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Avast Security Ambassador Garry Kasparov to Speak at DEF CON

Kasparov to discuss embracing the rise of intelligent machines and how humans and machines can get the most out of each other

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garry Kasparov, Avast security ambassador, and former world chess champion, will discuss why humanity doesn’t need to fear the rise of intelligent machines and should even embrace it at DEF CON 2017 in Las Vegas. Kasparov will highlight how increasingly intelligent machines can complement and change how we act and think, as well as the unchanging need for human ingenuity in fields like digital security. Rather than cutting humans out of the picture, Kasparov envisions a better path where humans and machines get the best from each other through better interfaces and processes.

Kasparov has been fascinated with interactions between man and machine ever since his historic chess matches against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in 1996 and 1997. He sees the collaboration between humans and intelligent machines at work in Avast’s powerful threat detection network, and security as an increasingly critical intersection of human rights and technology.

What: Presentation and discussion — The Brain’s Last Stand
When: Friday, July 28, 2017, 10 – 10:45 a.m. PDT
Where: Track 3 at DEF CON 2017, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Who: Garry Kasparov, Avast Security Ambassador
Kasparov’s latest book is Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins. It recounts Kasparov’s famous matches against Deep Blue and presents his optimistic analysis of human-machine collaboration. In prominent reviews, Deep Thinking has been praised by DeepMind guru Demis Hassabis as well as by tech critic Nicholas Carr.

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