Isaac Asimov’s famous Three Laws of Robotics might be seen as early safeguards for our reliance on artificial intelligence, but as Alexa guides our homes and automated cars replace human drivers, are those Three Laws enough?


Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, hosts, and moderates a lively discussion about how A.I. is opening doors to limitless possibilities, and if we’re ready for them. The 2018 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate took place at the Museum on February 13, 2018.

2018 Asimov Panelists:

John Giannandrea
Senior Vice President of Engineering, Google

Helen Greiner
Co-Founder, iRobot; Founder, CyPhy Works

Ruchir Puri
Chief Architect, IBM Watson

Max Tegmark
Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; President, Future of Life Institute

Michael P. Wellman
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan


In the late Dr. Isaac Asimov memory, the Hayden Planetarium is the host of the annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate since 2001. Click here to view previous panels.