The Y's Men of Westport/Weston welcome back David Pogue to The Westport Library! David will present Artificial Intelligence Gets Real and then answer audience questions.
In case you missed the event, you may watch the recorded program here.
The event will be livestreamed (click here for livestream link) and recorded.
2023 will go down in human history as the year that AI suddenly, explosively, became useful — and terrifying. One app can turn anything you type into art, in any style. (“A skateboarding banana in Times Square, in the style of Renoir,” for example.) Another app does your writing for you — anything you ask for, on any topic. Letters. Song lyrics. Research papers. Recipes. Therapy sessions. Poems. Essays. Outlines. Software code. Educators are calling it “the end of teaching writing skills.”
Other apps create music, perfectly mimic anybody's voice, or even generate complete video scenes from typed descriptions.
Some experts are terrified: These tools seem poised to eliminate millions of jobs, allow writing and other creative skills to fade out of humanity, and unleash disinformation, violence, and porn on a scale never seen before. Optimists insist that these tools will bring creative expression to millions of people who have good ideas without the skills to bring them to light.
In this funny, unforgettable talk, Pogue demonstrates the state of the art in AI creativity — and prepares you for the years to come.
David Pogue was The New York Times weekly tech columnist from 2000 to 2013. He’s a five-time Emmy winner for his stories on CBS News Sunday Morning, a New York Times bestselling author, a five-time TED speaker, and host of 20 NOVA science specials on PBS.
He’s written or cowritten more than 120 books, including dozens in the Missing Manual tech series, which he created in 1999; six books in the For Dummies line (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); two novels (one for middle schoolers); three bestselling Pogue’s Basics books of tips and shortcuts (on tech, money, and life); his new how-to guides, iPhone Unlocked and Mac Unlocked; and his 2021 magnum opus, How to Prepare for Climate Change.
After graduating summa cum laude from Yale in 1985 with distinction in music, Pogue spent 10 years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He has won a Loeb Award for journalism, two Webby awards, and holds an honorary doctorate in music. He lives with his wife Nicki and their blended brood of five spectacular children in Connecticut and San Francisco.
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