DasCoin was proud to act as a platinum sponsor of the Tacitus Lecture at London’s historic Guildhall on February 22. An audience of around 900 were treated to a fascinating discourse on the growth of artificial intelligence – and
whether it is something to fear or embrace.
The event came at a time when DasCoin is actively building awareness of its scope and potential ahead of its launch on
public exchanges at the end of April.
CEO Michael Mathias was joined by senior staff, including:
- Terry O’Hearn, Executive Chairman of DasFinancial
- George Sarcevich, Director of WebWallet
- Richard Wright, NetLeaders President
The Tacitus Lecture is hosted by the Worshipful Company of World Traders. NetLeaders invited the first 30 license-holders who responded to an email announcing our sponsorship of the event to join Michael and his guests for the lecture itself, and a reception afterwards.
This year’s lecture was delivered by one of the world’s great polymaths Nathan Myhrvold, former Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft. He is the Co-Founder of Intellectual Ventures. Nathan is also a prize-winning nature and wildlife photographer and an accomplished chef.
He has an education and research record spanning UCLA, Princeton University and Cambridge University in subjects relating to theoretical and mathematical physics. In a lecture he entitled Cyber-Trade: Will AI Displace or Enhance our Work? Nathan gave a largely positive appraisal as he considered a world that is bound to feature a gradual adoption of artificial intelligence.
He began by considering the early 19th century Luddites, one of the first known groups to be suspicious of the innovations of machinery and its supposed threats to their world. The irony was that the industrial revolution that began at that time led to 50 years of improvement in working-class living conditions.
Nathan was sceptical that humans would one day be supplanted by AI, or even see their jobs threatened through its growth. He noted that even the advent of driverless cars would be something that would come much slower than people imagined. Only a discovery as significant as those made by Isaac Newton or Charles Darwin would ever allow AI to exist on
an equal footing as humanity, he concluded.
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