Artificial Intelligence: Rise of the Lightspeed Learners

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Self-learning machines called AIs are popping up all around us. They’re real and really important. They’re affecting our lives—as workers, consumers, investors, citizens, patients, and students. AIs, bring huge promise, but also an existential risk. The biggest risk isn’t killer robots—it’s the renegade leaders, despots, and unrestrained hackers everywhere we should worry about.


About the Author

Charles Jennings is a serial entrepreneur, writer, and speaker who has been starting and running growth organizations for over 40 years. He was the founder or CEO of three successful Internet companies launched in the 1990s. Jennings has written several books on technology, including the seminal work, The Hundredth Window: Protecting Your Privacy and Security In the Age of the Internet (2000), which was translated into five languages. Jennings has been a regular newspaper columnist (for the Seattle Times, and others); from 2014-2017, Jennings served as CEO of NeuralEye—an AI company set up to transfer technology from Caltech/JPL to the commercial market. Jennings is an experienced and entertaining public speaker whose credits range from his TEDx talk, “From Armadillos to Monkeys,” to a keynote at the UN 50th Anniversary Conference on the Declaration of Human Rights in Toulouse, France. Jennings is still an active keynoter on AI at conferences around the world. Jennings has long been a thought leader in Internet trust and security. He was a delegate to the Nobel Technology Summit in Oslo and named by Federal Computing Week as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Government technology. He’s a recipient of the prestigious lifetime achievement award of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and was also the subject of a major feature story in Wired magazine (December 2005 issue).


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