Sara Walker will join a panel of scientists and philosophers to discuss organic and electronic intelligence, and which we might discover first, at the World Science Festival. Full event details below:
E.T. PHONE HOME: ALIENS AND THE NATURE OF LIFE
SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
NYU SKIRBALL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
If an alien were to “phone” us here at home, what would we expect to be on the other end of the line: biological life, artificial intelligence, or some combination of both? It took only 200,000 years—a blip on the cosmic timeline—for the first sparks of intelligent life to invent artificial intelligence. And since space is big, and life is short—at least biological life, as we know it—it may be that chatter on the cosmic airwaves is dominated by various forms of A.I. Join leaders in philosophy, astrobiology, evolutionary biology, and A.I. to wrestle with the subject of life up there and its implications for life down here.
Sara Imari Walker