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James Barrat

James Barrat

Author, Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

James Barrat is a documentary filmmaker who has written and produced films for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, and many other broadcasters in the U.S. and Europe. His long fascination with Artificial Intelligence came to a head in 2000, when he interviewed inventor Ray Kurzweil, roboticist Rodney Brooks, and sci-fi legend Arthur C. Clarke. Kurzweil and Brooks were casually optimistic about a future they considered inevitable – a time when we will share the planet with intelligent machines. In his recent book Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, Barrat writes about what can go wrong with the development and application of advanced AI, which he believes is the most important conversation of our time.

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