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Beyond ChatGPT: Stuart Russell on the Risks and Rewards of A.I.

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OpenAI’s question-and-answer chatbot ChatGPT has shaken up Silicon Valley and is already disrupting a wide range of fields and industries, including education. But the potential risks of this new era of artificial intelligence go far beyond students cheating on their term papers. Even OpenAI’s founder warns that “the question of whose values we align these systems to will be one of the most important debates society ever has."

How will artificial intelligence impact your job and life? And is society ready? We talk with UC Berkeley computer science professor and A.I. expert Stuart Russell about those questions and more.


This program was rescheduled from March 15, 2023.

This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

Safety Protocols for in-person attendance:

  • We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
  • We strongly recommend vaccination for guests, staff, and volunteers.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged while indoors (if you do not have one and would like one, inquire at our front desk for a complimentary mask).
  • We reserve the right to require different rules for specific events as necessary.

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Copies of Human Compatible are available for purchase during checkout (U.S. domestic shipping only).

The Commonwealth Club is a nonprofit public forum; we welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming. 

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Mon, Apr 3 / 5:30 pm PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Stuart Russell

Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Kavli Center for Ethics, Science, and the Public, and Director of the Center for Human-Compatible AI, University of California, Berkeley; Author, Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control

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John Markoff

Presence Fellow, Stanford Department of Medicine; Former Technology Reporter, The New York Times—Moderator


5 p.m. doors open & check-in
5:30–6:30 p.m. program
6:30 p.m. book signing
(all times PDT)


$15 members
$25 nonmembers
$33 members with a book
$43 nonmembers with a book
$5 for members
$10 nonmembers
$23 members with a book
$28 nonmembers with a book