The 9pm Artificial Intelligence Doom Elevator with Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell AO

Genevieve Bell, director of the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute and Intel Senior Fellow, speaks at Intel’s Devcon ion 2018. (Walden Kirsch/Intel)

Today’s guest in the End of Spring Series 2020 is Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell, a cultural anthropologist who’s trying to create a whole new field of engineering. She’s a geek.

We talk about many, many things at very high speed including robots, American culture, artificial intelligence, conspiracies, wombat warrens, telegraphs, rugged individualism, science fiction, coffee, elevators, and Isaac Asimov.

And of course the coronavirus, because that’s the thing that’s dominated 2020.

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