April 3 2012

Minicon 47

Minicon 47 is this weekend. The Guests of Honor this year are: Ted Chiang (author), Christopher J Garcia (fanzine), and Frank Wu (artist).
I will be on two panels this year:

  • FRI — 8:30PM Failing the Turing Test
    In 1950, Alan Turing asked the question “Can machines think?” Since then, the test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour has sparked new questions. Is this test useful? Is it significant that some people are fooled by chatbots? What’s the relationship between intelligence and personhood? In what ways are computers smarter than us? How have AI surpassed us, and what do we do when humans don’t pass? Ted Chiang, Aaron Vander Giessen (M), Andy Exley, Howard L. Davidson, Jason Wittman, Steven Halter
  • SAT — 7:00PM What is Intelligence?
    Ted Chiang’s “Understand” asks and then attempts to very thoroughly answer the question of what it would really be like to be super-intelligent. Along the way, it delves into the definition of intelligence, and whether greater intelligence necessarily means greater morality. What’s our current definition of intelligent? What is intelligence? Is our definition something that could evolve? Could we achieve super-intelligence with performance enhancing drugs? What would it mean to be super-intelligent? Ted Chiang, Jason Wittman, Marissa Lingen(M), Martin Summerton, Steven Halter

A couple of nice light panels for evening discussion. 🙂

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Posted April 3, 2012 by user in category "Uncategorized


  1. By Ian on

    Those sound like fantastic panels. If I were attending Minicon, those would both be on my “can’t miss” list.

  2. By Steven Halter (Post author) on

    They should be good. They are both areas I’ve been thinking about for quite awhile, so it seemed natural to volunteer.


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