Minter Dialogue with Rupert Robson
Rupert Robson studied philosophy of mind at Oxford and pursued a career in banking until 2006, when he turned his attention to writing about how humankind might shape the world and in turn be shaped in the coming decades. The result is his book, “The Sentient Robot: The Last Two Hurdles in the Race to Build Artificial Superintelligence.” In this conversation, we discuss Rupert’s career path, the importance of the humanities in business, the soft and hard problems of consciousness, empathy and artificial intelligence, the route to Artificial Superintelligence, the important ethical considerations and how business might think about dealing with sentient machines.
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To find out more about Rupert’s book:
- Go to the book’s website, The Sentient Robot
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Minter Dial is an international professional speaker, author & consultant on Leadership, Branding and Transformation. After a successful international career at L’Oréal, Minter Dial returned to his entrepreneurial roots and has spent the last twelve years helping senior management teams and Boards to adapt to the new exigencies of the digitally enhanced marketplace. He has worked with world-class organisations to help activate their brand strategies, and figure out how best to integrate new technologies, digital tools, devices and platforms. Above all, Minter works to catalyse a change in mindset and dial up transformation. Minter received his BA in Trilingual Literature from Yale University (1987) and gained his MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleau (1993). He’s author of Heartificial Empathy, Putting Heart into Business and Artificial Intelligence (2019); co-author of Futureproof, How To Get Your Business Ready For The Next Disruption (Pearson 2017); The Last Ring Home (Myndset Press 2016), a book and documentary film, both of which have won awards and critical acclaim. Minter’s last book, You Lead, How being yourself makes you a better leader, published by Kogan Page, won the Business Book Award 2022 in the category of Leadership. His current work is around fostering more meaningful conversation, with his featured publication on Substack: Dialogos, Fostering More Meaningful Conversations. It’s easy to inquire about booking Minter Dial here. View all posts by Minter Dial