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A Transgender, Biotech-Running Cybercreator Debates Artificial Intelligence

A Transgender, Biotech-Running Cybercreator Debates Artificial Intelligence

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The ever-fascinating Martine Rothblatt is a colorful figure on the Washington scene '€” lawyer, author, founder of Sirius XM, founder and chief executive of United Therapeutics, co-creator of a head-only robot modeled on her wife of 30-plus years (they were married before Rothblatt'€™s sex reassignment surgery), pilot, piano player . . . .

[She invented Sirius XM, a biotech and a religion. For starters.]

Rothblatt, whose most recent book is '€œVirtually Human: The Promise '€” and the Peril '€” of Digital Immortality,'€ will take the stage at New York'€™s 92nd Street Y on behalf of one of her passions: artificial intelligence.

She will be one of four experts on two teams debating whether pursuit of superintelligence and autonomous machines may result in dangerous unintended consequences, or whether fears of that outcome will prevent technological progress. It'€™s the latest in the series of fast-paced, provocative debates put on by the public affairs program IQ², or Intelligence Squared.