In his speech at the University of Zurich, Kaspar Etter (Stiftung für Effektiven Altruismus) discusses the relation between artificial intelligence and ethics. Some information from the advertising text: “We humans steer the future not because we’re the strongest or the fastest but because we’re the smartest animal on this planet. However, there are no reasons to assume that blind evolutionary processes have reached the physical limit of intelligence with us. Quite to the contrary, we have already seen how intelligent machines outperform the best of our kind on an increasing number of tasks, ranging from Chess over the quiz show Jeopardy to Go. What will happen when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence in a broader range and controls our destiny? Are we ready to make our final invention? And what is to be done from an ethical perspective?” (Website EA) The text continues: “In his talk, Kaspar Etter will cover the current state and trends in artificial intelligence, its present implications on our society and what is to be expected for the coming decades. You will also learn about a phenomenon called intelligence explosion and strategic considerations for approaching the challenges ahead of us.” (Website EA) The event will take place in KOL-F-117, May 26, 2016, at 7 pm.