Portland State University, Santa Fe Institute
Artificial intelligence has been described as “the new electricity,” poised to revolutionize human life and benefit society even 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 intelligent machines or fear them? Or perhaps question whether they are actually intelligent at all? In this talk, researcher and award-winning author Melanie Mitchell describes the current state of AI, highlighting the field's recent stunning achievements and its surprising failures. She considers the ethical issues surrounding the increasing deployment of AI systems in all aspects of our society, and closely examines the prospects for imbuing computers with humanlike qualities.
Melanie Mitchell is Professor at Portland State University and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. She is widely known for her research and teaching in artificial intelligence and complex systems. Her general-audience book, Complexity: A Guided Tour, won the 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award and was named by Amazon as one of the ten best science books of 2009. Her newest book, Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans, was recently published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.