Science and Society Lecture SeriesThursday September 17, 2020
4:30 PM until 6:00 PM
First Parish Lexington and Lexington Community Education will offer a Zoom presentation entitled:
"Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans" by Melanie Mitchell, Professor of Computer Science, Portland State University and the Santa Fe Institute
In order to attend, please contact Robert Eisenstein, r.eisenstein42.at.gmail.com, at least 24 hours in advance so that he can send you the Zoom link you'll need to join in.
Abstract: Artificial intelligence has been described as “the new electricity,” poised to revolutionize human life and benefit society as much or more than electricity did 100 years ago. AI has also been described as “our biggest existential threat,” a technology that could “spell the end of the human race.” Should we welcome AI or fear it? Or perhaps question whether it is actually intelligent at all? Professor Mitchell will describe the current state of artificial intelligence, highlighting the field's recent stunning achievements as well as its surprising failures. She will also discuss the ethical issues surrounding the increasing deployment of AI systems in all aspects of our society, and discuss the prospects for imbuing computers with human-like qualities.
Professor Mitchell is widely known for her research and teaching in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and complex systems, and is the author of numerous scholarly papers and several books in these fields. Her general-audience book, Complexity: A Guided Tour, won the 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award and was named by Amazon.com as one of the ten best science books of 2009.
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