In 2018, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google who is not known for hyperbole, said, “A.I. is probably the most important thing humanity has ever worked on. I think of it as something more profound than electricity or fire.” The smart machines are here, ever more so, and there is no going back. Now what? What exactly is A.I.? How does it work? How is it used? And who gets to say?
Generator in Burlington presents Reckless Ideas, a free and open-to-the-public lecture series.
Moderated discussion with panelists:
• Josh Bongard — Creator of AI designed organisms that advance biology from “life as it is” to “life as it could be.” Professor and Director of UVM’s Morphology, Evolution, and Cognition Lab
• Kathryn Cramer —AI researcher, futurist, and former science-fiction editor who investigates what these machines can and can not do — at least not yet. Graduate student in UVM’s Complex Systems group
• Randall Harp – Ethicist who grapples with what it means to be a person in a world of AI-advanced machines. Associate Professor of Philosophy, UVM
Made possible by UVM, Hula, Vermont Academy of Science & Engineering (VASE), and Vermont Humanities