On 19 October, the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) organised a workshop and public talk on the ‘The age of em: work, love, and life when robots rule the earth”, with Research Associate Professor Robin Hanson.
Hosted by the Oxford Martin School, the seminar convened academics from a diversity of disciplines to discuss Hanson’s recent book ‘The age of em”. Featuring presentations from external and internal speakers, including FHI Senior Research Fellow Anders Sandberg, issues discussed ranged from scenario planning to axiology and macroeconomics.
In the public event in the evening, Robin Hanson drew on academic consensus in many disciplines to outline a baseline scenario set modestly far into a post-em-transition world. He considered computer architecture, energy, cooling, mind speeds, body sizes, security strategies, virtual reality, labour markets, management, job training, careers, wages, identity, retirement, life cycles, reproduction, mating, conversation, inequality, cities, growth rates, coalition politics, governance, law, and war.