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Andrew Maynard

AI governance, Bill Joy, and getting the most out of ChatGPT

Published about 1 year ago • 1 min read

It's hard to believe that we have already reached the end of the academic year here at ASU and are heading into the summer.

As we do, I thought it worth sending out a quick update before I do that annoying thing that academics tend to do in the summer and disappear off for several weeks!

As I mentioned in my last update, I'm focusing much of my writing and thinking on The Future of being Human on Substack -- if you are OK with regular articles arriving in your email in-box please do feel free to sign up.

Recent articles have covered an AI risks primer on Risk Bites, revisiting Bill Joy's 2000 article "Why the future doesn't need us," our upcoming (and though I say it myself, highly innovative) course on getting the most out of ChatGPT, and why -- contrary to Eric Schmidt's assumptions -- the AI industry can't get AI governance right on its own.

Beyond this, the ASU Future of Being Human initiative is still blossoming. After a very successful launch year we are taking a bit of a break over the summer, but will be back with a growing portfolio of intriguing discussions, events and initiatives in the fall -- all connected to what it might mean to be human in a technologically advanced world. If I get my act together, we'll be doing more online stuff so you don't have to be on the ground in Tempe Arizona and the surrounding area to get involved!

I'm also continuing to flesh out new ways of approaching advanced technology transitions from a transdisciplinary perspective -- something I've been working on for long enough that I thought it was about time we codified the field. There's a hint of what's brewing in this article, but expect to see more around advanced technology transitions in the coming months.

In the meantime, hope you have a restful and energizing summer. And just in case you are attending the always-enlightening Governance of Emerging Technologies and Science conference, I'll see you there!

Cheers

Andrew


Andrew Maynard

Scientist, author, and professor in Arizona State University’s School for the Future of innovation in Society studying the future and how our actions influence it

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