky and admitted that these words really inspire him, because “life can’t be just a series of solutions to small problems.”
the Audience showed that Nolan created a movie about the launch into space of the red sports car Tesla. It turned out that the Director of “World Wild West” and the Masks childhood friends, and the next day of the festival for Nolan played the role of interviewer during the hour-long panel with a billionaire.
In line “on the Mask” was standing behind me an elderly mathematician working in Palo Alto, California. “I want to understand whether Musk is the hero of Heinlein, which I read in childhood. If he really is “the Man who sold the moon””, — he explained his presence.
“I don’t have a business plan. I tried to follow it before, but always everything was different, so I gave up” — once again answered the curious Musk on the question of how exactly it works and why it all turns out. Then he uttered a memorable sentence: “Artificial intelligence is far — and, I repeat, is much more dangerous than nuclear weapons”.
it Turned out that in the first half of 2019, the businessman intends to test the interplanetary spacecraft to fly to Mars. “I think Mars will be direct democracy, and all the issues will be resolved by vote of the colonists,” he said.
On the Westworld set with my bro @kimbalmusk
In the final meeting came on the scene the brother entrepreneur Kimball Musk. All the participants were wearing cowboy hats — the ones that before for promotional purposes, distributed, HBO on the site of the “World Wild West”. The whole company, not too hitting the right notes, but with feeling sang to the guitar the song My Little Buttercup.
an hour later, the speech Mask has been discussed in all the corridors and the margins of the festival.
“He answered the questions as easy as could be answered by a nine year old boy! It’s refreshing,” said one of the contestants of IT.
William Harle, known online as whurley, founder of several startups, including Chaotic Moon Studios, my statement about quantum computers began with correspondence dispute with Musk.
“Musk is afraid of artificial intelligence, but I don’t think there is reason for it. Let’s start with the fact that the human brain is also a quantum. In addition, artificial intelligence — this is the car. If she will rebel, just wait until she runs out of food,” concluded Harli.
opinion on the safety of artificial intelligence for humanity was supported by the technical Director of Google in the field of machine learning, ray Kurzweil is one of the most famous futurists in the world, predictions which are correct 86 percent. On its current assumptions, by 2029 a computer will pass the Turing test — that is, becomes fully “thinking machine”, by 2045 humanity will reach the singularity, when human intelligence will merge with artificial intelligence. The danger of such a merger to humans, according to Kurzweil, exaggerated.
“Artificial intelligence is a tool to improve our brain. When we were monkeys, we had a short hand, we used the tools to increase the distance at which we had something to grab. We have the tools, replacing us the physical strength we used them to build this building. When I was a student, we biked to the library of the University, which was the only computer. Now they lie in our pockets. It’s not the invasion of alien computers are from Mars, these are the tools that we create ourselves” — he explained.
Kurzweil has promised that in the next decade humanity will see a breakthrough in biotechnology, in comparison with which the present achievements will seem a drop in the bucket.
“We are moving towards a more sustainable, more democratic world. People believe that the current times are worse than they were before, but statistics show that they are wrong: actually the world has never lived so well,” he concluded.
a much-discussed topic of women’s equality were relevant at the festival. For example, the model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss told it has established free summer camps for teenage girls, where they teach programming.
during the music part of the festival was held dedicated to the fight against sexual violence in the music industry. Network Hulu in honor of the second season of “the handmaid’s Tale,” in which the action takes place in a future where men under the pretext of a return to “traditional values” has turned women into slaves and set up around the Austin glass boxes with red cloaks inside and the inscription “Fight, sister.”
A young maiden start of California are here mobile bus store vibrators and offered to collect sex toy, also telling about the peculiarities of female sexuality. A few round tables with details of vibrators gathered those who had time to take a turn. About half of them were men. “And what you plan to do with your vibrator?” I asked a neighbor. “Keep it for your wife,” replied he, a little porozove.
within the powerful trend under the common tag “robotics”, Sony brought the adorable robot puppy, which allowed visitors to play. On the streets of Austin were also seen prototype robot bus Mercedes and Tesla, slamming the door to the beat of the music.
Several startups presented smart materials — such as fabric that is sweat of an athlete to determine his state of health. And the number brought to the festival by young clever mobile applications it is impossible to enumerate.
From the celebrities attending SXSW was particularly pleased to see the Terminator. Arnold Schwarzenegger, known for his hostility to Donald Trump, did not miss the opportunity to joke about the next President’s tweet: “I don’t know why the Russians forced him to say all these things.” And to the question whether he had voted for a Republican, replied evasively that were “for another candidate”.
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Russia and its technological capacity is recalled, it seems that only Elon Musk. More often heard discussions about the Russian trolls and the problem of false news. Judging by the General mood at the festival, these problems are taken seriously and put on the same level with Internet terrorism.
Unexpectedly strong was the impression the poor part of the festival devoted to secondary education. Teachers who came from Asian, Scandinavian and South American countries, exchanged with teachers from USA experience in the use of new learning tools. It was found that some encourage students to write mobile applications for special projects and others organize the whole school.
“And we have introduced the lessons of Orthodoxy and tell the children about telegony”, — could say the representative of the Russian education system, but that the festival was not.