Cornell Bowers College of Computing and Information Science
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CIS Seminar Series on Artificial Intelligence Starts Next Week

The Emergence of Intelligent Machines: Challenges and Opportunities

CIS Seminar Series

The development of ​Artificial Intelligence (​AI)​ technology is accelerating.  A range of transformative innovations now appear likely within the next decade, including self-driving cars, real-time speech-to-speech translation, fully automated image recognition, and autonomous robots. These technologies will have a substantial level of both autonomy and intelligence. Several of the world’s most prominent intellectual and technology leaders, including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates, have recently suggested careful consideration of the potential impacts of intelligent machines on society. This seminar series considers this ​issue from a range of perspectives, including machine ethics (Should an autonomous vehicle swerve to save several people at the cost of endangering the life of its passenger?), human labor and employment (Will AI systems cause massive unemployment?), autonomous decision-making (Will an AI decide if you get a loan? Or get an operation?), as well as concerns about the potential emergence of superhuman intelligence (Will a super-AI work for our benefit?).

Lectures are on Monday evenings, 7:30 -- 8:30 PM in Room 155, Olin Hall.

Free and open to the public.


02/27 – Bart Selman, Cornell: The Future of AI: Benefits vs. Risks

03/06 – Jon Kleinberg, Cornell, Inherent Trade-Offs in Algorithmic Fairness

03/13 – Kilian Weinberger, Cornell: Human-Interpretable Machine Learning

03/20 – Dan Weld, Univ. of Washington: Computational Ethics for AI

03/27 – Moshe Vardi, Rice Univ.: Humans, Machines, Work: The Future is Now

04/03 – spring break

04/10 – no lecture

04/17 – Karen Levy, Cornell: Working with and Against AI

04/24 – Ross Knepper, Cornell: The Ethics of Robotics

05/01 – Joe Halpern, Cornell: Morality: In Search of Formal Definitions