Thanks to Hewlett Packard Labs for their write up of the brilliant Miranda Mowbray's involvement in Project Doomsday at New Scientist Live.
What if a weaponized botnet went out of control? Labs’ Miranda Mowbray saves the world
If your idea of a conference is a series of dry, if important, keynotes, The Royal Society’s New Scientist Live confounds that expectation. The event has its share of talks, but it also presents its participants with a series of scenarios, which they attempt to address or solve.
Among the scenarios in last weekend’s event in London was "Project Doomsday," or "AI apocalypse: 60 minutes to save the world," produced by Shrinking Space for New Scientist Live. And among the participants parsing the possible responses was Labs’ Bristol-based research scientist Miranda Mowbray.
Mowbray had taken part in a previous Royal Society event discussing the use of machine learning to identify malware, so when the organizers began putting together panels of experts to handle machine self-awareness and AI malfunction, they invited her to travel in from her Labs bunker in Bristol to London.
The novel set up, “Got the audience engaged without depressing them,” said Mowbray. “It was a different kind of audience engagement than I’m used to.” The experience was “splendid,” she said, “and you’ll be glad to hear that we did manage to save the world.”
New Scientist Live, for those unfamiliar with it, is a grown-up version of the science fair ranging over three days in the U.K.’s capital. It is co-sponsored by the British popular science publication New Scientist, and the audience tends to be those members of the public with a non-professional interest in science.
Read the full post on Hewlett Packard's community page.